Against wind and tide, so we can define the situation that Huawei has been going through for months. However, this has not prevented the Chinese brand from increasing its market share, although they have benefited from the fact that only the terminals launched after Mate 30 have been really affected by the United States veto. Today we are going to analyze the Huawei Nova 5T, one of the last terminals that have launched, but that come with all Google services and applications.
A design with multilayer effect "to bait"
Huawei has not escaped the fashion of flashy finishes and the Nova 5T is a clear example of this. This terminal has measures 154.25 mm high, 73.97 mm wide and 7.87 mm thick, which remains at a weight of 174 grams and allows us to handle it with one hand, without problems and with enough comfort. Its rounded finishes, but not in excess, do not give that feeling that the phone tends to slip that I have noticed in other devices.
The configuration of its buttons consists of a tray on the left for nano SIM cards, while on the right we have the volume buttons and aDepress the on / off button, which is the fingerprint sensor at the same time.
Initially it seems that the sensor is somewhat low, but the truth is that it is an ideal place to use the index finger for unlocking if you are right handed or your thumb if you are left handed. Huawei is one of the best results with its sensors and the Huawei Nova 5T is no exception, being fast and accurate fingerprint unlocking, the best we've seen.
At the bottom we are going to find a USB Type-C port and a speaker consisting of five holes. There is no headphone port, but this time this is not a problem since in The package comes with a USB C to 3.5mm Jack adapter in addition to headphones with USB connection type C. A good detail that is appreciated.
In the upper part we have a microphone and a loudspeaker that is dropped until it touches the front screen and that together with that of the lower part offers us stereo sound.
Finally, and given that the screen will talk later, we have the back. This is where the eyes will be directed since they have some finishes, which using the words of Huawei is a “multilayer 3D designed to bake” finish. In other words, it is a finish with bright 3D effects intended for a young public who wants to wear it. The problem is that it is a magnet for fingerprints and these are very noticeable.
In this same rear we have the camera system, arranged vertically with three lenses and the flash, leaving the fourth lens separated. We will also talk about them below, but we highlight that it has a 48MP sensor.
Fulfilling screen that takes advantage of space
One of the highlights of a terminal is its screen, after all it is our main way to interact with the phone. The Huawei Nova 5T has a 6.26-inch IPS LCD panel with FHD + resolution, occupying 96% of the front. It is one of the screens whose factory calibration I liked the most, although Huawei provides the possibility of making a series of adjustments to adapt it to our tastes, from preset temperature settings, to the possibility of manually adjusting it, including a reading mode which activates the blue light filter.
Their colors are vivid, highlighting more thanks to a pure white that makes them stand out. Its brightness is 450 nits so we can use it quite comfortably outdoors, even more thanks to a fairly fast and effective automatic adjustment.
This screen has a hole where the front camera is housed, which we can hide using software with a black upper band that makes it invisible.
In broad lines we can say that we are facing a good screen, in line with what we have in the range, which does not stand out but does not disappoint giving a very acceptable quality and experience.
Kirin 980 with 6 GB of RAM, guaranteed performance
Inside the Huawei Nova 5T we are going to find a Huawei processor, the Kirin 980 eight-core with dual NPU which, in the model we have tested, are accompanied by a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. This processor is one of the best performance in this range and that is something that has been reflected in our experience.
To get an idea of its performance in Antutu has given us a rating of 386022, higher than other models that supposedly should be above.
In the time to try it we have been able to enjoy games like Call of Duty Mobile without any problem, the applications start quickly and even multitasking has responded correctly. We must bear in mind that we also have an 8GB model, but the one that has been in our hands has left us a great user experience.
Battery that comes comfortably at night
A 3,750 mAh battery with a customization layer system did not make me very optimistic, but the Huawei Nova 5T has been a very pleasant surprise. With normal use it will hardly leave you lying in the middle of the day, in most of the days it has reached me loosely at night, even sometimes arriving with enough battery to endure a few hours more of the next day.
Of course this always varies with the use, but as usual its autonomy will allow us to not worry about the charger and be able to trust to reach the end of the day with the operative phone.
As for the charging time, with a capacity of fast load of 22.5 W, an hour and a half will be enough to complete it.
Emui 10 with all Google services
Initially, the Huawei Nova 5T arrived with Android 9 under the EMUI 9.1 layer, however It only took a few days to receive Android 10 with the EMUI 10 layer, so we will focus on this since it has been the one we have really used. Logically, if you include this terminal you should look for the update to have the most recent version of the operating system.
For those who are concerned about Google services, the Nova 5T has full Android, that is, it comes with all Google applications And you can access all its services without problems.
EMUI 10 comes with the new features of Android 10, but also incorporates exclusive features of Huawei such as screen recording, multiple customization options and a series of applications of the company.
Among the customization options we can choose whether to use the drawer system or the new gesture system to move through the system, we can also change themes and text styles. A set of tools to customize our experience.
The Nova 5T has a fingerprint sensor, but also with facial identification. The system allows us to add our face to unlock the terminal and configure this system to recognize us even when there is low light, thanks to the light compensation, although this does not work in complete darkness.
Huawei applications are many and although we can uninstall several as The Huawei Store or Health, most do not give us this option, so we have to learn to live with them.
Despite this, the system moves very smoothly and quickly, however I would have liked to be able to uninstall other applications that I have not used and that are simply there without giving me anything.
Five cameras complemented with a good App
Since the cameras have gone from being an extra to becoming the benchmarks when buying a smartphone, Huawei has included a total of five cameras to deal with any situation that arises. Its distribution is four in the back and one in the front. This is not bad, although we have already begun to see that the dual front camera option is gaining weight, as we see in the recently announced Huawei Nova 6.
The rear module in order from top to bottom consists of four cameras, the first is a super wide angle of 16 MP with aperture f / 2.2, followed by a 48MP main camera With f / 1.8 aperture, a 2MP camera as a depth assistant and outside the module we have a 2 MP camera with f / 2.4 aperture for macro photos with an optimal distance of 5 CM.
On the front we have the fifth camera, a 32 MP lens with f / 2.0 aperture which is enhanced by the use of artificial intelligence, as are the rear.
These cameras we They allow you to take photos at 48MP, although by default they are configured to do so at 12MP to take advantage of the 4-in-1 system which brings together four pixels in one, achieving more brightness, luminosity and detail in the photographs. In the same way the video recording is preconfigured at 1080p at 30fps, although we can reach to record in 4K resolutions at 30FPS or at 1080p at 60FPS.
Huawei has its own camera application, one of the most complete we have and whose maximum advantage is the control capacity it provides to the user. We do not speak only in a very complete professional way, but in addition to the AR lens, night mode and portrait menu, a drop-down menu with slow or fast camera options, panoramic, aperture control, light painting, HDR control , photos with movement, watermark, documents and supermacro photos at 4 cm. Even allows us to disable AI if we wish. In summary we are facing a complete application that allows us to make the best of these five cameras.
The results of everything said are photographs with good colors, with a good level of detail, but which suffers in situations of marked contrasts and whose macro mode is below expectations. Being able to choose to use 48MP allows us to take pictures with a good level of detail, but with less quality than if we chose to go down to 12MP with the quad pixel system. This gives us better colors, more true to reality, although sometimes slightly saturated. The HDR is noted in situations with many lighting contrasts.
On the other hand, the automatic system takes a more illuminated night photos of what we are seeing, but with a noticeable loss of detail as soon as the object moves away. We can see it in the following image, where the leaves of the trees become a mass.
The night mode brings more light and improves the colors a lot, but without an improvement in detail.
The macro mode just convinces us, and although it is appreciated it can not be said that it is the best of the range. Something that if we can say the wide angle, with its 16 MP achieves a result of a very good quality, more than what they offer most of the competition.
As far as the front camera is concerned, the 32 MP makes use of AI to alleviate the lack of a second lens that gives it a better depth detection capability. Despite this, the truth is that the bokeh effect is very successful and the detail of our selfies will not disappoint us. Logically in less light, less quality, but in optimal situations we will get quite good results in color, sharpness and detail.
Undoubtedly, the best of the whole system is the great game it gives us, allowing us to entertain ourselves with a variety of options to take the photographer inside. With a little practice of researching your options, the Nova 5T cameras can give us more than one joy, as long as we don't demand it in complex situations.
Huawei Nova 5T Galley
Specifications of Huawei Nova 5T
Dimensions: 154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 mm Weight: 174 g Available colors: Midsummer Purple, Black, Crush Blue
Operating System: Android 9 (Android 10 available under update) Customization layer: EMUI 9.1 (EMUI 10 under update)
LCD TFT (IPS) 6.26 inches FHD resolution + 2.340 x 1.080
Kirin 980 Octa-core 2 x Cortex-A76 based on 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 based on 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz / dual NPU Mali-G76 720 MHz
48 MP (f / 1.8 AF aperture) + 16 M f / 2.2 FF aperture + 2 M f / 2.4 FF aperture + 2 Mf / 2.4 FF aperture
32 MP, f / 2.0 aperture
BT 5.0, Type-C USB 2.0, NFC, Fingerprint sensor on the side
Conclusions and opinion
The Huawei Nova 5T is one of the examples of why the Chinese company still has the favor of the public, despite a price that is somewhat above what we expected. An online design with a style that has demonstrated its good acceptance, a hardware that ensures good performance and a system that, despite its weight, maintains a fluidity in use, makes the set to be a good device for its rank.
The general experience has been acceptable and you will usually be facing a device to recommend with your eyes closed, the problem is that there are actors like Realme who are putting the bar very high and a price of 429 is somewhat high. Currently we can find several discounts for about 370, price that we can say is more suited to what this device needs to be able to stand out from the competition.
Huawei Nova 5T
8.0 / 10
- Updated to Android 10
- Applications that we cannot unravel
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