Tecno Pova 5 Pro Review: A Gaming Phone With Amazing Charging Speeds

Tecno is slowly but surely starting to make a name for itself in the smartphone world and continues to expand into various markets around the world. This year’s Pova series is more focused on gaming, and the Pova 5 Pro is the pinnacle.

This cellphone uses a Dimensity 6080 chipset combined with 8GB RAM, a configuration that is quite powerful for its class. The Pova 5 Pro’s body design reflects its gaming heritage with a Mecha look illuminated by LED lighting.

Specification

  • Body: 168.5×76.5×9.0mm, 220g; Glass front screen, plastic frame, plastic back; Multiple LED lights on back (notifications, low battery, game actions).
  • Display: 6.78-inch IPS LCD, 120Hz, 580 nits (peak), 1080x2460px resolution, 20.5:9 aspect ratio, 396ppi.
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 6080 (6 nm): Octa-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
  • Memory: 128GB RAM 8GB, 256GB RAM 8GB; microSDXC (dedicated slot).
  • OS/Software: Android 13, HIOS 13.
  • Rear Camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, PDAF; Depth: 0.08 MP.
  • Front Camera: 16 MP.
  • Video Capture: Rear camera: 1440p@30fps, 1080p@30fps; Front camera: 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; 68W wired charging, 50% in 15 minutes (announced).
  • Connection: LTE; Two SIMs; Wi-Fi 5; BT; NFC; FM radio; 3.5mm jack.
  • Others: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); stereo speakers.

Unlike some of its competitors, the Pova 5 Pro has a 120Hz screen. You may be wondering whether Dimensity can maintain gaming performance on a screen with a high refresh rate, and fortunately, Tecno has worked with several developers to optimize this gaming experience, so the Pova 5 Pro can reach 120fps in Mobile Legend: Bang Bang, for example. and even keeps a stable frame above 80fps. Meanwhile, Free Fire can run at 90fps, while PUBG Mobile utilizes a linear motor and provides contextual tactile feedback.

Battery Life

The phone uses a 5,000 mAh battery, and it is hoped that when combined with the energy efficient Dimensity 6080, battery life will be excellent. However, the overall score was a bit disappointing. The screen playback time is also not that good. Web browsing is adequate, but video playback is much shorter than on devices with OLED screens.

Our battery test was automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice application. The endurance rating shows how long the battery will last if you use the device for an hour of calling, web browsing, and video playback each day. More details can be found here.

The video test was carried out in 60Hz refresh rate mode. Web browsing tests are performed at the screen’s highest refresh rate whenever possible. See their respective reviews for more details. To adapt the endurance rating formula to your own usage patterns, check out our lifetime battery life test results where you can also find all the phones we’ve tested.

Charging is one of the Pova 5 Pro’s superior features. This device is unmatched in its class in terms of charging speed. The 5,000 mAh battery can receive up to 68W with the supplied proprietary charger and cable.

The smartphone beats all its competitors and records impressive charging times. In just 30 minutes, you get 70% recharge. Few competitors come close to those results. Full charging only takes 50 minutes.

Continuous Performance and Gaming

In a surprising twist, Tecno managed to squeeze a steam room into a tight budget. The company advertises a 2,820mm2 vapor chamber paired with a 10,159mm2 graphene-based heatsink. It turns out the effort was successful.

The Pova 5 Pro performed well in our CPU torque test and kept CPU speeds above 90%. This device doesn’t feel hot, so it’s comfortable to hold.

Even after 1 hour of continuous load, the CPU only dropped to 89% of its theoretical performance. For the record, the Dimensity 6080 isn’t particularly demanding, as it only offers two Cortex-A76 cores. However, we believe the cooling solutions implemented really make a difference.

We also tried playing Mobile Legend: Bang Bang and Free Fire, which are claimed to be able to maintain 80 and 90fps. However, we couldn’t push the display past 60Hz, so you won’t be able to take full advantage of this fast display during gaming.

Camera

The Pova 5 Pro offers a simple camera setup, for the most part. The 50MP f/1.6 main camera is supported by a 0.8MP depth sensor, and that’s it. We were surprised to see such a large aperture. Unfortunately, we couldn’t identify the sensor, so we’ll focus on the megapixel count as the main spec.

While most competitors offer usable additional cameras, such as an 8MP ultrawide or 2MP macro shooter, they don’t seem to contribute much to the overall camera experience. So, we can’t be mad at Tecno for not including them. The 50MP main camera here seems more than enough on paper.


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