Despite US sanctions, Huawei continues to offer smartphones. The Chinese manufacturer has just presented the Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro, two models that come to France without 5G and Google services.
Despite all the difficulties it encounters in the Android market, the Chinese giant Huawei still wants to believe. It was thought that the manufacturer had drawn a line under smartphones – at least outside of China – and yet it used the IFA fair in Berlin to reveal two new models intended for Europe and therefore also for France. : Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro. A surprising position when you know that the company is still affected by the US sanctions initiated by Donald Trump in 2019, which prohibit it from using Google services (Play Store, Google Maps, etc.) but also 5G in its smartphones, which seems very disabling today. Since then, Huawei has had to revise its copy and offer its own alternative to Google’s Play Store with AppGallery, the home application store. Tired of finding flagship apps (like Facebook, Instagram or Google Drive) at the same time causing a dislike among users. But Huawei is holding firm and will still believe in it. “You need to go from what I can’t do with my Huawei smartphone to what I can do with it”, insists Jaime Gonzalo, vice president of consumer mobile services at Huawei. However, this seems difficult, even though these new Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro smartphones offer great advantages.
Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro: features
To win back the hearts of its users and try to convince them that we can do without Google services, Huawei is betting on two mid-range models. The design is nice, but assumes a somewhat “bling-bling” look. On the back, the photo sensors benefit from a golden strap, which gives them a “luxury” touch that won’t necessarily please everyone.
The two models then differ in several respects. The Nova 10, on the other hand, uses a 6.67-inch OLED screen with Full HD + definition (2400 x 1080 pixels) updated at 120 Hz. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor (without 5G therefore) supported by 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. Please note that there is no memory card slot. For the image, Huawei has equipped this smartphone with a main module of 50 Mpx connected to another ultra-wide angle of 8 Mpx and a third of 2 Mpx for calculating the depth of field. On the front, it’s a single 60 Mpx sensor that takes care of selfies and 4K video. To keep going, the Nova 10 relies on a 4000 mAh battery.
The other model, the Nova 10 Pro, sees its technical sheet a little inflated. If the processor remains the same, it benefits from a larger 6.78-inch Oled panel with a definition of 2652 x 1200 pixels for a refresh always fixed at 120 Hz. It also has a slightly more generous 4500 mAh battery. which supports super fast charging. at 100W.
In front, the punch this time stores two photo sensors. A 60 Mpx module and a second 8 Mpx. The goal: to produce impeccable selfies and especially 4K video. The two modules combined really make it possible to zoom in on part of the image (from 0.7x to 5x) without loss of sharpness. A handy tool for Vlog (video blog) lovers.
Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro: price and release date
For its return to the smartphone market, Huawei is betting on the mid-range. The Chinese giant therefore offers the Nova 10 at a price of 499 euros and the Nova 10 Pro at the higher price of 699 euros. If they lack Google services and 5G, they will find it difficult, at this price, to find a place next to a Google with its Pixel 6a (459 euros) or even the now cousin Honor and its brand new Honor 70 (549 Euro). The two devices will be available for pre-order from September 26 on the Huawei site and will hit stores in October.