Huawei has just refreshed its mid-range Nova line-up for this year by releasing the Nova 2 and its elder sibling the Nova 2 Plus today. Both handsets leave the more budget oriented design features to look more in line with the companies P-series smartphones.

The Nova 2 and Plus both feature a contemporary metal unibody exterior. Huawei has also redesigned the antenna design wrapping them on the top and bottom of the smartphones frame to achieve a seamless aesthetic. To impart a premium feel the 6.9mm thin handsets are clad under a layer of 2.5D curved glass. The Nova 2 and its Plus variant have a fingerprint scanner at their back and thus maintain a really clean looking front which is dominated by the display and the company’s logo in the chin bezel.

The Huawei Nova 2

Both handsets share a few internal components such as the HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC with an octa-core CPU clocked up to 2.36GHz coupled with the Mali T830-MP2 GPU. Both feature 4 GB of RAM and while the Nova 2 comes with 64 GB of internal storage, the larger Plus variant comes with 128 GB of storage. At the back, Huawei has outfitted a dual 12-megapixel (1.25µm pixels) sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor behind a f/1.8 aperture, with support for optical zoom, PDAF and a LED flash. For selfie duties and video calling the handsets feature an impressive 20-megapixel sensor up front.

Now for the differences, the Nova 2 comes with a 5-inch full-HD (1080 x1920) LTPS panel based display while the Plus variant bumps it up to has a 5.5-inch full-HD display with the same panel. To power the hardware, the Nova 2 comes with a 2950mAh battery while the Nova 2 Plus packs a 3340mAh battery unit. Both handsets are running Huawei’s proprietary EMUI 5.1 skin which is based on Android v.7.1, Nougat.

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The Nova 2 has been listed for ¥2,499 (~$365) while the Nova 2 Plus is available for ¥2,899 (~$420) from Huawei’s own online store. The handsets would be available in Aurora Blue, Green Vegetation, Gold Streamer, Obsidian Black and Rose Gold colours. Eager buyers can put down ¥100 deposit to pre-book a handset today while actual sales and deliveries are expected commence from June 16.

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