Huawei Nova Review – Flirting With the High-End With its Mid-Range Price



The Huawei Nova is undeniably a mid-range phone, especially when you look at its price tag. However, it has a design that gives you the look and feel that it costs more than it actually should. But the overall experience is definitely that of a mid-range handset. In other words, it does dance with the high-end models, but ultimately it won’t be part of that crowd.

Huawei Nova Review - Flirting With the High-End With its Mid-Range Price

The Huawei Nova Keeps its Design High-End, But Inside it is Still a Mid-Range Phone

When it comes to the basics, the Huawei Nova has every box ticked. It has all the features that you would want that is worth its asking price, on paper at least. It has a fingerprint scanner, an aluminum body, solidly performing rear and front cameras (the likes of which that can outdo many budget-friendly smartphones), and a high quality screen.

However, take a peek at what’s inside and the Nova is still unsurprisingly part of the mid-range crowd, especially when it comes to its CPU. It bears the Snapdragon 625 for its brains, and it’s not the fastest in the bunch. For its performance, you can compare it to the likes of the Motorola G4, which is a smartphone that is already in the budget-friendly range. While it won’t bring you top-of-the-line performance, it can still keep up with all of your basic demands.

The 5-inch screen is deliberately kept at this size because it has an older brother, which is the Huawei Nova+, and that has a 5.5-inch screen along with a higher-spec camera. But aside from the mid-range processor that is the brains behind the unit, it still bears the custom Huawei UI, in which a lot of people do not take kindly to. Simply speaking, it won’t give you the best experience in terms of user-friendliness.

This is a smartphone that is also not for audiophiles, at least when playing music from its speakers. This is because the speakers make audio sound a bit too harsh. When playing audio with the use of headphones, you should make use of the Dolby DSP, otherwise it will sound rubbish.

Despite the Huawei Nova having a mid-range processor, it does suitably well when it comes to playing top-end games. For the graphics, the smartphone takes care of that department with the use of an Adreno 506 GPU, which is powerful enough to run games at Full HD. Ultimately, this particular smartphone tries its best to make for the high-end market, but falls short.


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Huawei Nova Review – Flirting With the High-End With its Mid-Range Price
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