Tecno Pova 6 Pro review

GSMArena Team, 19 March 2024.

Big 120Hz OLED panel

The Tecno Pova 6 Pro retains the same 6.78-inch diagonal as its predecessor and the same 1080 x 2346px resolution. However, the LCD panel has been swapped with a brighter OLED panel still running at 120Hz.

Tecno Pova 6 Pro review

Since this is a budget-oriented device, we don't expect any premium display features, so any form of HDR video is unavailable, but the device seems to be Widevine L1-compliant, so high-quality Netflix and Amazon Prime Video streaming is available. Notably, the panel uses high-frequency PWM dimming at 2,160Hz, reducing eye strain and potentially sparing people with more sensitive eyes.

Max display brightness test

White test pattern, 75% fill (nits)

  • Manual mode
  • Auto mode
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
565
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2436 px
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
509
6.78" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
488
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
400
6.5" IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
363
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
1070
6.78" AMOLED 1080 x 2436 px
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
991
6.67" AMOLED 1080 x 2400 px
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
786
6.5" Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 px
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
509
6.78" IPS LCD 1080 x 2460 px
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
489
6.5" IPS LCD 1080 x 2400 px

Brightness-wise, the panel reaches the respectable 565 nits in manual mode and 1070 nits in auto mode when there's strong ambient light around. That's an impressive max brightness level for such a budget phone, but it's important to note that the so-called High-brightness mode has to be enabled in the display settings. Otherwise, brightness will only go up to the mid-550 nits.

Refresh rate

The display offers four refresh rate modes - 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and Auto switch. They are all pretty self-explanatory, but the Auto switch is quite simple. An idling display will bring down the refresh rate to 60Hz, while a single tap will boost the refresh rate to 120Hz. All apps we've tried support 120Hz, even YouTube. But don't worry - as long as you aren't touching the display, the refresh rate will go down to 60Hz to save power during video playback.

Battery life

Our new Active Use Score is an estimate of how long the battery will last if you use the device with a mix of all four test activities. You can adjust the calculation based on your usage pattern using the sliders below. You can read about our current battery life testing procedure here. For a comprehensive list of all tested devices so far, head this way.

The Tecno Pova 6 Pro achieved the excellent Active Use Score of 13:26h, which is sensibly more than most of its competitors in the same price range.

It stands out owing to its bigger-than-average 6,000 mAh battery and possibly due to the efficient Dimensity 6080 SoC.

While the overall score is quite respectable, it's still not as high as the Motorola G54 Power's and the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G's. Breaking down the Active Use Score reveals why.

The Pova 6 Pro seems to match and even outpace its competitors in web browsing, video playback and phone calls, but the largely underwhelming gaming runtime brings the Active Use Score down. So, if you don't indulge in gaming sessions all that often, the Pova 6 Pro might possibly be the best choice for battery endurance in its price bracket.

Charging speed

The Tecno Pova 6 Pro supports up to 70W fast charging using the bundled charger inside the box. That's a modest upgrade over last year's 68W charging, so the difference should be all that noticeable.

However, the larger 6,000 mAh battery has a say in this, and that's why the Pova 6 Pro charges a tad slower than its Pova 5 Pro predecessor. On the other hand, the Pova 6 Pro maintains a solid lead over its direct rivals, outpacing all of them at each checkpoint. You get 65% of the charge back in just 30 minutes, while a complete 0-100% charging cycle takes exactly 1 hour. A very good result.

Charging speed

  • in 15 min
  • in 30 min
  • Time to full charge (from 0%)
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
44%
5000 mAh 68W
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
35%
6000 mAh 70W Ultra Charge
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
29%
5000 mAh 33W Mi Fast Charging
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
29%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
25%
6000 mAh 33W QC3+
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
70%
5000 mAh 68W
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
65%
6000 mAh 70W Ultra Charge
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
51%
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
50%
5000 mAh 33W Mi Fast Charging
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
44%
6000 mAh 33W QC3+
Tecno Pova 5 Pro Tecno Pova 5 Pro
0:50h
5000 mAh 68W
Tecno Pova 6 Pro Tecno Pova 6 Pro
1:00h
6000 mAh 70W Ultra Charge
Redmi Note 13 5G Redmi Note 13 5G
1:16h
5000 mAh 33W Mi Fast Charging
Moto G54 Power Moto G54 Power
1:23h
6000 mAh 33W QC3+
 Galaxy A15 5G Galaxy A15 5G
1:23h
5000 mAh 25W Samsung PD + PPS

Speakers

The Pova 6 Pro borrows the Pova 5 Pro's speakers, which means a hybrid stereo setup. The bottom-firing speaker is the main one, while the secondary unit acts as an earpiece, too. This leads to a noticeable imbalance in loudness, although that's to be expected.

Loudness-wise, the speakers are more than decent. The handset achieved a "Very Good" loudness score with -25.2 LUFS. In terms of quality, however, the setup leaves more to be desired. The bass is almost non-existent, and the highs and vocals have a bit of ringing at higher volumes.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Kunts
  • 23 May 2024
  • Rk2

Nice phone for gaming.

  • Nasser
  • 15 May 2024
  • 6kx

I bough 1 and it's awasome Pova 6 is a beast and performance is totaly up to the bar, this shall be awarded budget phone of the year. Based on the following, cheaper, big battery, pefomance, camera to name few... Well done POVA

What a Device. Pova 6 is the best Gaming device for me looking at these features