Even though a Huawei executive had explicitly stated that we weren’t going to see the latest from the Mate series, we got to see something new, a new smartphone series from Huawei.
Unlike what we’d heard in the run-up to today’s launch at IFA 2016 in Berlin, the two new smartphones from Huawei, Nova and Nova Plus, are not targeted specifically at women (which is why I gave the rumour a wide berth as that alone sounded ridiculous, to say the least). They’re for everybody. Huawei is just trying out something to add to its other efforts with the G series and its high-flying Honor sub-brand.
A statement from the company plays up the device’s ergonomics, performance and high-quality photography, a necessity since they are targeted at a younger audience just like the budget devices the company unveiled in Kenya today.
Here are their specifications:
|Huawei Nova||Huawei Nova Plus|
|Size and weight||141.2 x 69.1 x 7.1mm, 146g||151.8 x 75.7 x 7.3 mm, 160g|
|Display||5-inch Full HD (443ppi)||5.5inch Full HD (401ppi)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 625||Snapdragon 650|
|Memory||3GB RAM; 32GB internal storage (can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD)||Same|
|Camera||8MP front; 12MP back||8MP front; 16MP back with OIS|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Emotion UI 4.1||Same|
|Network||3G, 4G LTE||Same|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C||Same|
|Colour||Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver, Prestige Gold||Same|
The Huawei Nova costs an equivalent of Kshs 45,000 while the Nova Plus costs an equivalent of Kshs 48,000, not exactly what you’d call your typical mid-range pricing locally but not surprising since we’ve seen Samsung price its Galaxy A series devices in that range.
Both devices are available immediately in China through online stores while everyone else will have to wait for October when they hit the global market.