Samsung Galaxy A22 vs Tecno Pova 2

Hello, in today’s post, we’re going to be looking at the Samsung Galaxy A22 vs Tecno Pova 2. This is a battle of the mid-rangers.

Samsung is a giant of the industry and competes at all levels. Even though they are a name that is firmly associated with quality, their midrange offerings sometimes fall short of that expectation. On the flip side, Tecno is a giant in the African market and has quietly been improving its offerings for a while.

So we are going to be comparing two of their lower midrange offerings to see which one is the better option to spend your money on.

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Samsung Galaxy A22 vs Tecno Pova 2

SpecsSamsung Galaxy A22Tecno Pova 2
BodyPlastic 186gPlastic
SoCHelio G80Helio G85
GPUMali G52 MC2Mali G52 MC2
MemoryLPDDR4x
eMMC 5.1
LPDDR4x
eMMC 5.1
SoftwareOne UI core 3.1
Android 11
HiOS 7.6
Android 11
Display6.4" HD Super AMOLED, 90Hz, 600nit, 274ppi6.9" FHD IPS-LCD, 480nit, 389ppi
Camera48MP Main GM2 f/1.8
8MP Ultrawide f/2.2
2MP Macro f/2.4
2MP Depth f/2.4

1080p@30fps
48MP Main f/1.9
2MP Macro
2MP Depth
QVGA




1080p@30fps
Selfie13MP8MP
Battery5,000mAh 15W7,000mAh 18W
ConnectivityDual SIM 4G
WiFi 5, BT 5.0, NFC, 3.5mm, OTG
Dual SIM 4G
WiFi 5, BT 5.0, NFC, 3.5mm, OTG
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, compassAccelerometer, proximity, light
Price/storage4/64GB-N106,000
4/128GB-N116,000
6/128GB-N110,000 to N150,000

Body

Both phones are made of plastic and seem to lack any sort of water or dust protection. The A22 weighs 186g.


Read:  MediaTek’s SoCs


Performance

Both phones use similar SoCs which are the MediaTek Helio G80 (A22) and the G85 (Pova 2). The Helio G85 is only slightly better than the G80 due to its faster GPU.

Both phones use the same LPDDR4x RAM and eMMC 5.1 internal storage. The A22 and the Pova 2 both also run on Android 11 but use different Android skins. The A22 uses Samsung’s One UI core 3.1 while the Pova 2 uses Tecno’s HiOS 7.6.

This will show in benchmarks as both phones are more or less tied at 200,000 (Antutu v8).

Display

The Pova 2 has a bigger display and a sharper resolution while the A22 uses a better and brighter display panel.

This one is down to individual choice. Would you pick a dull LCD with FHD (1080p) resolution or a brighter AMOLED with HD (720p) resolution?

Cameras

Without question, the A22 has the better cameras and camera setup. I would pick a 48MP Samsung GM2 sensor over a generic 48MP any day. The Pova 2 lacks an ultrawide camera and uses a QVGA sensor! That thing is useless.

The A22 also has a better selfie camera. Both phones record videos of 1080p@30fps. The A22 seems to have image stabilization while the Pova 2 has none.


Read: Smartphone Cameras Explained


Batteries

The Pova 2 has the bigger batteries and the faster charge speed. The A22 comes second here.

Connectivity and sensors

Both phones support dual 4G SIMs, wifi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm jacks, NFC, OTG, etc. They also support accelerometers, proximity, and light sensors although the Tecno Pova 2 seems to be lacking a Gyroscope.

Price and storage

The A22 has 2 storage variants that sell for N106,000 (4/64GB) and N116,000 (4/128GB) respectively while the Tecno Pova 2’s 6/128GB sells for anything between N110,000 to N150,000. All prices are in Nigerian Naira.

Conclusion

Both phones are tied in the areas of the body, SoC, and display. The Pova has a better battery while the A22 has better cameras, OIS, and a gyroscope. The onus now falls on you to make your choice. I’d say go for the A22, battery notwithstanding.


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