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Huawei Nova Plus Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/07/2016

Finally 4k recording! Huawei's Nova Plus leaves a premium impression in the mainstream segment and is the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer with Ultra-HD video recording. However, Huawei does not use its own Kirin SoC, but a chip from Qualcomm. How does the smartphone perform in the competitive segment of up to 400 Euros (~$432)?

For the original German review, see here.

The Chinese manufacturer Huawei uses the Nova Plus to relaunch its mainstream smartphones under a different name. We review the larger Nova Plus, where the design has been inspired by the Mate series. The smaller Nova on the other hand, shows similarities with the Nexus 6P.

The specifications include a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS panel, a modern mainstream SoC, 3 GB of RAM as well as 32 GB internal storage, which can be expanded via a microSD-card. The battery capacity is quite generous at 3340 mAh and the 16 MP camera promises good pictures. The Nova Plus is also Huawei's first smartphone with Ultra-HD video recording.

Priced at 429 Euros (~$463/RRP), the test model is sitting in a very competitive segment with strong rivals such as the OnePlus 3, the Honor 8, the Asus ZenFone 3, the Samsung Galaxy A5, the Lenovo Moto Z Play and the ZTE Axon 7.

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Huawei Nova Plus (Nova Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR3
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 401 PPI, Multi-touch, 10 point, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, , 24.01 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combined headphones and microphone port (3.5 mm), Card Reader: MicroSD up to 128 GB (SDHC, SDXC), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, Gravity Sensor, OTG, Wifi Direct
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 7 (band 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 and 38), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.3 x 151.8 x 75.7 ( = 0.29 x 5.98 x 2.98 in)
Battery
14.7 Wh, 3340 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 4.4 V, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 25 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 427 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 448 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix (Autofocus, OIS, two-tone LED-flash, UHD video)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (Fixfocus)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Power adapter, USB-cable, SIM tool, headset, EMUI 4.1, 24 Months Warranty, USB Type-C, SAR body: 1.42 W/kg, SAR head: 1.41 W/kg, fanless
Weight
162 g ( = 5.71 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 67 g ( = 2.36 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
429 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The design of the Huawei Nova Plus is quite simple and is reminiscent of Huawei's own Mate series. It actually looks a bit like a thicker version of the Mate S. Thanks to the rounded edges, the smartphone feels good in the hand and leaves a sophisticated impression.

The aluminum chassis looks good and the tactile feel is great. The glass at the front is slightly rounded at the edges and leaves a good impression as well. Twisting attempts are no problem for the Nova Plus, and we had to apply quite a lot of pressure to create ripples on the screen.

Most of the gaps are small and even, only the plastic inserts for the antennas at the back are slightly weaker in this respect. The plastic frame between the case and the display glass is also rather inconvenient, both in terms of visuals as well as haptics.

The card tray is made of metal, but unfortunately, the color is different from the frame of the Nova Plus, which does not look good. The card tray itself can accommodate two Nano-SIM cards or one SIM with one microSD-card. The battery is integrated into the chassis.

Size Comparison

156.4 mm / 6.16 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs152.6 mm / 6.01 inch 77.4 mm / 3.05 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs152.7 mm / 6.01 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 7.35 mm / 0.2894 inch 161 g0.3549 lbs151.7 mm / 5.97 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 175 g0.3858 lbs151.8 mm / 5.98 inch 75.7 mm / 2.98 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 162 g0.3571 lbs145.5 mm / 5.73 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 7.45 mm / 0.2933 inch 153 g0.3373 lbs144.8 mm / 5.7 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs

Connectivity

As with many other devices in this segment, the Huawei Nova Plus is equipped with a USB Type-C port. However, it is still only a UB 2.0 connector. Video signals cannot be transferred via USB, but you can at least attach external storage drives and input devices to the smartphone thanks to OTG support.

According to the manufacturer, the microSD-card slot supports cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB. However, you can only save pictures and other media files on the additional storage; apps or parts of their files cannot be transferred. It is also not possible to format the card as an internal storage.

Furthermore, the Nova Plus is equipped with Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, an FM radio as well as a two-color notification LED, but the latter cannot be configured.

Left: Card slot
Left: Card slot
Top: Audio, microphone
Top: Audio, microphone
Bottom: Microphone, USB, Speaker
Bottom: Microphone, USB, Speaker
Right: Volume rocker, power
Right: Volume rocker, power

Software

The operating system of the Nova Plus is the quite modern Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's own user interface EMUI 4.1 (build: MLA-L11C432B132). An update to Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 is announced for Q1/2017.

A similar operating system is also used for the Huawei P9, and you can find more details in this review.

Communication and GPS

The Huawei Nova Plus leaves a good impression in terms of mobile communications and supports fast LTE Cat. 7 with a decent coverage of frequencies. However, the 3G network is a little sparse with just two bands. Nevertheless, we did not notice any limitations in the metropolitan area, where the 4G network is used most of the time anyway.

Within our comparison group, the Nova Plus is the only smartphone without 5.0 GHz WLAN support. You can only use the IEEE 802.11 standards b/g/n, while all the other rivals here cover at least the a-standard as well. The transfer rates are actually not bad for a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi device, which is shown by our test with the reference router Linksys EA8500. It even manages better transfer rates than the ZenFone 3 with ac-Wi-Fi. Both the stability and the range were convincing.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
337 MBit/s ∼100% +531%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
320 MBit/s ∼95% +499%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121 MBit/s ∼36% +127%
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53.4 MBit/s ∼16%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
32.9 MBit/s ∼10% -38%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
323 MBit/s ∼100% +527%
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
298 MBit/s ∼92% +479%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
112 MBit/s ∼35% +117%
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
51.5 MBit/s ∼16%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
31.2 MBit/s ∼10% -39%
GPS Test: Indoors
GPS Test: Indoors
GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Outdoors

The sat fix of the Huawei Nova Plus is pretty quick, even when we are still inside the building. It supports the GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou satellite networks.

To get a better impression of the accuracy, we took the smartphone on a little bicycle ride and compared the results with the bicycle navigation device Garmin Edge 500.

Our reference device did have some minor problems at the beginning of the tour, which is why the Nova Plus performed better during the first 2 kilometers (~1.2 mi). From then on, the Garmin gave us more accurate position data, updated the location more frequently and was more accurate, so the path is more precise. Considering the initial section, the total difference between the two devices is not that big, and the smartphone manages a decent result, which should be more than sufficient for everyday navigation purposes.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei Nova Plus

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality

Huawei has made only slight visual changes in the appearance of the Phone app, but the functionality is basically identical to every other Android smartphone.

The voice quality of the Nova Plus is really good when you hold it to your ear. Both sides of the call can enjoy a clear conversation without any interruptions. The noise suppression works well and can block loud ambient noises, so the Nova user is still easy to understand, but it cannot filter all of them. Using the hands-free mode, we noticed small and frequent dropouts at the device, and we were not heard perfectly. Instead, our voice sounded very pressed and slightly distorted.

Cameras

Picture with the front camera (muted backlight)
Picture with the front camera (muted backlight)

The front camera of the Huawei Nova Plus has an 8 MP sensor with a fixed focus. Videos can be recorded in Full HD. So far not that spectacular, but the smartphone can really convince with its software and does not only offer the usual beauty mode with a soft focus, but also a make-up mode with different looks. It applies a soft focus to the cheeks and the forehead, colors eyelids as well as lips and extends eyelashes. The results look pretty good. The front camera works pretty well in general and is good for selfies.

The main camera takes pictures with 16 MP, and is equipped with a three-axis optical image stabilizer as well as auto focus. The Huawei Nova Plus is also the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer with Ultra-HD video recording. The results are quite good in daylight and convince with decent color balance and good dynamic range. The white balance is sometimes a bit too cool, but ambitious smartphone photographers can also use a professional mode with settings for the light sensitivity, shutter speed, focussing and white balance. The picture quality drops noticeably in low-light situations and details will appear blurry pretty quickly.

The quality of the video recordings is good, but the image stabilizer and the object tracking are unfortunately only available in the Full HD mode (30 fps). Videos at 60 frames per second are not supported in general. You also have to help the autofocus quite often. Sound is recorded in stereo and the result is decent.

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.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
ColorChecker: The actual color is displayed in the lower half of each patch.
ColorChecker: The actual color is displayed in the lower half of each patch.

We also checked the performance of the main camera under controlled lighting conditions. The results were not edited afterwards. Unlike our sample shots, the white balance is a bit too warm in the ColorChecker Passport picture. Colors are pretty saturated to produce more vivid pictures.

The sharpness of the picture can be evaluated with our test chart. The details in the center in particular are captured really well by the Huawei Nova Plus and the color gradients also leave a good impression. However, the contrast drops visibly towards the edges.

Accessories and Warranty

The box of the Huawei Nova Plus includes a modular power adapter with a nominal output of 10 watts (5V, 2A), a USB cable (Type-A to Type-C), a headset, a SIM tool, a quick-start guide and a leaflet with security information. The manufacturer does not offer any dedicated accessories.

The warranty period is 24 months. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices and Handling

The capacitive touchscreen of the Huawei Nova Plus recognizes up to ten inputs simultaneously and provides very good gliding capabilities. Inputs are also executed quickly and reliably in the peripheral areas.

The manufacturer uses its own Swype keyboard layout, which also supports swipe inputs and word predictions. The keys are a bit too crowded for our taste, but this is obviously no problem since you can just install any other keyboard from the Play Store.

The physical buttons have a good pressure point and leave a sophisticated impression. The fingerprint scanner at the back unlocks the smartphone very quickly and recognizes stored fingerprints very reliably. You can also use the surface to trigger the camera or scroll through your pictures, show the notification bar and accept or end calls, respectively.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Huawei Nova Plus has a 5.5-inch IPS display with 1920x1080 pixels. The resulting pixel density of 401 PPI ensures crisp contents. We can measure a luminance of up to 504 nits, which is a good result. At 0.5 cd/m², the black value results in a contrast ratio of 970:1. This is also a good result, but it drops slightly to 949:1 with an even distribution of dark and bright surfaces (APL 50). The luminance is not further increased with the activated brightness sensor.

We could not determine any clouding on our test model. You will like the optional mode to improve the visibility if you often read in the dark. It filters blue light and therefore reduces strain on the eyes.

488
cd/m²
480
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
485
cd/m²
456
cd/m²
504
cd/m²
490
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 504 cd/m² Average: 480.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.51 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 485 cd/m²
Contrast: 970:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.36
Huawei Nova Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
OnePlus 3
Optic-AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
Honor 8
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
ZTE Axon 7
AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
Super AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.2
Lenovo Moto Z Play
AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
Screen
-8%
-9%
-1%
-20%
22%
25%
Brightness middle
485
419
-14%
451
-7%
658
36%
328
-32%
378
-22%
509
5%
Brightness
481
431
-10%
443
-8%
633
32%
334
-31%
380
-21%
511
6%
Brightness Distribution
90
84
-7%
93
3%
93
3%
88
-2%
91
1%
93
3%
Black Level *
0.5
0.4
20%
0.66
-32%
Contrast
970
1128
16%
997
3%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.2
4.1
2%
5.4
-29%
4.9
-17%
4.6
-10%
1.95
54%
2.2
48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.9
12
-52%
9.9
-25%
9.1
-15%
14.7
-86%
3.09
61%
5.8
27%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.8
3.3
31%
6.7
-40%
5.8
-21%
2.8
42%
1.86
61%
2
58%
Gamma
2.36 93%
2.1 105%
2.33 94%
2.26 97%
2.29 96%
2.13 103%
2.25 98%
CCT
7568 86%
6550 99%
8262 79%
7840 83%
6612 98%
6376 102%
6768 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
89.38
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100

* ... smaller is better

Colors on the Huawei Nova Plus appear rich and crisp. We had a closer look at them with a spectrophotometer and the analysis software CalMAN. The test model manages an average position within our comparison group in terms of colors, and stays below a DeltaE of 5 both for the ColorChecker as well as the grayscale. This is at least the case for the color profile Warm; the colors are much cooler with the default profile, and the deviations are also higher as a result. Red is the biggest outlier at a DeltaE of 7.9, which is a result of the oversaturated colors. However, this is not noticeable in practice.

Grayscale (profile: Standard, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Standard, target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Standard, target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Standard, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: Standard, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: Standard, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (profile: Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Colorspace (vs. sRGB)
Colorspace (vs. sRGB)
Colorspace (vs. AdobeRGB)
Colorspace (vs. AdobeRGB)
Colorspace (vs. NTSC)
Colorspace (vs. NTSC)

Outdoors, the Huawei Nova Plus leaves a good impression and you can see the display contents in most lighting conditions. Thanks to the high luminance and the good contrast ratio, you can also see the display content on bright days. You should, however, avoid direct sunlight if you want to read long texts.

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
32 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12.4 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9331 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

As expected, the IPS panel of the Huawei Nova Plus provides wide viewing angles and does not cause any criticism. There are no color inversions and the luminance hardly drops, even from very flat angles. We could only notice some IPS glowing on black pictures.

Performance

Huawei does not use its own Kirin SoC for the Nova Plus, but Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625. The mainstream SoC uses eight power efficient Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.0 GHz. Graphics are handled by the Adreno 506, and the SoC is supported by 3 GB of RAM, which is typical for this class. Smartphones such as the Lenovo Moto Z Play and the ZenFone 3 use the same components.

The benchmark results of the Nova Plus are on par with the similarly equipped competitors. It can only clearly beat the Moto Z Play in Geekbench 4, which is probably a result of its missing 64-bit support. If you are looking for more performance, the OnePlus 3 or the Axon 7 might be a good choice, because both models are equipped with modern high-end SoCs.

The system benchmarks show a mixed picture. While the Nova Plus is slightly ahead of the other Snapdragon 625 smartphones in AnTuTu and Basemark OS II, it is surprisingly slow in PCMark. We also noticed occasional stutters in practice. It seems EMUI does not run as smoothly as usual without Kirin SoC.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
64601 Points ∼22%
ZTE Axon 7
122524 Points ∼42% +90%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
41676 Points ∼14% -35%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
62484 Points ∼21% -3%
Honor 8
94671 Points ∼32% +47%
OnePlus 3
142090 Points ∼48% +120%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
61345 Points ∼21% -5%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
3156 Points ∼9%
ZTE Axon 7
3867 Points ∼11% +23%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
4042 Points ∼11% +28%
Honor 8
5481 Points ∼15% +74%
OnePlus 3
4097 Points ∼11% +30%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
2525 Points ∼7% -20%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
845 Points ∼13%
ZTE Axon 7
1280 Points ∼20% +51%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
820 Points ∼13% -3%
Honor 8
1726 Points ∼27% +104%
OnePlus 3
1754 Points ∼28% +108%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
795 Points ∼13% -6%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
1795 Points ∼37%
ZTE Axon 7
1099 Points ∼22% -39%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
1479 Points ∼30% -18%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
2112 Points ∼43% +18%
Honor 8
2587 Points ∼53% +44%
OnePlus 3
1789 Points ∼37% 0%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
1631 Points ∼33% -9%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
733 Points ∼6%
ZTE Axon 7
4619 Points ∼41% +530%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
275 Points ∼2% -62%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
719 Points ∼6% -2%
Honor 8
1112 Points ∼10% +52%
OnePlus 3
4633 Points ∼41% +532%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
725 Points ∼6% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
844 Points ∼10%
ZTE Axon 7
2698 Points ∼32% +220%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
336 Points ∼4% -60%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
842 Points ∼10% 0%
Honor 8
1273 Points ∼15% +51%
OnePlus 3
3424 Points ∼41% +306%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
827 Points ∼10% -2%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
15823 Points ∼18%
ZTE Axon 7
20408 Points ∼24% +29%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
9495 Points ∼11% -40%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
15984 Points ∼18% +1%
Honor 8
15531 Points ∼18% -2%
OnePlus 3
21771 Points ∼25% +38%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
15923 Points ∼18% +1%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
13412 Points ∼3%
ZTE Axon 7
24310 Points ∼5% +81%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
7542 Points ∼1% -44%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
13466 Points ∼3% 0%
Honor 8
22157 Points ∼4% +65%
OnePlus 3
34023 Points ∼6% +154%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
13437 Points ∼3% 0%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
13882 Points ∼6%
ZTE Axon 7
23319 Points ∼10% +68%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
7903 Points ∼3% -43%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
13955 Points ∼6% +1%
Honor 8
20235 Points ∼9% +46%
OnePlus 3
30241 Points ∼13% +118%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
13920 Points ∼6% 0%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
23 fps ∼0%
ZTE Axon 7
88 fps ∼1% +283%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
14 fps ∼0% -39%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
23 fps ∼0% 0%
Honor 8
41 fps ∼0% +78%
OnePlus 3
89 fps ∼1% +287%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
23 fps ∼0% 0%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
23 fps ∼1%
ZTE Axon 7
53 fps ∼2% +130%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
14 fps ∼0% -39%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
21 fps ∼1% -9%
Honor 8
43 fps ∼1% +87%
OnePlus 3
60 fps ∼2% +161%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
23 fps ∼1% 0%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
9.9 fps ∼2%
ZTE Axon 7
39 fps ∼7% +294%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
3.8 fps ∼1% -62%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
9.9 fps ∼2% 0%
Honor 8
19 fps ∼3% +92%
OnePlus 3
47 fps ∼9% +375%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
10 fps ∼2% +1%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
10 fps ∼3%
ZTE Axon 7
28 fps ∼8% +180%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
3.8 fps ∼1% -62%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
9.7 fps ∼3% -3%
Honor 8
19 fps ∼5% +90%
OnePlus 3
46 fps ∼13% +360%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
10 fps ∼3% 0%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
6.2 fps ∼0%
ZTE Axon 7
31 fps ∼1% +400%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
6.2 fps ∼0% 0%
Honor 8
10 fps ∼0% +61%
OnePlus 3
31 fps ∼1% +400%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
6.2 fps ∼0% 0%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
6.6 fps ∼0%
ZTE Axon 7
16 fps ∼0% +142%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
6.1 fps ∼0% -8%
Honor 8
11 fps ∼0% +67%
OnePlus 3
30 fps ∼1% +355%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
6.7 fps ∼0% +2%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
3.7 fps ∼1%
ZTE Axon 7
18 fps ∼5% +386%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
3.4 fps ∼1% -8%
Honor 8
6.3 fps ∼2% +70%
OnePlus 3
18 fps ∼5% +386%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
3.4 fps ∼1% -8%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
3.4 fps ∼1%
ZTE Axon 7
9.8 fps ∼4% +188%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
3.4 fps ∼1% 0%
Honor 8
6.9 fps ∼3% +103%
OnePlus 3
18 fps ∼7% +429%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
3.7 fps ∼1% +9%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
5724 Points ∼29%
ZTE Axon 7
4970 Points ∼25% -13%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
4008 Points ∼20% -30%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
6785 Points ∼35% +19%
Honor 8
6735 Points ∼34% +18%
OnePlus 3
7101 Points ∼36% +24%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
6767 Points ∼35% +18%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
754 Points ∼37%
ZTE Axon 7
963 Points ∼47% +28%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
741 Points ∼36% -2%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
702 Points ∼35% -7%
Honor 8
994 Points ∼49% +32%
OnePlus 3
1112 Points ∼55% +47%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
649 Points ∼32% -14%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
1015 Points ∼4%
ZTE Axon 7
4631 Points ∼16% +356%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
488 Points ∼2% -52%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
1019 Points ∼4% 0%
Honor 8
1703 Points ∼6% +68%
OnePlus 3
4813 Points ∼17% +374%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
1013 Points ∼4% 0%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
1553 Points ∼21%
ZTE Axon 7
1489 Points ∼20% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
554 Points ∼7% -64%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
1042 Points ∼14% -33%
Honor 8
2556 Points ∼34% +65%
OnePlus 3
2052 Points ∼27% +32%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
795 Points ∼11% -49%
System (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
2132 Points ∼13%
ZTE Axon 7
3307 Points ∼20% +55%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
2153 Points ∼13% +1%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
2923 Points ∼18% +37%
Honor 8
3952 Points ∼24% +85%
OnePlus 3
3537 Points ∼21% +66%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
2069 Points ∼13% -3%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
1262 Points ∼15%
ZTE Axon 7
2165 Points ∼26% +72%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
810 Points ∼10% -36%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
1215 Points ∼14% -4%
Honor 8
2034 Points ∼24% +61%
OnePlus 3
2496 Points ∼30% +98%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
1019 Points ∼12% -19%

Legend

 
Huawei Nova Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Axon 7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 Samsung Exynos 7580 Octa, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 8 HiSilicon Kirin 950, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
OnePlus 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Lenovo Moto Z Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash

Subjectively, the web browsing experience on the Huawei Nova Plus is good. Only a look at the browser benchmarks will reveal that the smartphone is not quite as fast as the competition. Our test model is usually pretty far at the bottom of the rankings, only the Galaxy A5 is even slower.

WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
83 Points ∼10%
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
111 Points ∼14% +34%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
Mali-T720 MP2, 7580 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
64 Points ∼8% -23%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
84 Points ∼10% +1%
Honor 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
138 Points ∼17% +66%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
122 Points ∼15% +47%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
83 Points ∼10% 0%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4730 Points ∼9%
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8062 Points ∼15% +70%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
Mali-T720 MP2, 7580 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3611 Points ∼7% -24%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4905 Points ∼9% +4%
Honor 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10692 Points ∼20% +126%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
9155 Points ∼17% +94%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4979 Points ∼10% +5%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31.3 Points ∼9%
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
44.754 Points ∼13% +43%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
Mali-T720 MP2, 7580 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22 Points ∼6% -30%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
31.118 Points ∼9% -1%
Honor 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
64.046 Points ∼18% +105%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
54.4 Points ∼15% +74%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
31.8 Points ∼9% +2%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8027.7 ms * ∼13%
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
3096.5 ms * ∼5% +61%
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
Mali-T720 MP2, 7580 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11887 ms * ∼20% -48%
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
8041.4 ms * ∼14% -0%
Honor 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2979 ms * ∼5% +63%
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2920.7 ms * ∼5% +64%
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
8168.9 ms * ∼14% -2%

* ... smaller is better

Huawei has equipped the Nova Plus with 32 GB eMMC flash storage, which performs well in all areas. The performance of the micro-SD slot on the other hand is less convincing and we can only measure mediocre results in combination with our reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro M401. Most rivals are much better in this respect.

Huawei Nova Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
ZTE Axon 7
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
Mali-T720 MP2, 7580 Octa, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Honor 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
OnePlus 3
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
Lenovo Moto Z Play
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
AndroBench 3-5
81%
-35%
53%
8%
101%
31%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
33.32
51.34
54%
50.07
50%
23.59
-29%
50.57
52%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
41.64
78.39
88%
79.22
90%
53.68
29%
74.58
79%
Random Write 4KB
30.12
16.22
-46%
11.2
-63%
7.4
-75%
31.5
5%
18.23
-39%
45.58
51%
Random Read 4KB
35.64
121.07
240%
22.9
-36%
74
108%
34.16
-4%
137.62
286%
38.78
9%
Sequential Write 256KB
82.13
150.92
84%
60.4
-26%
188
129%
119.25
45%
153.3
87%
73.14
-11%
Sequential Read 256KB
241.57
406.49
68%
209.4
-13%
282
17%
247.46
2%
408.71
69%
254.78
5%

Games

Even though Qualcomm's Adreno 506 in the Nova Plus is not one of the most powerful GPUs, it does support modern graphics APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.2, but unfortunately not Vulkan 1.0. The performance is more than sufficient for most games on the Play Store and provides a smooth gaming experience. However, more challenging games such “Asphalt 8” show that the GPU does not have a lot of headroom, but it can still run the game at High settings. The complex fantasy RPG “Banner Saga 2” also ran well on the test model and the loading times were conveniently short.

We could not determine any hardware issues either. The sensors worked well, and the touchscreen executed inputs quickly. However, the speaker can be easily covered when you play in landscape mode.

Banner Saga 2

Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high28 fps
 very low29 fps

Emissions

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the Huawei Nova Plus are not very high, even under load, and only some spots will exceed 39 °C (~102 °F). We use the GFXBench Battery Test to check how the heat development is affecting the SoC of the smartphone. This test repeats a graphics benchmark thirty times in a row while the tool logs the battery capacity as well as the frame rates. Fortunately, the Nova Plus does not have any problems with the T-Rex (OpenGL ES 2.0) or the more complex Manhattan version (OpenGL ES 3.1).

GFXBench Battery Test: OpenGL ES 2.0
GFXBench Battery Test: OpenGL ES 2.0
GFXBench Battery Test: OpenGL ES 3.1
GFXBench Battery Test: OpenGL ES 3.1
Max. Load
 34.9 °C
95 F
34.9 °C
95 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
 34.5 °C
94 F
35.3 °C
96 F
39.2 °C
103 F
 
 33.5 °C
92 F
34.2 °C
94 F
39 °C
102 F
 
Maximum: 39.2 °C = 103 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
31.4 °C
89 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33.2 °C
92 F
32.2 °C
90 F
32.8 °C
91 F
33.2 °C
92 F
31.5 °C
89 F
32.7 °C
91 F
32.9 °C
91 F
Maximum: 33.2 °C = 92 F
Average: 32.5 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.4 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 21.2 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.2 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.2 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

Pink Noise measurements
Pink Noise measurements

The Huawei Nova Plus has one mono speaker located at the bottom edge, which is quite powerful at more than 87 dB(A). It even sounds pretty good at low volumes and provides a decent sound for everyday tasks. Once you crank it up, the result will not be that balanced anymore, and puts too much emphasis on the high tones. Bass is basically non-existent, and mids are quite linear, but do not stand a chance against the much louder high tones.

The 3.5 mm stereo jack provides good sound quality, with subjectively very low noise.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.6422525.437.63125.331.44032.936.35033.651.76331.634.38028.431.71002736.912520.8261602229.920021.341.825020.853.931521.259.440019.463.650019.567.463017.766.180017.970.1100017.869.8125017.373.4160017.474.6200016.776.7250017.277.2315018.278.9400017.979.6500017.676630017.772.9800017.873.21000017.971.11250018.164.51600018.257.2SPL3087.4N1.368.4median 17.9median 69.8Delta1.310.231.632.825.430.425.332.132.933.333.63631.630.128.427.82725.420.825.62229.121.339.620.848.321.254.219.456.819.559.117.758.117.961.117.864.417.365.817.467.416.770.317.27118.277.117.979.117.673.517.772.117.87117.966.418.157.518.253.13084.71.353.4median 17.9median 61.11.310.740.136.832.440.1382731.33834.330.631.734.334.529.72634.544.138.139.444.140.529.736.240.53331.428.63326.827.625.426.826.924.421.326.93724.823.33745.529.522.545.551.636.222.451.657.341.721.357.359.746.618.459.766.452.517.566.468.45217.568.469.952.517.269.971.853.816.871.872.554.817.372.575.256.917.475.278.459.716.678.477.659.717.377.678.260.817.678.281.363.817.681.378.561.817.778.575.958.817.475.976.259.417.776.274.357.517.974.370.354.818.170.354.437.618.154.488.671.129.888.67325.81.373median 70.3median 53.8median 17.7median 70.311.910.41.611.9hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Nova PlusHonor 8OnePlus 3
Huawei Nova Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.39 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.5% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 51% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 40% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Honor 8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.66 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 69% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

OnePlus 3 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.61 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 32% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkboxes select/deselectable!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our consumption measurements of the Nova Plus are pretty convincing and almost all results are very good. Only the idle value at the highest luminance could be a bit lower.

At 3340 mAh, the battery capacity is quite generous. Unfortunately, the test model does not support wireless or quick charging, and a full battery charge takes two hours and 29 minutes.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.11 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.49 / 1.63 / 1.76 Watt
Load midlight 2.98 / 4.99 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Huawei Nova Plus
3340 mAh
OnePlus 3
3000 mAh
Honor 8
3000 mAh
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
3000 mAh
ZTE Axon 7
3250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
2900 mAh
Power Consumption
-36%
-35%
-28%
-29%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
0.49
0.57
-16%
0.78
-59%
0.83
-69%
0.64
-31%
0.96
-96%
Idle Average *
1.63
1.24
24%
1.89
-16%
2.11
-29%
0.84
48%
1.64
-1%
Idle Maximum *
1.76
1.36
23%
2.02
-15%
2.12
-20%
0.87
51%
1.71
3%
Load Average *
2.98
5.92
-99%
5.28
-77%
3.41
-14%
6.02
-102%
2.98
-0%
Load Maximum *
4.99
10.53
-111%
5.44
-9%
5.46
-9%
10.45
-109%
5.08
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The good consumption values are confirmed by the practical runtime tests: The Nova Plus has a lot of stamina and manages very good results in all scenarios, starting with sustained load up to the reading script at the lowest luminance.

Our tests with an adjusted luminance (150 nits) are most interesting, and the test model can once again manage really good results. It is only beaten by the Moto Z Play and the OnePlus 3, while the ZenFone 3 is also more enduring in the video test.

Nevertheless, the smartphone manages great battery runtimes, which should easily last a day for most users.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
34h 08min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
13h 40min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
6h 06min
Huawei Nova Plus
3340 mAh
OnePlus 3
3000 mAh
Honor 8
3000 mAh
Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
3000 mAh
ZTE Axon 7
3250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A5 2016
2900 mAh
Lenovo Moto Z Play
3510 mAh
Battery Runtime
-11%
-31%
-3%
-26%
3%
41%
Reader / Idle
2048
1338
-35%
1487
-27%
1502
-27%
1735
-15%
2323
13%
2540
24%
H.264
732
847
16%
526
-28%
905
24%
704
-4%
672
-8%
1190
63%
WiFi v1.3
820
840
2%
499
-39%
797
-3%
411
-50%
626
-24%
824
0%
Load
366
268
-27%
255
-30%
352
-4%
245
-33%
483
32%
652
78%

Pros

+ high build quality
+ USB Type-C
+ good display
+ reliably fingerprint scanner
+ good cameras
+ long battery runtimes

Cons

- high SAR values
- only 2.4 GHz WLAN
- no App2SD / microSD cannot be formatted as internal storage
- only hybrid dual-SIM

Verdict

In review: Huawei Nova Plus. Test model courtesy of Huawei Germany.
In review: Huawei Nova Plus. Test model courtesy of Huawei Germany.

Huawei's Nova Plus is a really good smartphone and we can only find few real drawbacks. Besides the bright display you get two really good cameras. Selfie fans will enjoy the front camera in particular. You also get a powerful battery, which actually keeps its promise and powers the smartphone for a day or more.

You will have to make some minor compromises in terms of build quality, even though this is criticism on a very high level. It is also unfortunate that apps cannot be stored on an optional microSD-card and the slot is also relatively slow. 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi should also be a matter of course in this price range.

The Huawei Nova Plus offers a strong package with good cameras and long battery runtimes.

We can still recommend the Nova Plus, because it puts up a convenient package. However, it does not hurt to look at the rivals in this price range either.

Huawei Nova Plus - 12/02/2016 v5.1(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 70%
Weight
91%
Battery
95%
Display
86%
Games Performance
33 / 63 → 52%
Application Performance
50 / 70 → 72%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
75%
Average
75%
86%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2016-12- 7 (Update: 2019-04-21)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.