Huawei Launches Nova 2 & Nova 2 Plus with Kirin 659 SoC & 12MP + 8MP Dual Rear Cameras

by Teja Chedalla 3

As announced earlier, Huawei has officially launched the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus smartphones today in China. Both these devices are the successors to Nova & Nova Plus smartphones unveiled at the IFA 2016. Now, the new Nova smartphones are first launched in China and might later enter the global markets. With the Nova 2 smartphones, the company also introduced the dual camera setup in the mid-range Nova series. The devices come with a unibody metal design and will be made available in Aurora Blue, Grass Green, Streamer Gold, Obsidian Black, and Rose Gold color options.

Huawei Nova 2

The Huawei Nova 2 sports a 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display offering a pixel density of 443 PPI. It comes powered by in-house Kirin 659 octa-core processor clocked at 2.36GHz and comes coupled with Mali T830 MP2 GPU. The device packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded using the MicroSD card slot. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the customized EMUI 5.1 laid on top. With the hybrid SIM slot, the user can opt for a secondary SIM or a MicroSD card. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear which also supports gestures.

The dual camera setup on the rear sports a 12MP and 8MP sensors with autofocus and LED flash. On the front, is a 20MP fixed focus camera for selfies and video calls. It is backed by a 2,950mAh non-removable battery and supports fast charging that charge the Nova 2 from 0% to 100% in just 100 minutes. It measures 142.2 x 68.9 x 6.9 mm and weighs 143 grams. The Nova 2 also includes dual mics for noise reduction and AK4376A audio chip for Hi-Fi audio output. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5mm Audio port, and a USB Type-C 2.0 port.

Huawei Nova 2 Plus

As the name suggests, the Huawei Nova 2 Plus is a bigger variant of the Nova 2. Apart from the bigger size, both the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus comes with the same design. We can spot the curved antenna bands on the top and bottom edges on the rear of the device. It comes with a slightly bigger 5.5-inch display with the same Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. The device packs the same Kirin 659 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and doubled storage of 128GB capacity. As seen with the Nova 2, the Nova 2 Plus also comes with dual SIM support and runs on the latest Android OS.

In the camera department, it comes with the same 12MP + 8MP dual camera setup on the rear and 20MP selfie camera on the front. With the bigger form factor, the Nova 2 Plus features a bigger 3,340mAh battery. The Nova 2 Plus measures 53.9 x 74.9 x 6.90 mm and weighs 169 grams. Since there are no capacitive buttons, it will be coming on-screen navigation buttons. The connectivity options remain same as on the Nova 2. Since the device lacks NFC, the Nova 2 devices can’t be used for mobile payments.

Coming to the pricing, the Nova 2 is priced at 2499 Yuan (approx $365 / Rs. 23,500), whereas the Nova 2 Plus costs 2899 Yuan (approx $420 / Rs. 27,000). Both the devices are now available to pre-order, and the shipping starts from June 16th in China. Along with these two devices, the company also launched the Huawei branded Panoramic camera that costs just 899 Yuan (approx $130 / Rs. 8,500). As of now, there is no information about the availability of these devices in the foreign markets.

Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is mad for traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @T4Teja.

  • Seems expensive given the specs!

  • Krunal

    Looks really great 👌but price is some what high.😐

  • Vishal Giri

    Again to rule mid-range smartphone market, the Nove series with powerful hardware and exceptional cameras in here!!