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Huawei Nova 2

Specifications

Huawei Nova 2
Huawei Nova 2 (Nova Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 659 8 x 2.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
5.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 443 PPI, capacitive, Full-HD, LTPS, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 48.4 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: headphones and microphone combo jack (3.5 mm), Card Reader: microSD cards up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, USB-OTG, BT aptX
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM-Quadband (850, 900, 1.800, 1.900 MHz), UMTS-Quadband (800, 850, 900, 2.100 MHz), LTE Cat.6 (800, 850, 900, 1.800, 2.100, 2.600 MHz), Downloads up to 300 MBit/s, Uploads up to 50 MBit/s, Nano-SIM, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.9 x 142.2 x 68.9 ( = 0.27 x 5.6 x 2.71 in)
Battery
2950 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 18 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 18 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 400 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 400 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix F/1.8, LED flash, pixel size 1.25 µm
Secondary Camera: 20 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, modular power supply, USB cable, headset, protective sleeve, SIM tool, quick start guide, EMUI 5.1, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
143 g ( = 5.04 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)
Price
399 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 79.16% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 71%, features: 68%, display: 81% mobility: 77%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 77%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Huawei Nova 2

84.1% Huawei Nova 2 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Selfie superstar? Huawei has created an upper-mid-range phone with the 5-inch Nova 2 and given it a special feature with a 20 MP front camera. Our review will reveal whether selfie fans should go for it.
Huawei Nova 2: Lightweight, Strong And Slim Smartphone
Source: iTech Post English Archive.org version
Huawei has revealed the Nova series smartphones at the end of 2016 and marketed them as phones for fashionable folk, a slim device with a great camera to slip into skinny jeans. The successor to the Nova smartphone Huawei Nova 2 was launched in May this year. The device, as company claims, is more lightweight, stronger and slimmer than its predecessor.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/16/2017
Huawei Nova 2 hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English Archive.org version
The only thing that could torpedo a UK launch is Huawei's own Honor brand - which is much more popular when it comes to less-expensive hardware that can still trade blows with the big boys.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/12/2017
Hands-on: Huawei Nova 2 review
Source: Tech Advisor English Archive.org version
Given the limited hands-on time, it's too early to give any buying advice. However, the mid-range price does make both the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus seem good value if you're particularly after a phone for taking all kinds of photos. They're not so hot for video, however. There's no word on whether either or both will come to the UK, but you'll be able to import them relatively easily via Chinese retailers such as GearBest and Geekbuying.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/09/2017

Foreign Reviews

78% Huawei Nova 2 Der Selfie-Superstar hat sich verknipst
Source: Technik Surfer German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
84% Huawei nova 2
Source: MobiFlip German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2017
Rating: Total score: 84%
78% Kompakte Knirpse
Source: Connect - 10/17 German
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 74% ergonomy: 84%
Huawei Nova 2 Tolle Verarbeitung, etwas zu teuer
Source: Bulaland German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2017
78% Die Frontkamera ist hier nicht der alleinige Star
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
89% Huawei Nova 2 im Test: Parade-Beispiel für die Mittelklasse
Source: Teltarif German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/26/2017
Rating: Total score: 89% price: 95% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
87% Huawei Nova 2 Handschmeichler der Mittelklasse
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 92% features: 87% display: 88% mobility: 82%
70% Schickes Smartphone Mit Durchblick
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
Kompakt mit Dual-Kamera und 20-Megapixel-Selfies
Source: Computerbase German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2017
Huawei Nova 2 sieht nicht nur toll aus
Source: n-tv German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2017
80% Das Galaxy A5 (2017) von Huawei
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Huawei nova 2
Source: Curved German DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/24/2017
75% Este é o Huawei Nova 2 | E que smartphones este!
Source: 4G News Portuegese PT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 80% performance: 75% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
79% Recensione Huawei Nova 2: doppia cam posteriore e selfie da 20 megapixel
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/19/2017
Rating: Total score: 79%
70% Huawei Nova 2 Recensione: Smartphone Chic Con Buone Prospettive
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/05/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
77% Czy Huawei Nova 2 dobrze zastąpi drogiego flagowca?
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 77%
Обзор: Huawei Nova 2 — очередное переосмысление6
Source: AndroidInsider.ru RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good price; nice display; decent cameras; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: No NFC; weak connectivity; sim and microSD are on the same slot.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/10/2017

Comment

Model: Huawei used to be synonymous with PC modems and networking devices but these days they are also quite well known for making good Android smartphones in most markets and it seems like Huawei might be trying to beat Apple to the punch before their release of the iPhone 8. For starters, it seems like the Nova 2 and its bigger brother, the Nova 2 Plus, is somewhat reminiscent of the 6S and 6 Plus from Apple. But do not let its design trick you into thinking that it’s just another one of those apple wannabe’s. Under the hood, the Huawei Nova 2 is packing Huawei’s own SoC design called the Kirin 659, which may seem like a untested design but it is still an 8 core CPU, which may prove to be a capable driver. Apart from that the Huawei Nova 2 is also equipped with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a dual 12 MP plus 8 MP camera combo for the rear,  and an additional 20 MP front camera. The specs are about mid-range if purely comparing the numbers. With the preloaded Android 7 Nougat it remains quite snappy although as with most China made phones there are tons of bloatware, which some users may never end up using. Display-wise the Huawei Nova 2 is sporting a 5-inch FHD IPS based LCD panel. It is reasonably sharp and vivid. However, the brightness is about average. In terms of the chassis construction and design the Huawei Nova 2 is made out of a single metal unibody, which is similar to the iPhone. It looks premium and not poorly made, although it seems that Huawei does not seem to grasp the concept of glossiness equals fingerprint magnet. In this case you might want to have a phone case not for damage protection but for fingerprint protection. Otherwise the chassis is reasonably rigid and solid.

The speakers are about as good as they can get. They are not groundbreaking but would surely do you wonders in a pinch. It is just a common thing that phones of this market segment don usually not have anything more than its needed. Dual camera setups are starting to get mainstream. The Nova 2's gives some satisfactory shots with proper zoom, which does not take away from its quality. However, a monochrome mode is unavailable. This does not mean that the camera is bad, but some over sharpening effects can be seen. Lastly, battery life should be mentioned. While the Huawei Nova 2 has a battery capacity of 2950 mAh it does not really take away from its battery life which it loses at about 15% per hour when on load. The battery life of easily 10 hours under lighter load and possibly even longer if used infrequently is reasonable. The phone is about solid with its mid-range specification and performance. It surpasses its predecessor even though the Snapdragon SoC was replaced by Huawei’s in house design.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Series:

Huawei's phone business may be embattled due to software problems but it has not stopped making new phones. While most of them have not made it to European shores, the latest Huawei Nova 9 is an exception to this. In terms of its design, this device is still considered thin at 7.8mm and light at 175g. This definitely makes it rather portable while the curved edges keep it comfortable to be held on too. The rear camera module on the back comes in two different circles which houses the main camera and the remaining lenses. However, this model has no Gorilla Glass on the display and there is also no water or dust-resistant IP rating. As far as the display is concerned, the Huawei Nova 9 has been incorporated with a large 6.75-inch Full HD+ OLED display with high colour coverage. This is paired with an impressive 120Hz high refresh rate. In addition, there is also an under-display fingerprint reader, which can be quite fast and reliable. In terms of its performance, this is a firmly mid-range device which uses the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset paired with an 8GB of RAM with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. It is undeniable that this is not the fastest or most powerful phone on the market, but it has got more than enough power for the average user. The performance is rather smooth and fluid even when multi-tasking, and there is enough power to run any modern smartphone game too.

In terms of its battery, the Huawei Nova 9 comes in with a 4300mAh battery which is enough for the phone to last a day’s use fairly comfortably, but definitely not enough to stretch it to two days unless for an exceptionally light usage. Fundamentally that makes the battery life fairly average for the modern market as there are phones with better battery life out there, but this is obviously not the worst though. As for its camera, this smartphone carries a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera being encased in its own circular housing, utilizes Huawei's RYYB pixel arrangement which the company prefers especially for low light performance. However, in this device it is not combined with optical image stabilization (OIS) which is key to really excellent night photography. Overall, in daylight the main camera is exceptional with rich colours and vivid detail in a range of conditions. Though in darker lighting results are good, the lack of OIS does show. Apart from that, the ultrawide does the job in decent lighting, but there is a marked drop in detail compared to the main lens while colours tend to be washed out. There is also a 32MP selfie camera which is quite decent. Overall, it is a great phone to be considered if the absence of Google Mobile services is not an issue.

ARM Mali-T830 MP2: Integrated graphics card for smartphones and tablets with two clusters (MP2) supporting OpenGL ES 3.2.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Kirin 659: ARM-based octa-core SoC (4x Cortex-A53 max. 2.36 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 max 1.7 GHz) with an integrated LTE modem (Cat. 13) and a ARM Mali-T830 MP2. In our benchmarks around 4% faster as the older Kirin 658.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


5.00":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


0.143 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company founded in 1987 with focus on telecommunications hardware and 170000 employees. In the first quarter of 2016, Huawei had a market share of 8.2% in the smartphone market, making it the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Compared to the same quarter of 2015, Huawei increased its market share by more than 58%.
In 2014, Huawei created the sub brand Honor and offers certain smartphone series under this name. The name Huawei is usually not listed for these products.
There are a lot of reviews on Huawei phones with slightly above average ratings (as of 2016).


79.16%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Samsung Galaxy A2 Core
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa
Huawei Nova Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Huawei P9 Lite 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Honor 8 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655
Huawei P10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 658

Devices with the same GPU

Samsung Galaxy M10
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 6.22", 0.163 kg
Huawei Mate SE
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.93", 0.165 kg
Huawei Y9
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.93", 0.17 kg
Samsung Galaxy A6 2018
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.60", 0.162 kg
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 G611F
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.50", 0.17 kg
Huawei Nova 3e
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.84", 0.145 kg
Huawei P20 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.84", 0.145 kg
Huawei P smart
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.65", 0.143 kg
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.65", 0.149 kg
Huawei P10 Selfie
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.50", 0.169 kg
Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.93", 0.165 kg
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.90", 0.164 kg
Honor 9i
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.90", 0.164 kg
Huawei Nova 2i
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5.90", 0.164 kg
Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.50", 0.17 kg
Huawei Nova 2 Plus
Mali-T830 MP2, unknown, 5.50", 0.169 kg
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.50", 0.167 kg
Huawei GR5 2017 Pro
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655, 5.50", 0.167 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Huawei nova 10
Adreno 642L, unknown, 6.67", 0.168 kg
Huawei Nova Y90
Adreno 610, Snapdragon SD 680, 6.70", 0.195 kg
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Adreno 642L, Snapdragon SD 778G 4G, 6.78", 0.191 kg
Huawei Nova Y70
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 6.75", 0.199 kg
Huawei Nova Y70 Plus
unknown, unknown, 6.75", 0.199 kg
Current Prices
Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-07-20)