Huawei has been doing an excellent job in administering their products to the high-end market and receives many applauds for the P9 and P9 Plus models. And now the Chinese giant is turning their attention to the mid-range consumers by releasing a bunch of new above-the-line series.

The first model that caught public attention at IFA 2016 in Berlin is the Nova series. While still being fresh and relatively unknown to mass, the device has every potential in making a breakthrough by offering fully-loaded specifications and comfortable size.

If you have seen the P9 recently, probably you’ll be quick to catch the resemblance in the design. It isn’t bad at all, in fact, we’d like to appreciate Huawei’s effort in putting a metal frame in a supposedly cheaper phone. The primary shooter at the upper back, however, is covered by a glass up to the 5-inch front display. Nova also has curved sides around the edges making it feels great in the palm.


The display is packed with 1080p resolution, and we can vouch for its brightness and dynamics. The pixels look crisp, partly because of the size that traditionally adopts 720p.

Up to the specs sheet, Huawei took an opportunity to ditch the Kirin chipset it has long used and instead packed the Nova with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. The processor is paired with 3GB of RAM, running Android 6.0.1 under the Huawei’s EMUI skin. The interface is significantly better compared to the last version, but personally speaking, it’s like copying from that popular OS.

The Nova receives 32GB internal storage which you can further expand by inserting microSD to the available slot. As for the battery, Huawei asserts that the 3020 mAh should last for two days. A dubious claim, but still possible considering its larger amount of cell compared to Galaxy S7 alike and less rigorous power consumption. Qualcomm claimed that the Snapdragon 625 is more efficient about 35% compared with Snapdragon 617.

The 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture is okay for overall, although a bit worrisome at catching the light. The primary camera also record video in 4K resolution @30fps. As for the secondary camera, 8 MP will be more than just enough for selfie photos.

Huawei priced the Nova a little higher than we were expecting, selling for €399 (around £335 / $445 / AU$590) for the 32GB/3GB version.