Huawei Announces Nova and Nova Plus with Snapdragon 625 SoC: 10 Things You Must Know

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After the launch of the best possible smartphone this year -- Mate 8 and P9, the company has returned to the slightly more affordable segment.

Huawei Announces Nova and Nova Plus with Snapdragon 625 SoC: 10 Things

Huawei has officially announced the launch of its Nova series of the smartphones at IFA 2016, Berlin. This Nova lineup has -- Nova and Nova Plus. Both the smartphones will come in Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver, Prestige Gold variants and will go on sale starting from October this year.

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Huawei Nova -- A shrunken Nexus 6P

The so-called Huawei Nova is built out of aircraft-grade aluminum that includes a mix of magnesium and aluminum alloy. Moreover, this smartphone comes with a sandblasted shell and rounded outer edges just like 6P.

Five-inch display looks better with 443 ppi

This mid-tier Huawei Nova flaunts a 5-inch IPS Full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, translating into 443ppi. However, it has been observed that a human eye can generally not differentiate detail past 300 ppi.

Doesn't have any stand out feature to boast about!

Beneath the display, hides an octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 625 chip, which is the successor to the older Snapdragon 615 SoC. With 3020mAh battery combined with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625, Huawei claims that it can deliver two days of use per charge. As this chipset comes under more efficient manufacturing process, -- 14nm, this smartphone will be able to strike a balance between performance and power saving.

Expansion up to 128GB via MicroSD card slot!

The Huawei Nova is clubbed with 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 32GB ROM out of which 22GB will be available for the users. Further, the users can expand it up to 128GB via MicroSD card slot.

Other notable elements include the USB Type-C charging and shipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow based on Emotion UI 4.1


Nova inherits some P9 features!

When it comes to the optics the Nova is equipped with a 12MP rear camera with autofocus feature and 8MP camera with fixed feature. This smartphone comes with PDAF (phase focusing) and CAF (contrast focusing) that helps users in fast focusing. Moreover, it also has a familiar gamut of camera tricks such as light painting, time-lapse and slow-motion modes.

On the front, the 8MP camera helps the user to take selfies. Users can also take a selfie using fingerprint sensor on the back. Also, it is equipped with some features such as Beauty Skin 3.0 and Beauty Make-up 2.0. Huawei nova's enhanced skin software also optimizes facial features in both photos and videos

Huawei Nova Plus -- A shrunken Mate 8

Switching up to Nova Plus, this smartphone also comes built with aircraft grade aluminum with a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It measures 151.8×75.7×7.3mm and weighs at 160grams.

Beefed up display with Snapdragon 625 SoC

This bigger variant sports a 5.5-inch Full HD 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels translating to a 401 ppi. Just like Nova, this smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC with Adreno 506 as GPU under the hood.

Supports Multi-user and knuckle tap!

With Nova Plus, users can create separate profiles on the phone with improved data and privacy protection, while still allowing access to common applications.

Moreover, the knuckle-tap shortcuts allow the users to take screenshots, trigger video recording, enable split screen app mode and more.

Equips tri-axial OIS technology!

As per the specs sheet, this smartphone comes with a 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, OIS and 8MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.

It comes with some really good features including "Pro" mode for manually controlling ISO and shutter speed, and light-painting apps to create artistic shots when the phone is in a static position. For the selfie freaks, this smartphone has eight templates with real-time preview as well.

Larger form factor = increase in battery size

The Nova Plus is powered by a 3,340mAh battery, promising up to 2.2 days of usage in a single charge. In terms of storage, this smartphone has 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM with an expandable storage of up to 128GB through MicroSD card slots

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