Tecno has announced the Pova 2 as the successor to the Tecno Pova device launched sometime last year. The Pova 2 is designed to meet up to gaming expectations as we can spot a powerful chipset, Helio G85. This 12nm chip has two Cortex-A75 cores and a Mali G52 MC2 GPU. Compared to the G80 chip in the previous model, this one runs its GPU at a slightly higher clock, though not nearly enough to offset the fact that it has to push twice as many pixels.
Tecno is also boasting about the optimizations in the ET Game Engine and Game Space 2.0 that can boost the CPU and GPU as needed. The systems are designed with the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang MOBA game in mind.
Not to even stop there, you get more memory as standard, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. There’s a dedicated slot for a microSD card if you need more storage. The phone comes with Android 11 out of the box (technically with HiOS 7.6).
The Tecno Pova 2 now features a large 6.9” screen that has 1080p+ resolution (20.5:9), a major upgrade over the 6.8” 720p+ screen of its predecessor. Also, the touch sampling rate is increased to 180Hz for faster response times (refresh rate is still 60Hz).
The rear camera on the phone was upgraded with a 48MP main sensor (up from 13MP) with an aperture of f/1.8. There are three 2MP helper modules on the back too. The selfie camera packs an 8MP sensor.
The 7,000 mAh battery will endure even long gaming sessions, charging remains at 18W (same as before). At least Tecno switches the USB port to Type-C.
Tecno Pova 2 comes in Polar Silver, Power Blue and Dazzle Black colours, and will be priced at PHP7,990 (US$ 167 / N85,000 approx.).
Tecno Pova 2 specifications
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|LAUNCH||Announced||2021, June 03|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2021, June 11|
|BODY||Dimensions||173.3 x 78.8 x 9.6 mm (6.82 x 3.10 x 0.38 in)|
|Build||Glass front, plastic frame, plastic back|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 480 nits|
|Size||6.9 inches, 113.1 cm2 (~82.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2460 pixels (~389 ppi density)|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 11, HIOS 7.6|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSDXC (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM|
|MAIN CAMERA||Quad||48 MP, f/1.9, (wide), PDAF
2 MP, (macro)
2 MP, (depth)
2 MP, (depth)
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||8 MP, f/2.0|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GALILEO, BDS|
|USB||USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|BATTERY||Type||Li-Po 7000 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charging 18W|
|MISC||Colours||Polar Silver, Power Blue, Dazzle Black|
|Price||About 167 USD|