A decent gaming phone for an SRP of only 6,999 Pesos?

Tecno Mobile just keeps on giving consumers exactly what they want at a price point that’s unbelievably low! The newly launched Tecno POVA is one of the best budget gaming smartphone in the market today.

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With features like a huge 6,000mAh battery with 18w flash charge and 6.8″ HD+ Dot-In Notch Display powered by a Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, this new phone can definitely handle all your gaming needs.

The initial promise of POVA is for you to be able to open up to 10 apps at the same time and still experience zero lags. A promise kept after personally experiencing the unit first hand.

First of all, POVA is much easier to pronounce than Pouvoir and its claim as a gaming phone is a bold step in getting its fair share in the competitive gadget market here in the Philippines. If you’re a gamer, the new Tecno POVA is a game changer when it comes to price, performance and staying power.

Tecno POVA Unboxed!

What’s In The Box?

  • Tecno Pova Unit
  • Tempered Glass Film
  • Warranty Card 12+1 Months
  • Silicone Case
  • 18w Charger
  • SIM Ejector Pin
  • USB-A to Micro USB Cable
  • Earphones

Tecno Pova comes in two color variants – Magic Blue and Speed Purple – and was launched in the country via their official Shopee store last October 15 at an intro price of only 5,999 Pesos for the first 1,000 buyers – that’s 1,000 Pesos OFF on its SRP!

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6000 mAh Battery

Let’s talk about the battery. Similar to the Tecno Pouvoir 4 which I previously reviewed, Tecno POVA also has 6000mAh of juice and promises a long standby time of 30 days! Imagine coming home to your POVA after a month-long vacation with still enough power to check your calls and text messages.

With 6000mAh you can play your music for 8 days on a single full charge, or be on the phone talking to people for 64 hours straight, or even play your games non-stop for about 20 hours.

The huge battery is paired with an 18w Dual IC Flash Charger that gives you a full batt in just a little over 2 hours.

Helio G80 Gaming Processor

Tecno POVA is powered by a Mediatek Helio G80 Chipset which supports Hyper Engine Game Technology and promises smoother performance in heavy-loading game engines that demands scenes. Also, its intelligent resource management features enhances power efficiency for longer gameplay.


To ensure maximum performance, POVA is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of Internal Storage that you can expand up to 256GB via MicroSD. That’s ample speed to help you level up your game performance and ample space to store all your games.

6.8′ HD+ Display

Now, one of the features that sets the POVA apart from other phones available in the market today that belongs to the same price bracket is its huge 6.8″ dot-in display screen with a 90.4% screen aspect ratio. The display provides 480 Nits Brightness with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1640 for a more immersive game.

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Now the Tecno POVA is not a gaming smartphone without some game optimization features.

Better Signal Solutions

  • Independent WiFi Antenna – which greatly improves signal quality
  • Smartcomm Full Scene Network Signal Enhancement Function
  • Instantly switches from WiFi to LTE to ensure network stability during a game

Better Heat Dissipation Solutions

  • Components are covered by a 3D Multilayer Graphite+ Thermal Conductive Gel which efficiently improves heat dissipation
  • Its Dual IC charging function also helps reduce heat during a charge

OS System Layer Optimization

Bigger Game Space and a Game Mode with intelligent resource scheduling to ensure smooth and uninterrupted game operation.

  • Background Network Restrictions
  • Foreground Resource Support
  • Freezing Unnecessary Applications Controlling Hardware Resources

POVA also provides a Game Assistant that monitors system resource load in realtime and provide the gamer with fast and easy to use game tools.

Here are some sample games played using the Tecno POVA:

Now of course you won’t be in the game zone all your life, so Tecno POVA also provided the unit with a decent camera set up, some security and ease-of-use special functions.

Five things you’ll be thrilled to know about your Tecno POVA:

  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Facial Recognition
  • Quick Access Google Assistant Button
  • Main speakers are located at the top front near the call speakers
  • The free Silicone Case bears the logo of the Manchester City Football Club
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Google Assistant


Now POVA is also equipped with a very decent 13MP AI Quad Camera which seems to be the standard for phones with its price range. The rear camera and flash is neatly arranged in a rectangular frame near the fingerprint scanner.

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  • 13MP Main (f/1.85 Aperture, Autofocus)
  • 2MP Macro
  • 2MP Depth Sensor
  • LED Flash

Front camera is 8MP with dual LED Flash for better selfies even at low light enviroments.

Here are some sample shots:

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13MP AI Quad Camera
13MP Ai Quad Camera
Macro and Depth
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8MP Front


SCREEN6.8-inch HD+ IPS LCD Display (720 x 1640 Pixels, 263 ppi) with 20.5:9 Aspect Ratio and “Dot-in” Notch
OSAndroid 10 with HiOS
CHIPSETMediaTek Helio G80
CPUOcta Core CPU


2x Cortex-A75 @ 2.0GHz & 6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz

GPUMali-G52 MC2
REAR CAMERAQuad Cameras:


13MP Main Camera (f/1.85 Aperture, Autofocus)

2MP Macro Camera

2MP Depth Sensor

AI Lens

-Quad LED Flash

FRONT CAMERA8 Megapixels with Dual LED Flash
EXPANSIONExpandable up to 256GB via microSD
WI-FIWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
BLUETOOTHBluetooth 5.0
SOUND3.5mm Audio Jack
BIOMETRICSFace Recognition & Fingerprint Sensor
SENSORSCompass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Accelerometer
BATTERY6000 mAh Li-ion Battery (Non-removable)


18W Charging Rate

DIMENSIONS171.23 x 77.57 x 9.4 mm
COLORSMagic Blue and Speed Purple

Tecno POVA is exclusively available in TECNO MOBILE Official Store in Shopee!

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