While the expectations were that Huawei would launch a Mate S successor they surprised us by launching a new series. The Nova and Nova Plus.
The new series fill the gap between the Huawei’s Flagship P series and the low end Honor devices. With recent launch of Asus Zenfone 3 and the Motorola Moto Z Play, manufacturers are pushing the limits to create mid-range smartphones with best user experience, design and features, cutting out the extreme hardware and gimmicky features.
Keeping aesthetics and performance closer to flagship, the mid-range smartphones are getting better. The Nova and Nova Plus have similar names, but design of both the devices are entirely different.
Huawei Nova has aero grade aluminium finish with a similar glass strip aka Visor at the back like Nexus 6P. The glass strip houses the 12 MP rear camera along with LED flash, no OIS though. There is a fingerprint scanner at the bottom.
The front remains clean with 8 MP front camera with wide angle lens. The Nova is the smaller offering which packs in a 5 inch Full HD IPS display with 443 ppi. The display comes with essential 2.5D glass. It is sufficiently bright and has good outdoor visibility and brightness upto 450nits.
Similar to Asus Zenfone 3 and Moto Z Play it is powered by the 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. The processor is paired with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM. It has 32 Gb of internal storage and expandability option upto 128 GB using a micro-sd card. The Nova runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 skin.
The Huawei Nova comes with enormous 3020mAh battery pack, which could easily give a day’s usage in a single charge.
Huawei Nova Plus
Coming to the bigger variant Nova Plus. Nova Plus design is more similar to the Huawei Mate S but differs significantly to Nova.The Nova Plus is made of Aluminium and Magnesium alloy with super smooth finishing using a ceramic sandblasting process.
The square camera module with rounded edges sits right at the centre below which it has a fingerprint scanner. The phone is larger compared to Nova and has a 5.5 inch FHD IPS display with aesthically pleasing 2.5D glass.
Powering the phone is the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with 3 GB of ram. Storage option also remains the same with 32 GB of internal storage and expandability option upto 128 GB.
The Nova Plus gets an improved camera module. The Nova Plus sports a higher 16 MP camera and notably has the OIS to take blur free images.The front seems to have the same 8 MP camera.
The Nova Plus runs on the Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI 4.1 skin. The phone packs an appreciable 3340mAh battery. Huawei promises that it performs superbly in real life scenario consider a non-power hungry Chipset.Huawei has provided some nifty features like Utilise knuckle-tap shortcuts to take screenshots, trigger video recording, enable split screen app mode and more.
The Nova and Nova Plus have similar camera app and connectivity options include the modern USB type-C port at the bottom.
Both the phones will be available in Titanium Grey/Mystic Silver/Prestige Gold color options.
The Nova is told to be available in 50 countries starting this October. India launch for the smartphones is yet not confirmed but Huawei has no new smartphones in mid range apart from the high end Huawei P9.
The Huawei Nova is priced at $445 (approx ₹28,700) while the Plus variant costs $480 (approx ₹32,100).