Welcome to the Huawei Nova 5T Review post, here in this post you will find everything about the Huawei Nova 5T smartphone that you need to know.
Huawei has launched its newest smartphone, Huawei Nova 5T . This is the latest member of Nova 5 series having 6.26-inch of screen, flagship-grade Kirin 980 chipset, and quad rear cameras.
As soon as I hear Huawei, I remember the US-Huawei ban controversy and I guess it’s the same for most people. But now that the uncertainties are somewhat lower, Huawei has brought out some interesting phones in the South Asian market, like the budget Huawei Y9 Prime with pop-up camera and the upper mid-range Huawei Nova 5T. It’s been launched for some $400 in the international market and seems to have good specs on paper. But does the performance follow suit? Let’s find out in this Huawei Nova 5T review.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Specifications
- Display: 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a punch-hole cutout
- Resolution: Full HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio @ 412 PPI
- Rear Camera: quad-camera setup – (48 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide) with PDAF) + (16 MP Ultra-wide (13mm) with f/2.2) + 2 MP, f/2.4 macro lens + 2 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
- Front Camera: 32 MP lens with f/2.0
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 128 GB internal memory, No memory card for storage expansion
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3750mAh, 22.5-Watt Fast charging
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Design and Construction
If the Huawei Nova 5T seems familiar, that is because you have already seen it before. In a way, it’s already in the market, just under a different name – the Honor 20. Yes, Huawei Nova 5T is the Honor 20 but with some changes externally and internally. Huawei Nova 5T has 6.26-inch big screen at the front with thin bezels that curves on the edges. Placed above it is the earpiece that’s also hiding the notification light. There is also 32MP of front selfie camera. We’ll discuss more of it later.
There tray for dual nano-sized SIM cards on the left of the phone. While as volume rocker, and power/lock button are on the right that also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Although we’re more habitual to rear-mounted or in-display fingerprint scanners, I find the side-mounted ones tend to make more sense since your fingers naturally rest on that location when you hold the phone.
Found up top is the secondary microphone and the light sensor, while down at the bottom are the main microphone, USB Type-C port, and the loudspeaker. Unfortunately, there’s no 3.5mm audio port, but Huawei included an adapter in the package. There is four camera installed at the back of the phone, and the LED flash are placed just beside the fourth camera. The glass back, on the other hand, produces a 3D light effect which is different from the Honor 20.
Even with the large screen, Huawei Nova 5T still feels compact and premium. The sides and corners are rounded, so it’s easier to grip. The metallic frame is cool to the touch and has a glossy finish which matches the glass panels. I hope that Huawei includes a protective case in the final retail package to protect it from bumps, scratches, and fingerprints.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Display and Multimedia
If you like big screens, then Huawei Nova 5T has 6.26-inches of it. It has a Full HD+ resolution which equates to a good 412ppi. You can also adjust the resolution to a lower HD+ if you want to save on power or activate Smart resolution to have the phone adjust it for you. It uses an IPS panel, so colors are natural with great viewing angles. You can also choose between two color modes: Normal and Vivid, as per your preference. A screen protector is also pre-installed.
As for the audio, the single down-firing speaker is loud and crisp. Bass is weak, though, which is expected, but it’s good enough for watching YouTube videos or streaming Netflix. When gaming, make sure to place on an upside orientation so that it doesn’t get muffled by your hand.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Camera
Huawei Nova 5T is installed with four rear cameras. Looking from top to bottom, we have the 16MP ultrawide, 48MP Sony IMX586 main, and 2MP depth assist. Huawei dropped the telephoto camera in favor of a 2MP macro which is placed outside of the camera module. The high-resolution main camera can provide up to 10x digital zoom if you want to.
Huawei Nova 5T has become a very versatile shooter phone because it has given the different kinds of lenses . Camera quality is great, especially in bright outlines. Pictures clicked with his phone are sharp with really dynamic colors and good contrast. However, when we apply HDR, the AI sometimes can be too aggressive. But you can still adjust it on your favorite photo editing app.
It also has impressive low light performance, and there were times that it was able to decorate the whole scene and apply HDR without activating Night Mode. It’s not perfect though, as noise tends to creep in. If you want better quality, that’s when you want to use Night Mode. It’s AI Image Stabilization was proven very capable of handling shakes to minimize blur.
When it comes to video recording, it can shoot at up to 4K resolution at 30 fps. You can shift from the normal field-of-view to ultrawide, to zoom in one shot that’s what i like about it. Also, video stabilization is smooth that it looked like we recorded with the help of a gimbal.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: OS, UI, and Apps
Huawei Nova 5T has Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.1, which is also found in Huawei’s most recent smartphones. The UI of this phone is clean and uses multiple home screens to house the apps. Apart from the usual Google apps and services this phone doesn’t have any pre-installed applications, which is good., Unfortunately, Dark mode doesn’t support in this phone probably because it doesn’t have an OLED panel.
You are getting 110.18 GB of usable storage out of 128 GB total. That’s still a huge amount but if you’re thinking of expanding it using a microSD card, unfortunately it doesn’t have that capability.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Performance and Benchmarks
Powering Huawei Nova 5T is a HiSilicon Kirin 980 with an octa-core CPU, Mali-G76 MP10 GPU, and 8 GB of RAM – the identical hardware that is powering the Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. If we’re going to classify the Nova 5T, it’s technically a flagship.
As expected, performance is excellent in all tasks, including gaming where GPU Turbo 3.0 shines. It was able to run PUBG Mobile in its highest settings without any loss in fluidity. It can get warm at the back near the cameras, but not to the point of causing any trouble or discomfort.
We performed two sets of benchmarks, one in Normal mode and one in Performance mode, to see how much computing power the Nova 5T can provide when handling basic and heavy tasks.
|PC Mark (Work 2.0)||7810||8998|
|3D Mark SSE||2,144 (OpenGL ES 3.1)||4,275 (OpenGL ES 3.1)|
|2,243 (Vulkan)||4,363 (Vulkan)|
|Geekbench||3,293 (Single-Core)||3,356 (Single-Core)|
|9,511 (Multi-Core)||9,972 (Multi-Core)|
|5,772 (RenderScript)||8,696 (RenderScript)|
|AndroBench||787.74 MB/s (Read)||787.74 MB/s (Read)|
|572.33 MB/s (Write)||572.33 MB/s (Write)|
The numbers show the difference in performance. It even topped the scores of Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro in our reviews.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Connectivity and Battery Life
Talking about the connectivity, Huawei Nova 5T has dual-SIM support, LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB 2.0 Type-C. Again, what’s only missing is the 3.5mm audio port.
Huawei Nova 5T is equipped with a 3,750mAh battery which is a decent capacity although it would have been nicer to have 4,000mAh instead. In PC Mark, it got 14 hours and 16 minutes of battery life. While in our video loop test, we got 15 hours of playback. It supports Huawei’s 22.5W SuperCharge, and we were able to charge the battery in under 2 hours.
Huawei Nova 5T Review: Conclusion
Huawei Nova 5T has an attractive and premium design, nice display, good cameras, decent battery life, and excellent performance. If you’re using the Nova 3, there’s still plenty of reasons to upgrade to this smartphone. So, if you’re looking for a premium Huawei smartphone but don’t have the budget for the P30 Pro, this is the one you should go for.
What I liked:
Great flagship performance
What I didn’t:
No 3.5mm audio port
No water- or dust-resistance
No microSD card support
The Price of Huawei Nova 5T in Nepal (Updated Huawei Nova 5T Price in Nepal) ?
The authorized seller of Huawei phone for Nepal has set the price of Huawei Nova 5T is Nrs 53,900 in Nepal– and its price may slightly vary.
Where to buy Huawei Nova 5T in Nepal? (Online/Offline Huawei Nova 5T Purchasing Guide)
There are plenty of offline stores to buy Huawei Nova 5T in Nepal. You can find this phone all over Nepal. If you prefer to buy this Huawei Nova 5T online in Nepal, there are so many online shopping in Nepal. You can choose either daraz or sastodeals, choicemandu or many others.