TECNO POVA 5 Pro 5G Review – Great Design, Impressive Specs, Innovative Backlight Make This Great Value For Money Handset


TECNO is a mobile phone brand that has been making very thoughtful and innovative strides in capturing the Indian mobile market in various segments. One of their key product lines is the POVA series for the aspirational young buyers. The latest offering in that series is the POVA 5 Pro 5G which brings a lot of great and unique features to the table that are definitely sure to impress the segment of buyers that they are targeting. I have been using the device for a while now as my primary phone and here is my review of this device

First things first, the box contained the phone and the 68W charging brick with some documentation along with a neatly designed transparent back cover. The back cover had clean cutouts for the camera assembly and also the backlight.

The design of the phone is very unique for it’s segment and looks very refreshing even when you pull it out of the box. I got the dark version of the device for review. The devices feels very premium in the hand and is crafted with durable and reliable materials. It fits into your palm very easily and I was able to grip it very well without any discomfort.


Here are the specifications

TECNO POVA Pro 5G Product Specs
Display & design 17.20 cms (6.78”) FHD+Dot-in Display (1080*2460) |  120Hz Refresh rate  |240Hz Touch Sampling rate | 3D textured Design with Arc Interface
Front Camera 16MP AI Selfie Camera (F2.0 Aperture) with Flashlight
Rear  Camera 50MP+AI Dual Camera, F1.6 Aperture, Dual LED Flashlight
Memory 256GB/128GB UMCP Internal Storage | Upto 16GB RAM with memory Fusion
Battery Li-Polymer 5000mAh Battery | 68W Type C Charger | 50% battery in just 15minutes | Bypass Charging Tech | 10W reverse Charging
Special Features Dual Stereo Speaker Optimized by DTS& Hi-Res, NFC, Large VC Cooling, Z-axis linear Motor, Panther Game Engine 3.0
Processor MediaTek Dimensity 6080 6nm Processor | 390K AnTuTu score | 10 5G Bands Support
Colour Options Dark Illusion, Silver Fantasy

We need to talk about the Arc light interface before anything else. This is the USP of the device and it caught my eye immediately. Comes with multi-colour vibrant backlight that forms a very futuristic triangular pattern that looks very attractive and like something out of a science fiction movie. Simply putting the phone on the table will get you guaranteed attention. The important thing about this back light design is the fact that it can be customized for scenarios like – Music, Incoming Calls, Notification and Boot. This effect with the back light supports all top music apps and syncs to the beats of the music with its Party and Pure Mode.  Besides the LED lights in the back, the phone comes with a three-dimensional textured back panel that has a futuristic geometrical cutout based design. I particularly loved the coil-like cutout in the middle of the back. This back design alone will make the device very attractive to the younger crowd. Eyeballs and attention guaranteed when you pull the phone out.

Tecno POVA 5 Pro 5G

Apart from the design, the phone does also pack a punch for its price segment in the performance department. The POVA 5 Pro 5G is Powered by the Mediatek Dimensity 6080 processor performance. The phone has an AnTuTu score of 390k. The device supports up to 16GB (8+8GB) RAM*+ 256GB ROM. I got the 8GB RAM and 128 GB Storage variant for review. The phone also has Large VC cooling technology to ensure that it does not heat up in hand. This is again a great feature for the price segment.

During my usage, I found that the device performed very well and was able to handle multi-tasking without any stutter. The call quality was good and I experienced absolutely no call drops. The device supports Indian 5G bands and I was able to experience 5G speeds without any hassle. The cooling technology is handy when you are gaming. Gaming support is good and I was able to play all the current popular games without any frame drops or lags.


The 50MP+AI camera does well and the pictures come out well-fleshed out. The colors are well balanced and the range is very good. I had no complaints with the pictures. The 16 MP front camera also does well. All in all, no issues in the camera department.

Let us now talk about the battery and charging tech in the phone. The phone comes with a Li-Polymer 5000mAh Battery. The charging tech is also very unique and segment defining in this price range.  It comes with Segment 1st 68W Ultra-Fast Charging & Bypass Charging. It is capable of charging 50% battery in 15 mins.  Prevents overheating with bypass charging technology, passing power directly to your mobile phone’s motherboard while playing games on charging. This helps two fold, first the game performance is unhindered and then since the motherboard charges directly, the phone does not heat up.


Coming to the pricing, which is another key takeaway for this phone

Device Memory Price
POVA 5 8GB+128GB INR11,999
POVA 5 Pro 5G 8GB+256GB INR15,999
POVA 5 Pro 5G 8GB+128GB INR14,999
Introductory Offers:

·         INR1,000 exchange on the entire range of POVA 5 series

·         6 Months no cost EMI on the entire range of POVA 5 series


Very clearly the pricing makes this phone a very attractive buy in the segment. Most young people who are hustling to make their mark will definitely find the pricing interesting. In case you are wondering how the phone stacks up against the competition in the segment, here’s a comparison to help you out there.

Brands Tecno Xiaomi Vivo Samsung
Model POVA 5 Pro 5G Redmi Note 12 T2x 5G M14 5G
Current MOP ₹ 14,999 ₹ 14,999 ₹ 13,999 ₹ 14,990
Display 6.78 “FHD+ IPS 6.67″ FHD+ Super AMOLED 6.58″ FHD+ AMOLED 6.6″ FHD+ LCD
Refresh Rate 120Hz 120Hz 60Hz 90Hz
Processor Dimensity 6080 SDM 685 Dimensity 6020 Exynos 1330
AnTuTu score 390K 290K 371K 364K
ROM 128GB 64GB 128GB 128GB
Front Camera 16MP 13MP 8MP 13MP
Rear Camera 50MP+AI Lens 50+8+2MP 50+2MP 50+2+2MP
Battery 5000mAh 5000mAh 5000mAh 6000mAh
Charger 68W 33W 18W 25W
OS Android 13 Android 13 Android 13 Android 13
Fingerprint Side Side In-display Side


The verdict about this phone is a clear one. Great Design, Impressive Specs, Solid Charging Tech and Battery with Innovative Backlight make this phone a segment defining device given the starting price of Rs 14,999 . I very strongly recommend this phone if you are looking for value, durability, design and price all in one package

About Shakthi

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