TECNO POVA Unboxing and First Impression: Best budget Gaming Phone?


Africa’s smartphone brand, TECNO, recently launched a new TECNO POVA smartphone. The POVA is an acronym for “Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions. It is the rebrand of the popular TECNO Pouvoir series. The new POVA series is set to deliver incredible value at budget-friendly prices.

Already tagged, ‘Giant Power, Super-Fast,’ the POVA series promises to deliver high processing speed and battery power. Already, the first TECNO POVA smartphone is incredibly one of a kind. With a 6,000mAH gigantic battery and Helio G80 processor, it promises to be a stupendous purchase. There’s no doubt that the new series comes with many of the TECNO Pouvoir’s key functions as a rebrand. However, many more remarkable features make the TECNO POVA shine bright from the crowd.

Let’s take a look in details at the many features that make the TECNO POVA smartphone an excellent choice.

TECNO POVA Key Specifications

  • 6.8″ HD Dot-in display
  • Android 10 (HiOS 7.0)
  • MediaTek Helio G80
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
  • 13MP Quad camera with Quad Flash
  • 8MP selfie camera with Dual Flash
  • 18W Flash Charge
  • 6,000 mAh non-removable battery

Design and Display

The TECNO POVA is a gigantic 6.8-inch device that fills your hands while maintaining the sturdy, non-slip design that TECNO is so proud of. It comes with an HD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 264PPI, which delivers enriching colors and textures that you would better appreciate when playing games or watching a movie. With a Dot-in display, you can enjoy the wonders of an end-to-end viewing pleasure, which makes it more fun to play or watch games without fuss.

On the outside, the TECNO POVA smartphone comes with a 3D multi-layer aesthetic glossy finish that glitters with every splash of light to deliver a premium feel. This 3D design also supports heat efficiency, which is extremely important in any device with high processors. The 3D design reduces the rise of temperature, especially during charging so, you have nothing to worry about.

The TECNO POVA comes with a Quad set-up featuring a 13MP primary camera (f/1.9 aperture), 2MP macro lens, 2MP depth lens, and an AI lens. It also comes with a Quad-LED flash, which pairs up with the Helio processor to offer a better way to capture gorgeous rear photos.


On the front, your dot-in display houses the great 8MP AI Selfie Camera with a Dual front flash that can take super stunning selfies, no matter the time or place.

Placement of Buttons

When it comes to buttons placement, you are not going to miss anything here. You still get the usual. At the bottom is where you will find the 3.5mm audio jack, the micro USB port and the noise-cancelling mic.

At the sides, there is a Google Assistant button and a dual NANO-sized Sim port at the left-handed side while the power button and the volume controllers are placed at the right-handed side


Perhaps the most prominent feature of the TECNO POVA is its enormous non-removable Li-Ion battery. The POVA device can support up to 64 hours of continuous calls or about 30 days of non-stop music or gaming on a single charge. It also comes with an 18W single IC fast charger, making it easier to charge up your device. In just under 30 minutes, you can swiftly charge your smartphone to about 80%, giving you great power all around.

Software and Performance

Besides the incredible battery, you will also enjoy the super-fast navigation ability. Powered by the Helio G80 Gaming Processor, you can look forward to lightning-fast navigation. It ramps up your gaming experience while giving you the extra control with the game mode feature to adjust your CPU, GPU, and memory to support high-intensity gameplay. That way, you can easily immerse yourself in your game without the frustrations of freezing, lags, or choppy visuals.


It also comes with the efficient and more delightful HiOS 7.0 skin on Android 10, which further boosts your navigational powers.

To further support the gorgeous processor, the TECNO POVA comes with a 6GB Ram and 128GB built-in internal memory. That’s extra-large storage and multitasking capability all around.

For extras, the POVA boasts of better network management. While other smartphones are vulnerable to network fluctuations, the POVA smartphone is empowered with SMART COMM to inhibit interference and improve network transmissions.

What’s in the Box

Alongside your POVA purchase, you will receive the 18W IC charger and cord and the generic TECNO earphones. However, TECNO is adding a free tempered glass to provide more protection over the smartphone’s display. You will also get the TECNO rear cover, this time a transparent variant that suits every occasion.

TECNO POVA Complete Specifications


  • Launched: September 2020
  • Available Colors: Speed Purple, Magic Blue, Dazzle Black

Design & Display

  • Dimension: 171.23 X 77.57 X 9.4 mm
  • Screen: 6.8″ IPS LCD Dot-in Display
  • Resolution: 720 X 1640 Display
  • Aspect Ratio:20:5:9

Memory and Software

  • OS: Android 10 (HiOS 7.0
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G80
  • CPU: Octa-Core
  • RAM: 6GB
  • ROM: 128GB (Internal memory) expanded up to 128GB


  • Rear Camera: 13MP + 2MP + 2MP + AI with Quad Flash
  • Selfie Camera: 8MP with Dual Flash
  • Video Recording: [email protected]ps
  • Features: AI Beauty, AI Detection, Portrait, and Super Night mode


  • Battery Capacity: Non-removable Li-Po 6,000 mAh
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Fast Charging: 18W

Other Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Proximity, Gyroscope, Electronic Compass, Ambient Light, and Accelerometer sensor.
  • Audio Jack Type: Yes, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE


The TECNO POVA is available across all retail outlets in Nigeria. It is priced at N77,000. Our first impressions rightly state this is a perfect buy for gamers. For the price, the TECNO POVA delivers great performance and excellent battery life. If you are in the market for the best budget gaming phone, the TECNO POVA is highly recommended.



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