Huawei Nova Review – A Smaller Version of the Google Nexus 6P?

Huawei Nova and Nova Plus

Huawei is slowly become a household name in the U.S., even though it has already made its name well-known in Asia and other parts of the world.

The company’s name has been uplifted by the fact that it sells high-quality devices at a very low price, sometimes halving what major names in the industry such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and Apple offer. This even saw the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P come in with a price tag of just $499 for the base model and $649 for the high-end variant. In contrast, the iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy S6, Xperia Z5 and the likes HTC One M9, among other 2015 flagships were priced much higher.

As for the upcoming Google phones, it has already been rumored that the prices will significantly increase when compared to the predecessors, which include the LG-made Google Nexus 5X. This ability to come in with great devices with amazing designs and admirable hardware has not stopped. Just recently, the Chinese tech giant announced the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus. The two are a bit different, but a closer look at the smaller Nova will remind you of the great Google Nexus 6P, but probably in a weird way.

The Huawei Nova comes with an aluminum body that features diamond-cut edges, something that bears a resemblance to the design of the Google Nexus 6P. However, you get a Full HD 5-inch screen on the Nova as opposed to the QHD 5.7-inch panel found on the Nexus 6P.

Since the Huawei Nova is a midrange handset, it packs weaker hardware specs as compared to the 6P. There is a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 625 SoC that has been paired with a RAM of 3GB. The use of a Snapdragon chipset should come as a surprise for keen followers given that Huawei has always kept faith in its own Kirin chipsets. There is 32GB of onboard storage on this phone, which can also be extended via a microSD card, but there is no dedicated slot, instead, SIM 2 slot is used.

Huawei Nova

In terms of cameras, there is a 12MP snapper on the back of the Nova while the front has an 8MP selfie camera. The main camera can record up to 4k videos, but there is no OIS. The phone is powered by a 3020mAh battery and has Android Marshmallow out of the box.

Despite being the phone that can bring small-handed people closest to the Google Nexus 6P, it has been priced overwhelmingly out of the company’s norm. Perhaps it’s a new thing for Huawei, considering that the Huawei P9 was actually the first from the company to come with a price tag of about $700. As for the Huawei Nova, the price has only been mentioned for those in Europe, which is 400 euros. If this price tag is maintained all throughout, it might not be easy for the tech giant to beat other players in the industry.

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