TECNO POVA 5: Gaming-Oriented Budget Smartphone Officially Launched in the Philippines, Starting at PHP 7,999!

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TECNO on schedule today formally introduced the new POVA 5 phones in the Philippines.

TECNO POVA 5 is now official in PH
TECNO POVA 5 is now official in PH

The device is available in an 8GB/128GB model (PHP 7,999 SRP) and a beefier 8GB/256GB edition (PHP 8,499).

The newly launched POVA 5 Series in the Philippines comes with a variety of customized Free Fire features that fans are sure to enjoy! It’s also packed with a range of gamer-friendly specs such as a 6,000mAh Battery, 45W Smart Charge, 6.78″ FHD+ Display, and a 120Hz High Refresh Rate to ensure an unparalleled gaming and entertaining experience for every Filipinos.

Key specs and features of TECNO POVA 5

To recap, the POVA 5 is boasting a futuristic-looking “Turbo Mecha Design” with the so-called “3D mecha cover” inspired by a “powerful robot armor” in Amber Gold, Hurricane Blue, and Mecha Black colorways.

Big display
Big display

In front, it is boasting a 6.78-inch BIG display with a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother animations, 240Hz touch sampling rate for better touch response, and crisp enough FHD+ 2460 x 1080 resolution.

Under the hood, you get a 2.2GHz 6nm MediaTek Helio G99 octa-core processor with Mali-G57 MC2 GPU designed to handle even some demanding games at medium settings. It is paired with 8GB RAM, 8GB Extended RAM (a total of 16GB RAM), and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage.

The company claims that its 
Large Memory allows up to 25 caches in the background without lags and enables a 39 percent improved average app start-up time as well as the AI-powered Aurora Engine that can launch apps at “lightning speed”.

For battery, it uses a large 6,000mAh battery capacity with USB-C 45W fast charging.

TECNO 45W Smart Charge
TECNO 45W Smart Charge

According to TECNO, its 45W Smart Charge tech can power the phone from 0 to 50 percent in just 21 minutes and 100 percent in 60 minutes making it 25 percent faster than the previous POVA Series. Its battery can also last for a full day of uninterrupted play on a single charge, 9 hours of continuous calling, 18 hours of browsing, and over 14 hours of video screening.

It even has a 10W Reverse Charging feature that allows the smartphone to be used as a power bank to charge other devices. 

In Super Power Saving Mode, the device also has the Battery Lab 3.0 tech to maximize its battery further.

To keep its performance in check even while playing games, TECNO added a Vapor Chamber Cooling system with a 0749mm2 Ultra Large Heat Dissipation Area.

For cameras, you will find a 50MP main shooter paired with an AI lens for depth sensing. It also has Dual View video for vlogging, Sky Shop to magically edit the sky in a tap, Portrait Beauty, and HDR mode.

Moreover, it uses a Dual Speaker (stereo) setup with DTS Audio and Hi-Res wired and wireless certifications and Z-axis linear motor + Hard Gyroscope for “realistic” vibrations.

TECNO POVA 5 x Free Fire

The TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire collab
The TECNO POVA 5 Free Fire collab

The other highlight of the handset is it is in partnership with Garena Free Fire. The TECNO POVA 5 x Free Fire (Free Fire Special Edition) in the Philippines comes with Free Fire-themed customizations.

As an extremely popular battle royale game, Free Fire has won over fans around the world with its inspiring characters and enthralling gameplay. TECNO has selected the most popular Free Fire characters to be featured as part of the customization line-up, to create a relevant and engaging user experience around the game. The Special Edition is largely designed after Free Fire’s iconic character Kelly, a passionate runner with extreme speed and incredible stamina – this perfectly aligns with the ultimate power system and the incomparable performance of the POVA 5 that would grant players a randomized in-game wearable or tool.

The phone also comes with themed software with Free Fire-inspired colors, live wallpapers of the top five popular Free Fire characters,  and customized notifications and ringtones.


Display: 6.78-inch LCD (IPS) w/ 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, FHD+ 2460 x 1080 resolution at 391 ppi

CPU: 2.2GHz 6nm MediaTek Helio G99 octa-core processor

GPU: Mali-G57 MC2


ROM: 128GB/256GB

Back Camera: 50MP + AI depth cam + LED flash

Selfie Camera: 8MP 

Battery: 6,000mAh w/ 45W fast charging, 10W reverse charging

OS: Android 13 w/ HiOS 13

Connectivity: WiFi (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G, Bluetooth 5.1, OTG, GPS, NFC, dual SIM (nano)

Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic

Others: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio Wired/Wireless,  Z-axis linear motor, Vapor Chamber Cooling, USB-C, Colors: Amber Gold, Mecha Black, Hurricane Blue

Dimensions: 168.6 x 76.61 x 9 mm

Price: PHP 7,999 (8GB/128GB), PHP 8,499 (8GB/256GB)

Price and availability

TECNO POVA 5 (8GB/128GB) – PHP 7,999

TECNO POVA 5 (8GB/256GB) – PHP 8,499

Apart from the POVA 5, TECNO also shared that the POVA NEO 3 and the POVA 5 Pro will be available in the local market soon.

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