For the end of 2019, Huawei launches the Nova 5T, a mid-range smartphone very balanced with excellent performance and amazing photo capabilities compared to its price. Despite a little déjà-vu, the Huawei Nova 5T is doing with the Honor.
Presentation and Features
Freshly announced, and adorned to make a card during the holiday season with high-flying features and a price content of 399 euros, the Huawei Nova 5T comes with a big advantage vis-à-vis the recent smartphones of the Chinese brand: it comes with preinstalled Google services. Although the brand is still under the yoke of the US decree that prevents it from collaborating with US companies, and, de facto, to use the services of the Mountain View firm on its products, Huawei found the ultimate parry: come out of old smartphones certified before the US decision. For the end of 2019, the company decided to use the catalog of its sub-brand, Honor, to present the Huawei Nova 5T.
Specifically, the Nova 5T is neither more nor less than a Honor 20, an excellent smartphone released in the spring, but rebadgé under the premium brand of Huawei. Taking back all that made the success of the model at Honor, the Huawei Nova 5T prides itself on lowering prices to 399 euros, instead of the 499 euros requested for the Honor 20. At this level, it is clearly a excellent value for money with many arguments, especially a very balanced smartphone.
|Huawei Nova 5T|
|color||– Sapphire Blue
– Midnight Black
|connectivity||– Fingerprint reader on the lock button
– Bluetooth 5.0
– WiFi 5
– 2x nano-SIM
– 4G LTE
|SoC and GPU||– Kirin 980
– Mali-G76 MP10
– Turbo 3.0 GPU
|Screen||– 6.26 inches IPS
– Definition of 1080×2220
– Gorilla Glass 5
– Punch 4,5mm in diameter
– 91.6% of the front surface
|audio||– Mono speaker
– Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound
– no 3.5mm jack
|Design||– Aluminum contour
– Glass back
– Dynamic Holographic Design
|Software||– Android 9.0 Pie
– EMUI 9.1
|Drums||– 3750 mAh
– Super Charge 22.5W
– USB-C port
|Height and weight||– 154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 mm
|Camera||– 48 megapixels (Sony IMX586), 27mm, F1.8
– 16 megapixels, ultra wide-angle, 17mm, 117 °, F2.2
– 2 megapixels, depth of field, F2.4
– 2 megapixels, macro, 117 °, F2.4
– Artificial intelligence
– Night Shot Mode
– Portrait Mode
– Video up to 4K / 30fps
32-megapixel front sensor, F2.0
|Memory||– 6 GB of RAM
– 128GB storage
– No memory extension
Last Amazon price update was: 4 November 2019 0:31
Design, Screen and Audio
Let's start this test with a tour of the owner. In the box, we find everything necessary: a fast charger, a USB-C charging cable to USB-A, and especially the smartphone. Just like the Honor 20, the Huawei Nova 5T has an excellent design in tune with the times with clean lines and an edge-to-edge screen. This slab is not OLED, but a IPS Full HD + 6.26 inch screen. However, this screen is extremely well calibrated, with bright colors and fair, and the experience is very satisfactory. The icing on the cake: Huawei has the front camera in a punch located at the top left of the smartphone, like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Honor View 20 and Honor 20. This punch, difficult to achieve on a slab IPS, is Proud to be relatively discreet with a diameter of only 4.6mm.
As for the finish, it is excellent, with a metal frame and a glass back with discreet but effective reflections. Although its design exudes the high end, the Huawei Nova 5T is very light in hand, with only 174 grams on the scale. It's almost disturbing the first time we take it in hand, but it's definitely an asset when we seize another smartphone that seems so heavy. Otherwise, there is a loudspeaker grid contained in the upper thin edge, which also contains the notification LED (a good idea). Regarding unlocking, IPS panel requires, the fingerprint sensor will not work on the screen, but is deported to the unlock button. However, unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10e who also opted for this system, but whose home button was placed, in our opinion, far too high, the placement of the Huawei Nova 5T button falls perfectly under the thumb, which makes its unlocking invisible. This sensor is also extremely fast.
Finally, on the audio side, there is no jack, and a simple speaker located on the lower edge of the smartphone. This is really the bare minimum, and if it does the job for short content, it quickly shows its limits and it will then be equipped on a headset or wireless headphones to enjoy its content.
Even though the Huawei Nova 5T came out after the decree that prevents the Chinese brand from using Google services, the smartphone comes well equipped with Android and Google applications pre-installed. The device does not have Android 10 yet and is currently running under Android 9.0 Pie. However, we have the right to overlay house manufacturer, EMUI 9.1, which remains pleasant to use, despite major shortcomings. By wanting to rely on iOS too much, EMUI leaves some imperfections that can be frustrating everyday, such as having to press a button to call the application drawer, where the gestures have prevailed in almost any competition. The animations are also sometimes quite dry, and the interface too charged by place.
Inside, just like the Honor 20 or the Huawei P30 Pro, the Huawei Nova 5T is equipped with the brand's SoC house, the Kirin 980. In fact, this processor is largely powerful enough to accommodate all situations and run any application. Side video games, we launched Call of Duty Mobile and Asphalt 9 to solicit a little more the machine, and we noted absolutely no slowdown, if not a slight heat in the back and the percentage of the battery that shrinks faster, but after all, it's normal.
Autonomy of the Huawei Nova 5T
The Huawei Nova 5T ships a 3750 mAh battery, but EMUI applies ultra-aggressive management of application consumption, which gives the Nova 5T a monstrous autonomy. On average, the smartphone is able to hold two days with moderate use, and a day and a half with a typical use. If there is an excellent component on smartphones from Huawei, it is autonomy, and the Nova 5T is no exception. It should be noted that in addition to offering excellent autonomy, Huawei Nova 5T is compatible with SuperCharge 22,5W quick charge. However, despite its glass back, it is not compatible with wireless charging.
Photo and Video
The photo part is without a doubt one of the good surprises of this Huawei Nova 5T. The photo block includes no less than four goals. For the main objective, we find the IMX 586 sensor from Sony and its 48 megapixels that promise to get 12 megapixel shots output with Pixel Bining that combines 4 pixels to form one that will contain more information. This sensor allows, in addition, a X2 digital zoom at an optical zoom. Especially since associated with Huawei optimization algorithms to improve the sharpness of shots, the rendering is simply excellent, although sometimes a little too smooth, even in low light conditions. We also note the presence of a night mode that works very well.
In the second objective, we find the presence of an ultra-wide angle of 16 megapixels (17mm f / 2.2) which offers very good results, despite large chromatic aberrations (but it's a bit normal with this type of lens) . Little more: Huawei has worked rather well on the colorimetry of this sensor, so the difference between the main sensor and the ultra-wide angle is minimal. A good point. There is also a Macro lens of 2 megapixels. In fact, the idea is good, but the resolution is really too weak to draw a suitable result. Finally, we are also entitled to a ToF sensor to manage the depth of field, including Portrait mode, which is rather successful. But as examples are worth all the words of the world, here are some snapshots captured in different conditions by the Huawei Nova 5T.
A word on the front camera, which culminates in 32 megapixels with aperture at F / 2.0. The results are clearly up to scratch, with a lot of detail, and good performance even in low light conditions.
Last Amazon price update was: 4 November 2019 0:31