Huawei unveils Nova, Nova Plus and MediaPad M3
Huawei has been concentrating on releasing the best smartphones it possibly can so far this year. First with the big-screened Mate 8, and more recently the flagship P9. That’s why, at this year’s IFA, Huawei is turning its attention to the slightly more affordable end of the smartphone spectrum, today announcing the new mid-range Nova and Nova Plus handsets.
First up is the eponymous Nova, a 5-inch device with a Full HD screen, Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 12-megapixel camera with larger-than-average pixels. It’s encased in an aluminum unibody shell and bears more than a passing resemblance to the Nexus 6P that Huawei built for Google. The camera department aims to impress with a 12MP sensor with large pixels (1.5µm) and phase-detection autofocus. It records 4K video, of course. Below the camera is the same fingerprint reader used in the Huawei P9.
It will be available in Europe this month for €400.
Joining the Nova is a 5.5-inch Nova Plus, which has a different design and a couple of spec bumps, but is otherwise a direct match for the smaller sibling. And the Nova Plus camera is better too with a 16MP sensor and still has OIS. Like the smaller Nova, there’s an 8MP selfie camera on the front. Both phones also share USB Type-C connectors, hybrid dual-SIM design and run Emotion UI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Nova Plus is launching alongside the regular Nova in September at nearly the same price – €430.
Beyond launching its new budget phone line, Huawei is today also announcing the MediaPad M3, the latest entry in its Android tablet range. This 8.4.-inch slate has 2560 x 1600 resolution and stereo speakers at the top and bottom (when held vertically). These were co-engineered with Harman Kardon and offer 1W of power per speaker.
All this is housed in an aluminum casing, naturally. A fingerprint reader has been added to the front and inside, a Kirin 950 chipset brings upgraded performance.
The MediaPad M3 starts at €350 if you’re okay with 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage. Doubling the storage is €50 on top, adding LTE connectivity is another €50.