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Huawei Nova 5: this quad-camera smartphone can be yours for $409


While everyone is busy with a triple camera setup on their smartphone, here comes Huawei Nova 5 with its quad-camera smartphone. Ready or not, this will be the latest trend for the industry.

But before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback to the Nova 4 which was released in December last year:

  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2310 pixels or ~398 PPI density
  • Fullview display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G72 MP12 graphics and 8GB RAM
  • Triple primary camera: 48MP or 20 MP, f/1.8 aperture and PDAF + 16MP, f/2.2 aperture and 13mm + 2MP f/2.4, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and HDR
  • 128GB internal storage with no microSD expansion slot
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery with Fast charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2018 release date
  • 3,399 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 509 price tag

Nova 4 was one of the leading smartphones from last year. Its large 6.4-inch LTPS IPS screen and stunningly good looks, flagship performance, impressive triple primary camera setup, great 25MP selfie camera plus a comfortable 3750 mAh battery that makes for an irresistible combination.

Now that is done, what can we expect out of the Nova 5?

  • 6.39-inch Full HD+ OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio or ~403 PPI density
  • Fingerprint sensor (under display)
  • HiSilicon Kirin 810 (7 nm) chipset, Octa-core (2x2.27 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x1.88 GHz Cortex-A55) processor, Mali-G52 MP6 graphics and 8GB RAM
  • Primary Quad-camera: 48MP with f/1.8 aperture, 26mm (wide), 1/2", 0.8µm and PDAF + 16MP with f/2.2 aperture (wide) + 2MP with f/2.4 aperture, 27mm (wide) dedicated macro camera + 2MP with f/2.4, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR and panorama
  • 32MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and HDR
  • 128GB internal storage with microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (85% in 30 minutes)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2019 release date
  • 2,799 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 409 price tag

From the above, it seems that Nova 5 can provide a lot for all of us. Starting with a 6.39-inch Full HD+ OLED screen, this is the next-generation technology that provides the deepest level of black. It is also a thing of beauty, no doubt about that.

Plus, the fingerprint sensor found on-screen, and under the display, it makes for fast and easy unlocking of the smartphone.

Under the hood of the Nova 5 is nothing but the best. Here we can find it equipped with the Kirin 810 chipset paired with a blazingly fast octa-core processor, great graphics and a whopping 8GB RAM. There’s nothing that will slow this beast down, yet hungry for more.

Moving on to the camera side of things, the Nova 5 comes with four primary cameras making it an absolute photographer’s dream. Everything you touch will turn into gold, and you may have found a new hobby after this. For selfie lovers, the 32MP selfie also makes for great selfies.

But a word of caution though, as taking lots of high-res photos will take up much space in no time at all. Thankfully, the Nova 5 is more than capable of handling it with the 128GB internal storage that can be easily expanded up to an additional 256GB. So go on ahead, and snap away at all the magical moments as you live them.

Finally, the 3500 mAh battery found on the Nova 5 allows for a full day of use without any issues. When the time comes to plug it in, it can go all the way up to 85% in just 30 minutes.


Huawei Nova 5 is a huge step up from its predecessor, with more added value thrown in into the mix. If you are looking for a smartphone with a great camera and flagship status written all over it without having to break the bank; then this is your answer.

Huawei Nova 5 is currently available for 2,799 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 409 price tag. You get to choose from three beautiful colours: Black, Purple and Green.

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