- Operating System: Android 8.0
- System on Chip: MSM8937
- Memory: 3GB
- Storage: 32GB
- Display: 5.99-inch HUAWEI FullView
- Camera: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel (Rear), 8-megapixel (Front)
- Battery: 3,000mAh
- Dimensions: 76.7 x 158.3 x 7.8mm
- Weight: 155g
- Price for performance
- Fingerprint magnet
The nova 2 lite is the latest device in HUAWEI’s nova series. Priced at less than RM800, it is made to appease the wallet and the user. As for the looks of the device, it looks absolutely gorgeous with its sleek blue and shiny back and is nice to touch, but lacks grip. Sadly the device also attracts fingerprints as much as dark clouds bring rain. You’d do very well with a clear case to showcase the vibrant blue colour while giving you a better grip. It is also worth noting that the bottom of the phone is quite sharp, so a case would alleviate that issue as well.
HUAWEI prides themselves when it comes to smartphone photography, and this device is no different. Pictures come out fine, with decent details and colour reproduction. But when taking pictures, we find that sometimes the pictures are slightly on the brighter side, as the whites tend to be overblown. By giving the camera an extra few seconds to auto adjust and focus, your pictures will come out better.
Onto daily usage, the larger screen offers you the ability to do more on your device, especially with the presence of Android 8.0 that allows split-screen, multi-tasking capabilities. As with all HUAWEI phones, you will be using the phone with EMUI. If you’re not used to HUAWEI devices, then you’ll definitely need some time to get used to how everything works.
Gaming was doable for older games that are not too tasking on graphics, but for new and demanding games such as PUBG Mobile and Rules of Survival, it took a little long to load. But once they load, the gameplay is acceptable as long as you take the lowest setting, but it does lag every now and then. This basically spells doom and gloom for you and your party, but it does mean that the phone is capable of running the latest games. The phone does get hot when you are gaming on it.
Overall, for a phone built to tackle the budget-minded users, it does the job well. It has a 5.99-inch display with an 18:9 ratio, a decent camera and up-to-date security such as fingerprint sensor and face recognition. It will provide you with a smartphone experience well over what you paid for.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A low-priced device with a large display with 18:9 ratio, takes decent photos with its dual rear camera setup, and looks great as well.
(previously published in issue May 2018)