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Huawei Nova

Specifications

Huawei Nova
Huawei Nova (Nova Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR3
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 443 PPI, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 22.7 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio jack, Card Reader: micro-SD cards max. 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Hall sensor, fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, G-sensor, gyroscope, USB OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), UMTS (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE Cat.6 (800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz), download max. 300 MBit/s, upload max. 50 MBit/s, nano-SIM, head-SAR: 0.99 W/kg, body-SAR: 0.94 W/kg, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.1 x 141.2 x 69.1 ( = 0.28 x 5.56 x 2.72 in)
Battery
13.29 Wh, 3020 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/2,2, photos max. 4032 x 3016 pixels, video max. 3840 x 2160 pixels, auto-focus, LED flash
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2,0, photos max. 3264 x 2448 pixels
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power supply, USB Type-C cable, SIM tool, headset, quick-start guide, Google apps, Facebook, Twitter, WPS Office, 24 Months Warranty, , fanless
Weight
146 g ( = 5.15 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)

 

Average Score: 78.24% - good
Average of 49 scores (from 92 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 76%, features: 70%, display: 80% mobility: 86%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 89%, emissions: 93%

Reviews for the Huawei Nova

85.6% Huawei Nova Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Handy alternative. Like its 5.5-inch sibling Nova Plus, Huawei's Nova is almost premium-range in terms of build. However, the 5-inch handset had even more to offer in the test and gives its mid-range opponents a hard time.
The Huawei Nova Is Not As Super As I Expected
Source: Tech Girl English
The Nova isn’t a bad phone. But it is a R6 999 phone. So I expect it to impress me more than some of the 3k smartphones I’ve been playing with. It didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it has some great features which include the premium design, great graphics and super battery power (I didn’t mention this earlier – the battery power is top class). However, when it comes down to it I just don’t think the price tag justifies what you’re getting. Rather splurge a bit more and get the Mate 9.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/22/2017
60% Huawei nova review: A good phone with a terrible price
Source: Htxt Africa English
The price point is too high for a phone that under performs. The camera is great however, and so is the battery but that isn’t enough for me to justify a recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Huawei Nova
Source: Tech Smart English
Getting your hands on a Nova will cost R6 999, as recommended by Huawei. At that price it is a solid R1k to R2k less than most of the premium mid-range phones it's going up against. When it comes to a competitive market like that, it's a decided advantage, especially when most of these devices are sporting comparable specifications.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/07/2017
70% Huawei Nova in-depth review - Not quite a Super Nova
Source: Mobile Choice English
The Nova is one of the most elegantly designed phones in the market today, with tiny bezels and a very palm-friendly 5-inch screen size.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 60% mobility: 70%
70% Huawei Nova review: The mid-range muddler
Source: Pocket Lint English
The Huawei Nova is a decent small-scale Android phone. It sits in a place in the market where there's desperate need for quality without an overly hefty price tag.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Huawei Nova Review
Source: Toptenreviews English
In today’s competitive phone market, the Nova needs to be cheaper, but it’s a fine device with no big drawbacks.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
78% Huawei Nova Review – Excellent Design but pricey
Source: What Mobile English
The Huawei Nova is a perfectly good mid-range handset that has solid performance and excellent design. The problem is that it costs about £50 more than other handsets which arguably offer more value for money. While it is a very good device, the jury is still out on whether you should pick this over handsets such as the Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 and OnePlus 3.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
60% Huawei Nova Review
Source: Digital Trends English
No. Although the Nova is a great phone, it’s simply overpriced. If it cost $300, it would be worth considering, but at 400 euros, it’s way off the mark. No matter how much you value style, no one wants to overpay for a smartphone, and that’s what you’ll do with the Nova. Game over, Huawei.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Nova and Nova Plus review: Huawei’s polished mid-rangers don't quite hit their mark
Source: New Atlas English
We enjoyed our time with these two phones and they tick a lot of the right boxes – particular in design and battery life – but we don't think Huawei has quite done enough to make an impact in a very congested market. If it can build on what it's done with the Nova and Nova Plus, and get European and US carriers more interested in the coming months, then the 2017 editions could be much more appealing propositions.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/26/2016
60% Huawei Nova and Nova Plus review: Rinse and repeat
Source: International Business Times English
The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus are perfectly capable mid-range handsets from Huawei that offer solid specs at a reasonable price point. While they lack imagination from a design perspective, both are well-built and premium-looking, at times echoing the phones Huawei hopes to replace at the top of the smartphone pecking order. However, there's nothing on offer here to tip them much above the average mark, and once again Huawei's software prevents the smartphones from feeling like something that could pose a serious threat to its Android rivals. And in the mid-range smartphone market, Huawei has a lot to contend with.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 10/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Huawei Nova review: Huawei's mid-range Nova is beautifully crafted, but lacks the processing power needed to make it the best
Source: PC Advisor English
So, what do we think of the Huawei Nova? While it’s good on paper, it’s slightly underwhelming in real life. The processor isn’t quite as quick as the competition, the graphical capabilities aren’t great and the quality of low-light photography is less than expected, even for a mid-range smartphone. What is good is the design – it’s sleek, gorgeous and is extremely comfortable to use, and definitely doesn’t look like a ~£300 smartphone. While it’ll suffice for the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and managing email, we wouldn’t recommend it for high-end gaming or for use as a replacement DSLR. With companies like OnePlus dominating the mid-range scene with high-end internals, it makes it hard to recommend the fairly average Huawei Nova.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 50% features: 70% workmanship: 90%
73% Huawei Nova and Nova Plus Review
Source: Phone Arena English
In the end, neither of these phones is likely to steer you wrong, especially if you're not demanding a ton from your smartphone – and if you want a handset that feels great to hold, and has a battery that won't leave you hanging, either makes a really nice choice. But there's also not a lot here that screams THIS is the mid-priced phone to get. As a result, we'd definitely recommend considering these two Novas – but maybe check out some phones from the competition, as well.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 73%
80% Huawei Nova review
Source: It Pro English
However, the Nova has one massive problem, and that problem is the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 beats the Nova in every conceivable category - from performance to battery life to build quality - and has the added edge of being even cheaper. It's also available from O2, so there's no excuse not to pick it up.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Huawei Nova review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
In many ways, the Nova is a great phone. The handset looks great, has a decent display, and offers stellar battery life. A year ago, it would probably have been one of my recommended mid-range handsets, despite the fact it has a below average camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
80% Huawei Nova review
Source: Stuff TV English
If you can live with a custom Android skin, it definitely beats the plastic fantastic of other cheap phones out there. The only problem is price. The OnePlus 3 is still one of the best value phones out there right now, and even a Brexit-related price hike can’t change that. You’re getting much more phone for your money, complete with customisable covers and Stock Android.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Huawei nova review
Source: GSM Arena English
Indeed, the Huawei nova has a lot to offer - Nexus 6P-like beautiful design, a 2.5D curved glass, an airplane-grade aluminum, a flagship fingerprint sensor, and premium camera features. And while the Nova is new on the market, Huawei has already proved it can combine all these ingredients in an awesome way in previous smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/03/2016
80% Huawei Nova review: A OnePlus 3 killer? Not quite
Source: Expert Reviews English
Despite the niggles, there’s plenty to like about Huawei’s latest Nova handset. With its vibrant, curved-edge screen, smooth performance and battery life that will last you a full working day, it should serve you well, but the problem is it’s up against some pretty fierce competition in this price bracket.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Huawei Nova And Nova Plus Review
Source: Android Authority English
With 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 4K video recording and Full HD displays then the nova and nova plus certainly have the hallmarks of couple of upper mid-range devices. That is even more so for the nova plus with its built-in OIS and larger display. The main weaknesses are the the processor package, and the camera setup.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 09/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 85%
70% Huawei Nova Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
The Nova is a slick bit of hardware which boasts particularly impressive battery life, as well as offering a solid media experience. However, the software issues and glitches can make it quite a frustrating experience at times and performance is clearly limited.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/12/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Hands-on with the beautifully crafted Nova from Huawei, which offers a great blend of design and functionality
Source: PC Advisor English
So, what do we think of the Huawei Nova? For a mid-range smartphone, it boasts impressive capabilities – especially in the camera department. While it doesn’t have dual-snappers like the P9, its performance in low-light conditions is impressive. It’s gorgeous too, and feels comfortable in the hand – in fact, it feels more like a high-end smartphone than a mid-range smartphone, the hallmark of Huawei. The biggest question is – is it worth the money? While no UK pricing has been announced, the 399 Euro price tag puts it in line with smartphones including the OnePlus 3, which offers a more powerful processor and more RAM – but we’ll hold our reservations until we get one back to PC Advisor towers. Make sure you check back soon for a more thorough verdict!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/05/2016
Hands on: Huawei Nova review
Source: Techradar English
While we need to delve more thoroughly into it, the speed on offer and battery life could be really decent for the price – the camera we're less sure about, as Huawei still hasn't nailed the snapping experience at the top end, but there are some decent manual modes to play with at least.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2016
Huawei Nova and Nova Plus preview: Hands-on with the brand new smartphone range
Source: International Business Times English
The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus are unlikely to shake things up at the high end of the smartphone spectrum, but that's not the intention anyway. Instead, the devices are an attempt to tap into a burgeoning middle tier dominated by the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG and prove that no place is safe from the Chinese manufacturer's onslaught. On the other hand, despite their solid hardware and (mostly) good looks, there's no escaping the fact that the Nova and Nova Plus are two more additions to an ocean of mid-range smartphones.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2016
Channelling Nexus 6P design into the mid-range
Source: Pocket Lint English
There's a lot to love about the Huawei Nova. It's a mid-range handset that wants to bring you adequate power, with specs that matter, and a build that's class leading. The mid-range is in many ways more interesting and disruptive than the flagship level in Android devices and that's true of the Nova.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2016
Huawei Nova hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
The mid-range market is seriously heating up this year. Motorola used to rule the roost, but now there are some major contenders for the top spot - and based on a quick 15 minute fondle with the Nova, it could be one of them. I'm a big fan of the all-metal build, it ticks all the right boxes when it comes to hardware, and has extras like a fingerprint sensor that are quickly becoming must-haves for any phone.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2016

Foreign Reviews

Huawei Nova Der edle Dauerrenner aus der Mittelschicht
Source: PocketPC German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/23/2017
85% Huawei Nova
Source: Chinahandys.net German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
80% Huawei Nova
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/16/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Huawei Nova
Source: Marijan bloggt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2017
Huawei Nova kompakter Begleiter mit Stil
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2016
88% Huawei Nova
Source: Marijan bloggt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% performance: 95% display: 95% mobility: 90%
Huawei Nova und Nova Plus
Source: Go2 Mobile German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2016
88% Huawei Nova Dual-SIM
Source: Connect - 01/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 88%
90% Huawei Nova Dual-SIM
Source: Computerbild - Heft 24/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 11/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Sehr gutes Angebot für die Android-Mittelklasse
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/14/2016
89% Kompakt, edel, flott – das neue Traumhandy?
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 97% features: 78% display: 83% mobility: 91%
70% Schönheit Ist Nicht Alles
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Das Frauen-Handy, das auch Männer versteht
Source: Blick German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/03/2016
74% Huawei Nova 5 inch das Smartphone der Superlative
Source: Technik Surfer German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 74% price: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80%
Gehobene Mittelklasse
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/28/2016
Huawei Nova Edellahm
Source: Turn On German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2016
Huawei Nova
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2016
Huawei Nova Dual-SIM
Source: e-media - Heft 11/2016 German
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/01/2016
82% Das kleine Nexus 6P
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 75% display: 80% mobility: 85%
Nexus 6P im Mini-Format
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2016
Neues 'Premium-Mittelklasse'-Smartphone im Hands-On
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/01/2016
86% Huawei Nova, review y análisis completo
Source: Andro Asia Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 85% display: 80% mobility: 90%
70% Análisis del Huawei Nova
Source: Movil Zona Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/30/2016
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
85% Análise ao smartphone Huawei Nova
Source: Pplware Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 85% display: 85% mobility: 87% workmanship: 85%
Huawei nova
Source: Wintech Portuegese PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/16/2016
Rating: price: 83% performance: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Huawei Nova: Análise / Review em Português
Source: 4G News Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Low price; great built quality; nice performance; long battery life; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/20/2016
Análise ao Huawei Nova
Source: Aberto ate de Madrugada Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Nice design; comfort in use. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/22/2016
Análise Huawei Nova: um smartphone de qualidade na gama média
Source: Mais Tecnologia Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; good front camera; high performance. Negative: Many unwanted apps.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/13/2016
Análise Huawei nova
Source: Android Geek Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; high autonomy; good front camera. Negative: High price; "noise" photos in poor lighting condition.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2016
Unboxing Huawei Nova o Premium a um preço acessível
Source: Android Geek Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Excellent cameras; beautiful design; compact size; long battery life; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/14/2016
Smartphone Huawei Nova - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone e tablet android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/19/2017
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
75% [Recenzja] Huawei Nova – warto na niego rzucić okiem
Source: Androidiani Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
85% Recensione Huawei Nova | Colpo Di Fulmine
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% performance: 80% display: 85% mobility: 90% workmanship: 95%
Recensione Huawei Nova by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/10/2016
Rating: price: 80% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 90%
88% Huawei Nova recensione video
Source: Batista70Phone Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 70% display: 90% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 100%
82% Recensione Huawei Nova: non chiamatela fascia media
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/09/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 80% features: 78% display: 75% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 95%
83% Huawei Nova: il piccolo Nexus 6P con un'ottima autonomia | Recensione
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
83% Huawei Nova Recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 78% display: 78% mobility: 90% workmanship: 84%
83% Huawei Nova Recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 78% mobility: 90% workmanship: 84%
82% Recensione Huawei Nova
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/02/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 75% features: 75% display: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 85%
Smartphone Huawei Nova - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone e tablet android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2016
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
Huawei Nova: la recensione
Source: Androidiani Italian IT→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; good ergonomy; high autonomy. Negative: Poor connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/24/2017
Huawei Nova – Video Recensione
Source: Stockisti Italian IT→EN
Positive: Decent cameras; good performance; high autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/20/2016
Recensione Huawei Nova, un compatto che convince
Source: Pianeta Cellulare Italian IT→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; decent performance; long battery life. Negative: Average speakers.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2016
Huawei Nova: La Recensione Del Medio Range Con Feeling Premium
Source: Tecno Cino Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; beautiful design; decent cameras; good autonomy. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/03/2016
Preview Huawei Nova by Smartphone Italia
Source: Smartphone Italia Italian IT→EN
Positive: Stylish design; decent main camera; good performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/29/2016
80% Review Huawei Nova: klein en fijn, met heerlijke accuduur
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Huawei Nova review: fashionista
Source: All About Phones Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
100% Review: Huawei Nova is een nieuw toestel in een oud jasje
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Huawei Nova - Nieuw toestel, oud jasje
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Huawei Nova review
Source: Portablegear Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; decent hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/24/2016
Eerste indruk: Huawei Nova, smartphone gericht op vrouwen
Source: Bright.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Beautiful design for women; good cameras; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/01/2016
70% Test du Huawei Nova : une proposition qui n’aurait pas dénotée parmi les Nexus
Source: Les Mobiles French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/17/2017
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Test Du Huawei Nova : Premium Dans Son Design Mais Aussi Dans Son Prix
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/24/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Huawei Nova Recensione: Premium Nel Design, E Nel Prezzo
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Test Du Huawei Nova, Le « Petit » Nexus 6P
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Test du Huawei Nova : chérie, ils ont rétréci le 6P!
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Great built quality; high performance; good autonomy. Negative: Mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/04/2016
Test Huawei Nova : Un Bon 5 Pouces Design Et Autonome Au Prix Fort
Source: Phonandroid French FR→EN
Positive: Elegant design; long battery life. Negative: Mediocre performance; average speakers; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/07/2016
83% Recenzja Huawei Nova – Ładny I Kompaktowy, Ale Czy To Wystarczy?
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% display: 75% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Huawei nova – test smartfona trochę mniejszego niż zwykle
Source: Komputerswiat Turkish PL→EN
Positive: Great built quality; high performance; good autonomy. Negative: Mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/02/2017
80% Huawei Nova - Старое обновление
Source: Helpix RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Смартфон Huawei Nova
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 83%
80% Обзор Huawei nova: смартфон в стиле Nexus для всего понемногу
Source: Ferra.ru RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Тест-обзор смартфона Huawei Nova
Source: Yamobi RU→EN
Positive: Metal case; solid workmanship; fast fingerprint scanner; good screen; decent cameras. Negative: Sim and microSD are on the same slot; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/16/2016
Обзор Смартфона Huawei Nova. На Стыке Сегментов
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Metal case; elegant design; excellent display; fast system; decent cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2016
Обзор смартфона Huawei Nova: красота и удобство
Source: Hitech Vesti RU→EN
Positive: Compact size; metal case; good autonomy; fast fingerprint scanner. Negative: Sim and microSD are on the same slot; only one frequency band Wi-Fi.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/11/2016
80% Recenze: Huawei Nova: nejlepší a nejkrásnější zástupce vyšší střední třídy
Source: Smartfoun.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 90%
Huawei Nova: levnější, kompaktnější a hezčí P9 (recenze)
Source: CNews.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Decent cameras; good price/performance ratio; compact size. Negative: Sim and microSD are on the same slot; slow charging; poor connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/21/2016

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Model: The demand for mid-range smartphones is at its highest and smartphone manufacturers are trying their very best to make these devices better and better. The Huawei Nova is a typical mid-range smartphone but it offers a premium build quality and decent hardware. The appearance of the smartphone looks similar to the Nexus 6P and Huawei P9. It measures at 141.2 x 69.1 x 7.1 mm (5.56 x 2.72 x 0.28 in) and weighs at 146 g (5.15 oz) which is considered lightweight for an all-metal smartphone. It has an airplane-grade aluminium unibody, which looks and feels more premium than plastic build. By using airplane-grade aluminium, the build of the Huawei Nova is both sturdy and lightweight. The Huawei Nova retail box includes a 5V/2A charger, a USB Type-C cable and a pair of EarPods-like headphones. It has a good looking packaging, which is an effort by Huawei to package a premium phone.

The Nova features an energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, 32 GB internal memory, and 3 GB of RAM. The storage capacity can be expanded by up to 256 GB with a micro SD card. This specs are quite common for a smartphone in this price range. Just like most Huawei smartphones, this Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow system uses the Emotion 4.1 UI user interface.

Its 12 MP camera with a LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, hybrid autofocus and PDAF+ contrast detection supports 4K video recording at 30 fps. The secondary 8 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture is ideal for video calling and selfies and also supports video recording at 1080p. The 5.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen features a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and supports multi-touch gestures. In addition, the screen features a curved 2.5D screen glass, which looks nicely incorporated into the build. Huawei promises 450 nits of maximum brightness. However, the downside of the screen is that it has no protective layer to keep scratches away. Gorilla Glass 3 would have been a good addition.

The Huawei Nova is powered by a non-removable 3020 mAh battery. Thanks to the energy saving chipset and CPU, the battery life of the smartphone is quite decent. The phones achieves 28 hours of talk time, 9 hours of video playback and 11 hours of web browsing. For wireless connectivity, the Huawei Nova supports LTE connectivity, GPS, FM radio, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. In addition, it comes with a 3.5 mm jack for audio connectivity. The phone is available in Prestige Gold, Titanium Gray, and Moonlight Silver. The Huawei Nova is a good example that cheaper phones don’t have to be bad. It will do most of the things that a high-end device will do at just half the price.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
625: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2 GHz, an Adreno 506 GPU, a DDR3L-1866 memory controller and a X9 LTE (Cat 7) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.146 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).
78.24%: 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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Asus ZenFone Zoom S ZE553KL
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.17 kg
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.165 kg
Wiko Wim
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 626, 5.5", 0.16 kg
BlackBerry KeyOne
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 4.5", 0.18 kg
Vivo V5 Plus
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.159 kg
Lenovo P2
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.177 kg
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom-ZE553KL
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.17 kg
ZTE Blade V8 Pro
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.185 kg
Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.7", 0.17 kg
ZTE Axon 7 Max
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 6", 0 kg
Samsung Galaxy On7 (2016)
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.167 kg
Huawei G9 Plus
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 625, 5.5", 0.16 kg
Oppo R9s
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2016-09-11)