26 August 2021
Huawei's Nova 9 series of smartphones is now official in China. It comprises two models named Nova 9 and Nova 9 Pro. These are direct successors to the Nova 8 and Nova 8 Pro launched last year. The new phones are nearly identical to each other and unfortunately, none of them offers 5G support.
The Huawei Nova 9 Pro sports a 6.72-inch Full HD+ (2676 x 1236 pixels) OLED punch-hole display with up to 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G chipset with Adreno 642L GPU. There are two configuration options: 8GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.
Turning the phone to back, you will see a quad-camera module in the top left corner. It features a 50-megapixel primary shooter with f/1.9 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The phone has a pill-shaped punch-hole to house 32-megapixel dual selfie cameras with f/2.0 and f/2.4 aperture.
The battery capacity on the phone is 4,000mAh with support for 100W Super Fast fast charging. It is claimed to take only 20 minutes to go from 0 to 100. The phone has a USB Type-C port, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.2, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. It will be running Huawei's homegrown HarmonyOS 2.0 out of the box.
Huawei has priced the Nova 9 Pro at CNY 3,499 (about $542) for the 8GB/128GB model and at CNY 3,899 (about $603) for the 8GB/256GB model. It will be sold in four color options: Bright Black, Beautiful Forest, Provence, and Color 9.
The standard Nova 9 has exactly the same design and color variants as the Pro variant. There are only a few differences here and there that we will talk about. The phone comes with a relatively smaller 6.57-inch display but with all the same display specs and features. It has a single 32-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
It is powered by a 4,300mAh battery that supports 66W Super Fast charging. It will cost you CNY 2,699 (about $418) and CNY 2,999 (about $464) for 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB models respectively.