- Display: 5.5-inch (FHD)
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi, USB Type-C
- Memory: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB expandable with microSD
- Operating System: Android 6.0
- Camera: 16MP (rear), 8MP (front)
- Dimensions: 151.8mm x 75.7mm x 7.3mm
- Weight: 160g
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Huawei has many phones out there that have captured the eyes of the masses like Huawei Mate 9. But how about the unsung heroes of Huawei? Launched few months back is the Huawei nova Plus, a mid-range phone out there to capture the hearts of smartphone users with its metallic unibody and elegant craftsmanship.
The Huawei nova Plus is a 5.5-inch smartphone that sports a 2.5D glass screen, placed inside a metallic unibody. The sides of the screen touch the edges of the body giving a bezel-less look but there’s actually about half a millimetre or less of bezel unnoticeable unless the screen comes on. The metallic unibody gives the nova Plus a nice weight to it, while the Prestigious Gold colour adds a luxurious feel to the already premium looking phone.
Inside this luxurious looking phone is some pretty decent hardware, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 which means hardware wise it definitely has something going for it. It runs alongside 3GB of RAM that we thought could be much better if they another GB for 4GB total, but as of our initial tests there hasn’t been any real performance issues due to that. With everything we’ve put the phone through the only issues we had was it unable to support our benchmark tools, hence for this review we had to leave out our benchmark scores. Other than that, we had a smooth and fluid experience with the nova Plus.
The rear camera is a 16MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens and takes great pictures, and allows for recording of 4K video. The videos recorded in 4K come out excellent and looks good both on our TVs and monitors. The rear camera also sports a tri-axial OIS technology that helped us offset our shaky hands, this is done by the nova plus pulling information from its gyroscope to make corrections. It also has Fast focus technology using PDAF phase focusing and CAF contrast focusing to deliver great focusing capabilities.
Then you have the front 8MP camera which can be used together with the fingerprint sensor on the back to allow you to take pictures without the need of tapping the shoot button. There’s also beauty effects that will optimise your facial features in both photos and videos. The 3340mAh battery easily lasts throughout the day, and charges up quickly when plugged in.
CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re looking for a mid-range phone, the Huawei nova Plus shouldn’t escape your sight, especially since it looks, feels and performs great.
(previously published in issue January 2016)