Review of TECNO POVA 5: Strong Gaming Performance at a Good Price


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The limited edition of the TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire smartphone has entered the gaming phone market with a distinctive design, powerful performance, and a good pricing level.

While some brands push out premium releases of gaming phones, including Asus, Xiaomi Black Shark, Lenovo Legion, and others, TECNO competes with its releases that combine performance with good pricing.

In the following lines, we’ll specifically highlight the limited edition TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire, discussing its features and drawbacks.

  • Helio G99 processor
  • 6.78-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution
  • 6000 mAh battery with 45W fast charging
  • 50-megapixel AI-powered rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 8GB RAM and 256GB storage
  • HiOS interface and Android 13 operating system
  • Dimensions: 168.61 x 76.61 x 9.00mm
  • G-sensor, fingerprint sensor, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor
  • Electronic compass, gyroscope, and NFC technology

The TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire features a sleek and modern design inspired by classic mecha anime, available in three color choices black, gold, and blue.

The gold variant boasts an elegant design, while the blue color highlights the phone’s design better. The phone sports a 6.78-inch display with 1080 x 2460 pixels resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, offering a clear and bright screen.

The screen includes a punch-hole for the front camera, which doesn’t affect the screen display or gaming performance.


The TECNO POVA 5 phone houses the Helio G99 processor chip, which supports smooth gaming performance.

In practical gaming experience, ranging from casual games like “Candy Crush” to intensive games like “Honkai Star Rail,” the phone delivers good performance in gaming. However, it operates intensive games with limited settings.

The phone runs on the HiOS 13 interface with an Always-On feature on the screen, supporting users in exploring the phone interface with fast performance and a clear visual experience.


The screen offers an intelligent color production system with dynamic effects, a stylish screen interface design supporting customization, and provides users with weather information, calendar events, and more.

Users also have access to customization tools, a theme store, and a dark mode to support night display or low-light environments.

Moreover, users can enhance memory performance through the “Phone Master” application. Additionally, users have access to a dedicated app store known as “Palm Store,” a custom browser, and an app that offers shortcuts to various games and applications, eliminating the need for users to install games and apps initially for trial. Alongside Tecno apps, Google services are also available.

TECNO supports this version with good camera settings for a budget phone. The primary camera comes with a 50-megapixel resolution and AI technology to recognize various subjects during photography to produce brighter and clearer images.

Besides camera settings, the phone includes several features integrated into the software, including beauty filters.


The camera supports low-light photography more efficiently thanks to the “Super Night Mode 3.0” technology and AI technology that detects light in the scene.

Moreover, the camera includes an algorithm to enhance brightness in images for clearer and more natural-looking colors, even in low-light conditions.

The TECNO POVA 5 features a 50-megapixel selfie camera with several features for selfie photography, including beauty adjustment according to the user’s preferred experience, intelligent beauty technology, skin smoothing feature, skin tone adjustment, 3D face and nose shaping feature, and eye shape adjustment. Thus, the front camera will provide an amazing selfie photography experience, along with the option for users to experience augmented reality shots with stickers and emojis.

The selfie camera on the TECNO POVA 5 phone features a 50-megapixel resolution with AI technology to support users in capturing clearer and more detailed photos.

Moreover, the phone supports a dual-video display feature, which is excellent for supporting video bloggers to record or stream video content with a better experience.

Video bloggers can also adjust the sky appearance with a single click through the “Sky Shop” feature, as well as avail the beauty feature for “Portrait” photos with HDR mode for ultra-clear photos.

The video blogging experience integrates high-quality audio recording, as the HiOS 13 interface supports surround sound with the highest resolution at 96 kHz/24 bits with multiple audio directions and layers.

The audio experience boasts strong performance and precise details, with livelier bass, to support users in recording audio that simulates studio or live performances.

Moreover, the interface also includes the Visha Player that supports users with smooth and fast performance in dragging and dropping files and media, as well as video with quick response.

TECNO supports the TECNO POVA 5 phone with a 6000 mAh battery capacity, which can provide good charging life throughout the day, even with gaming.

Additionally, the phone features fast charging performance with 45W power, allowing the battery to be fully charged within one hour. Users can also use the phone for power bank tasks when needed to support the reverse charging feature, and the charging process supports the “STS” coating technology that enhances charging protection standards.

The company offers the special edition TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire in collaboration with Garena, the developer of the famous “Free Fire” game. The phone comes in a dedicated box with a “Kelly” character theme from the game, along with a transparent case and a set of stickers with the Kelly theme to customize the phone.

Moreover, this edition comes with a variety of wallpapers, ringtones, and specially developed app icons, allowing users to enjoy a stunning audio experience with stereo speakers that also support DTS and Sony Hi-Res technologies.

The TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire phone is an excellent release in the gaming-focused edition with a reasonable pricing level. The phone features a battery that supports users with long charging life during gaming sessions. Additionally, the “Free Fire” game themes and tools are additional highlights in this edition for game enthusiasts.

TECNO POVA 5 phone is developed to support users gamers with strong gaming performance, long battery life, and good pricing level.

Author Rating

Overall Rating based on reviewers at technic4u









Additional features


  • +Strong gaming performance
  • +Long battery life and fast charging
  • +Sleek design
  • +Good price


  • -Average camera performance in low light conditions

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