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Huawei Nova

alaTest has collected and analyzed 208 reviews of Huawei Nova. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the usability and battery. The design and performance also get good views, but opinions are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Huawei Nova is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Manuel Masiero (notebookcheck.net)

Huawei Nova Smartphone Review

 

Handy alternative. Like its 5.5-inch sibling Nova Plus, Huawei's Nova is almost premium-range in terms of build. However, the 5-inch handset had even more to offer in the test and gives its mid-range opponents a hard time.

bright Full HD screen ; high-quality build ; USB Type-C port ; fingerprint sensor ; decent camera ; long battery life

no optical image stabilizer ; 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi only ; hybrid dual-SIM only ; no App2SD

Like Huawei's Nova Plus, Huawei's Nova is a really good smartphone with hardly any shortcomings. A very bright Full HD panel, high-quality and rigid casing, USB Type-C port, support for two SIM cards, and a reliable fingerprint scanner belong to its...

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Andy Boxall (digitaltrends.com)

Huawei Nova review

 

Huawei's perfectly pocketable Nova is a gorgeous phone, but it's too expensive.

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: S21 (s21.com)

Huawei Nova review

 

The Huawei Nova is a top-rated mid-range phone. With a premium-design metal body, it has the look of a high-end handset but for half the price. Its top features are its 5-inch high resolution screen, fingerprint scanner, fast 8-core processor, and very...

The Nova impresses. Available for around £300 sim free, or on a mid-priced contract, it gives you the feel of a high-end phone for a lot less money than you'd expect. With high-end looks, fast performance, a good camera and premium features like a...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Helena Stone (chipchick.com)

Huawei Nova Review – It’s the Mini Nexus 6P

 

Announced alongside the larger Nova Plus at IFA 2016, the Huawei Nova bears an uncanny resemblance to the Nexus 6P. That shouldn't come a much of a surprise considering Huawei actually manufactures the 6P for Google. With its similar diamond cut edges...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Cam Bunton (pocket-lint.com)

Huawei Nova review: The mid-range muddler

 

Huawei has no shortage of phones on the market, ranging from its super-affordable Honor brand devices that punch well above their weight, to the high-end premium flagships like the P9 and P9 Plus . The Huawei Nova is a decent small-scale Android phone....

Compact size, decent build quality, long-lasting battery life

EMUI continues to hamper Android, camera is lacklustre

The Huawei Nova is a decent small-scale Android phone. It sits in a place in the market where there's desperate need for quality without an overly hefty price tag.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Andrew Wiliams (techradar.com)

Huawei Nova review

 

A mid-range phone that flirts with the high-end

High-quality aluminium build ; Decent battery life

Quite expensive ; Poor low-light camera performance ; Emotion UI needs manual tweaks

A well-made mid-range phone, but one a little too expensive given the competition at the price. You can get a similarly impressive phone with a better camera and CPU for the same cash.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Gareth Beavis (techradar.com)

Huawei Nova+ review

 

Nova gonna give you up

Large display ; Cool design

Slower loading times ; Price unknown

The larger handset in Huawei's new Nova range, the Nova+ offers a sharp camera and decent design – if it comes in at an accessible price it could be a winner.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Lewis Painter (techadvisor.co.uk)

Huawei Nova review: Stunning mid-range phone, but lacks processing power

 

Huawei has gone from strength to strength in the UK, with recent releases including the flagship Huawei P9 proving popular in Britain – but it isn't done yet. Announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Huawei has launched a new range of smartphones to take on...

So, what do we think of the Huawei Nova? While it’s good on paper, it’s slightly underwhelming in real life. The processor isn’t quite as quick as the competition, the graphical capabilities aren’t great and the quality of low-light photography is less...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Huawei Nova review

 

Huawei's minimal mid-ranger looks like a Nexus 6P that shrunk in the wash

Familiar design adds a touch of class ; Snappy performance and decent battery life

There’s no escaping EMUI ; Camera quality is only average for the money ; Can’t beat the OnePlus 3 for value

Another mid-range marvel from Huawei, but the Nova can’t quite dethrone the OnePlus 3

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Nathan Spendelow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Huawei Nova review: A OnePlus 3 killer? Not quite

 

A mid-range smartphone, the Huawei Nova isn't exactly the OnePlus 3 killer Huawei wanted it to be

Great screen ; Speedy performance ; Long-lasting battery

Disappointing camera ; Emotion UI

The one advantage it holds is its more pocketable size, but at £335, I’m of the opinion that the slightly cheaper OnePlus 3 is the better buy, while the Nexus 6P is the better option if you’re after the best camera quality.

Sep, 2016
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Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:3000 / 3020
Battery performance:3020
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery voltage:4.4
Standby time (2G):380
Standby time (3G):400
Standby time (4G):420
Talk time (3G):33

Call Management

Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5 / 8
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 13
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:8
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Design

Brand color:Moonlight Silver / Mystic Silver / Prestige Gold / Titanium Gery / Titanium grey
Color of product:Black, Gold / Black, Grey / Blue, White / Gold / Grey / Pink / Pink gold / Silver / Silver, White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Display brightness:450
Display Diagonal:5
Display number of colors:16 million colours / 16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:IPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:443
Screen shape:Curved edge screen / Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:3

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GP, AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / 3GP, AMR, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, MID, MP3, MP4, OGG / AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, AMR, FLAC, MID, MP3, MP4, MPA, OGG, WAV
Image formats supported:GIF,JPG,PNG
Speakers:Mono
Video compression format:3GP, MKV, MP4, WEBM
Video formats supported:3GP,MKV,MP4,WEBM

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
BeiDou:Y
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G standards:GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G standards:UMTS
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics:Adreno 506
Graphics adapter:Adreno 506
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Themes, Wallpaper, Widgets
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing:Y / Yes
Coprocessor:Y
Coprocessor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:2
Processor:625
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor boost frequency:2
Processor cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Mediatek / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.4 / 2
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:625 / MT6737T

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6 / 6.0 / 6.0 (Marshmallow) / 6.0+EMUI 4.1

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal RAM clock speed:933
Internal RAM type:LPDDR3
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:2 / 3
RAM clock speed:933
RAM type:LPDDR2 / LPDDR3
USB mass storage:Y / Yes
User memory:22

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.28 / 0.333
Height:5.55 / 5.56 / 5.66
Weight:5.15 / 5.29
Width:0.358 / 2.72 / 2.74 / 2.83