Huawei Nova 4 Features: Pros And Cons

By Dan Anderson ● Updated July 17, 2019

The Huawei Nova 4 is a mid-range smartphone that became available in China this week. What makes the Huawei Nova 4 unique is that it has a camera drilled into the front of the device rather than using the ubiquitous notch design in many other modern smartphones.

Photo Credit: Huawei

Here is an overview of the Huawei Nova 4 features and the pros and cons associated with the device:

The Pros

Pro: Large Display

The Huawei Nova 4 has a large 6.4-inch display. And it has an FHD+ resolution of 2310 x 1080 (19.25:9 aspect ratio). The bezels on the sides of the device are slim so the display is visible on most of the Nova 4’s front.

Pro: Powerful Internal Components

Inside of the Huawei Nova 4 boasts a combination of 8GB of RAM combined with the Kirin 970 processor. And the device comes with 128GB of non-expandable storage. And it uses a USB-C port for charging and a fingerprint sensor for security.

The octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 has four Cortex-A73 cores that clock at 2.36GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

Pro: Solid Battery

The battery power of the Huawei Nova 4 is a 3,750 mAh battery. This article will be updated once the battery life based on this size is determined.

Pro: High-Quality Cameras

There is a tiny hole drilled into the screen of the Nova 4, which is similar to the way that Samsung set up its Galaxy A8s device that contains a 25-megapixel selfie camera with a f/2.0 aperture and a number of artificial intelligence enhancements.

The rear-facing camera features 48-, 16- and 2-megapixel lenses. The 48-megapixel lens has a f/1.8 aperture. 

And Huawei is also selling a lower-cost variation of the Nova 4 featuring a triple lens with at 20-, 16-, and 2-megapixels. These cameras have a single LED flash.

The cameras on the Nova 4 also have EIS, 4K video recording, 3D Qmoji, PDAF, contrast focus, and artificial intelligence beauty features.


Con: Limited Availability

One of the biggest problems with Huawei devices is the limited availability. The Huawei Nova 4 is currently only available in China. It is unknown whether Nova 4 will make it over to Europe. Given the relationship that Huawei has with the U.S., I would not count on this device entering this market.


Neutral: Price

The price of the Nova 4 with less camera power is 3,099 yuan (about $450 USD). And the price of the higher-end Nova 4 is 3,399 (about $490 USD). I would rate this neutral because it is not too expensive, but it is not cheap either.

Additional Features:

The Huawei Nova 4 ships with Android 9.0 Pie. And it is available in several color options including red, blue, white, and black. Interestingly, the 3D glass body on the device reflects light in a way that makes the color of the device change based on the angle. 

In terms of connectivity, the Nova 4 has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2, and GPS/ A-GPS. Plus it has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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