Update | The Huawei Nova 9 series is coming to Europe for under US$600
Update: Huawei has now reportedly gone ahead and launched the Nova 9 in Europe. It really does start at €499 for an 8GB RAM/128GB base model with the Snapdragon 778G 4G platform in its Blue and Black colorways only, and without its Pro counterpart. Those who pre-order it from today until late October 2021 do get a pair of FreeBuds 4 thrown in, at least.
Original Article: Huawei launched the Nova 9 series in September 2021, thereby releasing a new chapter in which the trade-blacklisted OEM is now back to using Qualcomm chipsets, albeit ones without 5G. They also stand out in that they run HarmonyOS rather than some version of Android. Now, some new evidence suggests that the company has decided it is time to bring this combination to Europe.
The OEM's Romanian division has reportedly released a launch trailer for an event set for October 21, 2021. The poster unequivocally indicates that it is promoting the debut of the Nova 9 series in the country - with Huawei's own AppGallery rather than the Google Play Store.
This, then, suggests the devices will also launch without the Mountain View giant's Mobile Services, too. Nevertheless, a listing allegedly, if temporarily, posted on one of Amazon's European site, shows that Huawei intends to charge €499 (~US$579) for a Nova 9 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
This leak also corroborates the probable presence of HarmonyOS on the units reportedly destined for the European market. On the other hand, the 9 and 9 Pro do have high-end 120Hz AMOLED displays, 50MP main cameras and large 4,300mAh batteries with 66W charging.
However, the phones might still have trouble moving in a new market without the "normal" Android features many consumers might expect. In addition, the Nova 9s might have another problem, and one that stems from a former subsidiary of Huawei.
Honor is rumored to launch its 50 series worldwide soon, which are phones with similar features to the Nova 9s - right down to their looks, moreover - yet have 5G and are likely to support Google Mobile Services outside China.
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