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Huawei nova 9: The separation from Honor looks like this?

Huawei nova 9: You can clearly see the similarities to the Honor 50
Huawei nova 9: You can clearly see the similarities to the Honor 50
With the Huawei nova 9 and the Honor 50 the two companies that used to be connected now each present their own smartphone. The result is two identical smartphones, one with and the other without Google Services.
Mike Wobker (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪

How seriously can we take a separation of two companies, if the first smartphones they each develop look almost identical? Visually, you can only distinguish both smartphones by their different labels on the back.

Inside, they both contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 with the integrated Adreno 642L graphics unit, 8 GB of RAM, and either 128 or 256 GB internal storage. The camera elements also look identical, but the Honor 50 offers 108 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP and the Huawei nova 9, 50 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP. With 32 MP, both front cameras again offer similar equipment, and the camera software is also the same in both smartphones.

However, due to the trade limitations, Huawei has to make do without 5G in the nova 9, which means that this function was removed from the Snapdragon 778. In addition, the Android system also does not have access to Google Services, and while Honor uses Magic UI 4.2 as the operating system surface, Huawei uses EMUI 12.

A shorter battery life in the Huawei smartphone

The direct effect of these differences becomes apparent particularly in the shorter battery life of the nova 9. Even though at almost 11 hours, this is still good, it is also far from the 15 hours of the Honor 50. And that, although both have the same battery capacity of 4300 mAh. Looking at the 66-Watt quick chargers that are included with both smartphones, we can also see that there is still a connection between both companies.

And finally, the recommended retail price of the nova 9 is about 100 Euros (~$113) lower than that of the Honor 50. The lack of Google Services and 5G might even be a reason for some people to chose the Huawei smartphone. However, those who are looking for an almost identical smartphone with slightly better equipment will receive for example a better display calibration and better image reproduction with ultra-wide angle and low-light recordings, as well as faster storage in the Honor 50.

If you want to get a more detailed impression about the similarities, it is worth taking a look at our reviews of the Honor 50 and the Huawei nova 9.

The Huawei nova 9 and the Honor 50 are visually identical smartphones.
The Huawei nova 9 and the Honor 50 are visually identical smartphones.
The chargers are also completely identical.
The chargers are also completely identical.

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Notebookcheck review of the Huawei nova 9 and Honor 50

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 317 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Mike Wobker, 2022-01- 1 (Update: 2021-12-30)