Tecno, the brand known for its affordable smartphones, launched its first-ever gaming smartphone called POVA in Nigeria and the Philippines recently. Now, the smartphone-maker has launched the gaming smartphone in India under Rs 12,000. The smartphone’s headlining features include 6.8-inch punch-hole display, Helio G80 SoC, and a quad-camera setup on the rear panel.
In the sub-12k price bracket in India, the Tecno POVA goes up against the Redmi 9 Prime (review) and Realme Narzo 20 (review). Both these devices also come with Helio G-series gaming processors and decent specifications. Let’s take a look at how these three smartphones fare against each other.
Tecno POVA vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme Narzo 20: price in India
The Tecno POVA has been launched in two configurations in India. The base variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage has been priced at Rs 9,999. On the other hand, the 6GB + 128GB model will retail at Rs 11,999. The handset will be available on Flipkart from December 11th at 12pm. The POVA is available in Magic Blue, Speed Purple and Dazzle Black colours.
The Redmi 9 Prime also comes in two configurations of 64GB and 128GB, both with 4GB RAM. The 64GB model can be picked for Rs 9,999, whereas the top-end model retails at Rs 11,999. The handset is available in Matte Black, Mint Green, Space Blue and Sunrise Flare colour options. It can be bought from Mi.com, Amazon, Mi Homes and Mi Studios.
Lastly, the Realme Narzo 20 also comes in the same configuration as Redmi 9 Prime. The base model retails at Rs 10,499, whereas the 128GB model is priced at Rs 11,499. The Narzo 20 can be purchased from Realme.com, Flipkart and retail stores. It’s available in Glory Silver and Victory Blue colours.
Winner: Realme Narzo 20
Tecno POVA vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme Narzo 20: display
The Tecno POVA is equipped with a 6.8-inch Dot-in display, which is the brand’s term for a punch-hole cutout. The screen offers 1,640 x 720 pixels resolution and a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. Additionally, the screen has an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90.4 percent.
The Redmi 9 Prime and Realme Narzo 20, on the other hand, feature a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a waterdrop notch on top. Both these smartphones feature Gorilla Glass 3 layer on top of the display for protection. However, while Narzo 20 sticks to the HD+ resolution, the Redmi 9 Prime wins this round with its FHD+ resolution.
Winner: Redmi 9 Prime
Tecno POVA vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme Narzo 20: performance and software
In the performance department, the Tecno POVA and Redmi 9 Prime are both powered by the mid-range MediaTek Helio G80 SoC. The POVA comes with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Redmi 9 Prime also offers up to 128GB storage but with 4GB RAM.
The Realme Narzo 20 offers the same configurations as Redmi 9 Prime but newer Helio G85 SoC. While Helio G85 is a newer processor and offers a slightly higher GPU clock speed, it performs the same. Therefore, in terms of performance, all three devices are on par with each other.
Coming to the software, the Tecon POVA boots HiOS 7.0 based on Android 10. The base software for Realme Narzo 20 and Redmi 9 Prime is the same, but with Realme UI and MIUI 11 on top, respectively.
Tecno POVA vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme Narzo 20: cameras
In the camera department, the Tecno POVA and Redmi 9 Prime are quad cameras-toting smartphones, whereas the Realme Narzo 20 has triple-camera setup. Speaking of the POVA first, the smartphone features a 16MP main sensor, 2MP depth sensor, 2MP macro shooter and an AI lens. There’s an 8MP camera in the front for selfies.
The Redmi 9 Prime has a 13MP primary sensor backed by an 8MP ultra-wide camera, 5MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor on the rear. The Narzo 20 gets this round because of the 48MP primary camera backed by 8MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP macro sensor. These smartphones also feature an 8MP selfie camera.
Winner: Realme Narzo 20
Tecno POVA vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme Narzo 20: battery
The Redmi 9 Prime has the smallest battery here with 5,020mAh, with support for 18W fast charging. Both Realme Narzo 20 and Tecno POVA feature a massive 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
Winner: Tie between Tecno POVA and Realme Narzo 20
Tecno POVA vs Redmi 9 Prime vs Realme Narzo 20: verdict
The Tecno POVA is a solid debut affordable gaming smartphone by the brand. The handset offers a large display, mid-range gaming processor, and a massive battery. However, in case you are looking for an affordable gaming smartphone with a powerful primary camera, the Narzo 20 should be your pick. Lastly, the Redmi 9 Prime is ideal for those who want a sharper display (FHD+) for multimedia.
|Tecno POVA||6.8-inch HD+ display, MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, up to 6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, HiOS 7.0 based on Android 10, 13MP quad rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging|
|Redmi 9 Prime||6.53-inch FHD+ display, MediaTek Helio G80 chipset, 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, MIUI 11 based on Android 10, 13MP quad rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 5,020mAh battery, 18W fast charging (10W charger provided)|
|Realme Narzo 20||6.5-inch IPS LCD display, MediaTek Helio G85 chipset, 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, Android 10-based Realme UI, 48MP triple rear cameras, 8MP selfie camera, 6,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging|