The Huawei Nova 7 5G is one of the first smartphones to support 5G in the Philippines.
The Huawei Nova 7 5G came on the heels of its little brother, the Nova 7 SE. It leads the company's charge on the second wave of "5G push" for wider adoption of this new generation of mobile technology. Before we dig deeper into this handset, we'd like to give our first impressions and share to potential buyers the items included in the box. Join us in this Huawei Nova 7 5G Unboxing and In-depth Hands On.
The Huawei NOVA 7 5G Unboxing
Similar to other Huawei smartphone boxes, the Huawei Nova 7 5G's box also come in white. However, the NOVA branding printed on the face of the slide-thru cover exudes a vibrant appeal. This is in line with the youthful vibe of the sub-brand as it caters to a more younger demographics. We have the 256GB variant with 8GB of RAM as indicated on one of the sides of the box.
Opening the lid, we'll have a smaller box that houses the case, PIN ejector tool, and some documentations. Digging further, we'll have the USB Type C cable, the wall adapter which supports 40-watt SuperCharge technology, and the headphones. Apart from that, we have the 3.5-mm to USB-C adapter which pre-empts us that we might not have an audio jack.
Impressions, Hand-on: Stunning Design, OLED Display
First of all, the Huawei Nova 7 5G looks and feels like a more expensive version of the 7 SE. In fact, it is more expensive at Php 23,990. The unit's glossy 3D backing instantly gives us an impression that it's worth spending several grand especially when you're into good looking smartphones.
This also means that its backing attracts fingerprints quickly. We got the Space Silver colorway with a mirror-like shiny silver finish.
Anyways, looking into the face of the handset, we have the 6.53-inch FHD OLED display. Yes, you got it right! We now have an OLED display which we rarely see on a NOVA smartphone. It's also just right that Huawei integrated an in-display fingerprint scanner to conserve space for the buttons and ports.
Speaking of ports and buttons, the power button is where it should be, on the right side, just below the volume rocker. The bottom side is somewhat crowded with the primary microphone, the USB Type C port, the dual Nano SIM tray, and the loudspeaker. Did I miss anything? If you're thinking about the headphone jack, we were right. It has been left in the cutting room. Likewise, there's no microSD card slot, so there's no expansion option but I reckon the 256GB of storage is quite a chore to fill. We have an IR blaster at the top side together with the secondary microphone.
The Huawei Nova 7 5G dons a vertically stacked rear camera module. It's a quad-camera setup which gives spotlight to the 64MP High-Resolution camera. It's coupled by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and another 8MP for the telephoto lens. Completing the setup is the 2MP macro shooter. With regards to the handling, the Huawei Nova 7 5G exudes a premium feel. It's also sleek and very comfortable to hold. Plus, the curved backing offers an ease of usage. Moreover, it's on the lighter side at 180 grams.
In our initial use of the smartphone, the display is quite vibrant. Colors also seem to be accurate enough. Blacks are deep; while whites are pretty bright. There's a hole-punch provision for the selfie camera which, to me, is quite minimalist.
The Kirin 985 chipset is such a performer in terms of performance. With 8GB of RAM, I have not experienced any hiccups while trying out Mobile Legends and Call of Duty Mobile. Our Antutu Benchmark score also solidifies this claim as the smartphone scored 392 342.
The In-Display fingerprint sensor is also quite zippy; as well as the face unlock feature. Our initial sample shots are quite impressive. The Huawei NOVA 7 5G's rear camera excels in terms of details and sharpness. Selfie shots are also quite good.
The Huawei Nova 7 5G runs with EMUI 10.1 skin that's based on Android 10. We have the Huawei AppGallery as the main source of apps and services. On top of that, you can also use the Petal Search to find your favorite apps.
The Huawei Nove 7 5G is a very promising smartphone. Of course, we'll share more of our experience with this device in our in-depth review. Stay tuned.