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Review: Huawei nova 4

Huawei has entered the Punch Display arena with the new nova 4. This smartphone eliminates the notch at the top of the screen – something you find on most flagships out there on the market – and places the camera on the top left corner of the screen.

One look at the Huawei nova 4 and you will realize how stunning the device looks. Clad in a shiny metal and glass body, the Huawei nova 4 comes in two colour variants – Crush Blue and Bright Black. On the front, you get a 6.4-inches IPS LCD screen that offers a resolution of 1080-by-2310 pixels. On the top left of the display, you will find the 25MP AI enabled camera.

On the right edge of device, you will find the volume rockers and the power button. On the left you will find the dual SIM slot. The device’s rear camera has now become a triple one – it includes a 20MP, 2MP and 16MP camera with an Ultra Wide Angle Lens for users to take wide, uncropped images. At the back you also get a fingerprint scanner, just below the cameras.

On the bottom edge, you get the USB-C port, while on the top edge you get a 3.5mm audio jack and an IR blaster. Under the hood, the nova 4 runs on a Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor coupled with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. You also get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage capacity. However, the internal storage is non expandable, because Huawei has not included a microSD slot in the device.

The phone is powered by Android 9.0 Pie OS with EMUI 9.0 running on top. The Kirin 970 coupled with the 8GB RAM, allows you to multitask between apps with ease. Everything ran smoothly on the device, including PUBG Mobile. The Huawei nova 4 was able to handle all the tasks we threw at it with aplomb.

The 25MP camera on the front takes some amazing selfies. Though the beautification feature is a bit too much for me, selfie aficionados will love it. The 20MP + 16MP ultra-wide angle + 2MP depth sensor at the back takes some great shots, even under low light conditions. Videos came out perfectly, too.

The nova 4 is powered by a 3750mAh battery – on a single charge it easily lasted a little more than a day. But if you do run out of battery, you can always quickly get back on track with Huawei’s fast charging feature. For a price of AED 1799, the Huawei nova 4 provides bang for the buck.

Price: AED 1799

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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