The Tecno Pova 2 was unveiled in the Philippines today – a self-proclaimed budget gaming phone with a PHP 8,000 price tag ($167/€137) and a massive 7,000 mAh battery. That’s 1,000 mAh more than the original Pova, but the upgrades don’t end there.
For starters, the large 6.9” screen 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 Pova 2 comes with a slightly more powerful chipset, a 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.
On the plus side you get more memory as standard, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. There’s a dedicated spot for a microSD card if you need more storage. The phone comes with Android 11 out of the box (technically with HiOS 7.6).
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.
The 7,000 mAh battery will endure even long gaming sessions, charging remains at 18W (same as before). At least Tecno switch the USB port to Type-C. This is a dual SIM phone with 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0 and an FM radio receiver.
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 Tecno Pova 2 will go on pre-order on June 5, sales start on June 11. It will be available through several online retailers in the Philippines: Shopee, Lazada, Memo Express and Kimstore. Note that each retailer offers its own pre-order perks.
By the way, Tecno will run a small promotion on Lazada and Shopee on June 6, knocking off up to PHP500 ($10) off the price of several of its other phones. The promo will end on June 8.