Outwardly, they look like Honor 20 and while they will be sold only in China.
Huawei introduced the new Kirin 810 processor with 7nm process technology and three new smartphones – Nova 5, Nova 5 Pro and Nova 5i. It is unclear whether they will work on Android and whether they will receive support from Google services.
Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro are very similar in characteristics. Both smartphones received a 6.39-inch OLED screen with a small “cutout” and four cameras — the main one with a resolution of 48 megapixels, a wide-angle 16 megapixel sensor, a 2 megapixel sensor and a macro sensor of 2 megapixels. The devices are also equipped with a fingerprint sensor under the screen and 3500 mAh batteries.
Smartphones differ in the amount of RAM and internal memory: the Nova 5 received 6 and 128 GB, and the Nova 5 Pro 8 and 256 GB, respectively. In addition, the “younger” version is equipped with the new Kirin 810 processor, and the “older” version – the Kirin 980 as in the flagship P30 Pro and Mate 20.
Both Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro are visually similar to Honor 20, which was presented on May 21. Both rulers also got the same cameras, up to the placement on the case, however, in the flagship Honor the fingerprint sensor is located on the side, both of its versions work on the Kirin 980, and the screen does not have a “cutout”, but a “hole” under the selfie camera.
The third smartphone from the line is the Nova 5i, which is a rebranding version of the P20 Lite, which was shown in Europe. It is characterized by a “hole” for the selfie camera in the screen, a slower Kirin 710 processor, a twice weaker camera and an LCD screen instead of the OLED.
As noted at The Verge, it is unclear whether the new Kirin 810 processor will become the company’s latest proprietary processor, created in ARM. A well-known chip developer broke the cooperation with Huawei, when it was put on the “black list” of the US Department of Commerce. ARM is based in the UK, but as it turned out, Kirin architecture was developed in the USA.
The journalists also noticed that the Nova 5 and 5 Pro received a microSD connector, despite the exclusion of Huawei from the SD association governing the standard. At the same time, Huawei has been switching to NanoMemory’s own development for several years and successfully implemented it in all previous smartphones, even if it was a sub-brand Honor.
Sell all three smartphones Huawei intends so far only in China. Devices will appear in stores until the end of June at a price of 2799 yuan for the Nova 5,2999 yuan for the Nova 5 Pro and 2199 yuan for the Nova 5i. The company did not specify whether smartphones will appear in other countries and how much they will cost.
In June 2019, it became known that Huawei changed the order for the production of smartphones, and its assembly contractor Foxconn stopped several assembly lines. Huawei also sold the business of submarine Internet cables, refused to launch a new model MateBook, postponed the release of a smartphone with a flexible screen Mate X and spoke about the reduction in revenue forecast by 30 billion dollars.