Tecno Pouvoir 4 Review
The Tecno Pouvoir 4 is a 7.0 Inch big smartphone with a very big battery capacity of 6000mAh. Is it any good when it comes to gaming? Continue reading to find out. Also targeted are video content producers. Lets start with the price. The cost of this smartphone in Kenya is Ksh14,999. This is around USD150.
When it comes to specifications, the Tecno Pouvoir 4 has a 2.0GHz quad core processor. Is this enough for online gaming? The RAM value is 3GB with the internal storage being 32GB. It runs on Android 10 operating system but that might change very soon.
Pouvoir 4 will be an early adopter Android 11 operating system upgrade to Android 11 beta 1 starting from July 10th. As part of the Android 11 Developer Preview Program, the Tecno Pouvoir 4 will allow consumers to try pre-released versions of Android 11 and provide consumers a more secured, stable and smarter user experience.
If you are interested in installing Android 11 beta 1 on your Pouvoir 4, then follow these instructions.
Tecno Pouvoir 4 Gaming And Battery Test
I have been getting questions on whether the Tecno phones I review can be used to play PUBG online game. This is what inspired this review. If you don’t know what PUBG is then its a first shooter game and it’s very common on Google Playstore.
If you follow my YouTube channel you know that I did a gaming and battery test of the Tecno Pouvoir 4. The test involved a non-stop four and a half hour gaming session with battery checks every now and then. In order to stress the battery, I increased the screen brightness to 100% after a few minutes.
After almost four hours playing mostly online games at full screen brightness, I managed to drain the battery to only 55%. This puts into perspective how big the battery capacity is. After this gaming session, the battery application estimated an extra two days of normal use.
The fact that the resolution of the Pouvoir 4 is 720X1640 means that the phone is wider than it is taller. This has an advantage of having a wider field of view in the landscape games. That is why the YouTube video above looks shorter and wider than normal 16:9 aspect ratio videos.
The screen clarity is much better as compared to other 720 screens I have used. The clarity and screen detail is at a level that is above acceptable. A 1080p screen would be welcome but remember how cheap this smartphone is. Also remember that it has a 6000mAh batery.
I never witnessed any lag in game-play or overheating. In fact I never even got a notification that the Pouvoir 4 is overheating. Thus the Tecno Pouvoir 4 is perfect for gaming. I promise to do such type of gaming videos in the future.
That is not to say that I didn’t get any notifications at all. I can understand social media and low battery notifications. But when other apps that I do not have an account start sending me notifications, then that is not good thing. I am talking of pre installed applications like AHA Games and Palm store. However this can be disabled from the App Notifications Settings.
The silent notification feature forces you to set at least one app to silence. But the notification will still show up.
Tecno Pouvoir 4 Camera
The Tecno Pouvoir 4 has a 13MP quad rear camera with quad flash. At the front we have an 8MP front camera with dual flash. Here is a sample 4:3 image from the rear camera.
The following image was taken using the 2MP macro lens. Macro photos work well with a focus distance of 4cm. This lens cannot be used to take video on the Pouvoir 4.
Here is a selfie with the beauty mode ON. Impressive.
When it comes to video, the Pouvoir 4 can record in 1080p at 30 frames per second which is very impressive. The front camera can also record 1080p videos at 26.86 frames per second. If you want to start a YouTube channel in 2020 with minimal gear then I recommend the Tecno Pouvoir 4.
The exposure can be set manually and the phone does not hunt for focus too often.
When I was shooting my first impressions portion of the unboxing video I did encounter a lot of wind. This was reflected in the video recordings too and I had to address it. I tries using the headset provided as well as an external lavalier mic but nothing worked. The phone still picked audio from the onboard microphone.
This is a bit of a disadvantage for vloggers but if you will shot tour videos indoors or in less windy areas, then all will be perfect. I wish the Pouvoir 4 could pick audio from external microphones while recording audio. The sound recorder app can pick audio from external microphones with no problem. So why not the camera application? I know this is just a matter of a software update and I am positive that this can be done. Over to you Tecno team.
The 32GB storage seems very little. However expanding this using an external SD card is highly recommended. This is due to the fact that shooting uncompressed videos at 30 frames per second will quickly fill up the 23GB storage space that is left for the user.
Palm Store & AHA Games
Palm store is an alternative place to download apps from while AHA games allows you to install as well as play online games. Both these apps came pre-installed in the Tecno Pouvoir 4 as do they come in any other Tecno smartphone.
AHA games has an overly excessive amount of Ads when it comes to playing online games. Well some apps on Google Play Store do have an excessive amount of Advertisements too.
So as a user will you choose the Google Play Store or Palm Store & AHA Games?