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Huawei Nova 5T Review: Flagship Phone, Midrange Price

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Bringing down the price of a flagship smartphone to a midrange level is impossible… before. Xiaomi made it possible with the Mi 9 and later, the Mi 9T Pro. Huawei is challenging Xiaomi to a price war when it announced the Huawei Nova 5T. For Php 18,990, you get flagship specs and camera. So, how does it fare in the everyday grind? Read on

Huawei Nova 5T specs:

  • Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor
  • Mali G76 MP10 graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 6.26-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
  • Rear Cameras
    • 48MP f/1.8 main camera
    • 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    • 2 MP f/2.2 macro
    • 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 32MP f/2.0 front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (side mounted), USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • Sensors – gyroscope, compass, proximity, gravity,
  • 3,750 mAh battery with 22.5W fast charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1
  • Price: Php 18,990

HARDWARE

In order to bring down the price of the Huawei Nova 5T, the company ditched metal and glass construction in favor of polycarbonate. Since it its polycarbonate, it is fairly light and can withstand drops better than glass. But what makes it up is the design. This phone is pretty especially this color we have here. It may not be seen on our photos but there is a Nova logo pattern at the back. It is a pretty looking phone!

Two things you need to know – no 3.5mm audio jack and no expandable memory. This is just to keep that in mind if that could be a deal breaker for you.

Moving on to the display, it is a 6.26-inch Full HD IPS panel. It is bright and very color accurate even for an IPS display. There is a hole punch in the display but its doesn’t bother us when watching media and using it. Under direct sunlight it struggles a bit but it is viewable outdoors.

SOFTWARE

Since it is a Huawei, it runs EMUI 9.1 on top of Android 9.0 Pie. We are not sure if Huawei will update the Nova 5T to Android 10 but since it runs the flagship Kirin 980, there is a possibility that they may do so. Everything here is buttery smooth and there are no hiccups when using it. Gaming is also a joy, again, compliments to the flagship chipset inside.

We noticed that there is no dark mode here even if the dig deeper in the settings. For us it is fine with or without dark mode but it would be really nice to have one here just like on their flagship P30 series. If you worry about the controvery involving Huawei and Google, worry not because there is Google Play Services and Google Apps pre-installed.

CAMERA

One of the highlights of this phone are the cameras. At the back we have a quad camera set up – a 48MP main lens, a 16MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor. We are happy that Huawei opted to have an ultrawide lens over a telephoto since many users like to take Instagram worthy wide angle photos. At the front we have a 32MP selfie camera which takes very good selfies. All the features like Night Mode, AI scene detection, Pro mode and more are here. It really feels like a flagship camera.

Here check out some of our photos

Night Mode

Selfie

Random photos

Normal and Wide Angle

CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY

We said it many times that Huawei has the best network and WiFi connectivity and it remains true here. We never encountered any sudden network signal or WiFi signal drops. Calls are clear with no issues.

We have a 3,750 mAh battery, lower than the new standard 4,000 mAh that we see in most smartphones but we are very happy with the battery. We managed to get around 7 hours of screen on time which not bad at all. For us anything over 6 hours screen on time is decent. On moderate to heavy use, this is still a two-day battery for us.

VERDICT

The Huawei Nova 5T is a proof that flagship smartphones can have midrange prices. Getting the best flagship chipset with pretty good camera system can now be affordable. Although you lose from premium construction, but that is not a big deal. The lack of a 3.5mm audio jack could and expandable storage could be a deal breaker but the battery, the overall smoothness, excellent gaming experience, and great cameras makes up for it. We award our #FTARecommended seal of approval for the Huawei Nova 5T.

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