The Huawei Nova series is one of the most recognizable lines of phones for mid range users. This line of phones is known for packaging flagship-grade features in the mid-range package. The Nova and Nova 5T were absolute market models- quickly establishing themselves as the best budget phones when they were released. But how does their latest release, the Nova 8, do? Does it live up to its predecessors or does it fall flat like most mid range phones released in 2021?
Huawei Nova 8- key features
- Dimensions: 160.12 mm x 74.1 mm x 7.64 mm
- Weight: 169 gm including battery
- Screen Size: 6.57 inches OLED screen
- Resolution: FHD+ 2340 x 1080 Pixels
- Processor: Huawei Kirin 820E
- CPU: Hexa Core ( 3 x 2.22 GHz, 3 x 1.84 GHz)
- OS: EMUI 12
- GPU: Mali- G57
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
- Camera: 64 MP Rear (f/ 1.9) + 32 MP Front (f/ 2.0)
- Battery: 3800 mAh, Huawei Supercharge 66W
- Sensors: Fingerprint, Proximity, Ambient Light, Digital Compass, Gravity, Gyroscopy
Unboxing the Nova 8:
Unboxing the Huawei Nova 8 was straightforward. Off the bat, the phone looks sleek and the components that came along look super sleek for a budget phone. The contents of the box included: a silicon case, a Type-A to Type-C cable, and a compact 66w Huawei SuperCharge Charge. This goes along with the new trend of not including earphones in retail packages of mid-to high range phones. The phone seems to be very slim and the front camera is contained in a slim forehead bezel. The phone itself does not include a headphone jack, so you will have to use the Type C OTG port for wired earpieces.
The Nova 8’s screen seems sufficiently large. The display quality is definitely top notch- with a 90 Hz refresh rate and 240 Hz touch sampling rate. I was a bit skeptical when the company initially announced the phones capability to show almost 1.07 billion colors. Suffice to say, I was humbled by its stunning color performance.
The shooters on the Nova 8 surpass all expectations. Although it does not have a telephoto lens, the 64 MP back cam provides plenty of detail. The camera becomes 8 MP while shooting wide lens, but even that mode produces good dynamic range. Portrait and night modes perform pretty well. But the night mode works best when there’s ambient lighting. The front cam works okay, really coming into its own when shooting in bright lighting.
Battery life is decent and mostly lasts for an entire day. The phone is made to make the best out of its 3800 mAh battery, and got us 16.5 hours of continuous playback at 50% brightness.
So far, the Kirin 820E chipset and Mali-G57 GPU hold up well when faced with all regular use apps. It also does well with gaming, clocking in at 60 FPS on Genshin Impact with the highest settings. The phone does heat up a bit, though.
Overall, the new Huawei Nova 8 is a superb buy for mid range users with amazing looks, beautiful display and a powerful processor. This one is definitely a ‘strong recommendation’.