Huawei Nova 4 review
Pinhole selfie lens and 48MP rear triple camera
The big talking point on our Huawei Nova 4 review is the amazing camera technology. While the pinhole selfie camera and top notch 48-megapixel triple camera on the back is amazing, Huawei doesn’t stop there. This latest device is powerful with fantastic quality styling and features.
True Full Screen - no notch
The latest smartphones use FullView technology to give you more screen in a compact body. Manufacturers went one step further with a notch at the top of the display to house the camera lenses. Huawei now takes this to a whole new level by dropping the notch altogether. Instead of a wide bezel or notch, there is simply a pinhole in the display to house the selfie lens.
The Huawei Nova 4 display is a 6.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2310. The lack of camera notch and slim bezels give the phone a screen-to-body-ratio of 86%.
Available in Aurora Blue, red, white and black the Huawei Nova 4 has been manufactured using a special technique to give each colour brilliant radiance. Nanotechnology is used to create multiple layers of colour, this gives the phone an iridescent and colour changing effect.
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The Huawei Nova 4 weighs 172g and measures 7.8mm thick. The phone is surprisingly slim for all the amazing technology that is packed into it.
Processor-wise, the phone is packing a Hisilicon Kirin 970 and 8GB RAM. This means you get lots of power for the most demanding apps and can expect a great gaming experience too.
Phone Set Up
The Huawei Nova 4 has the traditional fingerprint sensor placed naturally on the back. This is a responsive sensor and will wake the phone quickly when you pick it up.
There is a big 128GB of onboard memory and this can be expanded if you need more room for your photos or videos. The microSD card slot can be used with cards up to 512GB giving you lots of flexibility when it comes to phone memory.
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The Huawei Nova 4 is an Android 9 device meaning you get the latest features from Google. There are lots of apps included to get you started and you will find plenty more on Google Play.
Google Lens works with the phone camera to give you information on various things. You can snap a photo of a nearby landmark or building and you will be given more details on it. If you are out and about and see a product or item of clothing you like, you snap a photo and Google will find out where you can buy it online.
Kirin 970 processor
The Huawei Nova 4 has the Hisilicon 970 processor on board, this next generation chip is being used in the latest Huawei devices. The key new features of this powerful processor deliver:
- Ultra-fast connection
- HD audio-visual effects
- Intelligent computing ability
- Longer battery life
The processor delivers an amazing user experience with improved image recognition, intelligent photography and enhanced voice interaction.
Mobile games have become as complicated and demanding as those played on dedicated consoles. This means you need a handset that can handle these apps without stuttering through the gameplay. The Huawei Nova 4 includes GPU Turbo graphics acceleration. This high-frame gaming provides fast refresh rates and stability and utilises the 12-core GPU efficiently when playing games.
Personalising your phone with certain ringtones for different people has become the norm, but Huawei now let you add videos too. You can choose video that your contact has sent to you or create your own short video.
Camera & Video
AI Triple Camera
The rear camera is packed with three lenses. There are two set together in one module and another lens sits below these. The camera is made up of a 48-megapixel main lens with Phase Detection Autofocus, a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
AI technology with the latest Kirin 970 chip brings even better scene and object recognition. The camera can recognise glare, dark light or backlighting and adjust settings to make sure you get the best shot.
There are many amazing features in this top-spec camera including:
- 0.6x - 10x digital zoom
- Ultra-wide angle shot
- AI beauty
- Portrait lighting
The 16-megapixel wide-angle lens on the back camera set up captures double the frame size. Using professional-level distortion correction, everyone and all of the landscape can be in the frame and blur-free.
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The addition of the 2-megapixel depth sensor allows you to add bokeh effects and blue parts of the image in real-time.
Selfie fans can take their Instagram shots to a whole new level with the 25-megapixel camera on the front of the Huawei Nova 4. Using the new pinhole design, the selfie camera is equipped with AI Beauty. This will enhance certain parts of the face, such as skin texture, while still keeping the image looking natural. WeChat video call beauty can also enhance features in real-time during video chats.
Each of the cameras also uses HDR Pro5 backlight video shooting to create amazing video clips. EIS ensures that handshaking is eliminated for blur-free video action.
Efficient power management
The Huawei Nova 4 has a 3,750mAh battery with AI power management. The extremely efficient processor handles background tasks and switches off unnecessary processes to make the most out of the available battery power. The battery is an 18W Fast Charge compatible unit giving you Rapid Charge.
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Written by: Carmel Brown