Huawei unveils Nova and Nova Plus mid-range Android smartphones


It's not the Mate 9 that's making waves at IFA 2016, but Huawei has you, Android fans, all covered with a new line-up of smartphones, the Nova.

Two smartphones have been revealed by the Chinese company recently, the Nova and it's slightly improved sibling, the Nova Plus. Hardware-wise, the Nova series definitely belongs to the mid-range category, but let's take a look at what's under the hood.

Huawei Nova sports a 5-inch full HD (1080p) display and a single 12MP rear camera with f2/2 aperture and 1.25 micron pixels. There's also an 8-megapixel selfie camera in the front that features f/2.0 aperture.

The Chinese company has decided to go with a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset inside the Nova, which is complemented by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD cards).

It's also worth mentioning the Huawei Nova packs a fingerprint sensor on the back side, USB Type C ports, as well as hybrid dual-SIM support, which means you can either put in a SIM or a microSD card. The smartphone features LTE Cat 6 and ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1 on top. The Nova is powered by a 3,020 mAh battery, which is rated by Huawei for around two days of average use.


Unlike the Nova, the Plus model comes with a large 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. Also, the Nova Plus boasts an upgraded 16-megapixel camera on the back, which features OIS (optical image stabilization).

It rocks a similar Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset inside, along with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. However, the Nova Plus drains energy from a larger 3,340 mAh battery. The rest of the phone's specs are similar to Nova's.

Both mid-rangers are built from aluminum and feature 2.5D glass coating to give them that nice premium feel that everyone is looking for. Huawei will be releasing the Nova in four colors (titanium grey, mystic silver, prestige gold, and rose gold), while the Nova Plus will only be available in three color variations (titanium grey, mystic silver, and prestige gold).

Huawei announced the Nova and Nova Plus will be launched in Europe in early October for €399 and €429, respectively.

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nova
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3020 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Huawei Emotion UI
nova Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Huawei Emotion UI
MediaPad M3
  • Display 8.4 inches
    2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 5100 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Huawei Emotion UI

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