First Look: Huawei Nova Plus


Huawei announced its new Nova series at the recently concluded IFA 2016 in Berlin. The Nova Plus features great ergonomics in a premium body. Expected to be available from next month, the pricing and availability for the device is yet to be confirmed for the Middle East.

Huawei Nova Plus


The Huawei Nova Plus boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 401 PPI. Under the hood it is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU up to 2.0GHz, 3GB RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU for graphic performance. An 8MP selfie camera features up front and the primary 16MP snapper offers optical image stabilisation and a dual-LED flash. The device is available with 32GB of on-board storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card that can be placed into the hybrid SIM tray. The device is powered by a 3,340mAh battery and supports Quick Charge via USB Type-C. On the software side of things, the Nova Plus runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow skinned by Huawei’s proprietary EMUI 4.1. The enhanced 3D fingerprint scanner not only adds security but also doubles as a camera shutter and quick access for various other applications and tasks thanks to its software optimisation.


Body and build

The Huawei Nova Plus screams premium build quality. An all-metal uni-body construction gives the device a solid look while the subtle curvature around its edges allows for a great fit in the hand.


Daily use

Having used the smartphone for a few days, some of the things to be noted are as follows:

1. For a 5.5-inch smartphone to remain this compact is no small feat and having implemented subtle curves into the design language of the smartphone, Huawei has made the device ideal for even one-handed use.

2. Battery life is tremendous. The smartphone is capable of getting through light days with about 30 per cent juice still remaining, while days with the heaviest usage sees the Nova Plus provide screen-on times of up to 6.5 hours.

3. The camera best works under well-lit scenarios, with considerable noise seen in pictures taken in darker conditions. Here are some samples:


4. Despite the optical image stabilisation, video taken on the smartphone can sometimes be shaky.

5. The 3D fingerprint sensing technology is very reliable with little to no issues faced when unlocking thanks to its placement.

6. Even with a mid-range processing system, the Nova Plus breezes through most day-to-day tasks and even intensive gaming applications. While EMUI 4.1 does have its limitations, most of them can be worked around.

7. The Full HD display is one of the best panels in this class, however outdoor visibility was poor when under direct sunlight.


The Huawei Nova Plus appeals to those looking for a premium smartphone on a moderate budget. While Huawei has stuck to basics in not going for something overly flashy, the Nova Plus may find its niche in consumers with a trendy and fast-paced lifestyle.


What are your thoughts? Is this going to be your next device? Stay tuned for our full review to find out more.