Hands on with Huawei Nova

A mix between the Nexus 6P and the Huawei P9...
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Hands on with Huawei Nova

We check out Huawei’s latest smartphone offering

Over the past couple of years, Huawei – one of China’s biggest smartphone manufacturers - has moved from strength to strength. This summer we saw the release of the fantastic Huawei P9, with it’s dual lens setup, co-engineered by German camera legends, Leica.

And now it’s time for something a little different. Meet Huawei’s latest smartphone, Nova.

Build

A decent-sized 5-inch Full HD screen fronts Nova, with a solid metallic body surrounding it. There’s a small, circular fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, underneath the same rectangular plastic panel that appeared on Huawei’s Nexus 6P.

On the base of the phone there’s speaker grill capable of big, punchy sound, next to a USB Type-C charging port. Type-C is the latest USB technology, which lets you transfer data really quickly, and more importantly, charge up super fast.

Camera

The Nova’s 12MP camera has a large f/2.2 aperture, which basically means you can get more detail in your shots by allowing the lens to suck in more light. It also means low-light photography is a breeze.

4K video recording is on board too, and although you won’t be able to watch it back in full resolution on the phone, you can easily cast to a TV using the likes of Chromecast for the full effect.

Round the front there’s a secondary 8MP lens, for all your selfie needs. The built in beauty mode offers a bit of fun, digitally applying real-time make up and fake eyelashes to share with your friends.

Performance

Under the shiny metal and glass exterior are the things that make the Huawei Nova go. For starters there’s a powerful 2.0GHz octa-core processor, backed up with 3GB RAM. The more cores a smartphone has, the better it is at dealing with multiple tasks at once. So if you’re catching up the latest series on Netflix, and need to send a few emails at the same time, you won’t be slowed down.

Battery-wise, there’s a giant 3,020mAh cell to keep you going all day. And with the Huawei Power Saving mode, you can make the last few bars of power last for hours.

If you like the sound of the Huawei Nova you can order it from our website right now. And feel free to drop us a comment below if you have any questions.

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