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Huawei Nova 9 SE Review: Chic smartphone with 108 MP camera

Radiant. With the Nova 9 SE, Huawei has a smartphone in its portfolio that stands out with a high-resolution camera, rapid fast charging, and fancy color variants. Is that enough to compensate for the missing Google services? Let's find out in the review.
Huawei Nova 9 SE (Nova Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G 8 x 1.8 - 2.4 GHz, Kryo 265 Gold (Cortex-A73) / Silver (Cortex-A53)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.78 inch 19.9:9, 2388 x 1080 pixel 387 PPI, Capacitive, LCD, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110.29 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, digital compass, proximity, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.94 x 164.64 x 75.55 ( = 0.31 x 6.48 x 2.97 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix (f/1.9, 1/1.52", 0.7 µm) 8 MPix (Ultra Wide, f/2.2) 2 MPix (Depth, f/2.4) 2 MPix (Macro, f/2.4); 1.080p-Video; Camera2-API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.2, 22 mm)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, 66W-Charger, USB-Cabel (Type-C to Type-A), SIM-Tool, Bumper, EMUI 12, 24 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 0.80 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.29W/kg; GNSS (Single-Band): GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS; DRM Widevine L3; ClearKey 1.2, fanless
Weight
191 g ( = 6.74 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 137 g ( = 4.83 oz / 0.3 pounds)
Price
319 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80.3 %
06/2022
Huawei Nova 9 SE
SD 680, Adreno 610
191 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.78"2388x1080
79.8 %
05/2022
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
SD 680, Adreno 610
179 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.43"2400x1080
77.7 %
06/2022
Oppo A76
SD 680, Adreno 610
189 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.56"1612x720
81.1 %
06/2022
Samsung Galaxy M23
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
198 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.60"2408x1080

Case and features: Nova 9 SE without DRM certification

The Huawei Nova 9 SE is available in three color variants: Crystal Blue, Midnight Black, and Pearl White. Our Crystal Blue review sample features an appealingly iridescent back. The build quality is also impressive and convinces with tight and even gaps. The smartphone can withstand twisting tests without any creaks.

An IP certification against dust and water is not available. In general, Huawei is a bit stingy in terms of features. Dual-SIM is available, but there is no option for memory expansion via microSD and neither is an audio jack present. The USB 2.0 port supports OTG, so external peripherals and storage devices can be connected. DRM certification is not available either, so correspondingly protected content can only be consumed in SD quality.

Size comparision

165.5 mm / 6.52 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs164.4 mm / 6.47 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs164.64 mm / 6.48 inch 75.55 mm / 2.97 inch 7.94 mm / 0.3126 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs159.87 mm / 6.29 inch 73.87 mm / 2.91 inch 8.09 mm / 0.3185 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs

Communication, software, and operation

Huawei relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G SoC in the Nova 9 SE. Although the chipset's Snapdragon X11 modem does not support 5G, it is still quite fast with up to 390 MBit/s (download) even in the LTE network. The Wi-Fi module supports the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks and works with expected speeds and highly stable data rates when tested with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000.

The operating system used is Android 11 without Google services layered on top by Huawei's in-house EMUI 12 user interface. Apps can be installed via the AppGallery, but many well-known communication platforms such as WhatsApp or Signal are still missing. However, missing apps can be installed via Petal search from relevant websites but that is not easy to handle, especially for less tech-savvy users. The security patches were updated on March 1, 2022 at the time of the testing and are still reasonably up-to-date. Huawei is probably aiming for a quarterly update cadance here.

The capacitive touchscreen of Huawei's Nova 9 SE responds reliably to inputs and implements them precisely. A screen protector is pre-applied at the factory to the unspecified glass, which slightly reduces the gliding properties.

A fingerprint scanner has been integrated into the power button for biometric security, which unlocks the smartphone quickly and reliably. Additionally, or alternatively, facial recognition via the front camera is available, which works faster but is also less secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Huawei Nova 9 SE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
366 (351min - 381max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy M23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
363 (341min - 377max) MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
322 (162min - 386max) MBit/s ∼88% -12%
Oppo A76
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
311 (181min - 368max) MBit/s ∼85% -15%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Samsung Galaxy M23
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
340 (323min - 348max) MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Huawei Nova 9 SE
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
307 (299min - 312max) MBit/s ∼90%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
298 (198min - 345max) MBit/s ∼88% -3%
Oppo A76
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
282 (186min - 332max) MBit/s ∼83% -8%
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Huawei Nova 9 SE Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø306 (299-312)
Samsung Galaxy M23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø339 (323-348)
Huawei Nova 9 SE Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 610; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø366 (351-381)
Samsung Galaxy M23 Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø363 (341-377)

Cameras: Strong main optics in Huawei smartphone

Selfie with the Huawei Nova 9 SE
Selfie

The front-facing camera of the Huawei Nova 9 SE enables quite decent pictures but quickly loses contrast in somewhat heavier lighting conditions.

The heart of the main camera is a 108 MP sensor (Samsung HM2, S5KHM2), which takes appealing pictures. However, the Snapdragon 680's image processor is a bit overburdened with this as it nominally only supports up to 64 MP. This does not reduce the quality of the photos, but it does affect the speed. This is not serious but still noticeable. The other lenses are nicer accessories but at best deliver usable results for online use.

When it comes to movies, Full HD and 30 frames per second are the tops. At least a 4K option would certainly have been nice.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

HauptkameraHauptkameraUltraweitwinkel5-facher ZoomLow-Light
ColorChecker
6.7 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Nova 9 SE: 5.08 ∆E min: 1.36 - max: 7.57 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.9 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
53.8 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
42.8 ∆E
28.4 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
30.6 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
76 ∆E
43.6 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
92.9 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
14 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Nova 9 SE: 46.83 ∆E min: 14.02 - max: 92.93 ∆E

Display: Very accurate and flicker-free LCD

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The 6.78-inch LC screen of Huawei's Nova 9 SE offers a sharp display. The refresh rate can be set to either 60 or 90 Hz, or the system can automatically switch between the two values.

The brightness of 523 cd/m² on average is decent and is also achieved in manual mode as well as in the APL measurement. However, restrictions have to be reckoned with on bright days when using the device outdoors. The contrast is also rather mediocre due to the quite high black value. However, the color reproduction and the white balance of the display are extremely good. Furthermore, no pulse width modulation (PWM) is used to control the brightness.

518
cd/m²
545
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
517
cd/m²
546
cd/m²
515
cd/m²
508
cd/m²
525
cd/m²
530
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 546 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 523.4 cd/m² Minimum: 1.98 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 546 cd/m²
Contrast: 728:1 (Black: 0.75 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.6 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 0.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.5
96.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Huawei Nova 9 SE
LCD, 2388x1080, 6.78
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
OLED, 2400x1080, 6.43
Oppo A76
IPS, 1612x720, 6.56
Samsung Galaxy M23
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.60
Response Times
89%
-100%
-71%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41.28 ?(17.97, 23.31)
1.135 ?(1.121, 1.148)
97%
41 ?(20, 21)
1%
36 ?(17, 19)
13%
Response Time Black / White *
8.63 ?(4.65, 12.6)
1.635 ?(0.831, 0.8045)
81%
26 ?(11, 15)
-201%
22 ?(7, 15)
-155%
PWM Frequency
171.4
Screen
-34%
-66%
-203%
Brightness middle
546
702
29%
569
4%
551
1%
Brightness
523
701
34%
562
7%
525
0%
Brightness Distribution
93
98
5%
90
-3%
87
-6%
Black Level *
0.75
0.5
33%
0.4
47%
Contrast
728
1138
56%
1378
89%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.6
1
-67%
2.16
-260%
4.57
-662%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
1
2.3
-130%
3.37
-237%
6.56
-556%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
0.8
1.4
-75%
1.8
-125%
5.1
-538%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.2 100%
2.177 101%
2.31 95%
CCT
6540 99%
6520 100%
6784 96%
7750 84%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
28% / -3%
-83% / -73%
-137% / -177%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8.63 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 4.65 ms rise
↘ 12.6 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 13 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41.28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.97 ms rise
↘ 23.31 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 57 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (36.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19928 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard. Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard. Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Color mode: Normal, Color temperature: Standard. Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Color mode: Normal, Color temperature: Standard. Target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard. Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard. Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard. Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard. Target Color Space: sRGB)
Outdoors
Outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions, and battery life

The Huawei Nova 9 SE is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G SoC with 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM and the Adreno 610 as the integrated graphics unit. The SoC is positioned in the lower mid-range. The system speed is surprisingly good and smooth, but expectations should be lowered for gaming. While casual games are no problem for the Huawei smartphone, demanding titles like PUGB or Asphalt 9 are not always smoothly playable even with reduced details. That being said, the Nova 9 SE does not get too hot at any time and can consistently tap its full performance.

The speaker on the chin provides a decent sound experience as long as the volume is not overdone. Wired headsets or headphones can be connected to the USB port with an optional adapter if necessary, and Bluetooth is available wirelessly.

With its 4000 mAh battery, the Nova 9 SE achieves good runtimes of over 13 hours in our Wi-Fi test with adjusted screen brightness (150 cd/m²). However, it is the taillight in our comparison since the competition consistently relies on larger energy storage.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
382 Points ∼55%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
384 Points ∼56% +1%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
384 Points ∼56% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
643 Points ∼93% +68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (374 - 384, n=8)
379 Points ∼55% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=268, last 2 years)
690 Points ∼100% +81%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1661 Points ∼74%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1738 Points ∼78% +5%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1675 Points ∼75% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1846 Points ∼82% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1557 - 1738, n=8)
1625 Points ∼73% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=268, last 2 years)
2240 Points ∼100% +35%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
6687 Points ∼65%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
7694 Points ∼75% +15%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
6679 Points ∼65% 0%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
9800 Points ∼96% +47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (5884 - 8730, n=8)
7028 Points ∼69% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=176, last 2 years)
10243 Points ∼100% +53%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2185 Points ∼43%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2085 Points ∼41% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2085 - 2190, n=7)
2162 Points ∼43% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13341, n=226, last 2 years)
5029 Points ∼100% +130%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2046 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1931 Points ∼26% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1931 - 2096, n=7)
2038 Points ∼28% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=226, last 2 years)
7351 Points ∼100% +259%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2866 Points ∼88%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2589 Points ∼80% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2552 - 2866, n=7)
2723 Points ∼84% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=224, last 2 years)
3253 Points ∼100% +14%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1343 Points ∼55%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1365 Points ∼56% +2%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1357 Points ∼56% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1757 Points ∼72% +31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1332 - 1365, n=7)
1349 Points ∼56% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=180, last 2 years)
2430 Points ∼100% +81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1168 Points ∼47%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1188 Points ∼48% +2%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1177 Points ∼47% +1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1593 Points ∼64% +36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1154 - 1188, n=7)
1170 Points ∼47% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=180, last 2 years)
2489 Points ∼100% +113%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2817 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2683 Points ∼92% -5%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2930 Points ∼100% +4%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2749 Points ∼94% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2683 - 2930, n=7)
2785 Points ∼95% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=180, last 2 years)
2851 Points ∼97% +1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1367 Points ∼34%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1372 Points ∼34% 0%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1352 Points ∼33% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2910 Points ∼71% +113%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1347 - 1372, n=8)
1359 Points ∼33% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11909, n=241, last 2 years)
4075 Points ∼100% +198%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
1190 Points ∼23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1199 Points ∼23% +1%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
1184 Points ∼22% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2760 Points ∼52% +132%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1175 - 1242, n=8)
1194 Points ∼23% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=241, last 2 years)
5269 Points ∼100% +343%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
2853 Points ∼79%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2573 Points ∼72% -10%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
2683 Points ∼75% -6%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3595 Points ∼100% +26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (2571 - 2853, n=8)
2710 Points ∼75% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=241, last 2 years)
3237 Points ∼90% +13%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
453 Points ∼15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
447 Points ∼15% -1%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
446 Points ∼14% -2%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
644 Points ∼21% +42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (445 - 457, n=8)
450 Points ∼15% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=201, last 2 years)
3079 Points ∼100% +580%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
442 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
435 Points ∼13% -2%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
439 Points ∼13% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
635 Points ∼18% +44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (417 - 463, n=8)
440 Points ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=207, last 2 years)
3434 Points ∼100% +677%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
125 Points ∼13%
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
125 Points ∼13% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
127 Points ∼13% +2%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
22 Points ∼2% -82%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
193 Points ∼19% +54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (22 - 127, n=9)
110.7 Points ∼11% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=166, last 2 years)
996 Points ∼100% +697%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
124 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
124 Points ∼13% 0%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
120 Points ∼12% -3%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
189 Points ∼19% +52%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (112 - 124, n=7)
121.1 Points ∼12% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2876, n=160, last 2 years)
990 Points ∼100% +698%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
8.2 fps ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
8.8 fps ∼30% +7%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
17 fps ∼57% +107%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7.1 fps ∼24% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (7.8 - 17, n=8)
10.7 fps ∼36% +30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=263, last 2 years)
29.7 fps ∼100% +262%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
9.7 fps ∼27%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.8 fps ∼27% +1%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
9.6 fps ∼27% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
17 fps ∼47% +75%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (5.1 - 9.8, n=8)
9.08 fps ∼25% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=264, last 2 years)
35.8 fps ∼100% +269%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
4.8 fps ∼23%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
5 fps ∼24% +4%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
11 fps ∼53% +129%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
11 fps ∼53% +129%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (4.6 - 11, n=8)
6.35 fps ∼31% +32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 69, n=264, last 2 years)
20.7 fps ∼100% +331%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova 9 SE
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 8192
3.3 fps ∼24%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.2 fps ∼23% -3%
Oppo A76
Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G, Adreno 610, 4096
3.3 fps ∼24% 0%
Samsung Galaxy M23
Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3.3 fps ∼24% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  (1.4 - 3.3, n=8)
3.01 fps ∼22% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=264, last 2 years)
13.7 fps ∼100% +315%
Huawei Nova 9 SEXiaomi Redmi Note 11Oppo A76Samsung Galaxy M23Average 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-12%
-2%
-7%
-20%
-11%
Sequential Read 256KB
973.13
895.34
-8%
980.7
1%
867.2
-11%
689 ?(303 - 999, n=28)
-29%
943 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=259, last 2 years)
-3%
Sequential Write 256KB
714.41
519.23
-27%
711.7
0%
500.3
-30%
459 ?(105.3 - 857, n=28)
-36%
503 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=259, last 2 years)
-30%
Random Read 4KB
154.28
172.95
12%
174.7
13%
187.9
22%
165.3 ?(89.3 - 253, n=28)
7%
171.4 ?(13.5 - 345, n=259, last 2 years)
11%
Random Write 4KB
211.27
163.29
-23%
162.7
-23%
189.5
-10%
164.1 ?(113.8 - 213, n=28)
-22%
168.3 ?(30.3 - 475, n=260, last 2 years)
-20%

Temperature

Max. Load
 30.4 °C
87 F
30 °C
86 F
31.2 °C
88 F
 
 30.6 °C
87 F
28.7 °C
84 F
30.4 °C
87 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
29 °C
84 F
30 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 31.2 °C = 88 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
27.7 °C
82 F
28.2 °C
83 F
29 °C
84 F
27.9 °C
82 F
28.3 °C
83 F
29.5 °C
85 F
28.1 °C
83 F
28.1 °C
83 F
29.5 °C
85 F
Maximum: 29.5 °C = 85 F
Average: 28.5 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.5 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.5 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.2 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.444.7252847.13132.644.94027.742.6503446.6632748.78023.65210022.350.912517.750.516016.15320012.853.925013.1573151258.5400961.2500116463010.767.780010.371.7100010.973125012.173.2160011.874.420001277250011.879.7315011.985.2400012.987.3500013.387.2630013.482.8800013.580.51000013.679.51250014.877.81600014.169.7SPL24.694N0.692.7median 12.8median 73Delta1.19.737.436.62828.232.625.427.7283437.82725.423.625.922.328.617.730.516.145.312.845.213.150.71257.3960.81168.410.771.110.374.410.973.712.176.411.878.61278.911.878.411.977.712.978.713.379.713.47813.572.713.670.714.868.614.161.224.6890.676.6median 12.8median 71.11.112.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Nova 9 SEXiaomi Redmi Note 11
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Nova 9 SE audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (94 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (2.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 10.2% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 93% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 26% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 19% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 46% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Samsung Galaxy M23
5000 mAh
1004 min ∼38% +26%
Oppo A76
5000 mAh
993 min ∼38% +25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=266, last 2 years)
905 min ∼34% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
5000 mAh
842 min ∼32% +6%
Huawei Nova 9 SE
4000 mAh
795 min ∼30%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (HuaweiBrowser 12)
13h 15min

Pros

+ accurate and flicker-free LCD
+ Fast charging with 66 watts
+ good main camera

Cons

- neither DRM certification nor Google services
- Memory not expandable
- Additional lenses rather weak

Verdict: Good overall package with Google abstinence

In review: Huawei Nova 9 SE. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei Nova 9 SE. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.

Huawei offers an appealing mid-range smartphone with the Nova 9 SE, which is particularly convincing with a good main camera, an enduring battery, an accurate display, and extraordinary colors.

The Huawei Nova 9 SE is a good smartphone, but it still has to do without Google services

However, the Huawei smartphone also has to put up with some criticism. The panel could have been a bit brighter and have had higher contrast. Furthermore, 5G, DRM certification, and Google Mobile Services (GMS) are not available.

Huawei gets a lot of things right with the main camera, but the additional lenses are not really convincing. Furthermore, video recordings are limited to just Full HD 30 fps.

Strong alternatives to the Nova 9 SE are the Galaxy M23 and the Redmi Note 11.

Price and availability

The Huawei Nova 9 SE can be purchased for €311 directly from the Huawei online store and is often offered there with discounts in kind, such as free headphones and other accessories. The smartphone is also available at Amazon for a cheaper price.

Huawei Nova 9 SE - 06/17/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
87%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
46 / 70 → 66%
Weight
89%
Battery
90%
Display
89%
Games Performance
16 / 64 → 25%
Application Performance
67 / 86 → 78%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
81 / 90 → 90%
Camera
64%
Average
75%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-06-18 (Update: 2022-06-18)