Huawei reveal the Nova and Nova Plus at IFA 2016


We heard rumors and leaks about Huawei’s brand new Nova devices, and now at IFA 2016 the company has gone ahead and unveiled them for everyone to see. Huawei’s new devices are the Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus, two premium mid-range devices aimed squarely at devices like Samsung’s A-series.

The Huawei Nova

The Standard Huawei Nova with its Nexus 6P inspired design
The Standard Huawei Nova with its Nexus 6P inspired design

The Huawei Nova comes equipped with 5-inch display full HD (1920 x 1080) display, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and is also accompanied by 3GB RAM. It also comes with 32GB internal storage and supports MicroSD cards of up to 128GB.

The Huawei Nova’s battery is a decent 3020mAh unit, and with the efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset (14nm), it should last quite a while. The design is also rather interesting as it’s a clear nod to the Nexus 6P and that device’s black glass visor look.

Additionally, the Nova also features a 12MP rear camera with a an f/2.2 lens alongside an 8MP, f/2.0 front camera. And to top it all off, it also has a USB-C port on the bottom.

The Huawei Nova Plus

The Huawei Nova Plus looks more like the Mate 8 than the 6P, contrasting its smaller sibling
The Huawei Nova Plus looks more like the Mate 8 than the 6P, contrasting its smaller sibling

The Nova Plus on the other hand also carries the same Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, though it the display is a larger 5.5-inch full HD unit.

The Nova Plus’s main camera is also an improvement over the normal model as the larger devices comes with a 16MP rear sensor with optical image stabilization. Adding to that is the larger 3340mAh battery, which should help keep the larger display running.

The design of the Nova Plus is different from the standard model’s. While the standard Nova’s design mirrors that of the Nexus 6P, the Nova Plus seems to be fixed on the Huawei Mate 8 instead. Regardless, the device looks quite good and the specs are decent.

In terms of pricing, the Nova is priced at EUR 399 or about $444, while the Nova Plus goes for EUR 429 or $478. We assume that this won’t be the official price for other countries as Europe is known to have higher taxes, though we the devices will get many fans at this price point.

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12 Comments

  1. balcobomber25
    September 1, 2016

    Love the look, always thought the Nexus 6P was one of the best looking phones. Huawei is starting to take over for Xiaomi as my favorite Chinese brand.

    • Airyl
      September 1, 2016

      Yes, let the Huawei flow through you.

      • NextHype
        September 1, 2016

        Are you a Sith from planet Huawei ?

        BTW $450+ for a SD625 single cam 12MP f/2.2 from Huawei seems far stretched.

      • balcobomber25
        September 1, 2016

        Lol. Xiaomi continues to let me down and Huawei surprises me with each new device.

    • Simon
      September 1, 2016

      Yeah Huawei Nova looks like a miniature Nexus 6P.

      From what I understand the Nexus brand is being written off though when the forthcoming HTC Marlin & Sailfish phones are unvelied.

      • balcobomber25
        September 1, 2016

        From what I understood they will still be called Nexus phones in the US. But internationally they will be ‘Google’ phones.

        • Simon
          September 1, 2016

          Ah interesting, didn’t know that. Hopefully they will be awesome. Looking forward to see how the HTC Marlin compares with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 – as I think specs wise will be very similar.

          • balcobomber25
            September 4, 2016

            Story on AA claims they will all be called Pixel, after the Pixel C and Chromebook Pixel. Guess we have to wait and see what Google has planned.

    • Marco Lancaster
      September 1, 2016

      Yeah exactly like me, love 6P design, so this Nova got waay my attention. Huawei is already my favourite one haha since Xiaomi is becoming like meeh for me, while Huawei is improving over time and getting in western.

  2. Hellvetta
    September 1, 2016

    I could buy 3 device with same specs for that price. But not Huawei with their eternal no EMUI update.

  3. Jim Shortz
    September 2, 2016

    The nova plus looks gorgeous. Hope the price is competitive.

  4. Girolamo
    September 2, 2016

    Huawei….my first love…..
    Now is became too expansive for me!!! 🙁