After few months of the Nova 8‘s dominance, comes the Huawei Nova 9, a smartphone packed with features Huawei dims fit to take the series forward. However, a quick scan through its offerings shows that there is less than a handful of reasons you may want to upgrade. This is due to the fact that comparing the Nova 9 to its predecessor, leaves us with a lot of reminiscences.

In terms of design, how different is the Huawei Nova 9 from the Nova 8? Can’t find any difference? Look closer maybe you might notice something different. Well in reality both smartphones are identical. Placing your hand on something different by merely accessing its chassis is near impossible.

This first utterance immediately brings to mind how I mentioned we have a lot of reminiscences on this device. So if you are big into having a fresh coat of design, then you should probably look into other Huawei smartphone series.

Taking a look at the rear reveals, you will find the same gradient design we saw on the Nova 8. To top it all, we have the same cameras module design, with the primary camera taking its own circumference, while the secondary cameras are cramped in a circumference that sits below.

You would also find the Huawei branding on the rear, which is pretty much designed to help you briskly discover the OEM.

Huawei Nova 9

Moving upfront, you will find  6.57-inch slightly curved display with a punch-hole camera in the top middle position, which was the same as what we had on the Nova 8. This display is based on an OLED panel. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and a density of approximately 392 PPI.

Enthusiasts who decide to purchase the Huawei Nova 9 will have four colour options and they include Black, Blue, Green, and Violet.

The Cameras

Taking the specs number into consideration will show that the Huawei Nova 9 is slightly below the Nova 8. This fact holds for the rear camera setup, where we have a 48MP primary camera as opposed to the 64MP primary camera on its predecessor.

The other cameras on the rear include an 8MP ultrawide camera with an aperture of f/2.2, a 2MP depth camera with an aperture of f/2.4, and a 2MP macro camera with an aperture of f/2.4, which are basically the same as on the Nova 9. Video recording here is capped at 4K.

Moving on to the selfie side, we find the same 32MP selfie camera, which has an aperture of f/2.0. This camera is also capable of shooting 4k videos up to 30fps.

Hardware and Software

Its processor is what makes the difference here. Onboard we have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778 4G processor, in lieu of the Kirin 820E processor on the Nova 8. However, the other facilitators are pretty much the same.

We have 8GB RAM, 128GB / 256GB storage options, a non-removable 5000mAh battery, and a 66W fast charging mechanism. Please note that we have the Adreno 642L GPU here as opposed to the Mali-G57 GPU on the Nova 8.

On the software side, the Huawei Nova 9 ditches the Android operating system, for the Harmony 2.0 operating system. A move that is facilitated by the shortcomings the USA trade ban caused.

Huawei Nova 9

Connectivity

The Huawei Nova 9 features a low-energy Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and a USB Type-C port with OTG support.

Internet connectivity is capped at 4G which means no access to 5G connectivity on this mobile phone.

Huawei Nova 9 Specs

General Features

  • Platform: HarmonyOS 2.0
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 4G (6 nm) (Octa-core 4×2.4 GHz Kryo 670 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 670)
  • GPU: Adreno 642L
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Colours: Black, Blue, Green, Violet
  • Dimension: 160 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 175 g
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual-SIM

Display

  • Display: 6.57-inches OLED, 1080 x 2340 Pixels, ~89.9% screen-to-body ratio, 19.5:9 ratio, ~392 PPI,
  • Screen Protection: –
  • Foldable Display: No

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 50MP (Primary) f/1.9 + 8MP (Ultrawide) f/2.2 + 2MP (Depth) f/2.4 + 2MP (Macro)
  • Rear Camera Features: LED flash, Panorama, HDR, 4K, 1080p, 720p@960fps, gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0, HDR, 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 128GB / 256GB
  • Memory Card Support: –
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 2G CDMA 1X: 800
  • 3G WCDMA: 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 18, 19, 26, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • 5G: No

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: No
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/a/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: –
  • Push Emails: –
  • Email Protocol: –

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes
  • Video Player: Yes
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: No

Navigation

  • Navigation: Tri-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: –
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (under display, optical)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: –
  • Stylus Pen: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: –
  • Wireless Charging: –
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: –
  • Video Editor: –
  • Document Viewer: –
  • Document Editor: –

Battery

  • Battery: Non-removable 4300mAh Li-Po
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: –
  • Fast Charging: 66W Capacity