Huawei Nova 4 goes official with in-display 25MP camera, 48MP main rear shooter

Huawei Nova 4 goes official with in-display 25MP camera, 48MP main rear shooter
The world’s second smartphone with in-display camera technology is here… and it’s both a beaut and a beast. Unfortunately, by “here”, we mean China, as the Huawei Nova 4 saw daylight earlier today in the same huge market where Samsung’s road-opening Galaxy A8s was unveiled last week, with no word on international availability just yet.

Coincidentally (or not), the Nova 4 shares the same screen size with the Galaxy A8s in addition to an extremely similar “hole punch” camera identically approaching the old bezel-killing problem. The 6.4-inch display of the Huawei Nova 4 sports a respectable FHD+ pixel count (2310 x 1080), with a small but noticeable chin in tow that yields a total height measurement of 157 mm.

As you can imagine, the dimensions of the Nova 4 and Galaxy A8s are incredibly similar, but impressively enough, Huawei’s new guy packs a significantly larger 3,750 mAh battery while weighing 172 grams. In contrast, Samsung’s hole-in-display pioneer tips the scales at 173 grams with a 3,400 mAh cell under its hood.

Of course, the Huawei Nova 4 is not a flagship device through and through, pairing last year’s (still-powerful) Kirin 970 processor with up to a whopping 8GB RAM. That makes it plenty fast to take on the Snapdragon 710-based Galaxy A8s, but certainly not as impressive as the Kirin 980-powered Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

The tiny hole drilled into the beautiful screen of the Nova 4 houses an impressive-sounding 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and a full slate of AI enhancements, while the rear-facing shooters are obviously even more remarkable, combining 48, 16, and 2MP lenses. That’s right, the main rear cam is a 48-megapixel powerhouse with f/1.8 aperture, although if you can’t afford that particular model, Huawei also has one with a triple lens arrangement composed of 20, 16, and 2MP sensors.

The top-tier configuration will reportedly go for the rough equivalent of $490 in China, with around $450 buying you the slightly humbler variant. Both Huawei Nova 4 versions run Android 9.0 Pie on the software side of things, also sporting “classic” rear-mounted fingerprint scanners. 

Coated in red, blue, white, and black, the Nova 4 stands out with a shiny 3D glass body as well that seems to reflect light in some very original ways that make the phone change its color depending on the angle you’re looking at it.

It almost goes without saying an official US release is out of the question, but Europe availability info should follow soon enough. It will also be interesting to see what this design means for Huawei’s next-gen P30 flagship family. Some sort of resemblance seems pretty much guaranteed.



1. Ichimoku

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

A8s look a bit more cool with thinner bottom bezel. IMO

4. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And HUGE hole :)

5. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

With a better front facing camera. I'll take Samsung offering over this crap anyday.

2. Papa_Ji

Posts: 912; Member since: Jun 27, 2016 The front camera hole looks a bit smaller then A8s. Nova 4 is all way better then Samsung A8s. Kirin 970 > SD 710 3750mAh vs 3400mAh Better rear camera More RAM and storage ...... ALL AT LOWER PRICE

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

I dont know man, sd710 is powerful chip and i think gpu performance is much better on 710.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not really. CPU is similar. GPU is better on Kirin.

3. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Is the kirin 970 P20 pro chip not on par with the snapdragon 845, thats flagship specs in the nova is it not.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Kirin 970 is like snapdragon 835 while the kirin 980 is like the snapdragon 845

8. Novage

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Kirin 980 is better than s845

11. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Then why is it that other Chinese manufacturers prefer using the SD845? OnePlus, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo ALL use the SD845.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Because Huawei didn't sell Kirin 980 to other manufacturers? Duh..

10. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

No its not the kirin 970 and snapdragon are both 10nm the 980 is the new 7nm like apples new chip and the new snapdragon when it arrives which will be the 855

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You all are making wrong claims. See this; CPU: Kirin 970=Sd 835 Kirin 980>Sd 845 GPU: Kirin 970

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

PA`s bug isn't allowing me to complete my above comment. Neither am I able to complete the info in this comment. Fix it PA!

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22794; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome. I’m a fan of Huawei’s Nova series, and the Nova 4 did not disappoint. The Nova 3 has been available for purchase on Amazon with the proper U.S. LTE bands, and I’m hoping that the Nova 4 follows suit. This is a great bang for your buck smartphone!

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Battery could be bigger :-/

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