Huawei has unveiled a new phone in the upper mid-range market, called the Nova 2s. The new phone comes with a large display, 4 cameras (dual cameras) and Android Oreo out of the box.

Design and Display

The design is based on metal and glass, weighing in at just around 169 grams. Nova 2S looks like a cross between the Mate 10 from the front and the P10 from the back.

It’ll be available in Black, Blue, Gray, Red and Rose Gold.

The display here is a 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160 x 1080) FullView panel, with minimal bezels with a pixel density of 402ppi.

Internals and Storage

Under the hood, you get the Huawei Kirin 960 with eight Cortex-A53 cores. You also get either 4 or 6 GB RAM, as well as 64 or 128 GB of storage, which is expandable by 256 GB.

Dual-SIM support is available. The OS running on it is the new Android Oreo, which is still a surprise, along with EMUI 8.0.

Camera(s)

On the back is the dual-camera setup of a 16 MP color lens with a 20 MP monochrome wide-angle lens, both with f/1.8 apertures and a LED flash.

The front camera comes with a 20 MP wide-angle shooter plus a 2 MP sensor. Nova 2S also brings support for face unlock, following the iPhone X’s trend.

Battery and Price

The battery here is a 3340 mAh cell with Huawei’s SuperCharge tech, which charges the phone up to 50% in 30 minutes.

Pricing is set at around $400 for the starting version, which is dangerously close to OnePlus territory. This is the second $400 phone from Huawei with flagship specs (the first one being Huawei V10).

Huawei Nova 2S Specifications

  • CPU: 2.36 GHz octa-core A-53
  • Chipset: Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 960
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display:
    • 6-inch FullView FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution
  • Memory
    • RAM: 4/6 GB
    • Internal: 64/128 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by up to 128 GB
  • Camera: 
    • Primary: 16 MP RGB f/1.8 + 20 MP monochrome wide-angle f/1.8, PDAF, LED flash
    • Secondary: 20 MP wide-angle + 2 MP, face unlock
  • Connectivity: USB-C, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, LTE
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 3340 mAh, SuperCharge supported (0-50% in 30 minutes)
  • Price: $400 (4 GB, 64 GB), $450 (6 GB, 64 GB), $530 (6 GB, 128 GB)

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