TECNO POVA 4 vs TECNO POVA 5 Comparison: Is it worth the update?

TECNO has just unveiled the pricing for TECNO POVA 5, but are there any major differences?

The POVA Series from TECNO has become a popular choice for budget-conscious gamers searching for a device that can handle long gaming sessions, boasts a larger battery capacity than the standard 5,000mAh, and offers a bigger screen for a more immersive experience.

We are comparing both phones to determine if there are any improvements or downgrades on the POVA 5. We are talking about the official specs of POVA 4 and POVA 5 here in the Philippines (some overseas models have bigger storage options and more).

MediaTek Helio G99ChipsetMediaTek Helio G99
6.82 in 720p IPS LCD 90HzDisplay6.78 in 1080p IPS LCD 120Hz
50 MP, (wide)
2 MP, (depth)
8 MP, (selfie)
1080p (rear video)
1080p (front video)
Camera50 MP, (wide)
0.08 MP, (depth)
8 MP, (selfie)
1440p (rear video)
1080p@30fps (front video)
6,000mAh Li-Po
18W wired charging speed
20% in 20 minutes
Power6,000mAh Li-Po
45W wired charging speed
50% in 21 minutes
Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
AudioStereo speakers
3.5mm headphone jack
HiOS 8.6, Android 12OSAndroid 13, HIOS 13
Uranolith Gray,
Fluorite Blue
ColorsMecha Black, Amber Gold,
Hurricane Blue, Free Fire Edition
PHP7,999 (8+128GB)PRICEPHP8,999 (8+128GB)*
PHP9,499 (8+256GB)*
*unofficial pricing from Rull’s Philippines Shopee Store

Chipset – The POVA 4 and POVA 5 have the same MediaTek Helio G99 processor. This means there isn’t a significant difference in performance when it comes to gaming. However, the Helio G99 chipset is powerful enough to handle gaming, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

RAM/ROM – Both POVA phones come with a solid 8GB physical RAM base. However, the POVA 5 edges ahead with a 256GB variant in comparison to the POVA 4 which has only one storage option (at least in the Philippines, the 256GB variant is only available outside PH). In case, you need more storage, the TECNO POVA 4 Pro is a great option, but it’s a Pro variant and not relevant to this comparison.

Display – It’s worth noting that the POVA 5 has a sharper resolution of 1080p compared to the POVA 4’s 720p, even though both phones have IPS LCD displays. Furthermore, the POVA 4 has a larger display of 6.82 inches and a punch-hole for the selfie camera, while the POVA 5 has a slightly smaller display of 6.78 inches. Overall, the difference between the two phones is minor, but it’s still worth taking into account.

Camera – The new POVA 5 has kept the same camera setup as the POVA 4 but with a slight upgrade in video resolution to 1440p from 1080p. However, it seems that the depth sensor on the POVA 5 is not as great as before. Although it’s only used for certain applications, this time the megapixel count is crucial. The POVA 4 had a 2 MP depth sensor, while the POVA 5 only has 0.08 MP, which is quite disappointing.

Left: POVA 4. Right: POVA 5.

Power – Both POVA phones come equipped with a powerful 6,000mAh battery. Nevertheless, the charging speed in the latest POVA 5 has made significant strides, boasting an impressive 45W charging speed compared to the previous year’s subpar 18W charging speed in the POVA 4. Thanks to these advancements, the POVA 5 can charge up to 50% of your battery in just 21 minutes, a remarkable feat compared to the POVA 4’s measly 20% charging capability (but we all know who’s the real winner here, it’s the TECNO POVA 3 with the 7,000mAh capacity).

Colors and Design – The POVA 5’s design language is undeniably superior to that of the POVA 4. It exudes a sleek and visually appealing vibe that’s reminiscent of a CAMON Series phone rather than a POVA model. Additionally, it boasts a wider range of color options, unlike the POVA 4, which only offers a limited selection of two. The POVA 5 also comes in a special Free Fire Edition.

Price – Despite the POVA 5 having increased in price by PHP1,000*, the POVA 4 remains a solid choice with its lower price point. While it may have a less impressive 0.08 MP depth sensor and a “smaller” display size, the POVA 4’s enhancements, including a sharper IPS LCD display, faster charging speed (18W compared to the POVA 5’s 45W), and a 120Hz refresh rate, make up for any potential drawbacks.

This is simply a friendly comparison. More detailed content, including unboxing, full review, battery, and gaming tests, will be released in the upcoming days. Stay tuned!

Just a heads up, our website now features a compare section. Take a look at the real-time comparison between TECNO POVA 4 and TECNO POVA 5 by clicking on this link: https://unboxdiaries.com/compare/?slugs=tecno-pova-4,tecno-pova-5.

*unofficial pricing from Rull’s Philippines Shopee Store


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