Huawei is now growing to be a common name in the tech industry, especially when it comes to the mobile world.
In case you didn’t know, the Chinese tech giant is the third leading seller of smartphones in the world, only bettered by Apple and Samsung. While most of the company’s history is in Asia, it has recently started making giant leaps towards the Europe and further to the West.
The U.S. received an amazing device in the shape of Google Nexus 6P. The whole process of designing and manufacturing this flagship was done by Huawei. Back then, as usual, Google only handled the software part. The Nexus 6P has turned out to be a huge success not just in the U.S., but also in other parts of the world.
The phone packs an excellent metal and glass design, but the latter material only occupies a small part of the phone’s back panel, where the camera rests. The specs and performance levels of the Nexus 6P are more than superb and it gets even better when pricing comes into play. The company, after showing off its abilities with the Google phone, followed with a Huawei Honor 5X, a mid-range handset that features a premium design, powerful specs, and an affordable price.
With the success of the Nexus 6P, however, Google was rumored to be in contact with Huawei as far as the Nexus 2016 handsets were concerned. Apparently, Google had the change of concepts in mind and as a result, it only wanted the Chinese OEM to take the role of a ‘silent’ partner. With Huawei looking to establish its name in the West, the company quickly rejected this contract – a contract which, according to reports, HTC agreed to just like Google wanted.
Since Huawei had already started preparations for building the Google Nexus 2016 phones, including the design phase as well as the hiring of a team to work on the phones, the OEM did not want to throw everything away. Instead, the tech giant chose to proceed with the production of two devices which have been christened Huawei NOVA and NOVA Plus.
Now this doesn’t mean that the Google Nexus 2016 phones would have looked like what the NOVA and NOVA Plus look like. The fact that Google had backed off from the deal meant that Huawei scales down the budget allocations, hence coming in with the mid-range NOVA phones.
As things have turned out, Huawei was among the last manufacturers (alongside LG) of Google Nexus phones as this year, the company changed to the Pixel and Pixel XL. These phones were manufactured by HTC, but they are marketed as pure Google phones.
The Huawei NOVA Plus has begun selling Canada at $300 or 400 CAD.