Huawei Nova 4 vs Nova 3: What’s Changed?
Huawei took a lot of people by surprise by launching their latest Nova series smartphone just a few months after they released the Nova 3 series. Today, we’re looking at the Nova 4 which comes with interesting innovative design and camera feats. So what has changed compared to the last model? Check it out below.
Here are their detailed specs:
|Specification||Huawei Nova 4||Huawei Nova 3|
|Display||6.4-inch Full HD+ 19.25:9 display @ 2310 x 1080px, ~398 ppi||6.3-inch 19.5:9 FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080px, ~400ppi|
|CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.8GHz) CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.8GHz) CPU|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP12 GPU with Huawei GPU Turbo||Mali-G72 MP12|
|RAM||8GB RAM||6GB RAM|
|Storage||128GB internal storage||128GB internal storage|
|SIM||Dual SIM (nano), Dual Standby||Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)|
|MicroSD||n/a||expandable up to 256GB (SIM 2 slot)|
|Rear Camera||48MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 triple rear cameras|
20MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 triple rear cameras
|24MP + 16MP dual rear cameras|
|Front Camera||25MP f/2.0 front camera||24MP + 2MP AI dual front cameras|
|LTE||4G VoLTE||4G VoLTe|
|WiFi||Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX and aptX HD||Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX and aptX HD|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Port||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|3.5mm audio port||Yes||Yes|
|Biometrics||- Fingerprint scanner|
- Face unlock
|- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock
|OS||Huawei EMUI 9.0.1 (Android 9 Pie)||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery||3,750mAh battery, 18W fast charging||3,750mah battery, 18w quick charge|
So what has changed?
- Punch-hole design
- Slightly larger screen size
- Slightly shorter screen aspect ratio
- Pre-installed GPU Turbo technology
- Larger RAM
- No expandable storage
- Triple rear camera setup
- Higher main rear camera resolution (48MP variant)
- Slightly higher front camera resolution
- Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box
The Nova 4 completely removed the notch design and replaced it with a punch-hole design that contains the front camera. The screen size was also increased but only by a mm so there’s not a lot of improvements here..
It still sports the same Kirin 970 chipset but already has the GPU Turbo feature out of the box. Another feat for the Nova 4 is the 8GB RAM to ensure smooth multitasking, especially for heavy users.
Huawei also used a different camera configuration and instead of dual front and rear cameras, the Nova 4 has triple cameras at the back and just one on the front. What’s interesting is that it has two configurations with different main sensor resolution for price flexibility — one has a 48MP sensor while the other has a 20MP sensor.
The Nova 4 runs on Android 9 Pie based on EMUI 9.0.1 out-of-the-box which is good, although I’m slightly disappointed since it lacks an expandable storage. I mean, the Nova 3 also has 128GB storage with a microSD card slot, so why not retain it?
Overall, the Nova 4 looks a promising premium mid-range smartphone, especially with its flagship chipset and new camera capabilities. It is priced at CNY 3,399 (~PHP 26,138) for the 48MP variant while the 20MP variant is priced at CNY 3,099 (~PHP 23,831).
What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.