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Huawei Nova 4: All you need to know

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Update [January 12, 2019]: Reports coming from Asia reveal that Huawei Nova 4 is heading to Malaysia this coming week. A launch event has been set on January 16, where the hole-punch smartphone will be made official. Pricing details will be revealed on this day, but in China, the phone starts at CNY 3,099, which is about RM1,877, $460, or INR 32,255.


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After Apple popularized the notch display, a number of smartphone makers followed suit but what came out, in some cases, are terrible-looking copycats that drew varied opinions about the notch. However, Huawei, perhaps in an attempt to preserve its reputation, has taken a slightly different route towards a full bezel-less design.

After short-lived rumors, Huawei Nova 4 was unveiled on December 17, 2018, the first from the company with a camera hole in the display screen, just like the Samsung Galaxy A8s. But that is not the most interesting part of this phone. Like the Huawei P20 Pro, you get three camera lenses on the back, with one of them a whopping 48MP unit, the first in a smartphone. In total, the Nova 4 has 91MP of camera lenses, including the front shooter that rocks a massive 25MP unit.

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It’s a little strange that Huawei went with the same chipset as the one in the Nova 3. In fact, the Nova 4 is more of the same device as its predecessor, but with a few tweaks here and there, as seen below.

Huawei Nova 4 specs

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310 x 1080) LCD display
  • Kirin 970 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens 48MP + 16MP + 2MP main camera
  • 25MP front camera
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Rear-mounted FPS, Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W, etc.

Looking at the specs sheet, the Huawei Nova 4 is an impressive smartphone. It packs the year-old Kirin 970 processor, a flagship chipset that powers the likes of Huawei Mate 9 and P20 Pro as well as the aforementioned Nova 3. To keep things running as fast as possible, the chipset is paired with 8GB of RAM alongside 128GB of expandable storage, up to 512GB via a microSD card.

There is a huge 6.4-inch LCD display screen with no notch, instead, the top left corner has a cutout that houses a 25MP selfie camera. The display has a full HD+ resolution of 2310 x 1080 pixels, ensuring you get as much time as possible from the 3750mAh battery on board.

On the back of the Huawei Nova 4 is a tri-lens camera setup that includes a massive 48MP unit, the first to ship in a smartphone. It’s flanked by 16MP and 2MP shooters, equaling a record 91MP in total, the most on any smartphone to date.

Considering the greatness that has become of Huawei smartphones with respect to photography, it’s likely that the cameras of the Nova 4 will be the devices major highlight, so we expect plenty of hype on this. We want to assume all this effort will bear fruits.

Given the significantly huge battery, Huawei has included support for 18W (9V/2A) fast charging technology, which takes place via a USB-C port and you still get the 3.5mm audio jack.

Huawei Nova 4 pricing and availability

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Huawei Nova 4 is available in China at a price of CNY 3,399 beginning January 2019. When converted, this figure stands at about $500 or INR 35,000. If anything, the Nova 4 could hit the global shelves at this price, but we will have to wait until somewhere in late January or February 2019 to know details of its availability in Europe and India.