Huawei Nova and Nova Plus Coming in Early October (SD625, 5.0″/5.5″ 1080p, 3020/3340 mAh, Type-C)
Huawei has announced the release date for the Nova and Nova Plus, which are coming to North America and Europe in early October. Both devices will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which has an 8 core A53 based CPU running at 2 GHz. They will also share 32 GB of storage and 3 GB of RAM, MicroSD support, 8 MP front facing camera, USB Type-C support, rear mounted fingerprint sensors, 1080p IPS displays (albeit at 5″ and 5.5″ respectively), metallic bodies, and 2.5D glass, and they will come in Titanium Grey, Mystic Silver, and Prestige Gold.
The Nova will have a 3020 mAh battery and a 12 MP rear camera, and will come in three regional models. The CAN-L01\L11 will support UMTS bands 1/2/5/8, and LTE bands 1/3/7/8/20/38. The CAN-L02\L12 model will support UMTS bands 1/5/6/8/19 and LTE bands 1/3/5/7/8/18/19/28/38/40. And finally, the CAN-L03\L13 model will support UMTS bands 1/2/4/5/8 and LTE bands 2/4/5/7/12/17/28. Hopefully we will see T-Mobile VoLTE support on the CAN-L03\L13, as LTE band 12 is quite useful, but often has to be disabled without it.
The Nova Plus will have a 3340 mAh battery and a 16 MP rear camera with OIS and a two-tone flash, and will also come in three regional models. The MLA-L01/L11 will support UMTS bands 1/8 and LTE bands 1/3/7/8/20/38. The MLA-L02/L12 will support UMTS bands 1/5/8 and LTE bands 1/3/5/7/8/28/38/40. And the MLA-L03/L13 will support UMTS bands 1/2/4/5/8 and LTE bands 2/4/5/7/12/17/28.
Unfortunately, while the regional models have fantastic frequency band support for their own regions, they may not be the best choices for travelling as there is relatively little overlap, with the North American version missing LTE bands 1, 3, and 8, and the other two versions missing LTE bands 2, 4, 12, and 17, and even some major UMTS bands for the Nova Plus.
While the prices of the devices have yet to be announced, both devices have potential to be interesting options in the midrange.
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