Huawei’s nova 9 has a flashy design paired with some premium specs for a mid-range, and it’s one of the latest phones we have reviewed. Take a look at what it has to offer in our brand new video division.
Nova 9 sells for € 499 in its only 8GB RAM and 128GB storage trim, bringing a curved 6.57-inch FHD + OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and using the Snapdragon 778G chipset, though without a 5G connection. The phone feels and looks premium and its most eye-catching feature comes on the back. The back of the frosted glass and the camera ring with double ring help the nova 9 stand out from most competitors (except for the Honor 50).
The 50 MP main camera takes sharp, low-noise images with a good dynamic range in most cases. Nothing groundbreaking or class-leading here. The ultra-wide snapper did its job fine. Battery life averaged just 96 hours, but the included 66W charger charges the cell in about 54 minutes.
The software front of our device is covered by EMUI 12 based on Android 11, and it seems almost indistinguishable from Huawei’s own HarmonyOS 2.0. As usual with newer Huawei phones, you have to do without Google services here. All in all, the nova 9 is a bit of an overwhelming option as it does not excel in any key area, making it difficult to recommend.