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.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.