The Tecno POVA (Powering Optimal Values and Ambition) is fundamentally the gaming version of the brand’s Pouvoir series, and is quite a reliable gaming smartphone for its price and overall technical specifications. POVA runs HiOS 7, based on Android 10 OS that allows a plethora of user-based configurations and customizations.
The smartphone packs 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor which is a mainstay for gaming. It also has 6.8-inch IPS LCD display with a punch-hole design, providing a High Definition 720 x 1640p resolution, all backed up by 6,000mAh lithium polymer battery.
First off, if FPS (First-Person-Shooter) games like Call of Duty: Mobile, PUBG Mobile, etc. are your everyday ‘thing’, you’ll absolutely love this entry-level gaming device. The 6.8-inch punch-hole display makes any gameplay truly immersive (try playing a horror game with headphones to gauge the level of immersion). The maximum graphics and frame rate settings on PUBG: Mobile or Call of Duty: Mobile run smoothly without any lag, desync, or reduction in frame rate during gameplay.
As power or battery backup is important to every gamer, you’ll find Tecno POVA’s 6,000mAh battery really useful. It supports 18W flash charge that can juice up the device from 0% to 100% in a little over one hour. This remarkable battery promises 30 days of standby time, 64 whooping hours of voice calling, and up to 20 hours of uninterrupted gaming. But then, can this device ‘really’ handle ‘20’ hours of intensive gaming?
Tecno POVA’s Helio G80 gaming processor unlocks intelligent resource management in its game mode, and enhanced power management for high intensity gaming, paired with its 6GB RAM and 128GB internal data storage- with HyperEngine-Game-Technology which offers nothing less of a dynamic lag-free and beautiful gaming experience.
All these combined makes the Tecno POVA a worthy phone for gaming. You should however not compare the Tecno POVA with high-end gaming phones like Red Magic 5G, which at the time of its launch was the world’s first gaming phone with 144Hz refresh rate display. Neither can POVA compete with Xiaomi Black Shark series, or Asus ROG lineup. As an entry-level budget gaming phone however, Tecno POVA is worth the penny spent on it.
So, if you are a gamer and need a good and reliable gaming smartphone that won’t hurt your wallet, this device isn’t a bad option to try your hands on. The specifications and overall design fits in just fine in the trends. As you might also know, this is the first flagship gaming phone penetrating the Nigerian smartphone market.
The price of Tecno POVA is between ₦77,000 – ₦80,000 (seventy seven thousand naira – eighty thousand naira), depending on where you purchase the phone from – ecommerce stores, or local stores closest to you. That’s about $210 USD.