Huawei nova and nova Plus is a great smartphone middle class, to cater for all devices seeking an elegant and well-equipped.
Huawei nova and nova plus two mid-range smartphones offered by the manufacturer, which debuted at IFA in Berlin and initially their design did not appeal to me. That quickly changed when I began to associate with them every day. But these are models worth attention only because of the appearance?
Housing and appearance
Huawei may not be the manufacturer to stand out against competitors, whereas the materials used for the production of housings of their latest products. It stands out, however, the quality of materials, attention to detail and design.Both Huawei nova, and a larger version – nova Plus – have housing made of metal. Metal, which is a great touch and combined with curved glass fronts. Although I've seen a lot of calls from the merger, however, tested copies belong to the forefront and disappear (and I mean only metal smartphones) in my eyes only LG G5 – a review of the model read on gsmManiaK.pl. The product Korean speaking to me more the curvature of the glass, as it is flanged at the top, as well as the specific metal. Huawei, however, did everything in his power to tempt the consumer look and feel forced to take in the hands of one of the two models in the series nova. Great performance also praised family members, friends, and colleagues. That means something, right? Smartphones are available in three color variants housing: titanium gray, mystic silver and gold prestige. For tests zawitały following variants: gold and gray Huawei nova nova Plus. Without much of a problem you buy on the Polish market for each of these versions. Although in appearance smartphones significantly different from each other , however, the manufacturer decided to use almost the same circuit connectors and buttons. Therefore, on the right side we find a dedicated volume control buttons (beam) and switch. Both models are delicate tactile clearances, but does not interfere in any way during use. Not only that, we see the movement keys only when we decide to move them from side to side. Left-hand edge was reserved for the drawer hybrid SIM card slot. We also have two connectors: USB Type C and a headphone mini-jack 3.5 mm. They are located on opposite edges. Before turning to the rear panel let me just mention that the equipment also includes: RGB LED notifications, a single speaker as well as two microphones. A lot of the differences between Huawei nova and nova Plus we see on the rear panel. The model equipped with a screen size of five inches decided to use a combination of metal with a glossy plastic that adorns the camera lens and LED. A similar combination we know from last year's Nexus, which developed after Huawei. The difference is, however, that this section does not protrude above the rest of the structure making it less prone to scratches during laying of the phone on the rear panel. Under it is round while biometric sensor. In Huawei nova Plus we have while the more traditional system and, therefore, in the upper part of the center of the camera lens is located, and to the left of two LEDs. The fingerprint reader is in the square model. It should stay for a while in the construction of the main camera, which is surrounded by a silver ring firmly sticking out above the rest of the structure. Although it looks elegant, it does not aesthetics go hand in hand with common sense, because there is a considerable risk of scratching. In summary, smartphones have been done reliably and with due care and attention to detail. Gently rounded rear panels improve the grip and the development of margins shows that the manufacturer has created these devices according to current trends in the mobile market.
Huawei in both models applied batteries with a good capacity – 3020 mAh model nova and 3340 mAh in the case of the model with a screen 5.5 ". You could say that the difference is small, but in everyday use and tests the battery can be seen that significant. What is most encouraging is generally long operating time on a single charge cycle – without any problem Huawei nova and nova Plus withstand about two days without recharging. At that time I was shooting, I listened to music (about 4 hours), synchronize data through WiFi module and modem LTE, browsed the Internet, and I played (for a total of about 2 hours). In other words, the standard things you always do on your smartphone. [Wptab style = "4" title = "Normal operation"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "21,966.21968" virtual = "PCMark-work-2" type = "single" product_id = " 21966,21968,21844,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Games "] [test slug =" battery "order =" desc "selected =" 21,966.21968 "virtual =" battery? manhattan-3 "type =" single "product_id =" 21966,21968,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" charging time "] [test slug =" battery "virtual =" charging-ac "order =" desc "selected =" 21,966.21968 "type =" single "product_id =" 21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] the difference in battery capacity does not significantly affect the charging time, and even a little surprising, because Huawei nova needs to fully charge 127 minutes, while the model with a battery with a larger capacity for four minutes less. Leaving the charger model nova for 30 minutes results in charging the battery to one-fifth (20%). At the same time nova Plus fills the battery to 32%. If zechcielibyście extend the life of this in the Settings Manager, you will find the battery, where you can select one of the available modes – normal, smart and ultra-frugal. In addition, you can control the energy consumption by applications. Opting for maximum energy savings and choice last mode, you get to the available basic functions, including the ability to make voice calls, send text messages.
The Huawei nova was used a screen size of five inches, while those interested in buying nova Plus waiting for the 5.5-inch display. In both cases we are dealing with a resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), and therefore the density of pixels per inch is, respectively, 441 and 401. At one and the other smartphone, you can comfortably browse, therefore any kind of content, video content, as well as a play .screens surrounds are relatively narrow frames side, but worth keeping in mind that the larger model, they are slightly thicker. In no way mind that during everyday use and do not cast specifically for the eyes. Most likely this is due to a very well-sculpted glass (2.5D), which protects the matrix from damage. Screens nova and nova Plus are not susceptible to bending during stronger pressure and therefore there is no effect jacuzzi. Huawei bet on the screens IPS, and therefore those that offer adequate viewing angles, good color reproduction, and even color coverage is at a decent level, as indeed you can see in the following graphics. Although the screens are theoretically identical, however, better coverage of sRGB has Huawei nova Plus (98.8% vs 93.8% in the model nova) and, in the case of maximum brightness falls more smaller model. The difference is large, as it is 42 cd / m2. [Wptab style = "4" title = "Maximum Brightness"] [test slug = "display-battery" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU" order = "desc" selected = "21,966.21968" type = "single" product_id = "21966, 21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" minimum brightness "] [test slug =" display-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN "order =" asc "selected =" 21,966.21968 "type =" single "product_id =" 21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21912,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] does not change the fact that the two screens are good and even during sunny days will not be a problem with the readability. In terms of the minimum screen brightness and Huawei Huawei nova nova Plus they are at the forefront rate (4cd / m2), thus ensuring a comfortable use of the phone, even in total darkness. Remaining for a moment the highlight, I want to mention the ambient light sensors, which exercise is phenomenal and very smooth and extremely quickly adjust light intensity to the prevailing current conditions. Such sensors can envy even Samsung, as its flagship Galaxy S7 edge it runs a little worse, and instantaneous change of light causes a rapid step change brightness which is sometimes annoying – glow beats the eyes. Of course, Huawei has not forgotten about the possibility of adjusting the settings screen, which is why we find among other functions adjust the color temperature, as well as sight-saving mode, which reduces the emission of blue light by activating a special filter (yellowish color).
We enter the realm where you can see the biggest differences between Huawei nova and nova Plus. It is of course the main cameras, as cameras dedicated video connections are identical.
Huawei nova Plus
The camera present in Huawei nova Plus puts this model leads the pack of mobile devices in its class, and more. Can compete with more expensive models from each other, a simple compact "eats for breakfast." Of course, I mean here the quality of the photographs. The manufacturer decided to use the 16MP camera with a lens aperture F / 2.0 zoom lens and optical image stabilization (OIS). This set works in all lighting conditions. Pictures taken in daylight look very good and delight the eye. They are characterized by great detail, correct color reproduction. This is thanks to the good work the automatic mode, which skillfully manages white balance, contrast, and sharpness. A little bit worse, but still at a good level fall photographs taken after dark or in low light conditions. Then you also begin to appear noise, which can be seen only after the magnification of the image. Spada, of course, the amount of logging detail that is only satisfactory. Over Huawei still needs a little work, but it is evident that things are going for good. Galaxy S7 edge still missing, but without any problem Huawei nova Plus can compete with Huawei P9, ie flagship Chinese manufacturer. >>> See sample photos at full resolution Optical image stabilization is primarily useful when recording video and taking blur-free images with long exposure. What is important is doing well and is felt its presence. Before we go any further, let me mention only that the shooting at close range support two (two-tone) LEDs illuminate the LEDs that shine very brightly, and does the job 100%.
Huawei nova is smaller and somewhat less expensive and therefore this model will settle camera with a smaller number of megapixels. The user receives the disposal of 12 MP camera (with a single pixel size of 1.25 microns, lens aperture F / 2.2) and a single LED. Such is the characteristics of the device on the specification sheet. It looks pretty decent, right? In practice, this system performs as expected and therefore well. Picture quality not really differ from the larger model, and this is probably because the class of these models is similar – a decent średniaki and, therefore, the producer could not have acted otherwise. >>> See sample photos at full resolution It should however be borne in mind that in the case of Huawei nova decided not to use the optical image stabilization, only digital – you can find it in the Camera application settings, which in a moment.
The quality of video in both models is also at a good level. Videos can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 4K. It should now be noted, however, that OIS works with resolutions up to Full HD standard. Huawei released the ability to record time-lapse movies. In all modes, we can count on a good detail, color reproduction, as well as stereo sound. It should be remembered that the standard of 1080p at 30k / sec gives the best results, though, and 4K against competing smartphones is on the same level. Of course, good quality will get only in daylight. As soon as night falls happen terrible things – autofocus stops working stable and longer blades, and to the movies is a lot of noise. Anyway, you can see for yourselves on sample materials.
Huawei proposes a unique application to capture images for which is due to be commended – it is intuitive and offers a lot of possibilities, including quite well developed manual mode (professional). In manual mode, you can set among other things, the length of exposure of the object, adjust light sensitivity (ISO to 3200 from Auto), brightness, as well as to choose the lighting conditions (even manually set the temperature in Kelvin). Available to obtain the effect of the panorama, beautifying, HDR, night mode (requires a steady hand or a tripod :)) shooting mode meals, time-lapse mode, and even scan documents. Advanced mode can also find for video. Huawei also provides a unique powerful photo editor, which in addition to standard photo processing we can among other things, blur the background, beautify photographed person, and also make a black-and-white background with a colored object. It is therefore this quite a bit more creative and certainly should appreciate the application of Huawei, the more that we find there even a mode of painting with light.
In both models has been used 8 MP camera with a lens aperture F / 2.0, and therefore the decent light – gets him a lot of light. This translates into good quality Selfies and video that can be recorded at a resolution up to Full HD with thirty frames per second. This is the same camera that you will find, among other things in the test Huawei MediaPad M3.The front camera is therefore not as impressive as the main cameras, but pretty good detail and low noise make the pictures you can safely show your friends or share on social networks. Of course, we have a number of effects and shooting modes, including the beautification of the face by the selection of one of the make-up. I must admit that coming out of this good egg. : D
Huawei in most of their equipment decides to use copyright systems SoC family Hisilicon Kirin. However, this time set on the mobile processors from Qualcomm, and thus equipped models nova and nova plus a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (composed of ośmiordzeniowego ARM Cortex A53 processor clocked at 2 GHz). Added to this is Adreno 506 graphics chip and the support of 3 GB of RAM. This is a processor for, as has been prepared in the 14nm process technology and is thus more energy efficient and more efficient than the SoC made 28nm. Kit offered by Huawei majority of consumers should be more than enough. This combination would say typical smartphone middle class that works. Of course, it could always be better, because the nova and nova Plus to cheap smartphones do not belong. And although the view Snapdragon 650 or Snapdragon 652 probably many would much more pleased, however, I would argue that their application would involve a significant increase in price, and then the new Huawei would have no raison d'etre. Both models in popular synthetic tests wrest very similar results and, therefore, Huawei took care of optimizing each of them. The results in AnTuTu at around 64,000 points, put these proposals on a par with last year's LG V10, as well as the iPhone 5s. Without any problem overcoming the Huawei P8, or the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016). It is therefore really decent. And not just in benchmarks, but also in everyday use – and this is after all a much more important issue, right? [Wptab style = "4" title = "AnTuTu"] [test slug = "android-antutu-6" order = "desc" selected = "21,966.21968" virtual = "antutu-total-6" type = "single" product_id = "21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910,21422"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" order = " desc "selected =" 21,966.21968 "virtual =" PCMark-android-work "type =" single "product_id =" 21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910,21422 "] [/ wptab] [wptab styles = "4" title = "3DMark"] [test slug = "3dmark" order = "desc" selected = "21,966.21968" virtual = "3dmark-ice-storm-unlimited-total" type = "single" product_id = " 21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910,21422 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" T-Rex "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc " selected = "21,966.21968" type = "single" virtual = "t-rex-3-onscreen" product_id = "21966,21968,21630,21772,21752,21844,21910"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = " 4 "title =" Manhattan "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 21,966.21968 "type =" single "virtual =" manhattan-3-onscreen "product_id =" 21,966.21968, 21630,21772,21752,21844,21910 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] During everyday use smartphones not felt the lack of computing power manifested downtime or extended waiting time to load applications. And as if that was not enough throttling is not noticeable even after prolonged load components. After the end of the game Mortal Kombat, the system retains its stability and speed. At this point, it is to be commended Huawei for good management. It is worth noting also the fact that smartphones do not suffer due to excessive heating of the housing. Temperature, of course, slightly increases in both models, the increased productivity, but it is normal and does not interfere in any way.
System and interface
As the Huawei nova and nova plus were presented in September 2016 is out of the box working system based on Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow, instead of 7.0 Nougat. Recent information, however, that the manufacturer will upgrade these models to the latest build and the same graphical interface Emotion UI 4.1 will be replaced by EMUI 5.0. cap system Emotion UI 4.1 is clear and transparent – will find in it all – even people who have first contact with the unit running under control of Android. Of course there are a lot of possibilities for personalizing the look by changing the theme, so nothing stands in the way that you express yourself through the screen of your smartphone. Huawei addition to installing the most needed applications for Google, also offers its programs and third parties. In memory of smartphone technologies including News Republic, VMALL, office suite WPS Office, Facebook, Twitter, and several games. Below you will find but a few interesting features and applications that can be found in Huawei nova and nova Plus.
- Phone Manager is an application that offers better system performance, clear cache, manager of transmission, as well as the release manager.
- Safe – function as the name suggests is a place to which we have access only us. Useful if we have something to hide. You can select the location of the vault, and to get to it you must enter a password or unlock the content using a biometric sensor.
- Recording the screen – a useful feature for creating guides and providing all kinds of content. To activate the recording you have to hold down the switch button + volume up
- Wi-Fi + is a useful feature for all who want to be all the time within the network. When enabled smartphone automatically switches between WiFi module, a LTE modem in order to improve the performance of data transmission. Moreover, when it detects in the vicinity of known WiFi network, is connected to it.
- Easy mode in smartphones Huawei is not something new, but it is worth to remind him. This mode is primarily a nod to the elderly and need quick access to frequently used phone functions. The interface is presented in the form of large tiles.
In the case of Huawei nova Plus is worth mentioning mode in two windows. This function allows you to use two applications at the same time. To activate it simply move two fingers from the bottom of the screen upwards. It is a pity, however, that this mode is somewhat limited because it lacked even a web browser. You can change the width / height workspaces.
It's a shame that Huawei is not put on the stereo speakers on both models. Instead we receive one speaker media, which both models located in the lower right corner of the rim. This used in Huawei nova Plus is characterized by warmer timbre, as well as the higher volume levels. This often hear low tones. Generally speaking, the speaker gives advice, but not at maximum volume. What annoyed me in it, it is to reduce bass boost. Not the first time, however, I test equipment Huawei and I know that this is to shield the equipment from damage. In the case of the model nova potential buyer may, however, count on good volume, but less palpable bass sounds. It should however be borne in mind that in both smartphones sound is extremely clean, which is still not standard. The smartphones will also find two microphones (one for secondary noise reduction) and speaker to talk. Making voice calls proceeded without any problem.
The single module working WiFi IEEE 802.11 b / g / n / definitely should not be in smartphones from the second half of 2016 which, incidentally, are the representatives of the higher-end average. However, their actions do not have any reservations – catch signal and remain stable, even on other floors. Duly exercise also LTE modems. Huawei bet also on hybrid slot SIM card, so that the user determines whether to use support for dual SIM cards (microSIM + NanoSIM – Dual Standby) or give up one for the memory expansion capabilities for additional gigabytes by card microSD. In the case of two SIM cards, only one slot, you can use the full capabilities of data transmission (2G / 3G / 4G), when the second sheet is only 2G. GPS (standard A-GPS, GLONASS + BDS) performs without reservations – quickly searches for satellites and determines the position, and it alone can cope with a route, and there is no need to activate support from the packet data . This applies to both Huawei nova and nova Plus.
Built-in memory, OTG, Miracast, NFC
We tested smartphones have built-in 32 GB built-in memory and multimedia applications with which the user is available about 22 GB. I think it's decent space, which is well developed quietly enough. However, if you are going to record video in 4K Put it necessary to expand the memory. And is that a few simple ways. You can implement a microSD memory card of up to 128GB or use a special adapter (not supplied), and connect an external data carrier and archive the data. This is possible thanks to the support for OTG. Of course, there is still space in the cloud. Huawei rose to the occasion and offers its customers a wide range of communication, because in addition to the above mentioned modules and connectors supplied is also Bluetooth 4.1 LE protocol A2DP technology NFC (near field communication – communication wireless short-range), as well as Miracast (to wireless streaming to the big screen).
The fingerprint reader in smartphones is no longer a hot news, because guests even smartphones with the lowest priced. However, you are wanting to have a great sensor you need to invest a little bit more. Those present in Huawei nova and nova Plus are what they should be – fast, precise and functional. Both models can be assigned to up to five prints, which will be used to unlock the screen, you receive a call, as well as enable access to blocked content that has been placed in a safe. Due to the fact that the sensors operate gestures can also eject / hide the notification bar, browse photos in the gallery, take a photo, answer a call or stop the alarm. It should be borne in mind that you do not have pre-defined print to use them.
Summary and evaluation
Huawei took two decent smartphones middle class. All in all, I'm not surprised something special that the producer better handle on the mobile market, as the nova and nova plus to proposals that show the potential of the producer, who a few years ago was known mostly only modems. Long in my head I was looking for justification for the suggested prices set by Huawei, but I found. For 1699 and PLN 1 899 zł smartphones get pampered in every way. We pay for superior quality, great though little original design, decent cameras with an extensive application, fast and functional biometric sensors, as well as great battery optimization, allowing nova and nova Plus achieve very good times on a single charge cycle.But this is not the end of the advantages of these smartphones, as it has been fine-tuned software, selected components translate into stable jobs and decent performance. Of course, you could start to complain about the SoC, but I do not see a deeper meaning. Smarfony are light supply of power, and therefore the fans of even the most demanding games should not complain. The disadvantages can include hybrid SIM card slot, which is a little limited functionality and prevents use of two SIM cards and the simultaneous expansion of built-in memory. I do not like the single-range WiFi module and not about its performance, but about the capacity in relation to the dual-band. It is, therefore, to answer the fundamental question before buying Huawei nova and nova plus – what we expect from a smartphone? If we put on a great performance, proper work culture and good multimedia background is definitely worth it to buy one of two models. If, however, above all, puts the performance of synthetic tests, then you should look for something stronger. And there is no shortage of alternatives. Currently, the price of this year's flagowców firmly flew down and the golden mean between Huawei nova and nova plus is tested LG G5, which currently costs about 2000 dollars. For the money you get one of the best systems of mobile, decent facilities, pleasing to the eye and functional interface and powerful camera. And to top it all there are the modules. Instead Huawei nova can also opt to buy ASUS ZenFone 3 or Sony Xperia X Compact. This test can be found on the second gsmmManaiK.pl. [temperatura2 product_id = "21966"] [temperatura2 product_id = "21968"]