Huawei releases Nova, Nova Plus and MediaPad 3


Huawei had done a pretty decent job of covering up what it was going to do at this year’s IFA in Berlin. Even though one of the rumours did turn out to be true, there was enough going on to keep people on their toes. And then we come to today’s press conference where Huawei announced an all-new series of phones called the Nova and Nova Plus, as well as the MediaPad 3.

Nova and Nova Plus

Even though the series is new, Huawei wants you to remember where this line of devices comes from. On one hand, the Nova looks like a shrunken Nexus 6P whereas the Nova Plus, looks like a ‘Mate’ child.

Apart from design, the only other differences come in screen size where the Nova is a 5-inch device whereas the Nova Plus is a 5.5-inch device and in the camera where the Nova has a 12MP sensor with phase-detection autofocus and 1.25 micron pixels whereas the Nova Plus gets an upgraded 16MP and optical image stabilization. Batteries also differ with 3,020mAh on the Nova and 3,340mAh on the Nova Plus.

Other common features include: 

  • Aluminium bodies with 2.5D Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 8MP front cameras
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
  • Fingerprint sensors
  • Bottom facing speakers
  • USB Type-C Charging
  • Colours include Prestige Gold, Titanium Gray and Moonlight Silver

There is no word on price or availability yet but it is said that the devices will launch in the mid-tier price range, which should be about Dh1,400-1,500.

MediaPad 3

In making moves in the tablet market, Huawei introduced the third iteration of the MediaPad series.

The Huawei Media Pad 3 comes with an airplane-grade aluminium unibody. It is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core CPU supported by a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU and 3GB of RAM with 32/64GB of internal storage (expandable to 128GB through micro SD). The display on the tablet is a 8.4-inch IPS LCD display with 2560×1440 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 349ppi. The MediaPad 3 comes with two 8MP cameras on the front and back, as well as stereo speakers with Harman Kardon certification. The battery on the tab is a mere 5,100mAh battery.

There is no news on pricing or availability in our region yet but Europe and the UK get the device on Spetember 26 with pricing at about Dh1,433 for the 32GB model and Dh1,632 for the 64GB model. So we can safely assume that if we get to see the Huawei MediaPad soon, it should be in the same price range.


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