Huawei has announced yet another smartphone brand, “Nova” at Berlin’s largest electronics show, IFA 2016. The first two products out of the new lineup are called “Nova” and “Nova Plus”. Both the handsets are targeted at the mid-range price segments and feature specifications accordingly. The smaller Nova takes design cues from Huawei’s Nexus 6P and the Nova Plus is genetically inspired from the Mate series.


Despite the toned down prices, the Nova and Nova Plus both flaunt an aluminium build with cleaner antenna lines and 2.5D glass up front. Underneath, they’re powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core processor clocked at 2GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal memory that is expandable via a Hybrid slot, USB Type-C ports and a fingerprint scanner on the back which can recognize swipes for performing various actions. The primary difference between the two phones is the screen size where the Nova comes with a 5-inch Full HD panel and Nova Plus sporting a 5.5-inch one with the same resolution. Additionally, the former runs on a 3020 mAh battery pack, while the latter extracts power from a 3340 mAh battery. Both the batteries can last up to two days on regular usage according to Huawei.


Additionally, the Nova includes a rear 12MP f/2.2 sensor with phase detection autofocus, 1.25-micron pixels, and the Nova Plus features a larger 16MP rear lens with Optical Image Stabilization. They both sport an 8MP front-facing camera along with Huawei’s surreal beautification modes. On the software front, there’s EMUI 4.1 based on Android Marshmallow. Huawei is also boasting a new display technology that can differentiate between fingertips and knuckles by measuring the electric conductivity of the skin. You can, as a result, configure a series of tasks like launching the camera based on that. The phones will be available in three color variants – white, gold and silver in Europe next month for €399(~Rs 30000/$445) and €429(~Rs 32000/$479) respectively.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.