Huawei nova 10 Pro review

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Introduction, specifications, unboxing

The Huawei nova 10 series premiered in July, but their European launch happened a few months later, in a jam-packed season full of Apple and Xiaomi phones. And yet, just by looking at this Huawei nova 10 Pro we have here today, we can definitely feel a breath of fresh air, a step outside the established regularity.

Huawei’s phone business has lost access to Google services and 5G hardware for a while now. But this didn’t stop Huawei from reinventing itself, and its HarmonyOS with Android core helped a lot.

The Nova series usually targets younger users with its fresh design, powerful hardware and selfie-centric imaging suite in addition to the high-quality rear cameras. And the new Huawei nova 10 Pro offers everything we mentioned and even more surprises like a 1200p AMOLED and 100W fast charging.

In fact, the incredibly thin body of the Huawei nova 10 Pro will speak to many users right after the first look. It has a unique design with an even more extravagant camera island on the back. These, along with the nova logo, make the nova 10 Pro an instant standout among other Android phones.

The 6.78-inch OLED offers a higher resolution than your typical Full HD, and there’s 10-bit color depth, 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10 support. The pill-shaped notch around the top left corner houses the showstopper of the nova 10 Pro – the dual-selfie camera with a 60MP ultra-wide angle and an 8MP telephoto shooter, both with AF. What about that?!

The rear camera island is more traditional, but it still manages to offer some premium detail here and there. There’s a 50MP primary sensor with an RYYB color filter, followed by an 8MP AF camera that captures both ultra-wide-angle and macro shots. The third and final eye on the back is a 2MP depth sensor.

Another great pleasure is the 100W fast charging for the 4500mAh battery, and the aforementioned charger is of course included with the phone. According to Huawei’s specifications, it should recharge between 20% and 80% in just 10 minutes.

The usual essentials like stereo speakers, NFC and an under-screen fingerprint sensor are also present.

Huawei nova 10 Pro specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 164.2×74.5×7.9mm, 191g; glass front, plastic frame, plastic back.
  • Screen: 6.78″ OLED, 1B colors, HDR10, 120Hz, 1200x2652px resolution, 19.89:9 aspect ratio, 429ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 4G (6 nm): Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 670); Adreno 642L.
  • Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM.
  • OS/Software: HarmonyOS 2.0.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 50MP, f/1.8, 27mm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8 MP, f/2.2, 112˚, AF; Depth: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: Ultra wide angle: 60MP, f/2.4, 100˚, AF; Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.2, (portrait).
  • Video recording: Rear camera: 4K, 1080p, [email protected], gyro-EIS; Front camera: [email protected], [email protected], gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 100W, 20-80% in 10 min (advertised), Reverse charging.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; stereo speakers; Virtual sense of proximity.

There are three glaring omissions on the Huawei nova 10 Pro, with the first two valid for any recent Huawei smartphone – we’ll be missing Google apps and services, as well as 5G connectivity. We were also hoping to see at least an IP67 rating for dust and water protection, but Huawei hasn’t mentioned any intrusion protection details.

Now that we’ve cleared what appears to be missing from a quick scroll through the specs, let’s go ahead and open the nova 10 Pro box and see what’s inside.

Unpacking the Huawei nova 10 Pro

The Huawei nova 10 Pro comes in a tall white box, which contains the phone itself, the 100W power brick and a 6A-rated USB-A-to-C cable.

Huawei nova 10 Pro review

Inside the box you’ll also find a soft transparent case, which will reduce the rear camera protrusion, but it will also take away from the thin profile we liked so much.

Finally, you also get a thin protective film already placed on the screen. It’s a bit of a smear magnet, and we peeled it off for testing purposes, but we appreciated having it.

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