Huawei Nova 5Z was announced in October 2019 but is yet to be launched. The device is part of the relatively new Nova series from Huawei which is made up of mid-range smartphones for the budget-conscious people. Features such as an excellent full HD display and 20W fast charging are among the highlights of the Nova 5Z.
Huawei Nova 5Z release date is expected to be on 1st November 2019. Once it is officially launched, the Huawei Nova 5Z price is expected to be about 200 Euros (about 80,164 Naira) which places it right among budget mid-range devices. Buyers will be getting features such as a quad-camera setup and hybrid MicroSD slot which are often found in flagship phones.
Here is a look at the device’s main pros and cons.
- Quad camera setup looks promising
- Excellent IPS LCD panel with high resolution
- Huge battery capacity with 20W fast charging
- High resolution (32MP) selfie camera
- A lot of features for a relatively low price
- Android 9.0 is a bit dated since the release of Android 10
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensors are quickly becoming outdated
Huawei Nova 5Z specs
- Release date: 1st November 2019
- Dimensions: 156.1 x 73.9 x 8.3 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 178 grams
- SIM card: Dual Nano-SIM
- Display: LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 6.26 inches
- Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
- Operating system: Android 9.0 (Pie) overlaid with EMUI 9.1
- Internal memory: 128GB ROM & 6GB RAM or 64GB ROM $ 6GB RAM
- Expandable memory: Hybrid slot up to 256GB
- Camera: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera and 2MP macro sensor and 2MP depth sensor
- Selfie camera: 32 megapixels
- USB: Version 2.0, Type-C reversible connector with OTG
- Bluetooth: Version 5.0 with A2DP & LE
- Sensors: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, compass, gyro sensor and accelerometer
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Po battery
- Charging: 20W fast charging
- Colours: Black, Aurora, Emerald Green
In this Huawei Nova 5Z review, we take a look at the device’s hardware features.
The excellent 6.26-inch IPS panel primarily occupies the device’s front side. There is a punch-hole on the top left side of the screen which houses the 32MP selfie camera. Besides that, the display is uninterrupted and features very slim bezels on all sides. The right side houses the volume rocker and power button while the top houses a 3.5mm jack.
The back of the device features a quad-camera set up in a square module. This houses the primary, ultra-wide, macro and depth sensors. There is also a small LED flash alongside the module for low-light photography. The Nova 5Z comes in a choice of four colours, namely Black, Aurora and Emerald Green.
The device packs a 6.26-inch IPS LCD panel with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The screen’s 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution results in a 412PPI pixel density which is good but not top-notch. Being a Full HD panel, the display can be expected to be quite sharp when viewing text and images. However, LCDs have been known to have inferior saturation and blacks as compared to AMOLED panels. On the other hand, though, they provide better colour accuracy.
Processor, performance, and storage
The phone is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 810 chip which is common among Huawei’s mid-range devices. The chip is Huawei’s equivalent of the popular Snapdragon 730. It is a relatively capable processor which is often at par with the pricier Snapdragon. This is coupled to an octa-core processor and a Mali-G52 MP6 GPU. Users can expect to carry out daily tasks without lag. However, multiple resource-intensive apps will undoubtedly take a toll on the processor.
In terms of storage and RAM, buyers will get two options. The first is 128GB internal storage coupled with 6GB RAM. The second option is 64GB internal memory and 6GB RAM. The availability of a hybrid MicroSD slot means that users will be able to expand the available memory by up to 256GB. The 6GB RAM is more than enough for any task although devices now have up to 12GB RAM for the smoothest smartphone experience.
Huawei Nova 5Z battery life
The device is powered by a non-removable 4000 mAh battery which supports 20W fast charging. While it is not as fast as the company’s 22.5W fast charging, it is good enough for daily usage. The high-capacity unit will also give average to heavy users an entire day of usage. The Full HD panel also has fewer pixels to drain the battery as compared to higher-resolution panels such as QHD displays.
Speaker and call quality
The Nova 5Z has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that is becoming rarer by the day. This means that users who still prefer to make calls or listen to music using wired headsets will be able to do so. There is no information regarding the availability of stereo speakers on the device. However, judging by previous Nova devices, audio and call quality can be expected to be top-notch.
The phone also features active noise cancelling, which makes audio clearer by eliminating ambient noise.
Here is a quick look into this device’s software features.
Operating system and features
The Nova 5Z will come preinstalled with Android 9.0 (Pie) overlaid with Huawei’s EMUI 9.1. Considering Android 10 was released months ago, the decision to ship new phones with an older version of the OS seems disadvantageous. Huawei has not commented on the possibility of a future update to the latest Android version.
The custom EMUI skin adds some useful features such as gesture navigation functionality as well as some useful shortcuts.
Huawei Nova 5Z camera review, video, and image quality
At the back of the device is a square quad-camera module. The cameras include a 48-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, 2-megapixel macro sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for capturing amazing out-of-focus effects. Images from the primary camera carry a lot of detail due to the high-resolution sensor.
In terms of video, the device can shoot 4K video at thirty frames per second as well as Full HD video at the same frame rate. The 32-megapixel front camera can only shoot 1080P video at thirty frames per second.
For the expected price range, the Nova 5Z is among the best mid-range devices. While it lacks cutting-edge features such as a QHD display and wireless charging, the relatively low price as well as a wide range of other features makes this device a worthwhile consideration. Buyers considering this device can also look at the similarly-priced Nokia 4.2, Samsung A10e and the Motorola G7 Play.
Huawei Nova 5Z is a great all-round device which is only let down by running an outdated Android version. The phone’s excellent display, massive battery capacity, low price and useful storage options are all factors that make the Nova 5Z a worthy contender for the best midrange device title. The device’s relatively pocket-friendly price will also be a significant factor for its target market.