At a launch event in Paris, Huawei has announced the Huawei Nova 5T, its new affordable mid-range smartphone for the European markets. First launched in Malaysia in August, the Huawei Nova 5T is a re-branded version of the Honor 20, which was announced back in May of this year. Except for the new color scheme and branding changes on the back, both devices are identical in every respect.
To everyone’s surprise, the Huawei Nova 5T comes preinstalled with Google apps and services. While the company didn’t reveal how it was able to include the GMS (Google Mobile Services) despite the US trade ban, we guess that the device was already certified before the ban came into effect. This speculation is further supported by the fact that the device runs EMUI 9.0 based Android Pie and not the more recent Android 10. This is indeed good news for European consumers as, unlike the Huawei Mate 30 users, they won’t have to go out of their way to install Google services.
The Huawei Nova 5T features a 6.26-inch 19:5 punch-hole display with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080. Four rear cameras are the main highlight of the device. There’s a 48MP f/1.4 primary shooter with 0.8 microns, laser autofocus, and OIS, paired with a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide sensor, 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. On the front, it has a 32MP f/2.0 camera for selfies.
Powering the device is the HiSilicon Kirin 980 coupled with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of storage. It packs a 3,750 mAh battery with support for Huawei’s 22.5W (4.5V/5A) SuperCharge fast-charging standard. Other specifications of the device include a USB Type C, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and dual SIM support. The device doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Huawei Nova 5T comes in three colors: Crush Blue, Midsummer Purple, and Black, and will go on sale across Europe starting November with the price set at £399/€499.
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