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HUAWEI Nova 5 series launched: New chipset, quad camera, 40 watt charging, more

Huawei's latest upper mid-range series offers plenty of features for under $500.

Published onJune 21, 2019

The HUAWEI Nova 5 Pro is part of the Nova 5 series.

We’ve seen some pretty handy smartphones from Huawei in 2019 thus far, such as the P30 series. But what if you’re looking for a cheaper device? Well, the firm has just announced the HUAWEI Nova 5 series in China, the latest entry in the upper mid-range family.

The standard HUAWEI Nova 5 is the first to ship with HUAWEI’s new 7nm Kirin 810 chipset. The new, octa-core chipset offers two 2.27Ghz Cortex-A76 cores and six 1.88Ghz Cortex-A55 cores. Meanwhile, the SoC also offers a Mali-G52 GPU for improved graphical performance. But the biggest addition is arguably the NPU, bringing dedicated AI silicon to HUAWEI’s mid-range chipsets for the first time.

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The company is also offering a Nova 5 Pro, with one of the main differences being the use of a Kirin 980 flagship chipset instead of the Kirin 810 SoC.

The HUAWEI Nova 5 series also features a quad rear camera setup, offering a 48MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide shooter, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro camera. A 32MP f/2.0 camera in a waterdrop notch handles your selfies. The company adds that the new series offers a 6.39-inch full HD+ OLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The HUAWEI Nova 5 series.

HUAWEI has also confirmed that the new series has 40 watt fast charging, taking you to 50 percent in 15 minutes, or 85 percent in 30 minutes. This is possible thanks to a battery that’s reportedly smaller than HUAWEI’s flagships (3,500mAh batteries for both).

We also see a third addition to the Nova 5 series in the Nova 5i, offering a punch-hole display, Kirin 710 chipset, and a 4,000mAh battery. The Nova 5i also offers a 24MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide snapper, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor.

The HUAWEI Nova 5 Pro starts at 2,999 yuan (~$436) for the 8GB/128GB model, while the 8GB/256GB variant will set you back 3,399 yuan (~$494). The standard Nova 5 is only available in an 8GB/128GB option for 2,799 yuan (~$407). The Nova 5i starts at 1,999 yuan (~$291) for the 6GB/128GB model, and 2,199 yuan (~$320) for the 8GB/128GB variant.

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