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The Huawei Nova 7 series: all 5G, all quad cameras, all 4000mAh battery phones

The new Nova flagship. (Source: Huawei)
The new Nova flagship. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has debuted the Nova 7 SE, 7 and 7 Pro today (April 23, 2020). These phones closely resemble the Honor 30 devices from the front, but their rear panels are a different matter. Each variant has a 4-camera array on its back, each of which has its 64MP main shooter.

Huawei has unveiled its new Novas alongside the MatePad 10.4 today (April 23, 2020) online in China. As with last year's variants, this 2020 smartphone line-up consists of SE, vanilla and Pro variants. However, the 2 generations diverge somewhat in terms of looks.

The Nova 7 SE replaces its predecessor's square rear camera with a narrow rectangular one. It packs 4 sensors into this feature: a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth-of-field sensor and another 2MP one for macros. The 7 and 7 Pro, on the other hand, have a similar set-up, although the depth-sensor is replaced with an 8MP telephoto lens.

The 7 Pro has the Honor 30 Pro's 6.57-inch display, however (complete with the same punch-hole selfie camera) whereas the 7 has the 30's smaller 6.53-inch screen. Both phones have the Kirin 985 SoC (no 990 here, as rumored elsewhere), whereas the SE makes do with the 820. These specs make the entire series 5G, however.

All 3 new variants also have a 4000mAh battery with 40 watts (W) of Huawei fast charging. They also all have 8GB of RAM only, with 128GB or 256GB internal storage options. The Nova 7 series also has new colorways: "Magic Night" black; "Silver Moon Star", "Wonderland Forest" green, "Midsummer" purple or "Honey" red, the latter of which the SE misses out on. This is a shame, too, as it involves a matching paint job for the camera module.

The Nova 7 SE's price starts at 2399 yuan (~US$340), or 2799 (~$396) for a 256GB unit. The 7 goes for 2999 (~$424, for 8/128GB) to 3399 yuan (~$481, for 8/256GB), whereas the 7 Pro is set at 3699 (~$524, for 8/128GB) or 4099 yuan (~$580, for 8/256GB). They are available to pre-order now from Vmall or JD, or to order from April 27, 2020.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-23 (Update: 2020-04-23)