Monday , August 21 2017

Huawei announces two new mid-tier phones: Nova and Nova Plus

huawei nova cropped

During its IFA press event in Berlin tonight, Huawei announced a pair of mid ranged Android phones to complement their high-end offerings. The Nova and Nova Plus are 5″ and 5.5″ respectively, each with 1080p IPS LCD displays.

The pair shares most of their specs, including the Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage with Micro SD expansion, USB C and a fingerprint scanner. The smaller Nova has a 12MP rear camera whilst the larger Nova Plus has a 16MP OIS sensor.

For a full list of the specs click below:
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 Huawei NovaHuawei Nova Plus
Release dateSeptember 2016September 2016
Screen size5.0-inch5.5-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCDIPS LCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,0801,920 x 1,080
PPI441401
Rear camera12MP16MP
Front camera8MP8MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 625Snapdragon 625
Core config8x 2 GHz8x 2 GHz
Ram3GB3GB
Storage32GB32GB
MicroSDYesYes, up to 128GB
Battery3,020 mAh3,340 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB CUSB C
Headphone PortYesYes
Headphone LocationTopTop
Speaker ConfigurationBottomBottom
Android OSAndroid 6.0Android 6.0
Vendor skinEMUI 4.1EMUI
Dimensions141.2 x 69.1 x 7.1 mm151.8 x 75.7 x 7.3 mm
Weight146g160g
Colours
  • Titanium Grey
  • Mystic Silver
  • Prestige Gold
  • Titanium Grey
  • Mystic Silver
  • Prestige Gold
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For mid-range devices, the build quality looks exceptional with ‘diamond’ cut all metal bodies, gracious curves around the devices and a full complement of features that could make these very compelling phones.

nova curve

Unfortunately, neither device includes NFC for mobile payments, which does make the device a little hard to recommend if you want to start using mobile payments like Android Pay.

Huawei talked up their international experience in mobile networking and the Nova line includes support for 143 countries. At launch, they have announced that it will be launching in 50 markets with a further international roll out following that.

The Nova will sell in Europe for approximately $590 AUD where the Nova Plus will sell for around $640 AUD. We have reached out to Huawei Australia for comment on any Australian release date and pricing, but at this stage it isn’t looking too likely.

If the Nova and Nova Plus came to Australia would you be interested? Let us know below.

 
Source: Huawei 1, and 2.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

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