The Huawei Nova 2 Plus smartphone was released almost immediately after its predecessor, Huawei Nova. It comes with increased storage space and battery capacity and other amazing specs. In Nigeria, the device goes for about N175,000.
This device is available in a number of models: BAC-AL00, BAC-L03, BAC-L23, BAC-L21, and BAC-L22. It comes with a 12 MP + 8 MP dual rear camera and a 20 MP selfie camera. It is inbuilt with an octa-core processor and the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset that improves its general performance. What else is impressive about this device?
Here is a brief look into the pros and cons of the device:
- It is slim and easy to hold as it is only 6.9mm thick
- It has 128/64 GB ROM and a microSD card slot, up to 256 GB
- The pictures captured by the rear and selfie cameras are of high quality
- It has narrow bezels which limit the viewing frame
- Can get sluggish during an intense gaming session
Huawei Nova 2 Plus specs
- Release date: June 2017
- Network technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
- Dimensions: 153.9 x 74.9 x 6.9 mm (6.06 x 2.95 x 0.27 in)
- Weight: 169 g (5.96 oz)
- SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM), Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand by)
- Display type: LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Colour depth: 16M
- Display size: 5.5 inches (72.3% screen-to-body ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio, 401 ppi density
- Operating system: Android 7.0 (Nougat); EMUI 5.1
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4x2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-T830 MP2
- Internal memory: 64 GB ROM 4GB RAM, 128 GB ROM 4 GB RAM
- External memory: MicroSD, up to 256 GB
- Rear dual camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, PDAF, and 8 MP
- Rear camera features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Video resolution: 1080p@30fps
- Selfie camera: 20 MP
- Audio jack: 3.5 mm, 24-bit/192kHz audio
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS
- FM radio: No
- Sensors: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, gyro, accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3340mAh non-removable Li-Po battery
- Charger: Fast charger 18W
- USB: Type C
- Colors: Aurora Blue, Grass Green, Streamer Gold, Obsidian Black, Rose Gold
- Models: BAC-AL00, BAC-L03, BAC-L23, BAC-L21, BAC-L22
- Price: N175,000
Check out the Huawei Nova 2 Plus details about its hardware:
The device has an elegant design that features an aluminum body, a screen made of glass, and an excellent matte finish for the back. It is 153.9 mm long, 74.9 mm wide and 6.9 mm thick. These dimensions give you a comfortable grip on the phone.
It also comes with a one-hand mode feature, which enhances the convenience of using the device. The phone has a traditional design of the thick top and bottom bezels. The volume and power buttons are mounted on the right while the shared SIM and microSD tray is placed on the left side.
The speaker, 3.5 mm audio jack, and USB port are placed on the bottom side. On the rear are the fingerprint scanner and 12 MP + 8 MP dual camera. It is available in 5 colors; Aurora Blue, Grass Green, Streamer Gold, Obsidian Black, and Rose Gold.
The phone comes with a 5.5 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with a display resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a color depth of 16M. The display offers a 16: 9 aspect ratio and a 401 ppi density. The thick bezels, however, reduce the viewing frame. The overall screen to body ratio is 72.3%.
Processor, storage, and performance
This phone runs on the Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system and HiSilicon Kirin 659 (16nm) chipset. It is inbuilt with an octa-core (4x2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU which ensures the phone works efficiently. It packs an internal storage of 64GB 4GB RAM or 128GB 4GB RAM. For additional storage space, it comes with a shared microSD slot of up to 256 GB.
It is supported by a Mali-T830 MP2 graphics processor that boosts the video and graphics performance. The phone may, however, experience some lagging during PUBG gaming. It may also heat up on the lower back during an intense gaming session.
Is the Huawei Nova 2 Plus waterproof? No, it is not. It does not come with an IP rating and would thus require you to use it in dry conditions.
Huawei Nova 2 Plus battery
A 3340 mAh non-removable battery powers the phone. The battery will last you up to a full day and 6 hrs on-screen time without having to charge the phone. Fortunately, it comes with a fast 18W charger that ensures you have full charge within a short period.
Speaker and call quality
The speaker is pretty good, and the audio quality is loud and clear enough. It also offers quality voice transmission when making and receiving calls. The sound quality is crisp enough to allow you to watch videos and listen to music comfortably, whether on loudspeakers or earphones.
How good is the software?
OS and features
The operating system used on this device is Android 7.0 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.1. Even though the Huawei Nova 2 Plus Android version is quite outdated, the screen sensitivity is still impressive. The fingerprint scanner also responds quite fast.
Huawei Nova 2 Plus camera review, video and image quality
This device comes with a 12MP + 8 MP dual rear camera and a 20 MP selfie camera. The primary 12 MP, f/1.8 camera comes with phase-detect autofocus feature (PDAF). The dual camera also has features such as an LED flash, panorama, and HDR for photo enhancement.
The selfie camera delivers detailed, natural-looking shots in both day and night. The portrait shots taken on both cameras are great due to the background blur feature. The videos taken by this device are stable with a resolution of 1080p@30fps.
Here is a photo that was taken by the dual rear camera:
Here is a photo that was taken with the selfie camera:
Huawei Nova 2 Plus reviews
Here are some reviews by YouTube users about the phone:
- Jerzdgreat: Great mobile phone ever. The battery is 100 percent very nice, camera awesome and games great...Nice one nova 2 plus
- Joffrey Esser Eder: I've been using this phone every day for four months now, It was working flawless and awesome. Battery life was spectacular, it takes 2 days
- Kamaljeet Singh: I have it and it is working smoothly
- Sreeku JP: Yes it is a very nice phone, but this display is very delicate
- Affy taffy: It's the best mobile phone ive ever used
- Aleena poovy: My phone, super phone
Huawei Nova 2 Plus accessories
Once you unbox this device, you will expect the following accessories:
- A clear back cover
- A fast charger, 18W
- USB cable
- One pair of earphones
- User manual
When compared to its predecessor, the selling point for this device is its camera and storage space. Almost every other specification is available in Huawei Nova 2. Even though the overall design of the phone is traditional, its aluminum body and the matte finish has given it an elegant look. However, for gamers, this is not the best option, and one might want to consider the Tecno Phantom 8 instead.
It also runs on the outdated Android 7.0 (Nougat), which makes it perform a little bit slower than most phones). The Huawei Nova 2 Plus price in Nigeria is N175,000. Those on a budget and who want a device for everyday use will find this phone to be a good one.
The Huawei Nova 2 Plus is a good buy with enough storage space and quality cameras. What do you think about this device? Is it worth the upgrade?