In less than two years, phone makers have decided to bid adieu to notches. Kind of. Instead, a few companies have begun developing displays that have a tiny cutout for accommodating the selfie camera and move closer to the no-bezel dream. Days after its sister-brand Honor unveiled the View20, Huawei is today jumping on the bandwagon as well with its new Nova 4 premium smartphone which has a hole in the top left corner.

huawei's new nova 4 has a cutout in the display for housing the selfie camera - huawei nova 4 red

Apart from that, the Nova 4 seems like a standard Huawei flagship which means sparkling color options, three cameras on the rear which are still not laid out symmetrically, and an all-glass design. As for the sensors apart from the selfie camera, Huawei says it has managed to cram them in the top bezel. Compatibility, on the other hand, will be a similar story as notches — the status bar will be pushed to the right for adapting to the new design and your apps will take months to update if they ever.

The Huawei Nova 4 is powered by the company’s own Kirin 970 octa-core chipset and features a dedicated engine for processing neural networks. It has a 6.4-inch 1080p screen, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a 3,750mAh battery that does support quick charging. The phone comes preloaded with Android Pie layered by Huawei’s own EMUI skin on top.

huawei's new nova 4 has a cutout in the display for housing the selfie camera - huawei nova 4 blue

There are three camera sensors on the rear, all with varying focal lengths — a regular 48-megapixel Sony IMX576 primary sensor, a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and another 2-megapixel snapper for depth-sensing. On the front, you will find a 25-megapixel selfie camera.

In addition, there’s a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and a USB Type-C port. The Nova 4 costs 3,399 yuan (~Rs 35,000), although there is a more affordable variant which has a 20-megapixel primary camera instead of the 48-megapixel unit and is priced at 3,099 yuan (~Rs 32,000).

Huawei Nova 4 Specifications

  • Dimensions:157×75.1×7.77mm; Weight: 172g
  • 6.4-inch (2310 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ screen, curved glass display
  • Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm octa-core processor, Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage
  • Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0.1.
  • Dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, USB Type-C
  • Rear Cameras: 48-megapixel, 1/2″ Sony IMX586 sensor, LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, EIS, secondary 16-megapixel 117-degree super wide angle lens, f/2.2 aperture, 2-megapixel depth of field camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • Front Camera: 25-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture, EIS
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3750mAh battery with fast charging
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