Huawei Nova hands-on – A new bill contender enters a swarming market
Huawei has had a good year with a high-end phones, with both a Leica-engineered P9 and P9 Plus impressing both a press and a public. And now it’s regulating IFA in Berlin to betray a integrate some-more affordable options.
They’re a initial models in a new Nova series, and while they’re doubtful to set a universe alight, there’s copiousness to like – from a docile distance to a impressively entirely featured spec sheets.
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First adult is a Nova, a phone that takes a pattern true from a P9. And that positively isn’t a bad thing.
It’s all metal, with that signature support of potion opposite a behind to cover a camera lens. It feels great, interjection to somewhat winding sides and a tiny footprint.
The 5-inch 1080p arrangement helps a phone to sojourn compress and it’s splendid and detailed. Colours are vibrant, there’s copiousness of brightness, and pixels are indistinguishable. Huawei could simply have opted for a 720p row here to cut costs, though I’m blissful it didn’t. The arrangement is lonesome in a piece of 2.5D potion that curves turn a edges ever so slightly.
Flip a device over and you’ll learn a nice, grippy hardness along with a fingerprint scanner that sits crash in a core of a back panel. In standard Huawei fashion, a fingerprint scanner is super-fast and unlocks a phone roughly a impulse we brush your number opposite a pad. It can be used for gestures, too, such as bringing adult a notifications row or skipping by photos.
The Huawei Nova looks decent, and it has a mid-range specs to match. Running a uncover is a Snapdragon 625 CPU, interconnected with 3GB of RAM. It’s engaging to see Huawei utilize Snapdragon’s possess chips rather than a Kirin versions it tends to use.
The phone feels fast, with apps opening fast and web pages loading though too many trouble. we wasn’t means to exam it’s gaming performance, for that you’ll have to wait for a full review.
On a program side of things, Huawei’s tradition UI – famous as EMUI – sits on tip of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. EMUI positively isn’t for everyone, and while it has seen improvements recently in both form and function, we still find it overbearing; it tries too tough to be like iOS.
There’s no app drawer, a icons are nauseous and notifications row is frustrating and feels out of place. On a and side it’s during slightest fluid, and we can always supplement your possess launcher.
Apparently a Nougat refurbish is coming, though a time support isn’t nonetheless definite. This will supplement local split-screen support and an softened Doze mode.
The Nova advantages from an considerable 32GB of inner storage, and a microSD container if we wish to enhance it even further.
Huawei claims a 3,020mAh battery should final dual days – that is a prolonged shot in my mind. Still, I’ll positively put it to a exam and see either this figure is accurate. Considering that a dungeon is incomparable than a Samsung Galaxy S7 and it has reduction pixels to pull along with a reduction inspired CPU, this phone could offer copiousness of stamina. Charging is around USB Type-C, and Quick Charge support is benefaction too.
Along a bottom of a device you’ll find a headphone jack and NFC for Android Pay. It seems to parasite many of a boxes – so far, during least.
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My biggest regard is a camera. The 12-megapixel section with an f/2.2 orifice dramatically overexposed each exam shot we took. Aim a sensor during a window and a picture is unrealistically bright; aim it during a dim intent and it isn’t visible. This could only be a program issue, though it could also be a genuine downer.
Up front sits an 8-megaapixel camera, that fared a small better. But a ever-present Beauty mode is still weirdly strange.
I was a genuine fan of a Huawei P9, and there’s copiousness to like about a Huawei Nova. It’s a cute, compress device that feels as good as a some-more prestigious brothers. It’s feature-packed too, including all from a healthy 32GB of inner storage to USB Type-C and a decent-sized battery.
There’s a lot of foe in this sold finish of a market, though Huawei could have something good on a hands here.