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TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G Unboxing, First Impressions - More than gaming?

TECNO earlier formally launched the POVA 6 Pro at its MWC 2024 Barcelona, Spain event.
TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G Unboxing, First Impressions
Meet TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G

Coming from the POVA 5 Pro 5G last year, the POVA 6 Pro 5G brings improvements in the design, display, battery, and cameras, among others.

In particular, it now comes with even more lights at the back, the display is now AMOLED, the RAM is bigger at 12GB + 12GB (virtual), the battery is larger at 6,000mAh, and the cameras are now 108MP (back) + 32MP (front).

The device will be available in the Philippines soon and we are one of the first to have a look at it.


The POVA 6 Pro 5G creator box
The POVA 6 Pro 5G creator box

The unit that we got is a special edition packaging for the POVA 6 Pro for creators. It is a big box showing that TECNO partnered with Farlight 84, a rising hero battle royale game. It has the box of the phone itself, a branded carry-tote bag, a desk mat, and a power bank with multiple ports.
Full back design of the phone
Full back design of the phone

For PH users, it'll come with the TECNO POVA 6 Pro x Farlight 84 box, the handset itself, a nice-looking green transparent case, SIM ejector tool, paper documents including the warranty card, 3.5mm earphones with microphone, 70W reader USB-A to USB-C charging/data cable, and the 70W power brick.

As expected, it also has a pre-installed screen protector. 

Build Quality/Design

The back design of POVA 6 Pro 5G
The back design of POVA 6 Pro 5G

In terms of materials used, the TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G is no different compared to most affordable smartphones on first look and touch.

It uses a plastic unibody frame and back cover. The front panel is glass, but there is no mention if it has glass protection. 

For water and dust resistance, it is IP53 certified. In the real world, it means that it can survive accidental water splashes, rain, and dust.

The overall build seems average for the price. It should last for a good while with proper care and if you will slap a case on it.

TECNO told us that they used a strengthening and hardening technology for the glass of its screen. But, it is better if you buy tempered glass as well to protect its display from breaking when dropped as there are no claims on how durable this type of glass is.

In terms of design, it is either you love it or not. Personally, it is a little too flashy and glossy for my taste. But, I can see why it'll appeal to gamers and others who simply want a different-looking phone.

Dynamic-Tech Design, cool Dynamic-LIght Mini LED effect

The handset basically has a metallic look at the back with different patterns that reflect light like a disc and a rectangle-like camera island with 8 sides housing the 3 cameras + LED flash.

It also has strips and a ring on one of its cameras for the Dynamic-Light Mini LED Effect inspired by Nothing Phones. The light effects of TECNO could be used for calls, notifications, music, connections, charging, games, a timer for taking photos, and start-up. 

The Dynamic-Light Mini LED Effect (notifications) could also be used for the "Mute when Back Side Up" feature.

TECNO also notes that it has the 
first P-NCVM border technology that smooths the middle frame of the device to reduce oil accumulation and roughness on its surface.

So far, my comment is its back is very prone to fingerprint smudges if you do not use the case.
The screen of the POVA 6 Pro 5G with tiny bezels
The screen of the POVA 6 Pro 5G with tiny bezels

In front, you will find its  6.78-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED screen. Yes, it is now AMOLED with better colors and deeper blacks.
Dynamic Port 2.0
Dynamic Port 2.0

On its top-center part, you will see that it has a punch-hole for the selfie camera and the Dynamic Port 2.0 for notifications, messages, calls, unlocking the phone, and more.

On the lower portion of the display, it now comes with an In-Display fingerprint reader which works quite well so far.

The bezels are noticeably slimmer than last year even on the bottom part. TECNO said that they have narrowed its side bezels to 1.3mm while the top and bottom are just at 2.1mm.

One of the slimmest bezels in its class!

On top, it has an IR Blaster remote control and a microphone. The earpiece of the device also acts as the secondary speaker for a stereo sound.

Below, it has the 3.5mm headphone slot, another mic hole, a USB-C reversible port, and the primary speaker.

On the left, you will see the SIM tray slot. On the right, it has the power key and the left and right volume rocker.

TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G Specs

Display: 6.78-inch AMOLED screen w/ 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 2160Hz PWM dimming, FHD+ 2460 x 1080 resolution at 391 ppi
CPU: 2.4GHz 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 6080 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G57 MC2
ROM: 256GB UFS 2.2 expandable storage via microSD card slot
Back Camera: 108MP f/1.89 + 2MP f/2.4 + AI Cam + LED flash
Selfie Camera: 32MP f/2.2 + Dual-tone LED Flash
Battery: 6,000mAh w/ 70W Ultra Charge, Bypass Charge
OS: Android 14 w/ HiOS 14
Connectivity: WiFi (2.4GHz/5GHz), 5G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, OTG, NFC, GPS, dual SIM (nano)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: In-Display fingerprint sensor, Dynamic-Light Mini LED Effect, stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio Wired/Wireless, Dolby Atmos, Z-axis linear motor, POVA SuperCooled System, USB-C, Colors: Comet Green, Meteorite Grey
Dimensions: 165.5 x 76.1 x 7.88 mm
Weight: 195 g
Price: PHP 11,999

As of the moment

Nice performance for the expected price so far
Nice performance for the expected price so far

If priced similarly to the POVA 5 Pro 5G last year, TECNO has a potential winner again with the POVA 6 Pro 5G.

While its back design is not for me, the handset has cool-looking yet useful LED lights. Its AMOLED panel is also one of the nicest and most immersive in its class due to its super slim bezels and 1,300 nits of peak brightness.
TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G AnTuTu and Geekbench scores
TECNO POVA 6 Pro 5G AnTuTu and Geekbench scores

The performance seems okay too. I have no issues with it for casual social media usage and even taking photos or videos as well as multitasking. Its 6nm MediaTek Dimensity 6080 octa-core processor wasn't upgraded from last year, but this is still a very good chip for its expected price point.

Promising performance so far!

Moreover, it now has a larger 12GB of RAM with 12GB (up to 24GB in total) of optional virtual RAM expansion using its internal storage which helps in keeping the phone smooth.

The cameras were also upgraded to 108MP at the back and 32MP in front with adjustable dual-tone LED flash. We will share more camera samples and our thoughts about it later.

Lastly, we are enjoying its massive 6,000mAh battery with 70W fast charge so far and haven't charged the phone since I unboxed it 2 days ago. TECNO is even claiming that its battery health could remain at 80 percent even after 6 years.

What do you guys think?

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