Nova and Nova Plus are Huawei’s Latest Mid-range Smartphones


Even though a Huawei executive had explicitly stated that we weren’t going to see the latest from the Mate series, we got to see something new, a new smartphone series from Huawei.

Unlike what we’d heard in the run-up to today’s launch at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the two new smartphones from Huawei, Nova and Nova Plus, are not targeted specifically at women (which is why I gave the rumour a wide berth as that alone sounded ridiculous, to say the least). They’re for everybody. Huawei is just trying out something to add to its other efforts with the G series and its high-flying Honor sub-brand.

A statement from the company plays up the device’s ergonomics, performance and high-quality photography, a necessity since they are targeted at a younger audience just like the budget devices the company unveiled in Kenya today.

Nova and Nova Plus front
Nova Plus and Nova front
Nova Plus and Nova back

Here are their specifications:

Huawei NovaHuawei Nova Plus
Size and weight141.2 x 69.1 x 7.1mm, 146g151.8 x 75.7 x 7.3 mm, 160g
Display5-inch Full HD (443ppi)5.5inch Full HD (401ppi)
ProcessorSnapdragon 625Snapdragon 650
Memory3GB RAM; 32GB internal storage (can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD)Same
Camera8MP front; 12MP back8MP front; 16MP back with OIS
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Emotion UI 4.1Same
Network3G, 4G LTESame
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-CSame
ColourTitanium Grey, Mystic Silver, Prestige GoldSame
OtherFingerprint scannerSame

The Huawei Nova costs an equivalent of Kshs 45,000 while the Nova Plus costs an equivalent of Kshs 48,000, not exactly what you’d call your typical mid-range pricing locally but not surprising since we’ve seen Samsung price its Galaxy A series devices in that range.

Both devices are available immediately in China through online stores while everyone else will have to wait for October when they hit the global market.