Tecno is out with a new smartphone called the Tecno Pova Neo. This smartphone was launched in December 2021 as an entry-level device and has established itself as one of the best without costing that much. The Tecno Pova Neo is designed for those who put price and battery capacity first before buying a phone because it exceeded in both. This phone comes with a 6000mAh battery which you’ll hardly find in another phone of the same price range.
If you might think that’s not enough reason to consider this phone, the Tecno Pova Neo has a 6.8-inch HD+ screen, 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage, a dual-camera setup of 13MP main shooter and 8MP selfie camera. Also, the Pova Neo comes with some impressive features which you might be interested in.
As long as price is concerned you have to expect some compromises in this phone, meaning that Tecno has cut corners elsewhere. The Pova Neo lacks a 5G network connectivity, though that’s not a big problem since the 4G LTE here is also reliable. The Mediatek Helio G25 chipset is known to be an old processor. If you’re satisfied with what the Tecno Pova Neo has brought to the table depending on what you need from it, then you’re getting a capable smartphone without paying much.
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Tecno Pova Neo Key Specifications
- Display: 6.8-inch IPS LCD, 120Hz
- Resolution: 720 x 1640 pixels
- Processor: MediaTek Helio G25
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 4GB /6GB
- Storage: 64GB /128GB
- Battery Capacity: 6000mAh
- OS: Android 11, HiOS 7.6
The Tecno Pova Neo is built just like every other entry-level smartphone which we’ve understood that they are built to a certain budget due to their cheap price. Tecno still managed to deliver a decent design with this phone. The plastic back is just what we expected with a textured finish which offers a smooth feel while holding this phone. The rear back panel features a fingerprint scanner placed at the centre.
Moving over to the back panel is a rectangular camera bump which houses a dual-camera setup and a Quad-LED flash. The volume and power buttons are placed at the right corner while the 3.5mm headphone jack, USB port, and the speaker grille were situated at the bottom.
The Tecno Pova Neo comes in three colours namely Obsidian, Geek blue, and Powehi. When it comes to build quality, the Pova Neo has a very good design despite not having a glass back. The plastic back with its textured finish gave this phone a premium look.
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Upfront, the Tecno Pova Neo flaunts a 6.8-inch screen with HD+ resolution. The phone’s display is built with an IPS LCD panel which produces vivid colours and a decent refresh rate of 60Hz. Its screen is huge enough for consuming media content up to the size of the 7-inch tablets that were commonly used those days. Also, the max brightness level is good, though the 480nits of max brightness might not be enough for outdoor usage.
The already outdated teardrop notch screen is what we’ve always expected from this phone due to its price, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy watching content on this phone’s screen. The Pova Neo’s screen is simply built for watching movies on and its loudspeaker makes the whole experience a wonderful one.
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The Tecno Pova Neo has a dual-camera setup on its rear. Its dual-camera setup features a 13MP sensor as the primary shooter which will allow users to record Full HD videos at 30fps. We’re impressed with the way the main camera captures images, producing quality photos with enough details. The main camera also takes nice pictures under low-light conditions, but it doesn’t pull out much light from the image.
Though this phone’s camera isn’t good enough for Instagram or TikTok users who want their photos to be all that good, but might work for those who just want to take simple photos. The Tecno Pova Neo has an 8MP sensor for taking selfies which can as well produce quality images.
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Performance, Storage, and Software
The chipset in the Tecno Pova Neo is the Mediatek Helio G25 which is a low-budget processor. This chipset lacks the 5G network connectivity, but it shouldn’t be something to complain about since the price you paid can only afford a 4G LTE. The Pova Neo performs very well for your daily tasks like browsing the internet and social media, scrolling through your social media feeds, and other less-demanding tasks.
Light games like the Temple Run or Subway Surf work perfectly with this device. Playing graphics-demanding games might run into a bit of lagging since this chipset isn’t gaming oriented.
The Tecno Pova Neo has 4GB and 6GB of RAM variants as well as 64GB and 128GB of internal storage. For each storage you choose, there is an SD card slot for the expansion of memory.
The Tecno Pova Neo runs the Android 11 operating system alongside Tecno’s HiOS 7.6 interface. Though this version doesn’t introduce anything new, but the interface runs smooth, fast, and easy to navigate.
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The most significant part of the Tecno Pova Neo lies in the battery. The Tecno Pova Neo has offered a 6000mAh battery and still provided an 18W fast charging support. Fortunately, the phone can last up to two days based on what you use it for.
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Tecno Pova Neo: Price and Availability in Nigeria
The Pova Neo was announced officially by Tecno in December 2021 and has been available in many countries. Here in Nigeria, the Tecno Pova Neo is currently available at any of Tecno’s retail stores nationwide for ₦77,000 ($130).
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Tecno Pova Neo Full Specifications
- Brand: Tecno
- Model: Tecno Pova Neo
- Release Date: December 2021
- Colours: Obsidian, Geek blue, Powehi
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: IPS LCD
- Display Size: 6.8-inch
- Screen Resolution: 720 x 1640 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
- Dimensions: 171.4 x 77.3 x 9.1 mm (6.75 x 3.04 x 0.36 in)
- Operating System: Android 11, HiOS 7.6
- Chipset: MediaTek Helio G25 (12 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320
- RAM: 4GB /6GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 64GB /128GB
- SD Card slot: Yes (dedicated slot)
- Rear Flash: Quad-LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 13-MP f/1.8 (wide), 2-MP
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Front Camera: 8-MP f/2.0 (wide)
- Front Flash: Dual-LED Flash
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: MicroUSB-2.0
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: YES
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM | HSPA | LTE
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: No
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
- Capacity: Li-Po 6000mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 18W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦77,000
- Price in the US: $130