Huawei's new smartphone forgoes 5G to keep the price down and win new market share. Will it arrive in Europe?
The Chinese giant Huawei has made official the Nova 8 Pro 4G, a new smartphone that goes to enrich the offer in the domestic market and, perhaps, also international. The operation, from the technical and commercial point of view, is as simple as effective: to make cheaper a successful model in order to allow the purchase to a wider audience.
The starting model, moreover recent, is Huawei Nova 8 Pro 5G, smartphone presented in the home market last January that has been noted for its balance. The company has seen fit to slightly vary the specifications in order to make it cheaper: the renunciation has fallen on support for 5G networks, expanding, of course, but still immature not only in Italy and therefore an element that could be renounced in several in exchange for a "discount" on the list price. 5G today is not essential. It certainly will be in the future, but today - apart from a few exceptions - it is a feature that if it is missing it hardly makes a sound. It's all here the secret of Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G.
Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G technical characteristics
Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G has a large 6.72-inch display with OLED technology, HDR 10 and Full HD+ resolution at 120 Hz, that is, capable of updating the displayed image as many as 120 times for each second, with a hole near the upper left corner that contains the two front cameras for selfies, a "traditional" 16-megapixel f/2.0 and a second, ultra-wide-angle with 100-degree field of view, 32-megapixel f/2.4. Under the display is the fingerprint reader for secure unlocking.
The Nova 8 Pro 4G chipset is a Kirin 985 manufactured by HiSilicon (a company that belongs to Huawei itself) flanked by a Mali-G77 graphics chip, an NPU (neural network processing unit) and 8 GB of RAM with a choice of 128 or 256 GB of internal memory, non-expandable. Huawei has included a vapor chamber cooling system useful to ensure maximum performance at times when you use all the power available.
For lovers of photographs, Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G reserves four cameras on the rear surface: the main one is 64 megapixels with aperture f/1.8, there are then an ultra-wide-angle with 120-degree field of view 8-megapixel with f/2.4 aperture and finally two sensors of 2 megapixels and f/2.4 aperture, one to take the so-called macro, ie photos of subjects close to the lens up to 4 centimeters, and another that detects the depth of field, useful for artificial intelligence algorithms to offer photos of greater effect. Videos, on the other hand, can be shot up to 4K resolution.
On the connectivity side, the Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G does not disappoint, except for the lack of 5G which, as mentioned, is what differentiates it from the model already on the market.There is Wi-Fi 6+, NFC for payments, Bluetooth 5.2 with support for the most widely used audio codecs, USB-C input for charging and wired headphones. As has been the custom for a few years now, in fact, the 3.5 mm audio jack is absent. The interface is the EMUI 11 based on Android 10, devoid of Google services due to the trade war between the United States and China.
The battery is a unit of 4,000 mAh capacity that if necessary can be recharged quickly to the power, remarkable, of 66 watts of the Huawei Super Fast Charge. The result is that it takes just 15 minutes of connection to the power supply to bring the indicator to 60% and 35 minutes to charge it fully. The Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G measures 163 x 74 x 7.85 millimeters and weighs 184 grams.
Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G how much it costs and when it arrives
Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G is offered in China in four colorways, black, white, purple and green. At the moment it is not clear if and when it will arrive in Europe and especially how much it might cost, but the starting point is given by the price in China that at the time of writing is not yet known. Huawei Nova 8 Pro 5G starts at 3,999 Yuan, the equivalent of about 500 euros: Huawei Nova 8 Pro 4G in the motherland will cost less, but in Europe in all likelihood, if it arrives, it will do so at prices higher than those of the home market.