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Huawei Nova and Nova+ bring big battery life on a budget


Huawei, fresh from launching its new P9 flagship, is back with two new phones with a lower price, designed for the younger market.

The Huawei Nova is the first of the two, with a 5-inch 1080p screen inside a metal and curved glass body with an advanced fingerprint scanner on the back, 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 625 chipset inside.

The main selling point will be the battery life: at 3020mAh, that's a large power pack for this class of phone, with more juice on offer than you'll see in the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Huawei is claiming the Nova packs 30% more battery life than phones powered by the Snapdragon 615 (which powered the previous Huawei G8).

The Nova also sports the improved USB-C port on the bottom, along with 32GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot (which can curiously only handle cards up to 128GB).

The camera on the back is a fairly standard-sounding 12MP affair with an f/2.2 aperture, while there's an 8MP, f/2.0 aperture snapper on the front – so low-light selfies should be half-decent.

DoublePlus good?

The Huawei Nova+ is almost identical in terms of specs, but boosts the size up to include a 5.5-inch screen (although sadly it's still only 1080p, presumably to keep costs down).

Nova duo

The Huawei Nova+ and Nova

The Nova+ camera is also upgraded to 16MP with optical image stabilisation, which will help low-light performance, and the battery is a much larger 3340mAh unit, meaning you'll get an oddly specific '"2.2 days' average use" out of the phone, according to Huawei.

The spec list for these phones is pretty good – but the price is a little on the high side for something that promises to be 'mid-range'. The Nova will be offered at €399 (around £335 / $445 / AU$590), and the Nova+ will be €499 (around £420 / $550 / AU$740), and both will be available in September 2016,

• Want to see these phones in all their glory? We've got our detailed hands-on: Huawei Nova review and hands on: Huawei Nova+ review for you to gaze at lovingly.