Huawei Nova 2 test – Compact with dual camera

With the Nova 2 Huawei sends the successor of the upper middle class introduced for the first time last year to the IFA 2017 punctually. In the test, the Android smartphone scores the price of 399 euros with comparatively compact dimensions, its high-quality design and a generally good equipment.

Nova 2 for the upper middle class

Huawei’s high-end segment currently consists of the P10 (test) and P10 plus and the Mate 9 (test). Nova and Nova Plus have been positioned right up there before devices such as the P10 Lite or P8 Lite 2017 follow. Now Huawei replaces the first Nova series by the Nova 2, which according to the current state will come exclusively in the regular variant and not as a plus model with larger display to Germany. Huawei has already proven that this can change at any time.

Technical specifications

Huawei Nova 2 Huawei Nova
(upon appearance)
Android 7.0 Android 6.0
Display: 5,00 inch
1.080 × 1.920, 441 ppi
5,00 inch
1.080 × 1.920, 441 ppi
Service: Touch
Fingerabdrucksensor, Status-LED
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 659
4 × Cortex-A53, 2,36 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53, 1,70 GHz
16 nm, 64-Bit
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
8 × Cortex-A53, 2,00 GHz
14 nm, 64-Bit
GPU: Mali-T830 MP2 Adreno 506
650 MHz
RAM: 4.096 MB
3.072 MB
Speicher: 64 GB (+microSD) 32 GB (+microSD)
Kamera: 12,0 MP, 1080p
LED, f/1,8, AF
12,0 MP, 2160p
LED, f/2,2, AF
Sekundär-Kamera: 8,0 MP, f/2,4, AF Nein
Frontkamera: 20,0 MP, 1080p
Display-Blitz, f/2,0
8,0 MP, 1080p
↓42,2 ↑5,76 Mbit/s
LTE: Advanced
↓300 ↑50 Mbit/s
↓300 ↑150 Mbit/s
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth: 4.2 4.1
tracking Systems: A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Other standards: USB 2.0 Typ C
SIM card: Nano-SIM, Dual-SIM
Nano-SIM, Dual-SIM
Battery pack: 2.950 mAh
firmly installed
3.020 mAh
firmly installed
Size (W × H × D): 68,9 × 142,2 × 6,90 mm 69,1 × 141,2 × 7,70 mm
Mass: 143 g 146 g
Price: ab 375 € ab 260 € / ab 269 €

Compact and refined

The Nova 2 is not a mini-smartphone in the style of an iPhone SE (test), at least compared to other Android smartphones, but it is among the devices with more compact dimensions. 68.9 x 142.2 x 6.90 millimeters (wxhxd) and 143 grams is the data sheet. The Nova 2 can also be stowed in one or the other slightly narrower jeans without problems. The fact that the device leaves a slender impression, however, is not only due to the dimensions, but is also achieved by the rounded construction and the absence of almost any protruding components. That would be on the one hand the buttons and on the other hand the dual camera, the Huawei up to the hint of half a millimeter does not create completely in the case to sink.

Huawei manufactures the chassis entirely from aluminum and applies an interesting method of surface refinement. While the back has a very fine-pored matte finish, the tester turns into a high-gloss polished black at the edges of the tester. Optionally the Nova 2 is also available in blue or gold. Above and below, on the back, there is also a barely visible antenna band similar to the Huawei P10 (test). The strips are just as precise and high-quality integrated as all other components of the housing. Nothing clatters, wobbles or has too much play in other forms. Huawei delivers the same very good quality as the more expensive flagships of the Group.


Brighter 5-inch display

The more compact appearance of the Nova 2 continues with the display, which with a diagonal of five inches is now actually among the smaller ones, while 5.2 or 5.5 inches are becoming more and more massed. Huawei does not reduce the resolution, however, and maintains the full HD resolution of 1,920 × 1,080 pixels of a some bigger smartphone. With a full RGB pixel matrix as in the previous year, this ensures a crisp display with 441 ppi.

The panel also scores with a strong but predominantly natural color representation, which however suffers some of it, that Huawei the display generally much too cool set. The white of the Nova 2 has 8,300 Kelvin a Blaustich, which generally affects the representation. In the settings for the display, users can hand themselves, but it is not immediately apparent whether one is really approaching the optimal value of 6,500 Kelvin without moving anything else in the wrong direction. Two presets for a warmer and even cooler display are helpful to find the optimum, but the best setting is somewhere between “standard” and “warm”.

Compared to Nova, Huawei was able to increase the maximum brightness by 16 percent. With up to 483 cd / m², which is the average of three measured areas of the display, the Nova 2 clearly plays one step above its predecessor. This makes the smartphone connect to devices such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium (test), BlackBerry KeyOne (Test) or Honor 6X (Test). Huawei more expensive devices such as the Mate 9 or P10 create more than 560 and 570 cd / m² but again significantly more.

However, the Nova 2 does not have to be hidden in the contrast measurement, which results in a very good black value and therefore leads to a determined contrast of 1,450: 1 despite the non-grounding maximum brightness. The panels used by Huawei and the more favorable daughter company Honor are generally very dense regardless of the price class




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