Huawei announced the Nova and Nova Plus at last month’s IFA Berlin Conference. Yesterday, they officially released the Nova in China and kicked off the first online sales.
The Nova is a 5-inch phone with a 1080p screen that shares design similarities to the Nexus 6P also made by Huawei last year. So if you call the Nova a 5” Nexus 6P, you are not entirely wrong. The phone weighs 146g and comes in at 7.1mm thick even with an 89% metal body.
It comes in two variants: a 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM version and a 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM version. Both versions use Qualcomm’s eight-core Snapdragon 625 processor. Unlike the Nexus, the Nova has a SD card slot for storage expansion. Huawei has put a 12MP 1/2.8 ” f/2.0 sensor on the rear of the phone and an 8-megapixel camera up front for selfies and video calls. Huawei says the rear camera is pretty fast, locking on to an object in 0.2 seconds.
The device has dual SIM slots that both support 4G networks. It comes with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. There is a fingerprint scanner under the hood and a 3020mAh battery that supplies juice.
The price for the Huawei Nova starts at 2099 Yuan ($312) for the 3GB version and goes up to 2399 Yuan ($356) for the 4GB version. The 3GB version is available in Bright Moon White and Champagne Gold (with a black front panel) while the 4GB RAM version comes in Rose Gold and Champagne Gold (one with a white front panel and the other with a black front panel).