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Tecno Pova 6 Pro 5G smartphone review – Endurance artist with a light show

Mini LEDs, but not in the screen. Although the idea may not be particularly new, the Tecno Pova 6 Pro 5G's light effects on the back are pretty impressive. Its transparent design is a real eye-catcher and thanks to its speedy storage, abundance of RAM and AMOLED screen, its features are just as good. Is this phone the ultimate hidden gem?
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 6080 8 x 2 - 2.4 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
Display
6.78 inch 20:9, 2436 x 1080 pixel 393 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, 1500Hz sampling rate, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD slot (dedicated), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B6/​B8/​B19), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B18/​B19/​B20/​B26/​B28/​B38/​B39/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n5/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n77/​n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 165.5 x 76.1 ( = 0.31 x 6.52 x 3 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 70W (USB-C power delivery), 10W (reverse charging with cable)
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix f/​1.85, phase comparison-AF, dual LED-flash, Videos @1440p/​30fps (Camera 1); 2.0MP (Camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 32 MPix dual LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers (hybrid), charger, USB cable, silicone bumper, SIM tool, 12 Months Warranty, IP53-certified, Dynamic Light MiniLED effect on the back for notifications, fanless
Weight
195 g ( = 6.88 oz / 0.43 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
249 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Storage device
Size
Resolution
Price from
81.4 %
04/2024
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2
195 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.78"2436x1080
80.1 %
03/2024
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2
200 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2340x1080
78.3 %
08/2023
Nokia G42
SD 480+, Adreno 619
194 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.56"1612x720
80.4 %
08/2023
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2
176 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080

Case and connectivity – Reminiscent of the brand Nothing

If you take a look at the Tecno Pova 6 Pro and are immediately reminded of the phones from the manufacturer Nothing, then you would be correct: The half transparent design, which at least pretends to show technical components and switches, along with the lighting effects on the back, are actually the trademarks of the Nothing Phone (1) and the Phone (2).

Tecno has also shown it can implement the idea well with its two different color variants on offer: Green and gray. In both cases, the mini LEDs for the light show are only installed into the large camera module, i.e. not across the entire back like on the Nothing phones.

The phone has a high-quality appearance but is susceptible to fingerprints due to its smooth back, and it creaks noticeably when pressed or twisted. The phone fits well in your hand and looks very modern on the front thanks to the narrow bezels around the screen. In terms of weight, it is in line with other phones in its price range, so it is neither too heavy nor too light. The case is protected against splashes of water and dust in accordance with IP53.

With 256 GB of mass storage and 12 GB RAM, the phone also offers a generous amount of memory, which is rarely found for this price: With the Galaxy A15 5G, for example, you have to make do with less mass storage and only 4 GB RAM.

In addition to NFC for mobile payment services, an infrared port is also available which lets you use the phone as a remote control for TVs or audio systems, for example. There is also a dedicated 3.5 mm audio port which prevents the USB-C port from being blocked by wired headphones.

You'll find two SIM slots if you open the drawer on the side of the smartphone. It doesn't support eSIMs. The microSD slot for storage expansion is a dedicated one, so you don't have to sacrifice a SIM slot if you want to insert a microSD card. The card reader worked comparatively quickly and achieved good read and write values in our tests using our Angelbird V60 reference card.

Size comparison

165 mm / 6.5 in 75.8 mm / 2.98 in 8.6 mm / 0.3386 in 194 g0.4277 lbs165.5 mm / 6.52 in 76.1 mm / 3 in 7.9 mm / 0.311 in 195 g0.4299 lbs160.1 mm / 6.3 in 76.8 mm / 3.02 in 8.4 mm / 0.3307 in 200 g0.4409 lbs159.9 mm / 6.3 in 73.9 mm / 2.91 in 8.1 mm / 0.3189 in 176 g0.388 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
  (Angelbird V60)
48.7 MB/s +33%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
  (Angelbird V60)
36.6 MB/s
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.4 - 77, n=88, last 2 years)
28.9 MB/s -21%
Nokia G42
  (Angelbird V60)
21.4 MB/s -42%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
  (Angelbird V60)
19.7 MB/s -46%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Tecno Pova 6 Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6080, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø42.9 (28.8-52.7)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø38.4 (26.3-44.9)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø44.4 (30-53.7)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø34.6 (15.6-48.3)
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6080, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.6 (15.1-85.5)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.1 (32-79.2)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø76.8 (25.5-84.7)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø75.3 (44.9-85.2)

Communication, software and operation – Lots of 5G frequencies

WiFi 5 is the fastest Wi-Fi standard mastered by the smartphone. Its data rates in our test using the Asus ROG Rapture AXE11000 as a reference router were quite stable and in the usual range for this class, namely between around 280 and 350 MBit/s. This means that a home gigabit Internet connection cannot be fully taken advantage of, but a fast and stable connection is possible via WLAN nonetheless.

When it comes to the phone's cellular network, you can also make use of the latest 5G standard—this is even possible using both SIM cards at the same time. There are enough frequencies available for reliable network connections in Central Europe, which is where this test was carried out. If you are traveling further afield, you should check in advance: The Tecno Pova 6 Pro is not a world phone that can be used anywhere.

The manufacturer has pre-installed Android 14 onto the device, with the in-house HiOS interface placed on top. Visually, this is somewhat reminiscent of Xiaomi's operating system but at the same time, it hasn't changed stock Android all too much. A kind of dynamic island also opens around the front camera lens if required, displaying information about the device's charging status or notifications, for example.

At the time of testing, the latest security patches date from January 2024 and are therefore just within the acceptable 3-month period. Unfortunately, the manufacturer hasn't specified how long security updates are planned or how many operating system versions will be available for this phone.

A fingerprint sensor is installed behind the screen and it is positioned relatively low down, making it easy to reach even with small hands. It unlocks the system quickly and reliably once a fingerprint has been saved. The phone can often be unlocked even with wet fingers, even if it takes several attempts to do so from time to time. If you prefer to use facial recognition, this also works reliably in good lighting conditions or when using the screen as lighting. 

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
368 (326min - 388max) MBit/s +2%
Nokia G42
362 (340min - 380max) MBit/s 0%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
361 (337min - 367max) MBit/s
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
341 (324min - 350max) MBit/s -6%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Nokia G42
336 (310min - 344max) MBit/s +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
320 (241min - 354max) MBit/s +4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
317 (290min - 347max) MBit/s +3%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
309 (281min - 328max) MBit/s

Legend

 
Tecno Pova 6 Pro MediaTek Dimensity 6080, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Nokia G42 Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mediatek Helio G96, ARM Mali-G57 MP2, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
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Tecno Pova 6 Pro; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø309 (281-328)
Tecno Pova 6 Pro; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø361 (337-367)

Cameras – Disappointing main camera, but good selfies

Tecno has installed a 108-megapixel camera into the phone, thus making use of the maximum possibilities of the SoC's image processing chip. Normally, the camera uses pixel binning to bundle 9 pixels into one large pixel, resulting in a higher light yield but, of course, this only produces images with a resolution of 12 megapixels. This is completely sufficient for the vast majority of applications. The sensor's full resolution can also be used when selecting a special mode within the camera software.

Despite its efforts to capture more light, the phone only managed to achieve a mediocre level of brightness in our test images which we took on not entirely sunny days. The photo of our surroundings is also lacking in detailed sharpness, leaving some room for improvement. If the photos are not enlarged too much, you can take decent snapshots. In very low light with high contrasts, the dynamic range is very low in dark areas and even the bright candle was not adequately depicted.

The photo taken in our laboratory setup which mimics ideal lighting conditions is actually quite good, albeit somewhat over-illuminated in some areas. However, the image sharpness is quite good in this scenario. In very low light, the camera no longer recognizes any details.

You can record video in up to 1440p and at 30 fps, and 60 frames per second are also possible at 1080p. In this case, its picture quality is actually pretty decent—the autofocus reacts reasonably quickly and the brightness adjustment also works quite reliably after a minimal waiting time.

The second camera on the back is only a support lens for blur effects and cannot take its own photos.

Selfies can be taken on the front-facing camera which has a 32-megapixel resolution. It takes nice pictures in good light, which can also be enlarged without losing too much detail.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main camera plantMain camera surroundingsMain camera low light
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ColorChecker
6.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
14 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
5 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
7 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
4 ∆E
8.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Tecno Pova 6 Pro: 7.42 ∆E min: 2.11 - max: 14.44 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
54.5 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.2 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
53.7 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.5 ∆E
63.5 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
75.6 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
92.9 ∆E
70.6 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Tecno Pova 6 Pro: 46.89 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 92.94 ∆E

Display – Only bright when depicting small areas

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The Pova 6 Pro's screen uses AMOLED technology and can display up to 120 images per second in a resolution of 2,436 x 1,080 pixels. Tecno attaches particular importance to the phone's high sampling rate of up to 1,500 Hz, with which the touchscreen responds to touches.

Our tests revealed a mixed picture in terms of brightness: Although small areas can get quite bright at over 1,000 cd/m², its brightness is limited to just under 550 cd/m² when the screen is completely white. This is still a sufficient value for indoor use, but similarly priced comparison phones often perform better outdoors.

We also noticed some flickering with a frequency of 90 Hz at the minimum brightness level. Sensitive users should therefore test the screen before buying, as they could experience some problems such as headaches or nausea.

In our measurements using the CalMAN software and a spectrophotometer, we noted a minimal blue tint and that very bright and vivid colors were displayed a little distorted. This means that the screen is not ideally calibrated for professional applications.

546
cd/m²
545
cd/m²
547
cd/m²
549
cd/m²
549
cd/m²
557
cd/m²
536
cd/m²
544
cd/m²
556
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 557 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 547.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.25 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 549 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.73 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 2.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
138.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.295
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
AMOLED, 2436x1080, 6.78
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.50
Nokia G42
IPS, 1612x720, 6.56
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Response Times
-14%
-2283%
29%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.2
1.6 ?(0.8, 0.8)
-33%
35.5 ?(18.6, 16.9)
-2858%
2.8 ?(1.4, 1.4)
-133%
Response Time Black / White *
1.2
1.3 ?(0.6, 0.7)
-8%
21.7 ?(11, 10.7)
-1708%
2.1 ?(1.1, 1)
-75%
PWM Frequency
90
90
0%
355.6
295%
Screen
30%
-45%
36%
Brightness middle
549
705
28%
495
-10%
627
14%
Brightness
548
701
28%
452
-18%
631
15%
Brightness Distribution
96
96
0%
84
-12%
97
1%
Black Level *
0.5
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.73
1.88
50%
6.09
-63%
1.15
69%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.09
4.57
36%
9.35
-32%
2.05
71%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.5
1.5
40%
5.8
-132%
1.4
44%
Gamma
2.295 96%
2.116 104%
2.325 95%
2.284 96%
CCT
6857 95%
6501 100%
8169 80%
6347 102%
Contrast
990
Total Average (Program / Settings)
8% / 16%
-1164% / -604%
33% / 33%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 90 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 90 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 90 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17744 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Minimum brightness
Minimum brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Performance, emissions and runtimes – Speedy storage

The phone uses the fairly new MediaTek Dimensity 6080 as an SoC, but it is not that new—it is actually a fairly exact copy of the Dimensity 810. Nevertheless, the Pova 6 Pro showed good performance values for its price range, with the comparison devices falling slightly behind in most benchmarks.

This usually ensures smooth system operation, but users who often use very complex apps will experience stutters and longer waiting times. Websites load reasonably quickly, but you have to wait for images from time to time. We really like the powerful UFS 2.2 data storage, which is supported by a fast controller. This means that loading times can be shortened and data transfers are faster.

The maximum amount that the case temperatures rise remains within limits under prolonged load: We measured a maximum of 40.5 °C. This is noticeable, but not problematic. Its performance doesn't suffer after prolonged load either; the 3DMark stress tests delivered stable results even after 20 runs.

The earpiece is used for sound output alongside a dedicated speaker on the bottom edge of the device. This gives the Tecno smartphone a balanced sound. Although its range is not sufficient for low mids and bass, the sound is pleasant and not too treble-heavy.

External speakers or headphones can be connected via the jack connection and Bluetooth. Various Bluetooth audio codecs are available for wireless transmission, including standards such as AAC and aptX, hi-res audio codecs such as LDAC and LHDC V3/V4 and less well-known alternatives such as Opus. So, the variety here is huge.

Tecno advertises the battery's high energy density and the smartphone is indeed relatively light considering its size and battery capacity consisting of 6,000 mAh. Its runtimes were impressive during the WLAN test: you can surf the web for 1,108 minutes or 18:28 hours at lower screen brightness levels. This clearly beat the comparison devices, resulting in the phone needing to be charged much less frequently.

If you do need to access a power outlet, it won't be for too long, as the Tecno Pova 6 Pro can be charged at a maximum of 70 watts. The system lets you choose between fast or gentle charging, and at maximum speed, the battery is fully charged again in less than an hour. External devices can be supplied with up to 10 watts via wired reverse charging thanks to the phone's large battery.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=202, last 2 years)
919 Points +57%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
585 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
585 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
554 Points -5%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
538 Points -8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
530 Points -9%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=202, last 2 years)
3043 Points +64%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
1856 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
1856 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1780 Points -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1755 Points -5%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1643 Points -11%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=117, last 2 years)
1357 Points +74%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
780 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
780 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
746 Points -4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
690 Points -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
680 Points -13%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=117, last 2 years)
3767 Points +79%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
2099 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
2099 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1917 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1814 Points -14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1688 Points -20%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=201, last 2 years)
11960 Points +16%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10492 Points +1%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
10339 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
10339 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9018 Points -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
8297 Points -20%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
2766 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
2766 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 7890, n=94, last 2 years)
2719 Points -2%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2492 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2419 Points -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2407 Points -13%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 9814, n=94, last 2 years)
2713 Points +4%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
2618 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
2618 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2316 Points -12%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2271 Points -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2252 Points -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
3451 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
3451 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3391 Points -2%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3174 Points -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 4679, n=94, last 2 years)
3143 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3134 Points -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=172, last 2 years)
7014 Points +150%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
2807 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
2807 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2605 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2502 Points -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2400 Points -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=171, last 2 years)
10140 Points +287%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
2619 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
2619 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2448 Points -7%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2336 Points -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2244 Points -14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=171, last 2 years)
4342 Points +16%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
3750 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
3750 Points 0%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3359 Points -10%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3327 Points -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3174 Points -15%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=125, last 2 years)
2682 Points +102%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
1331 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
1331 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1228 Points -8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1160 Points -13%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
984 Points -26%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=191, last 2 years)
6568 Points +404%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
1303 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
1303 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1204 Points -8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1139 Points -13%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
970 Points -26%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=194, last 2 years)
1766 Points +380%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
368 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
368 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
336 Points -9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
317 Points -14%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
294 Points -20%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=190, last 2 years)
1770 Points +393%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
359 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
359 Points 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
326 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
325 Points -9%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
288 Points -20%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=214, last 2 years)
45.3 fps +202%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
30 fps +100%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
15 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
15 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
14 fps -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
13 fps -13%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=214, last 2 years)
66.3 fps +290%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
18 fps +6%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
17 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
17 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
15 fps -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
14 fps -18%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=214, last 2 years)
33.5 fps +249%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
19 fps +98%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
9.6 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
9.6 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8.6 fps -10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
8.3 fps -14%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=214, last 2 years)
26.6 fps +316%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6.5 fps +2%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
6.4 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
6.4 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5.7 fps -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
5.5 fps -14%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=210, last 2 years)
12.7 fps +370%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2.9 fps +7%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
2.7 fps
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
2.7 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2.4 fps -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2 fps -26%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=208, last 2 years)
33762 Points +36%
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
MediaTek Dimensity 6080, Mali-G57 MP2, 12288
24822 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6080
  ()
24822 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
21764 Points -12%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
20689 Points -17%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Mediatek Helio G96, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
19873 Points -20%
Tecno Pova 6 ProSamsung Galaxy A15 5GNokia G42Xiaomi Redmi Note 12SAverage 256 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-14%
-24%
-14%
10%
58%
Sequential Read 256KB
991.8
499.6
-50%
492.5
-50%
518.7
-48%
Sequential Write 256KB
515.3
498.1
-3%
461.8
-10%
492.3
-4%
Random Read 4KB
192.6
194
1%
183.3
-5%
211.9
10%
Random Write 4KB
235.7
223.5
-5%
161.1
-32%
202.6
-14%

Temperature

Max. Load
 40.4 °C
105 F
37.4 °C
99 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
 40.5 °C
105 F
38.2 °C
101 F
35 °C
95 F
 
 39.8 °C
104 F
36.9 °C
98 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 40.5 °C = 105 F
Average: 37.8 °C = 100 F
34.9 °C
95 F
36.6 °C
98 F
38.4 °C
101 F
35 °C
95 F
37.2 °C
99 F
39.1 °C
102 F
34.9 °C
95 F
35.2 °C
95 F
39.3 °C
103 F
Maximum: 39.3 °C = 103 F
Average: 36.7 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.3 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.5 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.3 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.5 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


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3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Tecno Pova 6 Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6080, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.23 (2.21-2.24)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.02 (1.986-2.04)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.747 (1.744-1.754)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.956 (1.948-1.968)
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6080, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.97 (7.94-8)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.34 (7.3-7.35)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø5.88 (5.86-5.9)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S Mali-G57 MP2, Helio G96, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø6.91 (6.4-6.98)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.635.62537.634.63130.730.44033.432.15038.437.16324.531.38016.521.910015.819.312513.119.716014.631.92008.635.62507.837.93157.246.44008.554.250010.15563010.960.180010.969.4100012.671.512509.166.516009.668.7200010.165.4250010.862.3315012.759.6400013.263.6500015.267.9630014.368.5800015.369.61000016.1701250016.365.61600017.252.1SPL24.979N0.642.8median 12.6median 62.3Delta2.912.535.13737.537.731.429.633.333.432.132.626.126.720.219.716.116.614.917.21329.69.535.310.541.311.948.68.154.3959.110.260.613.963.712.26411.866.711.470.710.671.711.372.2127112.773.213.468.614.161.914.864.215.768.516.464.517.354.324.981.30.646.4median 12.2median 63.71.911.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseTecno Pova 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 12S
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Tecno Pova 6 Pro audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (25.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 56% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 50% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 69% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Runtimes

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Tecno Pova 6 Pro
6000 mAh
1108 min
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
5000 mAh
965 min -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12S
5000 mAh
953 min -14%
Nokia G42
5000 mAh
933 min -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=215, last 2 years)
930 min -16%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
18h 28min

Pros

+ slim bezels
+ attractive lighting effects on the back
+ long runtimes
+ fast charging technology
+ good selfie camera
+ lots of storage
+ decent speakers
+ extensive features including an infrared blaster and reverse charging

Cons

- main camera is rather average
- PWM flickering on screen
- AMOLED only reaches average brightness levels in everyday use
- unclear update delivery
- no eSIM support

Verdict – A unique phone and a good total package

Tecno Pova 6 Pro review. Test device provided by Tecno Mobile.
Tecno Pova 6 Pro review. Test device provided by Tecno Mobile.

The Tecno Pova 6 Pro may still be quite an exotic find in Europe, but its extravagant design (clearly inspired by the Nothing phones) will certainly attract attention. It is sturdily built, offers plenty of storage and, above all, really good runtimes in everyday use.

With the keyword "Mini LED", Tecno could indeed gain the interest of some buyers. However, it should be noted that this is not a mini LED screen (as used on some modern laptops) but instead, the notification lights on the back. These are individually customizable and, if desired, provide a permanent good mood using party mode.

The phone's display, on the other hand, uses AMOLED technology and can get really bright in small areas, although it only achieves average values when depicting a full white screen. The device is therefore not quite as suitable for outdoor use and displaying HDR content as some of its competitors. We also noticed PWM flickering, so sensitive users should test the screen before buying.

The main camera doesn't take the best pictures, but the selfies using the front-facing camera are good. The stereo speakers are also impressive with a rounded sound. Small details such as reverse charging via a cable and an infrared sensor round off the phone's overall package.

While the Tecno Pova 6 Pro is a lesser-known mid-range phone in the West, it scores points with its modern design, long battery life and good performance.

The Nothing Phone (2) is significantly more expensive, but those who like the design of the Tecno Pova 6 Pro will find it to be a viable alternative. If you prefer something less eccentric but still with a good price-to-performance ratio, you could consider the Redmi Note 12S.

Price and availability

At the time of writing, the Tecno Pova 6 Pro is not yet available to buy in the United States. 

You can find its predecessor, the Tecno Pova 5 Pro, on Amazon for US$109.99.

Tecno Pova 6 Pro - 04/09/2024 v7 (old)
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
51 / 70 → 72%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
93%
Games Performance
27 / 64 → 42%
Application Performance
72 / 86 → 84%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
69 / 90 → 77%
Camera
54%
Average
75%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2024-04- 9 (Update: 2024-04- 9)