Huawei announces Nova 4, highlights hole-punch display

Huawei has announced the Nova 4 smartphone, highlighting its most standout feature: the circular “hole-punch” cut-out for the 25-megapixel selfie camera.

Last week Huawei sub-brand Honor semi-announced the View 20, a phone that looks like it’ll have quite a bit in common with the Nova 4. Aside from the same hole-punch design, both phones also have 48-megapixel primary cameras on the rear. It’s part of a three-camera setup on the Nova 4, but Honor hasn’t shown off the View 20 from behind yet. Unlike the View 20, the Nova 4 is powered by the Kirin 970 processor found in the View 10 and Huawei P20 Pro; Honor’s newer phone will use the newer Kirin 980.

Other Nova 4 specs include a 6.4-inch 2310 x 1080 display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, 18W fast charging over USB-C, and a 3,750mAh battery.

The Nova 4 will cost 3,399 yuan (about $490) for a model with the above specs, but there’s a cheaper $3,099-yuan ($450) variant that replaces the 48-megapixel sensor with a 20-megapixel unit. The phone will likely make its way to India and Europe after its launch in China.

BODY Dimensions 158.9 x 76.9 x 8.1 mm (6.26 x 3.03 x 0.32 in)
Weight 168 g (5.93 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.26 inches, 97.8 cm2 (~80.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
  – EMUI 8.2

 

PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)
CPU Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 506

 

MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 512 GB
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM

 

MAIN CAMERA Dual 13 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected]

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.0
Features HDR
Video [email protected]

 

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio No
USB micro USB 2.0, USB On-The-Go

 

FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
– Charging 5V/2A 10W

 

BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

 

MISC Colors Black, Red, Aurora Blue, Aurora Violet

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Gbenga Ajao is a journalist. He has garnered experience in print, electronic and new media. He is passionate about mobile and web technology.

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