In the market for a feature-packed smartphone but you’re limited by your Php10,000 budget? Check out our today’s comparison where we’ll be stacking up two of the best options you can get for the price.

First, we have the Infinix Note 12 G96, which just made its way to the Philippines. With its clean looks and decent specs, it’s geared towards consumers who want the most smartphone they can get for the money.

We’ll be comparing that to the TECNO Pova 3. A lot of you have already heard of this device due to its enormous battery, screen, and a whole lot more.


But there are a lot of things to consider before deciding which device is better. That’s our objective here in our Infinix Note 12 G96 versus TECNO Pova 3 specifications and features comparison.

Infinix Note 12 G96TECNO Pova 3
Operating SystemAndroid 12
XOS 10.6
Android 12
Display6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
60Hz refresh rate
6.9-inch FHD+ IPS
90Hz refresh rate
Processor2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G96 octa-coreMediaTek Helio G88
Graphite cooling
+ 5GB via virtual RAM expansion
up to 11GB via virtual RAM expansion
GPUMali-G57 MC2Mali-G52 MC2
expandable via microSD
expandable via microSD
Front Camera16-megapixel8-megapixel
Rear Camera50-megapixel (PDAF, f/1.6)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI lens
LED flash
AudioStereo speakers
DTS audio
Headphone jack
Stereo speakers
DTS audio
Headphone jack
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
FM radio
USB Type-C
WiFi, WiFi hotspot
USB Type-C
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scannerSide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
OthersLED back light (Electric Blue only)
ColorsForce Black
Sapphite Blue
Snow Fall
Eco Black
Tech Silver
Electric Blue
Dimensions and Weight164.6 x 76.8 x 8mm
Battery and Charging5,000mAh
33W fast charging
25W charging support
33W adapter included
Price8GB/128GB: Php8,999
8GB/256GB: Php9,999
6GB/128GB: Php8,999
6GB/128GB (Electric Blue):

Design and Build Quality

The Note 12 G96 and Pova 3 are dressed in their own unique style to impress particular group of people.


As you can see, the Infinix device has a cleaner and more elegant look. This would surely appeal to the sophisticated and minimalist ones who want to stay low-key while also owning an admirable device.

The POVA 3 went the other route with its slightly more aggressive design, which could easily get the attention of gamers out there.


Thanks to the LED light on the back, the Pova 3 does have a slight edge over the Note 12. Still, we’ll let you decide which looks better between these devices.

Display and Audio

Like the design, the display and audio specs on these devices were included to cater to two different people.


As you can see, the Infinix device boasts an AMOLED screen, which makes it great for viewing content like movies, videos, and even images.

On the other hand, the Pova 3 is obviously made for gamers. The larger screen gives more room for on-screen controls and the higher refresh rate will make compatible games run smoother.


Sound output is similar since both have stereo speakers with DTS audio. Bottom line is, if having a fancy AMOLED panel is big deal for you, go with the Note 12, but if you prefer size and speed more, go with the Pova 3.

Performance and Hardware

An obvious win for the Infinix Note 12 G96. As the name implies, it is powered by a MediaTek Helio G96 processor. It provides better performance in CPU and gaming-related tasks.


What’s more, the Infinix phone also has more RAM capacity at 8GB, which is 2GB higher than the Pova 3’s 6GB. This gives you more room for multitasking. It even comes with a 256GB option if you have additional native storage.


Both models come with sharp 50-megapixel cameras with auxiliary 2-megapixel sensors.



However, we gotta hand the win to the Note 12 G96 on this one thanks to its 16-megapixel selfie camera, which is two times sharper than what the Pova 3 has.


The TECNO Pova 3 boasts an enormous 7,000mAh battery, which is one of the largest not just in its price, but pretty much in any category.


This makes the Pova 3 an easy winner when compared to the Note 12’s 5,000mAh capacity. But to Infinix’s bet, it does have a better 33W charging support and with its smaller battery, charging times will be faster here. Still, nothing beats big battery.


Well, this is a tough one. As you can see, both devices are almost equally good and have their own strengths and weaknesses. So instead of deciding who is the clear winner, we’ll give you why one device is better than the other.


SEE ALSO: Infinix price list, TECNO Mobile price list

First, the Infinix Note 12 G96. As you just saw, it has the more powerful processor, which is honestly one of the main things that people on a budget really care about. As a bonus, it also has a fancy AMOLED screen, which we rarely see on devices at this price.

On the other hand, the TECNO Pova 3 is for those who want a boastful device. It has an enormous screen, equally large battery, aggressive design, and a high 90Hz refresh rate.


Bottomline is, if you want a more straightforward and powerful smartphone, go with the Infinix Note 12 G96 with its starting price of Php8,999. But if you want something with a fancy screen and design, go with the TECNO Pova 3, which starts at Php8,999.

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  1. It actually took me a long time to decide which of the two to obtain. But since I am not into gaming but into creating content for You Tube, I decided in favor of Infinix with its more powerful processor.