Huawei Nova 4 Launched | FULL REVIEW

GadgetFrame 6 Mar, 2019

Notches or bezels this single statement has brought in a lot of discussion in the tech world while half of the people are okay with notches and the other half criticized them amiss all this Huawei has brought in something called a punch hole which is literally a hole in the display that looks like this so what does the war we knew before back in other than uh piercing in the display let's find out first things first let's talk about the front camera which is located on the top left corner well I had expected this hole to be a little smaller than it actually is. For me new things are always welcome and the punch hole does not look so bad when I use the phone I completely forget that there is a black circle on one of the sides of the phone it's like not just you get used to it sadly the whole point of at this day like this is to eliminate bezel which hasn't been done completely you still see a thick line on the bottom with bezels nonetheless this solution to the notch problem definitely gets a thumbs up from me I would definitely choose a punch hole display over a water drop notch as you can also hide it if you want to but it just looks better with that setting turned off. This is just about the preference for what kind of notch you prefer.

For those who are wondering the camera is completely below the class and yes Huawei has included an LED notification light sensor which you don't see in phone stitching the traditional nuts and even though the light is in a weird position at the top it still does the job for me

Built Quality

The built quality is decent and looks quite great on the hand. It feels comfortable to hold and just goes along in your hands. The power button is located at the right position and is very tactile and the fingerprint sensor is also located just where I wanted it to be and it's really fast like other Huawei phones. Upfront lies a 6.4 inch IPS LCD display with a full HD plus resolution on paper. Its major competitor i.e. OnePlus6T certainly has an advantage due to its AMOLED display. Don’t forget to check out the price of OnePlus 6T in GadgetFrame. The IPS display is bright, vivid and colorful and the touch response ability is buttery smooth and the overall experience you get with the display is great. There is also a setting that lets you choose a personal display calibration so you can make the display pop out like the way you want to what also pops out on the phone is the triple cameras at the back there are three cameras stationed on the rare side that work for various different purposes.


Huawei Nova 4 comes with a 20-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor while the other 16 Megapixel camera works as a wide-angle lens. Huawei Nova 4 can shoot some great images with good details and the photos are quite great. But if you zoom in the images, the details are lost a little. In the night, the image quality is quite bad and there is a lot of noise in the images. But if there are some lights then it can take some great photos. The other major shining point about the Nova 4 is its ultra-wide length the camera is able to capture wide-angle shots just by a single swipe and this is quite useful so with the wide-angle Lens.

Camera Samples of Huawei Nova 4

The Nova four has this lighting effect which can be applied to selfies but I didn't quite like it and even though the Nova 4 does well on the selfie front it fares badly in video quality the videos are just too shaky and the colors quite dull plus it can only shoot 4k videos at 30fps


Now, for performance Nova 4 is powered by the last generation Kirin 970 and we have seen the carrier 970 his performance on the Nova 3 and P 20 Pro and it has never once let me down yet when you compare it with the Snapdragon 845. In real life, the performance is quite good I mean it's not the OnePlus 6T level but the Q 970 is no slouch by any means. I played low-end to high-end games browse through a lot of applications and webpages went through a ton of videos but it has done everything in an effective manner.T he phone even handles PUBG at highest settings. Now Huawei Nova 4 only comes in a single Ram variant which is an 8GB. Now 8 GB of RAM is enough for almost every kind of applications and the multi-tasking is also quite smooth. So, you don’t have to worry about that.

I have noticed smooth performance than how it was previously on Huawei devices and even some of the users have agreed to that. However, you have the same bloatware on the device which I have been complaining for a few years now Huawei should get rid of these applications at least in phone sold out of China and even for me as a reviewer I have never really used these applications as I think they only take up the internal memory. And this is where the oxygen OS shines as it is free of bloatware and it one of the cleanest versions of Android with tons of tricks inside the box having said that the Nova 4 also has several customizations which I like a lot as I always like to customize my phone.


Now before ending with the battery let's talk about the extras which make really can make this phone stand out these days. So let's talk about the security options available on this device the world we know before has both the fingerprint and face unlock feature both these options are snappy and if it wasn't for the unlocking animation they would be as fast as the ones on the OnePlus 6T and Mate20 Pro. Now on to the speaker, there is a single mono speaker grille on the device where audio is clean and loud. For me, the speakers are decent for this price point. In terms of storage, the Nova 4 is available only in one variant which is 128 GB and there is no option to extend the storage with microSD card slot which is quite sad as I prefer a slot to extend the storage.

The earpiece on this device is in an unusual position at the extreme top it did take some time for me to get used to it as my traditional call position meet the volume slightest bit lower but there was no issue in the call quality whatsoever and I think I forgot to mention this the Nova 4 has a huge huge advantage and you guessed it right it's the headphone jack even though the jack is in the wrong place for me it's on the top I have loved using wired headphones on it. Let's talk about the battery, Huawei Nova 4 has a 3750 mAh battery and under heavy usage, it gave me a screen on time of around five thirty minutes which will definitely increase for a normal user plus there is an option here that lets users lower the screen resolution which again helps preserve battery.

The Nova 4 is a decent phone no doubt and it is facing stern competition from many devices out there with the OnePlus 6T being one of a top competitor. The Nova 4 is quite commendable as the device looks good and it has great internals including a wide angle lens. However, the pricing it comes in is similar to the OnePlus 6T. Huawei has priced the Nova 4 in Nepal at Rs. 64,900. Overall, this phone is quite great and will go head to head with flagship from OnePlus i.e. OnePlus 6T.

Specifications of Huawei Nova 4

  • CPU – Octa-Core 4x 2.36 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 + 4x 1.84 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU Clock
  • Chipset – Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 970, 64-bit Processor
  • GPU – ARM Mali G72 MP12, 767 MHz, 12-Cores GPU
  • Camera – 20 MP f/1.8 + 16 MP + 2 MP Triple Rear Camera with AF and LED Flash | 25 MP f/2.0 Front Camera
  • Memory – RAM- 8GB LPDDR4x, 1833MHz | ROM 128GB External Memory not Support
  • Display – Screen size 6.4-inches AMOLED, FHD+ Display (2310 x 1080 Pixels), 19.3:9 Ratio Full View
  • Battery – Non-Removable 3750mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • SIM – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM) Dual Standby
  • Sensors –  Proximity, Light, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint Scanner
  • Color – Black, Blue, Red, White, Purple
  • Operating System – Android 9.0 Pie (EMUI 9.0.1) OS
  • I/O Interface – 1 x Nano SIM Card Slot, 1 x Nano-SIM, microSD/TF Card Slot, USB Type-C, 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Power Button, Volume Button, Microphone, Speaker
  • Dimensions – 75.1 mm x 157.0 mm x 7.8 mm
  • Weight – 172 Grams (with Battery)


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