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Huawei Nova 5 launching June 21

Nova 5 render based on leaked information. (Source: Gadgets Now)
Nova 5 render based on leaked information. (Source: Gadgets Now)
The Nova 5 sub-premium smartphone is now confirmed to launch on June 21, but rumor has it that the Nova 5i premium mid-range model is also slated to launch around the same date. Specs leaked on TENAA for the Nova 5i include a Kirin 710 SoC, 6 or 8 GB of RAM plus 128 GB of storage, a 6.4-inch display with 2,30 x 1080 resolution, rear quad-camera setup with 24 MP + 8 MP +2 MP + 2MP sensors, and a 3,900 mAh battery.

Even though the new restrictions imposed on Huawei may slow down its ascension for world’s top smartphone maker, the company still has the Chinese market wrapped around its finger, as quite a few new handheld models are scheduled to debut in the second half of 2019. Among the first devices to start shipping this mid-summer will be the Nova 5, which was freshly confirmed to get a June 21 launch.

Rumor has it that there will also be a Nova 5i lite version launching together with the Nova 5 sub-premium handheld. The official announcement does not offer any clues regarding specs, but recent TENAA certifications and rumors revealed some essential features for both versions.

Thus, the Nova 5 is expected to be powered by the latest 7 nm Kirin 980 SoC, and it will feature at least a 48 MP main cam on the back plus a selfie pop-up. There should also be a 6.39-inch AMOLED touchscreen with an under-display fingerprint sensor, and the included 4,200 mAh battery is supposed to come with 44 W fast charging.

Specs for the Nova 5i are bit more generous, since the model recently got the TENAA certification. The Nova 5i will feature a 6.4-inch display with 2,310 x 1080 resolution, however all the other specs point towards a premium mid-range model. Powering this model will be the 12 nm Kirin 710 SoC and there will be a 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage version, as well as an 8 GB / 128 GB one, which suggests that the Nova 5 could come with at least 10 GB RAM. For the imaging department, the Nova 5i will pack a rear quad-cam setup that includes a main 24 MP sensor, an 8 MP sensor with a telephoto lens and two 2 MP depth sensors, while the selfie cam gets a 24 MP sensor. This model will get s slightly smaller 3,900 mAh battery, but it will still feature fast charging.

It looks like the new Nova 5 models will not ship with Huawei’s proprietary HongMen OS, as TENAA mentions that the Nova 5i will run the latest EMUI 9 based on Android 9.0.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-06-11 (Update: 2019-06-11)