Huawei Nova 5z
This is the review of Huawei Nova 5z by Phone Place Kenya. Nova by Huawei is a midrange line of phones whose aim is to pack some pretty cool features at a brought down price. In October 2019 Nova 5z was added to the family and it will be the subject of this review. You can find out its main features below and read its descriptive review after that.
Huawei nova 5z best features in kenya
- GSM, CDMA, HSPA and LTE network technology
- Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 6.26 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio)
- 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~412 ppi density)
- Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1
- Hi-silicon Kirin 810 (7 nm) chipset
- Octa-core (2×2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×1.88 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU
- Mali-G52 MP6 GPU
64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
- NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
- Primary camera 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.4, (ultra wide)
2 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide) dedicated macro camera
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
- LED flash, HDR, panorama
- 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
- Selfie camera 32 MP, f/2.0
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
- FM Radio
- 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
- -Fast battery charging 20W
- Colors Black, Aurora, Emerald Green
Design and build
A midrange smartphone with a glossy glass build and finish is Huawei Nova 5z. This sees it weigh about 178grams and dimension wise it measures 156.1 x 73.9 x 8.3 mm. On its back panel you will see a quad camera setup in a square box (let’s call it that). Besides our box is where the LED flash is located, to its right to be precise and just below it the camera lenses is rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Down below is Huawei branding. Now turning our focus to the front panel. First note that the display itself has curved corners tantamount to the phone’s corners. Again there is a hole punch at the top left corner (while facing you) which houses Nova 5z’s front facing camera.
Apart form these two I may add that bezels are still visible despite the attempt to minimize them. Now for them who do not fancy this hole punch, you can always hide it with a black bar under settings. I personally think it doesn’t get in the way at all.
Display and camera
This one’s display is one to talk about. If is an LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, Full HD panel for clarity’s sake. Its size, 6.26 inches on 96.2 cm2 surface area and it has ~83.4% screen-to-body ratio. I love that under display settings you can always adjust this display to your preference. Note that it has a 1080 x 2340 pixels (~412 ppi density) resolution. Such a display on such a phone is always a thumbs up. Who wants a bad display on a good phone? I think Huawei understands this way too well.
The main camera of Huawei Nova 5z is where all the fun is. But even then we cannot afford to forget about its selfie camera which is a 32 MP, f/2.0 lens. I forgot to say impressive. It is an impressive 32MP front facing lens. On the back panel are four other lenses. Which makes this phone a five cameras carrier.
We are looking at a 48 MP wide camera lens which is obviously the main lens. With it comes yet another 8 MP, f/2.4, ultra wide shooter, a 2 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide) dedicated macro camera and a 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor. You get 4K video recording here dear reader. That is 2160p@30fps.
Performance and memory
Now if anyone wonders whether Googles apps come pre-installed I say to you, do not be anxious about anything. All are onboard with this Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1 phone. EMUI is Huawei’s custom skin on Android.
The phone has a strong midrange Hi-silicon Kirin 810 (7 nm) chipset, an Octa-core (2×2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×1.88 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU and a Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. Good enough? Yes and yes.
Choose between two models here the first a 64GB with 6GB RAM and the other 128GB with 6GB RAM. The difference is with internal storage capacity. That is to say, at the end of the day either is the same with exception of storage capacity which can be expanded with NM up to 256GB.
A non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery capacity on any phone is considered decent. And that is what we have here. Using the charger provided you get fast battery charging 20W.
Huawei Nova 5z is a strong midrange smartphone, one easy to recommend especially for its camera and platform performance. I think its looks is an icing on the cake. It is available in Black, Aurora or Emerald Green.
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