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HUAWEI NOVA PLUS REVIEW |

Haroon Aejaz
HUAWEI NOVA PLUS REVIEW

Huawei has gone from strength to strength in the Pakistan, with releases including the flagship Huawei P9 proving popular in Pakistan – and it isn’t finished yet. Announced at IFA 2016, Huawei launched a new range of smartphones to take on the mid-range market, the Huawei Nova, and Huawei Nova Plus. After spending one month with Huawei we decide to publish its review. so let’s discuss its feature one by one.

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Price Review.

So before going to discuss its feature, let’s do a price comparison and availability of it. The Huawei Nova, along with the Nova Plus are both marketed as being mid-range smartphones, meaning they’re not designed to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 or iPhone 7 – and the price reflects that. Pakistan users will be able to pick up a Huawei Nova Plus for 42000Rs

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DESIGN

Huawei Nova Plus and Huawei Nova both share the same premium design philosophy, there are subtle differences between the two devices – unlike with previous Huawei phones like the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, which are near-on identical. Huawei is infamous for producing smartphones with a premium look and feels without the premium price tag, and the company has once again achieved this with the design of the Huawei Nova Plus.

Both smartphones feature full metal unibody constructions, which makes them very sturdy and allows for a nice and solid feel in the hand. The chamfered edges and the rounded corners give both phones a premium feel. Beyond that, the Nova looks a lot like a mini Nexus 6P, while the Nova Plus borrows its design language from the HUAWEI Mate series.

While the Huawei Nova Plus sports curved 2.5D glass, small bezels and metal curved unibody like its smaller sibling, it features an entirely different rear design.
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Display

They are both (Nova and Nova Plus) IPS LCD panels and both have a Full HD resolution (i.e. 1920 x 1080). Both displays can be configured in the settings to alter the color temperature and both displays have the same level of brightness (450 nits). Obviously the screen on the nova plus is bigger (at 5.5 inches compared to 5.0 inches) and that means it has a lower pixel density (401 ppi compared to 443 ppi). Overall, both screens are crisp with good color reproduction that will provide a good experience regardless of what you’re doing on the screen.
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Hardware and performance

The HUAWEI nova plus feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 built using a 14nm process. This is certainly a mid-range processing package. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing since today’s mid-range phones offer greater performance than some of the high-end devices of only a few years ago.
In the CPU side, you get eight 64-bit Cortex-A53 cores, clocked up to 2.0GHz. On the GPU side, you get the Adreno 506, which supports OpenGL ES 3.1.

In terms of everyday use you will find the Snapdragon 625 more than capable. The UI response was good, apps open and close quickly and with 3GB of RAM the multi-tasking capabilities are more than sufficient. If you are a power user then you will struggle with the Snapdragon 625, but for most users will handle just about everything you ask of it. Plus there is the added bonus that the Cortex-A53 core is one of the most power efficient 64-bit cores from ARM, which helps with battery life!

CAMERAS AND PHOTOGRAPHY

Let’s talk about the cameras featured on the Huawei Nova Plus. The Nova Plus features a rear-facing 16Mp snapper, up from the 12Mp camera offered on the standard Huawei Nova. That’s not all either, as the Nova Plus also features Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS for short), which helps capture sharper photos. But how does it perform in real life?

The camera app is quite nice and includes some interesting features. As well HDR, panorama and the seemingly obligatory beauty mode, there is also a light painting mode, for long exposure shots. The built-in filters include car light trails, for capturing the trails of lights made by moving cars at night; light graffiti, for capturing trails of light in a dark environment; silky water, for silky smooth effects from running water; and star track, to capture the trails of stars and galaxies in the night! However, you will need a very steady hand (or better still a tripod) to get the best results.
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Software

The software experience is identical on the nova and the nova plus, with both running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with HUAWEI’s Emotion UI 4.1 on top. If you have used a HUAWEI phone before, you will know what to expect here, and once again, you get a very iOS-like user interface, with no app drawer, transparency effects, and home pages filled with colorful icons. For some people, the lack of a stock Android experience will be a stumbling block, especially the lack of an app drawer.

OUR Views on Nova

While the Huawei Nova Plus certainly looks the part with a premium design and a bright, crisp display, the internals let it down. Despite featuring an improved camera with OIS, the photos produced by the smartphone are barely improved when compared to the Nova. While the Nova Plus isn’t a terrible mid-range smartphone, there are better options on the market.

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