Huawei is undisputedly a tech giant, especially when it comes to the smartphone industry. With the launch of the new Nova 5T, they have raised the bar higher for rivals in terms of design and performance for the modern day smartphones by giving us yet another spectacular device for 2020. With exceptionally good looks, quad camera prowess and solid performance, the Nova 5T represents great value for a current day smartphone by packing in a variety of high-end features for its modest price tag. The new Nova has certainly refreshed the Nova series with a new life, considering the numerous upgrades and a series of new features. Those of us who are familiar with Huawei products must be familiar with the Nova series of smartphones that have been some of Huawei’s most popular devices. The Huawei Nova 5T has a 6.26inch screen that occupies most of the phone’s frontage. It uses the flagship Kirin 980 processor and is backed up with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The designers of this phone have done a great job by managing to minimize the bezel around the edge of the Nova 5T’s large 6.26inch screen. The bezel at the bottom is the biggest, at 5mm thick, while the rest of the screen has a 3mm border. The display of the Nova 5T squeezes right into all four corners, following the curve of the chassis, which gives it a smooth, generous-feeling finish. I have to say, this is one of my personal best features of the phone’s design.
Unlike other phones of its peer which use pop-up selfie cameras that are hidden within the phone when not in use, the Huawei Nova 5T has come with its own interesting positioning of the front camera which is embedded into the top left corner of the screen leaving a 4mm diameter black hole that doesn’t extend beyond the notification bar at the top and is hardly noticeable while using the phone.
After managing to get the phone myself for a day, I came up with the following detailed review based on the general feel and hands-on experience. I have divided this review into various topics so that you get the chance to read all there is to know about the new Huawei Nova 5T. To get a bigger glimpse of just what this amazing device offers, let me take you through most of its features in details.
The Huawei Nova 5T’s IPS screen is excellent for what it is. Measuring 6.26 inches, it’s slightly smaller than most of its rivals, a good feature for people with smaller hands who find it difficult to scroll on large screens. Despite the smallness of its screen however, the phone boasts an impressive resolution of 2,340 x 1,080. In the default ‘Vivid’ display mode, which is easily selectable from the settings menu, I found it was capable of displaying 98.4% of the sRGB colour gamut which, according to me, is yet another amazing feature from the engineers at Huawei. Its brightness is also worth mentioning with maximum brightness being 422.9cd/m2, which is bright enough to see in sunny weather. Black and contrast levels are equally good, with an inky-looking black of 0.35cd/m2 and a good contrast of 1,215:1.
Performance and battery life
Most smartphone users nowadays want to know how their devices perform. Nobody wants a device that will lag and this has become one of the most considered features for buyers. The Huawei Nova 5T has power where it counts, with Huawei’s own octa-core Kirin 980 processor which is backed-up by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space. For those who are not familiar with the Kirin 980, the processor has been named one of the best in the market, giving its rivals a good run for their money. Its single-core result of 3,313 is also way ahead of most of its rivals.
With the 128GB of internal storage there’s plenty of storage space left, even after installing the most necessary apps. In addition to this, the HUAWEI nova 5T also has a few unique tricks meant to elevate your daily activities to a whole new and smarter level. This includes the popular GPU Turbo 3.0 feature, which is aimed at giving gamers a much needed boost in gaming performance for a more immersive gameplay.
The Nova 5T has another unique feature for those who have a passion in directing and editing videos. The new AI powered Movie Editor uses powerful AI architecture to quickly and efficiently edit your videos to a professional level.
The sound from the single loudspeaker at the bottom is well suited for hands-free phone calls. The speaker on the earpiece turns up beautifully loud and allows conversations in noisy environments. Its sound can be adjusted in many ways with a digital equalizer. With Bluetooth connections, aptX-HD can be used. The HUAWEI nova 5T hosts the powerful Huawei Histen 6.0 3D audio technology with support for 9.1 channel surround sound, boosting audio quality, an important feature while gaming or watching movies. With this device, the entertainment lovers will surely have an exceptional experience.
The battery of the Nova 5T is capable of impressively withstanding up to seven hours of continuous use. With moderate use, I found out that it can last almost two days; a feature that favours travellers and other people like me who hardly get the time to charge their phones very frequently. In addition to this, the phone comes with a super fast charger. I recharged the battery from 5 to 85 percent within about an hour. The first 50 percent were available within 20 minutes, which would be enough for anyone planning a quick trip or a night out.
Huawei Nova 5T design and build quality
The Huawei Nova 5T has an attractive exterior design. The back is made of shiny, reflective metal, giving the phone a delicate yet strong look. Together with the hole in the front of the display that I mentioned earlier, these have all worked in bring a seductive face. The new Nova has borrowed some features from its sister brand, Honor, but also managed to come up with its own unique features. A special feature could be the fingerprint sensor on the side. The sensor is cleverly integrated in the power button on the right edge; thus in order to wake up the display you just have to touch the power button using one of up to five registered fingerprints without necessarily having to press the button itself.
The front camera sits in a punch-hole on the upper left of the screen. It’s a good location and much preferable to the notch design used in other devices as it detracts less from the display. Sitting above the screen of the Nova 5T, almost too small to notice, is a grille for the earpiece. This has a tiny notification and charge LED inside which I found to be pretty responsive and effective. Despite the grille and the punch-hole, the handset feels and looks like an all-screen front.
Huawei Nova 5T camera
As the main camera, the Huawei Nova 5T uses a 48-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture and autofocus. In addition, there is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and fixed focus, a 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The latter supports the autofocus system with phase focus and contrast focus. As a front camera, the Huawei Nova 5T uses a 32-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a fixed focal length.
Panorama, HDR, Bokeh and AI-supported scene detection modes are available for this device. Videos are stabilized with the main camera which enables you to capture videos of your favourite moments in impressive 4K quality as well as with the selfie camera which also offers full HD video quality. For those who love having fun with the camera, the Nova 5T has got you covered with fun features where you can replace faces with things like Animojis.
On the back of the handset, there are four camera lenses, three of which are built into a raised, elongated lozenge alongside the camera flash, with the macro lens sitting to the side. The cameras are arranged in such a way that they help maintain the slimness of the phone by keeping the main body of the phone to a slim 7.87mm.
Capable of recognizing up to 22 scenarios by adjusting the settings required, the AI feature ensures perfect shots. The AI features also include the AIS Super Night Mode and AI HDR+ backlit photo, which results in crisp and clear photos in situations with little to no light. Users can also get creative with the AI Portrait Color mode and Super Slow-mo at 960fps, giving stunning cinematic effects to their videos. One of those features is where you can have just the subject in colour while the background is greyed out in real time. The camera also enables you to take smooth slow motion videos if you enjoy going pro with your videos.
With an attractive exterior design that is way ahead of its peer devices, accompanied with a powerful processor that boosts the phone’s performance, the new Huawei Nova 5T is not just an upgrade for the popular Nova series, but a smartphone that has considerably set a trend for other rivaling brands and once again brought Huawei to the spotlight as one of the world’s giants in the mobile phone industry.
The Huawei Nova 5T is a phone that will give you a one of a kind experience and for those who want a fresh feel from the traditional smartphones, I do recommend the new Nova.
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