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Announcement. Huawei nova 8 and nova 8 Pro are powerful semi-flagships for China

Huawei has presented a couple of powerful serious smartphones in its historical homeland. With support for 5G networks, of course. They are called Huawei nova 8 and Huawei nova 8 Pro.

Smartphones are quite similar. Both externally and in filling. Therefore, I will start the story with the eldest, and then in a nutshell I will tell you how the youngest is different.

So. Huawei nova 8 Pro. ¥ 3999 (₽46,000, $ 611) for the 8 + 128 GB version and ¥ 4399 (₽50,600, $ 672) for the 8 + 256 GB version.


Huawei nova 8 Pro

Chipset - HiSilicon Kirin 985 5G announced in spring. Powerful - about 400k AnTuTu points. On the same chip are made
nova 7 and nova 7 Pro, as well as the Honor 30 sold in Russia.

Memory is fine. 8 GB of RAM, 128 or 256 GB of storage. Strangely, there is no support for memory cards. Micro-SD may not be available due to sanctions. What's the problem with own NM-cards?

OLED screen. Huge, 6.72 ″.The resolution is non-standard and very high - 1236 × 2676 (439 ppi). Very high refresh rate - up to 120 Hz. And the sensor polling rate is generally 300 Hz. In my opinion, this is a record. There are a couple of reasons to grumble - firstly, the glass is strongly rounded around the edges. Secondly, my dearly disliked sub-screen fingerprint scanner.

Medium battery, 4000 mAh. But charging is super-fast - 66 watts. No wireless charging.

The front camera is double - a solid oval hole had to be cut out in the screen for it. Main module 16 MP plus wide-angle 32 MP. Fans of group selfies seem to be happy.

The quad camera island is tastefully decorated.I really liked it. It's a pity that it is located on the side, and not in the center. The set of cameras is standard, no frills. 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP (main module, wide-angle, macro, depth sensor).

NFC is, USB is correct - Type-C. Wi-Fi # 6, Bluetooth is also the most modern - 5.2. From the sad - there are no "our" 7 and 20 LTE bands.

Software. EMUI 11 based on Android 10. No Google services, of course. Only our own - Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).

Huawei nova 8 is cheaper. ¥ 3299 (₽38,000, $ 504) for version 8 + 128 GB and ¥ 3699 (₽42600, $ 565) for version 8 + 256 GB.


Huawei nova 8

The main difference is the single 32MP front camera. As for me, this is only a plus. Don't make a big hole in the screen.

The screen itself is slightly smaller - 6.57 ″ (1080 × 2340, 392 ppi). The refresh rate is lower - 90 Hz by the screen itself and 240 Hz by the sensor polling rate.

The battery is smaller, but purely symbolic - 3800 mAh.

Of the unexpected, but not particularly fundamental differences - other versions of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No. 5 and 5.1 respectively.

All other characteristics are the same. As well as color options.

Intuition suggests that it is hardly worth waiting for the nova 8 series outside of China. Although they will certainly appear on AliExpress and other Chinese stores. The nova 7 series appeared the same.


Huawei nova 8 Pro

Key features of Huawei nova 8 Pro 5G

Screen OLED, 6.72 ″, 1236 × 2676, 439 ppi, 120 Hz, sensor sampling rate 300 Hz, 1073741824 colors, touch, capacitive, multitouch
Iron HiSilicon Kirin 985 5G
2.58 GHz, 1 x Cortex-A76, 3 x Cortex-A76, 4 x Cortex-A55, Mali-G77
Memory: RAM 8 GB, ROM 128–256 GB, no memory card
Mobile Internet5G
LTE
HSDPA, HSUPA
Edge
Mobile networks 5G Bands 1,3,28,38,41,77,78,80,84
LTE Bands 1-6,8,9,18,19,26,34,38-41
UMTS Bands 1 (2100), 2 (1900), 4 (1700), 5 (850), 6 (800), 8 (900), 19 (800)
GSM Bands 2 (1900), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 8 (900)
CDMA 800
Battery Li-Ion, 4000 mAh, fast charge 66.00 W
Dimensions163.32 x 74.08 x 7.85 mm
Weight 184 g
Rear Camera: Quad, Flash, Auto Focus

- 64 MP, f / 1.8

- 8 MP wide-angle f / 2.4

- 2 MP, macro, f / 2.4

- 2 MP, depth sensor, f / 2.4
front camera: dual, no flash, no autofocus

- 16 MP, f / 2.0

- 32 MP, wide angle, f / 2.4
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
OS Android 10, EMUI 11.0
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Approximation, Illumination, Fingerprint scanner (screen), NFC
USBType-C, USB-OTG

Key features of Huawei nova 8 5G

Screen OLED, 6.57 ″, 1080 × 2340, 392 ppi, 90 Hz, sensor polling rate 240 Hz, 1073741824 colors, touch, capacitive, multitouch
Iron HiSilicon Kirin 985 5G
2.58 GHz, 1 x Cortex-A76, 3 x Cortex-A76, 4 x Cortex-A55, Mali-G77
Memory: RAM 8 GB, ROM 128–256 GB, no memory card
Mobile Internet5G
LTE
HSDPA, HSUPA
Edge
Mobile networks 5G Bands 1,3,28,38,41,77,78,80,83,84
LTE Bands 1-6,8,9,18,19,26,34,38-41
UMTS Bands 1 (2100), 2 (1900), 4 (1700), 5 (850), 6 (800), 8 (900), 19 (800)
GSM Bands 2 (1900), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 8 (900)
CDMA 800
Battery Li-Ion, 3800 mAh, fast charge 66.00 W
Dimensions160.12 x 74.1 x 7.64 mm
Weight 169 g
Rear Camera: Quad, Flash, Auto Focus

- 64 MP, f / 1.9

- 8 MP wide-angle f / 2.4

- 2 MP, macro, f / 2.4

- 2 MP, depth sensor, f / 2.4
front camera: 32 MP, f / 2.0, no flash, no autofocus
NavigationGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
OS Android 10, EMUI 11.0
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Approximation, Illumination, Fingerprint scanner (screen), NFC
USBType-C, USB-OTG

George Kiselyov