Earlier this month – August 2021, hotshot international smartphone brand TECNO Mobile officially launched a new and affordable gaming-centric Android handset in the Philippines that gives great value for money its strong selling points.
The recently released TECNO POVA 2 is priced at only PHP 7,990, making it a compelling offer for those who may be a bit tight on budget but are now planning to level up their gaming and overall experience on their smartphones.
What’s in the box?
Before I show you the handset itself and talk about its key features, let me give you a quick unboxing.
TECNO POVA 2 comes in this box with metallic finish and shiny iridescent accents that make it look unique compared to the packaging of competing brands in the market.
On the cover, of course, you’ll see the name of the smartphone and at the bottom of the box, TECNO had listed down the model’s most attractive selling points, which I will talk about in a bit.
The official TECNO POVA 2 retail package includes the unit itself, a pair of earphones, the USB Type C to USB data transfer and charging cable, the travel charger, the 12+1 Months Warranty Card, the metal pin for ejecting the SIM card tray, and finally, a free soft gel case.
Design Check and Display Details
TECNO POVA 2 has dimensions of 173.3 x 78.8 x 9.6 mm and weighs 185 grams, which makes it a quite sizable yet still pocketable slate. Anyway, the footprint of this smartphone is largely similar to that of several midrange Android smartphones in the market these days with comparable screen sizes.
Speaking of “screen”, this model flaunts a 6.9 FullHD+ IPS display that’s clear, crisp, and brilliant enough to deliver an enjoyable viewing experience whether you are browsing websites, watching movies and TV series, or playing games. Additionally, this screen only has a small punch hole on top where the front-cam is as well as thin bezels that don’t negatively affect the visual experience. If you ask me, large panel is certainly one of the strongest selling points of TECNO POVA 2.
At the back, the handset has a polycarbonate plate with an intricate micro-line finish and metallic sheen giving it an air of elegance and corporate sophistication. For me, these details make TECNO POVA 2 look more expensive than it actually is.
The polycarbonate backplate has rounded corners that make the smartphone less of a hassle to keep in the pocket, especially if you’re wearing jeans. The sides, on the other hand, have a slight beveling that doesn’t only look like a design accent but also makes it easier to hold the device with one hand.
Photography and Video Recording Capabilities
TECNO POVA 2 features a Quad Rear Camera Module made up of a 48 MegaPixel f/1.9 main camera that’s the best of the bunch in everyday point-and-shoot photography as well as low-light performance, a 2 MegaPixel Macro camera for close-up photography or capturing minute details on larger objects, a 2 MegaPixel Depth Sensor enabling Portrait Mode wherein you can add background blur to highlight the subject, and – what I believe to be – an additional 2 MegaPixel AI camera. This set of cameras is one of my favorite features of this model.
Better than many smartphones in the sub-PHP 10K category, TECNO POVA 2 also has a Quad-LED flash on its rear camera module which greatly improves the device’s imaging and video recording prowess even in low to zero ambient lighting conditions.
For YouTubers, vloggers, and other video content creators, TECNO POVA 2’s main camera at the back can record 2K, FullHD, and HD videos at 30 frames per second. The 2K recorder is particularly useful since Youtube provides better compression for clips recorded in that resolution or higher.
TECNO POVA 2 Specs
173.3 x 78.8 x 9.6 mm
6.9 inches, FullHD+, 1080 x 2460 pixels, 389 ppi, IPS LCD
82.8% Screen-to-Body ratio
Punch Hole Notch
Quad Rear Camera Module:
48 MegaPixels, f/1.9 Aperture, PDAF
2 MP, Macro
2 MP, Depth Sensor
2 MP, AI (TBC)
8 MegaPixels, f/2.0
Back – 2K 30fps, FullHD 30fps, HD 30fps, Quad-LED Flash
Front – 2K 30fps, FullHD 30fps, HD 30fps, LED Flash
Android 11 Operating System
HIOS 7.6 User Interface
12nm Octa-Core 2GHz MediaTek Helio G85
Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
6GB RAM + 128GB ROM
Dedicated microSD Card Slot
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Side-Mounted Fingerprint Scanner
USB Type C 2.0
18W Fast Charging
Non-Removable 7,000 mAh Li-Po Battery Pack
Polycarbonate Shell with Micro-Line Finish
Polar Silver, Power Blue, Dazzle Black
TECNO POVA 2 Price in the Philippines
Official Suggested Retail Price – PHP 7,990