Introduction and Specifications:
Tecno is steadily establishing its presence in the smartphone market, expanding into various global markets. The Pova series, limited to select markets including India, offers budget-friendly options from Tecno.
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Review:
This year’s Pova 5 series, with a particular focus on gaming, places the Pova 5 Pro in the spotlight. Equipped with a Dimensity 6080 chipset and 8GB of RAM, this handset packs a formidable punch for its category. Sporting an LED-illuminated Mecha design, the Pova 5 Pro’s aesthetics are clearly inspired by gaming, setting it apart in the sub-INR 15,000 segment.
The device also incorporates a sizable vapor chamber, designed by Tecno to keep the Dimensity 6080 chipset running approximately 2°C cooler.
Key Specifications of the Tecno Pova 5 Pro:
- Dimensions: 168.5 x 76.5 x 9.0mm, Weight: 220g
- Build: Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back; Multiple LED lights on the back for notifications, low battery alerts, and game actions
- Display: 6.78″ IPS LCD, 120Hz refresh rate, 580 nits peak brightness, 1080x2460px resolution, 20.5:9 aspect ratio, 396ppi pixel density
- Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 6080 (6 nm) – Octa-core CPU (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G57 MC2 GPU
- Memory: 128GB storage with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage with 8GB RAM; Expandable via microSDXC (dedicated slot)
- Operating System: Android 13 with HIOS 13 skin
- Rear Camera: 50 MP wide (main) with PDAF; 0.08 MP depth sensor
- Front Camera: 16 MP
- Video Capture: Rear camera: 1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps
- Battery: 5,000mAh capacity; 68W fast charging (50% in 15 minutes, as advertised)
- Connectivity: LTE, Dual SIM, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth, NFC, FM radio, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Miscellaneous: Side-mounted fingerprint reader, stereo speakers
Notably, the Pova 5 Pro stands out from its competitors by offering a 120Hz display, enhancing the gaming experience. Tecno has collaborated with developers to optimize gaming performance, ensuring that the Pova 5 Pro can achieve 120fps in games like Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and maintain stable frame rates exceeding 80fps. Games like Free Fire can run at 90fps, and PUBG Mobile leverages a linear motor for contextual tactile feedback.
The device is powered by a substantial 5,000mAh battery, supporting rapid 68W charging—a rarity in this price range. Moreover, the software features bypass charging to safeguard battery health during gaming sessions while charging.
The Pova 5 Pro’s camera setup is refreshingly straightforward, comprising a 50MP primary shooter and a depth sensor. This simplicity aligns with the phone’s focus on delivering essential value in photography.
Unboxing the Tecno Pova 5 Pro:
The handset arrives in a distinctive triangular packaging, containing the standard user manuals, a robust 68W fast charger, and a USB-C to USB-A cable. Additionally, the box includes a transparent silicone case and a pair of wired earbuds—a rare and thoughtful inclusion in today’s market.