Huawei Nova 6, Nova 6 5G specs — 40W supercharge

A new unique design greets the recently released Huawei Nova 6, Huawei Nova 5G, and Huawei Nova 5G SE models. The SE variant is for the Chinese market and we won’t concern ourselves with it (i.e reviewing it).

The universal Huawei Nova 6 comes with a 5G variant, and these two are fairly similar only in physical design but different when their underlying features are examined.

Although both models uses Huawei 40W supercharge protocols, the 5G model comes with a better 4200mAh battery capacity. The 4G model has just a 4,100mAh battery.

The front display packs two camera sensors for both models. These camera sensors are engraved in what seems to be an oval-shaped dot-punch notch. The internals of the 32MP + 8MP selfie cameras used by both variants are different. Looking deeply, the physical aperture of the 5G model’s front & rear cameras are better than the 4G’s.

The LCD display featured on both models under review means there is no on-screen fingerprint sensor(only AMOLED display type features it). However, Huawei deems it fit to place the popular unlocking feature on the side rather than at the rear.

The device’s battery could charge up to 70% in 30mins and this speak quality. The HiSilicon Kirin 990 octacore processor setup also adds to the rare quality of hardware incorporated into these models.

The full review of these powerful phone models are as follows:

Highlights

Huawei Nova 6, 6 5G

  • Both models released december 2019.
  • Nova 6 features 4100mAh battery capacity while Nova 6 5G features 4200mAh. Both models fast charge at 40W.
  • 40MP + 8MP + 8MP rear cameras, 32MP + 8MP front camera.
  • Side mounted fingerprint sensor.
  • Android 10; EMUI 10
  • 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM & 256GB ROM, 8GB RAM variants for the 5G model. 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM for the 4G model.
  • HiSilicon Kirin 990 octacore processor

Wide and convenient LCD display specifications

Everything about the 5G variant is made to be better than the other variant. The height, width and thickness is lengthier than the Nova 6. The wider dimensions means that the Nova 6 5G has a greater weight.

Both models share the same display size, type, PPI ratio and resolution. The display is all classy even without the AMOLED type. The oval shaped notch which houses the front cameras extends into the screen i.e lies directly on the screen — a stride away from norm. The bezels surrounding the four sides are slim while the rear camera seems to be protruding outwards.

Nova 6Nova 6 5G
Dimensions162.6 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.98 x 0.34 in)162.7 x 75.8 x 9 mm (6.41 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)
Weight197 g (6.95 oz)212 g (7.48 oz)
Body buildFront glass, aluminum frame
Display typeLTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen size6.57 inches (~84.7% screen-to-body ratio)6.57 inches (~84.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
ColoursBlack, Blue, Red, Provence

Advantage: Both models packs great screen specifications.

Disadvantage: –

Excellent camera specifications exhibited by both models

The Nova 6 models are epitome of smartphones with excellent cameras.

The oval notch on the front screen houses two camera sensors. The 32MP wide sensor captures main shots while an ultrawide 8MP sensor covers wide angle in it’s capturing.

The rear packs an immense 48MP primary camera, while the other 8MP + 8MP sensors gives more quality to the shots.

The selfie cameras can deliver 4K video in both variants.
Minor differences could be seen in the underlying details of the Nova 6 & Nova 6 5G cameras.

Huawei Nova 6 specifications

Nova 6Nova 6 5G
Main camera
  • 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF, Laser AF
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 16mm (ultrawide), no AF
Camera features(rear)Panorama, HDR, LED flash
Video(rear)[email protected]/60fps, [email protected], [email protected], (gyro-EIS)
Selfie camera
  • 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, PDAF
  • 8 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide)
Camera features(front)HDR
Video(front)[email protected]

Advantage: Excellent camera specifications.

Disadvantage: —

Huawei Nova 6 hardware & software

Nova 6 uses the latest version of the Android operating system and EMUI custom skin.

The HiSilicon Kirin 990 octacore chipset gives a powerful drive to the premium smartphone. Two cores of Cortex-A76 processor clocks a speed of 2.86 GHz while this same dual core processor clocks 2.09 GHz. The final quad core processor clocks 1.86 GHz with a differing Cortex-A55 processor.

Both smartphone models uses the same central processor and grahics processor in Mali-G76 MP16 GPU.

Nova 6Nova 6 5G
Operating systemAndroid 10
SkinEMUI 10
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 990 (7 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.09 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.86 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G76 MP16

Advantage:

  • Powerful HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor.
  • Updated software for a more efficient interface.

Disadvantage: —

Huawei Nova 6 wide storage — not expandable

Huawei Nova 6 packs a wide internal storage but there is no slot for SD card. Many users would have less need of that by reason of the large storage created.

The RAM size is also wide with all models coming with an 8GB RAM storage. However, the 5G model has two variants — one has a 128GB internal memory while the other has a doubled 256GB internal storage capacity.

Nova 6Nova 6 5G
Memory card slotNo
Internal memory capacity128GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
RAM8GB

Advantage: Wide storage capacity of both models.

Disadvantage: No memory card slot for all models.

Nova 6 5G

Huawei Nova 6 connectivity options

The USB type C reversible connector is one of the standout connectivity options of the device.

With the absence of an AMOLED display, the device comes with a side-mounted fingerprint rather than an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The bluetooth version is an upgraded 5.1 same as most connectivity specifications. The device has NFC.

Nova 6Nova 6 5G
Loudspeakeryes
3.5mm jackYes, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.1, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
NFCYes
RadioNo
USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint sensorYes, side mounted
Other sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • gyro
  • proximity
  • compass

Advantage: Rather than settling for rear mounted fingerprint sensor, Huawei Nova 6 supports a better side mounted one.

Disadvantage: No FM radio support.

Huawei Nova 6 network support

Huawei Nova 6 & 6 5G supports various bands of 2G,3G and 4G. The 5G variant is loaded with Balong 5000 5G modem. The bands are listed below:

2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bandsHSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bandsLTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 26(850), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
5G5G SA / NSA; N1/N3/N41/N77/N78/N79
(For only 5G Version)
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G (2+ Gbps DL)

Long lasting battery life

The Nova 6 which uses Huawei’s supercharge protocol could charge from 0% to 70% in 30 minutes.

While the 4G model has a capacity of 4100mAh, the 5G model has a better 4200mAh.

Nova 6Nova 6 5G
Capacity4100 mAh4200 mAh
RemovableNon-removable
TypeLi-Po
Wireless chargingNo
Fast charging40W fast battery charging

Advantage: 40W fast charging support for all variant.

Disadvantage: The 4100mAh & 4200mAh battery capacity is average for this quality of device.

Huawei Nova 6 availability and price in Nigeria

The Huawei Nova 6 smartphone is undeniably an expensive device.

The Nova 6 is sold at N165,000. While the Nova 6 5G 128GB variant is sold at N195,000 , the 256GB variant is high at N215,000.

The device might not be available for purchase until the beginning of 2020 outside China with Nigeria inclusive.

Verdict

The Nova 6 smartphone is an expensive phone and surely comes with premium features.

Huawei should have made a better battery capacity for this flagship and that’s the only downside of the smartphone.

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