Huawei took a big hit last year when the US ban was extended to its relationship with TSMC. The company found itself without its HiSilicon chip division and had to find alternatives for keeping its smartphones coming. Well, as surprising as it may be, the company found an alternative in Qualcomm. The recently released Huawei P50 series came with the latest Snapdragon 888 SoC but without 5G. Now, the company is gearing up to launch two new mid-range contenders under its Huawei Nova 9 series. The devices will come with the cutting edge Snapdragon 778G, and it will also lack 4G. Today, these devices have leaked live images.
The images confirm our previous belief that the Huawei Nova 9 and Nova 9 are really similar to the devices from the Honor 50 series. We assume that the development of these devices started several months ago, maybe one year ago, prior to the events that made the brands split. There are major changes, however, one of the most notable ones being the lack of 5G technologies. There is a round of sanctions applied on Huawei, preventing it from using 5G technologies developed by North American companies.,
The Huawei Nova 9 Pro was spotted at Geekbench with its model number RTE-AL00, where the Qualcomm SoC was confirmed. The device will also have at least one option with 8 GB of RAM. But we can’t discard other possible RAM configurations. Although the listing does not mention storage, the leaked image confirms we can expect 128 GB and up to 256 GB of Storage. The device was also listed with Android 11, which is a surprise since it will run Huawei’s Harmony OS 2.0. Perhaps, this is just Geekbench mixing things up.
Huawei Nova 9 and Nova 9 Pro leaked details
The leaked image also confirms a 120 Hz display for the Huawei Nova 9 and 9 Pro, 100W fast-charging for the Pro, and a sub 8 mm thickness. The two devices are expected to come with a 32 MP selfie snapper. However, the pro gets an additional camera probably for ultrawide shots. The Nova 9 will come with a centered punch-hole, whereas the Nova 9 Pro has a pill-shaped cutout.
The Huawei Nova series usually leaves the Chinese market. However, that didn’t happen with the Huawei Nova 8 series, especially due to the US ban. Huawei took the time to figure out how to make its devices relevant for western users. Now, the company believes that HarmonyOS will come as a valid alternative for those who are sick of Android and don’t care about losing Google Mobile Apps.
Other specifications are still unknown. However, we expect more details to emerge in the forthcoming days.