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Huawei Nova

alaTest has collected and analyzed 215 reviews of Huawei Nova. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the usability and battery. The design and performance also get good reviews. There are some mixed comments about the camera.

size, performance, design, battery, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Huawei Nova is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Cam Bunton (

Huawei Nova review: The mid-range muddler


Huawei has no shortage of phones on the market, ranging from its super-affordable Honor brand devices that punch well above their weight, to the high-end premium flagships like the P9 and P9 Plus . The Huawei Nova is a decent small-scale Android phone....

Compact size, decent build quality, long-lasting battery life

EMUI continues to hamper Android, camera is lacklustre

The Huawei Nova is a decent small-scale Android phone. It sits in a place in the market where there's desperate need for quality without an overly hefty price tag.

Dec, 2016

Expert review by : Andrew Wiliams (

Huawei Nova review


A mid-range phone that flirts with the high-end

High-quality aluminium build ; Decent battery life

Quite expensive ; Poor low-light camera performance ; Emotion UI needs manual tweaks

A well-made mid-range phone, but one a little too expensive given the competition at the price. You can get a similarly impressive phone with a better camera and CPU for the same cash.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Gareth Beavis (

Huawei Nova+ review


Nova gonna give you up

Large display ; Cool design

Slower loading times ; Price unknown

The larger handset in Huawei's new Nova range, the Nova+ offers a sharp camera and decent design – if it comes in at an accessible price it could be a winner.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Lewis Painter (

Huawei Nova review: Stunning mid-range phone, but lacks processing power


Huawei has gone from strength to strength in the UK, with recent releases including the flagship Huawei P9 proving popular in Britain – but it isn't done yet. Announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Huawei has launched a new range of smartphones to take on...

So, what do we think of the Huawei Nova? While it’s good on paper, it’s slightly underwhelming in real life. The processor isn’t quite as quick as the competition, the graphical capabilities aren’t great and the quality of low-light photography is less...

Oct, 2016

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Huawei Nova review


Huawei's minimal mid-ranger looks like a Nexus 6P that shrunk in the wash

Familiar design adds a touch of class ; Snappy performance and decent battery life

There’s no escaping EMUI ; Camera quality is only average for the money ; Can’t beat the OnePlus 3 for value

Another mid-range marvel from Huawei, but the Nova can’t quite dethrone the OnePlus 3

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Nathan Spendelow (

Huawei Nova review: A OnePlus 3 killer? Not quite


A mid-range smartphone, the Huawei Nova isn't exactly the OnePlus 3 killer Huawei wanted it to be

Great screen ; Speedy performance ; Long-lasting battery

Disappointing camera ; Emotion UI

The one advantage it holds is its more pocketable size, but at £335, I’m of the opinion that the slightly cheaper OnePlus 3 is the better buy, while the Nexus 6P is the better option if you’re after the best camera quality.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Max Parker (

Huawei Nova


Huawei has had a good year with its high-end phones, with both the Leica-engineered P9 and P9 Plus impressing both the press and the public. And now it's using IFA in Berlin to unveil a couple more affordable options.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Chris Barraclough (

Huawei Nova Review: In Depth


Huawei Nova review: We've spent the week with Huawei's latest mobile, nicknamed the Nova. At under £400 can it compete with the likes of the OnePlus3?

Fantastic battery life ; Compact, attractive unibody ; Strong display

Glitchy software ; Occasional stutters

The Nova is a slick bit of hardware which boasts particularly impressive battery life, as well as offering a solid media experience. However, the software issues and glitches can make it quite a frustrating experience at times and performance is...

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Alan Martin (

Huawei Nova review: Good, but it's no OnePlus 3


The Huawei Nova has an awful lot going for it, and yet it's powerless when set alongside the OnePlus 3

Missing benchmarks notwithstanding, Huawei has presented us with a very likeable handset in the Nova. It’s attractive, seems zippy and responsive, has a bright, vibrant screen and solid battery life – and all for a not unreasonable £340.

Oct, 2016

Expert review by : Robin-Leigh Chetty (

Huawei Nova


A great mix of design, specifications and features, the Huawei Nova is a premium mid-range that certainly warrants a second look.

Well made design; Feels premium in-hand; Solid array of specs; Great all-round camera

Benchmarks a bit low

Getting your hands on a Nova will cost R6 999, as recommended by Huawei. At that price it is a solid R1k to R2k less than most of the premium mid-range phones it's going up against. When it comes to a competitive market like that, it's a decided...

Feb, 2017

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2950 / 3020 / 3340
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery voltage:4.4
Standby time (2G):380
Standby time (3G):400
Standby time (4G):420
Talk time (3G):33

Call management

Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating Alert:Y / Yes


Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):13 / 20 / 8
Front camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 13 / 16
Rear camera type:Dual camera / Single camera
Second front camera resolution (numeric):2
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):2 / 8
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 720p, 1080p, 2160p / 720p,1080p,2160p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes


Brand colour:Moonlight Silver / Mystic Silver / Prestige gold / Titanium Gery / Titanium grey
Colour of product:Black / Black, Gold / Black, grey / Blue / Gold / Gold, White / Green / Grey / Pink / Pink gold / Silver / Silver, White
Fingerprint Reader:Y / Yes
Form factor:Bar


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Display brightness:450
Display diagonal:12.7 / 15
Display number of colours:16 million colours / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1080 x 2160 / 1920 x 1080
Display Type:IPS / LTPS
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:407 / 443
Screen shape:Curved edge screen / Flat
Second display:N / No
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Internal RAM:3


Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


Audio formats supported:3GP, AAC, AMR, AWB, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / 3GP, AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / 3GP,AAC,AMR,FLAC,MIDI,MP3,MP4,OGG,WAV / AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, MID, MP3, MP4, OGG / AAC, AMR, FLAC, M4A, Mid, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV / AAC, AMR, FLAC, MID, MP3, MP4, MPA, OGG, WAV
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG,WBMP,WEBP
Video compression formats:3GP,MP4
Video formats supported:3GP, MKV, MP4, WEBM / 3GP,MKV,MP4,WEBM / 3GP,MP4


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y / Yes
Position location:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G bands (secondary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
4G:Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE / TD-LTE
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:APT-X
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.2 / 4.2 BLE
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:USB / USB Type-C
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y


Flight mode:Y / Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 506
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB / USB Type-C
USB port:Y / Yes
USB version:2.0


64-bit computing: Yes
Coprocessor:Y / Yes
Coprocessor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Coprocessor cores:4
Coprocessor frequency:1.7 / 2
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A53
Processor boost frequency:2
Processor Cores:4 / 8
Processor family:Hi-Silicon / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:2 / 2.36
Processor lithography:14 / 16
Processor Model:625 / Kirin 659


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6 / 6.0 / 6.0 (Marshmallow) / 7


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal RAM clock speed:933
Internal RAM type:LPDDR3
Internal storage capacity:32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:128
RAM capacity:2 / 3 / 4
USB mass storage:Y / Yes
User memory:22


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.9 / 7.1 / 7.5
Height :14.1 / 141.2 / 142.2 / 156.2
Weight:143 / 146 / 162 / 164
Width:6.91 / 68.9 / 69.1 / 69.7 / 75.2 / 9.1