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 Nova||Huawei Nova Plus||Release date||September 2016||September 2016||Screen size||5.0-inch||5.5-inch||Screen technology||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||Resolution||1,920 x 1,080||1,920 x 1,080||PPI||441||401||Rear camera||12MP||16MP||Front camera||8MP||8MP||Chipset||Snapdragon 625||Snapdragon 625||Core config||8x 2 GHz||8x 2 GHz||Ram||3GB||3GB||Storage||32GB||32GB||MicroSD||Yes||Yes, up to 128GB||Battery||3,020 mAh||3,340 mAh||Battery removable||—||—||Connector||USB C||USB C||Headphone Port||Yes||Yes||Headphone Location||Top||Top||Speaker Configuration||Bottom||Bottom||NFC||—||—||Android OS||Android 6.0||Android 6.0||Vendor skin||EMUI 4.1||EMUI||Dimensions||141.2 x 69.1 x 7.1 mm||151.8 x 75.7 x 7.3 mm||Weight||146g||160g||Colours|
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.
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.