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Tecno Pova 2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

Battery-powered phones are a great resource for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. If you live in India and want to forget the charger for at least two days, now you have many options. The best and newest include Tecno Pova 2 and Redmi 9 Power. They are equipped with huge batteries, but they also provide excellent performance at a good value for money. Which of these devices should I choose? Does Transsion do better than Xiaomi in the price range? ? This comparison between Tecno Pova 2 and Redmi 9 Power will highlight the differences between their specifications.

Tecno Pova 2 vs Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

Tecno Pova 2Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
DIMENSIONS173.3 x 78.8 x 9.6 mm162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm, 198 g
DISPLAY 6.9 inches, 1080 x 2460p (Full HD+), IPS LCD 6.53 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), IPS LCD
PROCESSORMediaTek Helio G85, octa-core 2 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 662, octa-core 2 GHz
MEMORY4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – micro SD dedicated slot4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD dedicated slot
SOFTWARE Android 11, HiOS Android 10, MIUI
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS
CAMERAQuad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.9
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Quad 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4 + f/2.4
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 7000 mAh, fast charging 18W 6000 mAh, fast charging 18W
ADDITIONAL FEATURESDual SIM slotDual SIM slot, reverse charging

Design

Do not expect premium materials from these handsets. They are lower-midrange phones and they are both built with a polycarbonate body. I personally prefer the Redmi 9 Power because it has a more compact body and it is easier to use with one hand and to keep in a pocket. Further, it has a pretty good look and its front glass is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. These phones come with side-mounted fingerprint readers thanks to which you can authenticate in a comfortable way.

Display

These phones come with similar display specifications. They have an IPS panel with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080p, a standard refresh rate, and no particular certifications to improve the image quality. They are the usual panels you can find on a lower-midrange phone, but they are all but disappointing. They offer a great level of detail and a sufficient image quality for everyone. With the Tecno Pova 2, you get one of the widest displays out there with a diagonal of 6.9 inches: that is why the phone is particularly recommended for those who work or play games. The Redmi 9 Power is more compact thanks to its 6.53-inch screen. Note that Redmi 9 Power features stereo speakers providing better audio quality, while Tecno Pova 2 has a mono speaker.

Specs & Software

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset found on the Redmi 9 Power and the MediaTek Helio G85 found on the Tecno Pova 2 are very close in terms of performance. Overall, the Helio G85 is slightly more powerful, but the Snapdragon 662 is built with a better production process (11 nm vs 12 nm) and it should provide a lower energy consumption on the Redmi 9 Power. Further, the Redmi 9 Power has a faster UFS 2.2 native storage in the high-end configuration with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This is also the maxed-out configuration of the Tecno Pova 2, but without the UFS 2.2 technology. While Redmi 9 Power is slightly more interesting in terms of hardware, it still runs Android 10 out of the box, while Tecno Pova 2 is based on Android 11. However, the MIUI 12 is a more advanced Android customization than the HiOS by Tecno.

Camera

Both Redmi 9 Power and Tecno Pova 2 can not be considered camera phones. They have an average 48 MP main camera which provides good quality but it is nothing so special. The Quad-LED flash found on the Tecno Pova 2 allows shooting more visible photos in the dark (especially indoor) and videos can be recorded with resolutions up to 1440p. But for the rest, Redmi 9 Power is more interesting as it features an 8 MP ultrawide camera and a brighter focal aperture for the main sensor.

Battery

Tecno Pova 2 has one of the biggest batteries out there with a capacity of 7000 mAh. But Redmi 9 Power remains an outstanding battery phone with its 6000 mAh battery. Both the handsets support 18W fast charging, but the Redmi 9 Power also supports reverse charging to charge other devices (wired).

Price

Redmi 9 Power and Tecno Pova 2 carry a starting price tag of Rs. 10,999 / $126 in the Indian market. Despite Tecno Pova 2 packs a slightly more powerful chipset, a wider display, and a bigger battery, the Redmi 9 Power looks more interesting due to its stereo speakers, reverse charging, and ultrawide camera. But this might not be everyone’s opinion. Which one would you pick?

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