Sold in the mid-range segment, Huawei Nova 9 owns a 6.57-inch diagonal OLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate with the ability to display 10-bit color system. It delivers speedy performance with the Snapdragon 778G chip along with a large amount of RAM.
And yet, the device also owns a long battery life and fast charging with a capacity of 66W. Overall, the Huawei Nova 9 is a comprehensive mid-range phone in all respects, without many major flaws.
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Specifications of Huawei Nova 9
- Screen: 6.57-inch 2340 x 1080 pixels
- CPU: Snapdragon 778G
- RAM: 8GB
- Rear camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
- Front camera: 32MP
- Internal memory: 128GB/256GB
- Size: 160 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm
- Mass: 175 grams
- The battery: 4300 mAh
Huawei Nova 9: Design
The Huawei Nova 9 has a premium look even though the phone’s outer shell material is only mid-range. The device has a glass front, while the back and frame are made of plastic. The manufacturer doesn’t officially announce the type of screen protector in the spec list, so we don’t think it’s Gorilla Glass.
Even so, the phone still gives us a very comfortable hand feeling. With an overall weight of 175g, the Nova 9 is one of the lightest phones in the 6.5-inch segment.
The rear camera cluster of the device is a bit thick, making the phone docked when placed on a flat table. The main camera sensor of this lens cluster is wrapped inside a shiny metal ring, while the other 3 sensors are placed in the other ring below.
The back of the device is finished with a matte mirror, making the phone more grippy than usual, and is curved to the sides to allow users to hold the phone without needing their hands.
The Nova 9 is a phone with a modern look, with a bezel that wraps around the screen that’s relatively thin for its class. Located near the top edge of the screen is a hole punched for the selfie camera of the device.
The frame of the machine is made entirely of plastic. This plastic border is polished, making fingerprints stick a bit too much. The power button and volume up and down buttons are located on the right edge, while the bottom edge of the device is equipped with a USB Type-C connector, an external speaker strip and a SIM slot. The SIM slot of the device can only hold 2 SIM cards and cannot accept microSD cards.
Overall, the design of the Nova 9 does not have any major limitations. The machine has a compact design, easy to hold in the hand, has a good build quality and level of finishing for the price.
Huawei Nova 9: Screen
The screen is one of the strongest points of the Nova 9. The screen uses a high-end OLED panel with the ability to display 10-bit color system and is supported with 120Hz refresh rate. This screen has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and is divided into 19.5: 9 aspect ratio.
In terms of brightness, this OLED panel is not very impressive, but still on par with the segment standard. When adjusting the brightness manually, the screen of the machine has a maximum recorded brightness of 433 nit. Meanwhile, when using the device in Auto-Brightness Change mode, the Nova 9’s screen has a peak brightness of 608 nit.
However, this panel does not have too high color accuracy. As soon as we turned on the device, we could immediately notice that the colors displayed on the screen were tilted slightly towards the cold color gamut. All shades of gray and white are tinged with blue or purple.
The screen is supported with a 120Hz refresh rate, making all animations when interacting with the operating system smooth and seamless, providing a good experience during use.
Huawei Nova 9: Battery life
Huawei Nova 9 is equipped with a battery with a smaller capacity than most phones in the same price segment. Its battery has a capacity of 4300 mAh, giving the phone mid-range standby time results in our tests. However, there is one big difference between Nova 9 and competing models, which is that these models are equipped with higher-performance chips.
Most of Huawei Nova 9’s competitors are equipped with one of two chip lines, Snapdragon 888 or 870 – both of which consume a lot more power than the Nova 9’s Snapdragon 778G chip.
During our testing, the Huawei Nova 9 delivers mid-range battery life, enough to last through the day in moderate usage.
Although Huawei Nova 9 does not have the fastest battery charging speed in the segment, it is still much faster than many competing models in the same price range. During the test, the phone recharged to 61% of its battery after just 30 minutes of charging.
Huawei Nova 9: Performance
The Snapdragon 778G chip equipped inside the Nova 9 is manufactured on the 6nm process. The chip is composed of 8 processing cores and is integrated with Adreno 642L GPU to handle tasks that require high graphics processing capabilities. The chip is made up of 1 core Kryo 670 Prime (2.4GHz), 3 cores Kryo 670 Gold (2.4GHz) and 4 cores Kryo 670 Silver (1.8GHz).
Huawei Nova 9 is sold with 2 configuration versions, including 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB. In this article, we will perform different tests to check the overall performance of the Nova 9, and compare the device’s test scores with competing phones in the same segment.
Scoring the device’s performance with the Geekbench 5 test, the Huawei phone scored 2973. This result is comparable to other Snapdragon 778G-powered phones on the market. However, the device has a much worse performance score than phones using higher-end chips, such as Dimensity 1200 or Snapdragon 888/870.
Huawei Nova 9: Camera
Nova 9’s rear camera cluster is made up of 4 sensors. The main camera of the device uses a high-end 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor, with physical dimensions and pixels of 1/1.56 inch and 1.0µm respectively. The sensor is placed behind a lens with an aperture of f/1.9. This is the type of sensor used in the higher-end phone line Oppo Find X3 Pro.
The ultra-wide-angle camera of the device uses a more common sensor, with 8MP resolution, 1/4.0 inch physical size, placed behind an f/2.2 lens. The other two lenses are used for depth analysis and macro photography, with both using 2MP sensors, f/2.4 aperture.
The selfie camera of the device uses a 32MP sensor, with a pixel size of 0.8µm, placed behind a lens with an aperture of f/2.0.
Photos taken in daylight conditions produce mid-range results for the price segment. The point that surprised us the most was that the autofocus feature of the machine was not very stable.
This causes some test shots to have a lower definition than usual. In addition to these cases, photos taken from the main lens in well-lit conditions are very good quality, with sharp sharpness and vibrant colors.
The image quality of the super wide-angle lens is not too impressive, but still horizontal compared to competitors in the same segment. These pictures have not very good sharpness.
The biggest limitation of Huawei Nova 9 is that it does not support Google services. However, after practical experience with the phone, we realized that the phone has other limitations.
The photography performance of Huawei nova 9 is just average compared to the segment. Meanwhile, the performance level of Huawei nova 9 is not too slow, but much worse than models using Snapdragon 888 or 870 chip in the same price range.
If Huawei nova 9 has a better starting price, then this will be a good choice for those who are choosing to buy a phone in the mid-range price segment. But for the time being, we recommend that you choose another model in the price segment instead of Huawei nova 9.
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- Compact design
- Brilliant OLED display, 120Hz
- Fast battery charging speed
- Photo quality is not too impressive
- In the same price segment, there are more powerful models
- Google services are not supported