Huawei has progressed from strength to strength in the UK, with latest releases together with the flagship Huawei P9 proving well-liked in Britain – however, it isn’t achieved yet. Introduced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Huawei has started a new range of smartphones to get on the mid-range market, the Huawei Nova Plus and Huawei Nova. We’ve spent a while with the Huawei Nova, and right here we focus on pricing and availability, design, features, and software.
The Huawei Nova is a small, stripped-down version of the company’s 2015 Nexus 6P. So on paper, the Nova seems to be pretty awesome; the Nexus 6P is the best phone Huawei’s ever made, providing unbelievable Huawei tech, minus the dire EMUI software.
sadly, with the Nova history doesn’t repeat itself. The result’s good – not great – phone that feels a little like a missed opportunity.
Huawei Nova Review – Specification
Display: 5.0 inch IPS panel
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Storage: 32GB + microSD
Rear Camera: 12MP
Front Facing Camera: 8MP
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Features: USB Type C, Bluetooth 4.1.
Huawei Nova Review – Design
The Nova seems to be like a shrunk-down Nexus 6P. It has a metal body, with a slightly curved back and 2.5D glass front. The fingerprint scanner sits in the identical position as it’s on the 6P.
Some may bemoan the lack of modifications. However, I’m a big fan of the Nova’s design. The metal body is solidly built and survived an unexpected drop onto a hardwood floor crack- and chip-free. The chassis is including scratch-resistant, which is a regular drawback on metal phones, such as the HTC 10.back to menu ↑
Huawei Nova Review – Display
The Nova’s 5-inch screen is the example of the phone’s key selling points. Using an IPS panel ensures whites are nicely clear.
Colors don’t have as much pop as competing for AMOLED displays, however, at least they are not oversaturated – as has turn into the latest trend with some producers.
Some individuals will quibble about the screen’s 1080p resolution. However, QHD hasn’t taken off in the mid-range market yet, and you’ll struggle to find a sharper display on the phone costing less than £500.back to menu ↑
Huawei Nova Review – Performance, Battery, and Security
The Nova’s battery life is superb. Although it has a 3,040mAh battery, it makes a comparatively small screen at 1080p, so it lasts longer than you may expect. Huawei says two days of regular use should be achievable on the Nova, and we had the identical experience. I used a few apps, did few social networking, and took a lot of pictures for a day, then left it on standby overnight. I declare to it with 61 percent still showing on the battery meter.
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 625 chip is inside — it’s more economical with battery power than older chips, and it’s faster — with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Operating an AnTuTu 3S benchmark returned a 63,822 score, Quadrant gave it 5,831. However, 3DMark weirdly refused to work. In the actual world, it plays games very competently, and won’t disappoint the informal participant. Those are respectable benchmarks for a mid-range phone, though much lower than what you’d get from a flagship phone or even the OnePlus 3.
A fingerprint sensor retains the Nova secure and wakes the phone from a black screen almost instantly. We discovered it to be extremely reliable, with very few misreads, and those who did occur were down to our finger placement rather than any skill concerns. There’s NFC on board, too, so it’ll happily work with Android Pay. It’s slightly concerning that it’s only Android 6.0 introduce, and not even the most up to date version of Marshmallow, both, however, an update to Android Nougat will likely be coming in the future. Huawei isn’t the fastest to send out updates, unfortunately, so when you care about security and timely updates, you needn’t apply.
Huawei Nova Review – Camera
Camera tech is the different area in which the Nova comes back. The 12-megapixel rear camera isn’t terrible. However, it simply doesn’t match the performance of rivals, such as the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 and OnePlus 3.
The front facing camera isn’t to be inhaled at either – an 8Mp camera with f/2.0 and equally decent outcomes in low-light situations. While there’s no dedicated front-facing flash like on different Huawei smartphones, those who want more light can easily use the Nova’s display as a flash.
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Huawei Nova Review – UK Price and Release Date
So earlier than we go any further, let’s first focus on UK pricing and availability. The Huawei Nova, together with the Nova Plus are both marketed as being mid-range smartphones; that means they’re not designed to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6s. UK users will be able to choose up a Huawei Nova for around £320 when it’s launched in the UK.
So when will it be launched? As introduced by Huawei during its IFA 2016 press conference, the smartphone will be available to buy in over 50 nations from October, although a date is yet to be set – we’ll update this part with more info as soon as we obtain it. As with other Huawei smartphones, the Huawei Nova will be able to order from VMall once it’s available.