Specs summary


The Huawei Nova Plus's screen is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3340 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1452 minutes (3G), 691 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Huawei nova plus has an excellent design and fantastic finish.

- Dragan Petric , Brighthand 

Reviews summary

Based on 10 reviews

What's good  

  • Premium feel and design
  • MicroSD support
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • Dual SIM support
  • 24 hour+ battery life

What's bad  

  • Expensive compared to competition
  • EMUI is aggressive in styling Android
  • Limited regional availability

Closing in on phablet sizing and packing a huge battery, the Huawei Nova Plus is this lesser-known manufacturers attempt at capturing the mid-to-high end phone market. While the specs look good on paper, this doesn’t always result in a great experience.

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Reviews all agreed that the build quality on the phone is stellar. Brighthand declared, “Combined with 2.5D glass in the front, the Huawei Nova Plus is convincingly one of the most attractive smartphones Huawei has ever produced, and one of the most elegant 5.5-inch phones on the market.” They also loved the speed of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor--along with extra features it offers. However, some reviewers did mention that the phone is a bit slippery.

Heading around front, you’re greeted with thin bezels and a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display. Recombu tested the phone for a week and said, “That 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen is a stunner, even if it’s not a Quad HD panel.” Color accuracy and detail were widely praised, though some reviewers mentioned issues with reflections in direct sunlight.

Performance reviews are equally positive. The eight-core, 2GHz Snapdragon 625 received high marks for everyday tasks while the 3GB of RAM on the phone added extra oomph to multitasking. Alphr ran the phone through their benchmarks and said, “The speed at which it pops up the homescreen when it detects a fingerprint is particularly impressive. Multitasking is fine and most games run smoothly.” AbsoluteGeeks agreed, saying, “I didn’t have any lagging issues and the system was quite reactive.”

While the phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Huawei’s EMUI interface makes some major changes. Reviewers have criticized EMUI since its launch with its lack of app drawer and bold colors. Many noted the latest version is more refined, but the only ones who truly loved the interface were regular iOS users.

You’ll find 32GB of internal storage for your media and apps. Should you need more space, the phone supports microSD cards up to 256GB. However, using a microSD card requires one of the two SIM slots. This means you must pick between expanded storage or dual-SIM functionality.

One area hyped by Huawei is the phone’s 3350mAh battery. Reviews show that the phone delivers stellar battery life. Brighthand noted, “It is possible to watch Full HD videos with the display brightness set to the max for nearly 8 hours, while the phone should be recharged every other night with average usage.” In typical daily usage, ChipChick found, “The phone reaches well into two days of use. Once, I left it on standby for a day and a half, and only about 15 percent of the battery life had drained.”

Combined with fast charging through USB Type-C, most users won’t need to worry about ever running out of power. However, until Type-C is more common, you might need to pick up a few spare cables.

While the phone won’t replace a dSLR, its 16MP front-facing camera with optical image stabilization was a hit with reviewers. Alphr noted, “Image quality is excellent, with photographs that appear sharp and detailed.”

Lighting posed an issue with most reviewers. Low-light photos show a fair amount of noise and lack detail. Recombu also had a few issues in bright lighting, saying, “High contrast situations are usually well handled, although we did see a fair few cases of oversaturation when the sun was shining.”

Overall, reviews on the phone are positive. The biggest issue cited by most reviews had nothing to do with the phone’s features or functionality. Ultimately, many reviewers found the price wasn’t competitive with similar performing phones costing less.

Pocket Lint summed up concerns well, saying, “The price largely dictates how we feel about the Nova Plus. There's nothing wrong with it, per se, as it's nicely made, has a nice display and a decent camera. But apart from its great battery life, there's nothing here that'll blow you away.”

Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)

Mobile Syrup

A solid mid-range Android for the right price

from Mobile Syrup
The Huawei Nova Plus may not be the best mid-range Android on the block — it’s far outdone, in my opinion, by the Moto Z Play and the Asus Zenfone 3 — but it is one of the best value options, considering it comes in at a reasonable $400 while the Moto Z Play costs around $650 outright... Full review
Good Gear Guide

Well featured and functional but lacks any wow factor

from Good Gear Guide
Huawei’s Nova Plus is something of a jack of all trades. There’s little it can’t do and it uses the latest, second-tier components. The problem is that it’s still competing with many of the best last-gen phones which are still better and have reduced prices... Full review

A high price for a premium look and an excellent battery

from AndroidPIT
I believe Huawei has done a great job with the Nova Plus. Its strengths are undoubtedly its premium design, the overall user experience and battery performance. The camera, for a mid-range smartphone, offers good photos when lighting conditions are good but defective in low light. The display does not surprise but it does its job rather well and, thanks to its Full HD resolution, supports its processor and battery, allowing the smartphone to better manage its resources... Full review
Tech Advisor

Stunning design, but underwhelming internals ruin Huawei's mid-range smartphone

from Tech Advisor
While the Huawei Nova Plus certainly looks the part with a premium design and a bright, crisp display, the internals let it down. Despite featuring an improved camera with OIS, the photos produced by the smartphone are barely improved when compared to the Nova. However, we could look past the camera if it wasn’t for the sub-par CPU and GPU, which produce fairly disappointing results when compared to other mid-range Android smartphones. While the Nova Plus isn’t a terrible mid-range smartphone, there are better options on the market... Full review

Looks great & performs well, but pricey

from Brighthand
The Huawei nova plus has an excellent design and fantastic finish. This convincing craftsmanship is its chief selling point. The display, chipset, and camera performance are just good enough not to drag it down... Full review
Absolute Geeks

Taking a bite from apple

from Absolute Geeks
I love the Huawei Nova Plus. I think it’s a stunning phone that’ll please a lot of Apple users that are looking to dive into the Android pool and I do think it’s a great diving board. It runs so flawlessly and smoothly, apps are easy to access, they start up quickly and it just left me feeling pleased. The only real beef I had with this phone was the fact that I can’t have two SIM cards in while I have an additional SD card. You can either have two SIMs in, or one SIM card and an SD, as the SD card slot is the same as the SIM 2 slot... Full review

Bigger, better, but a touch too much

from Alphr
The Huawei Nova Plus is a very nice handset. It looks stylish, feels pleasingly weighty in the hand, has a super camera and the kind of screen that will make the most out of the photos you take with it. In any other year, this would get a solid endorsement from us... Full review
Chip Chick

Premium build but too pricey

from Chip Chick
Despite unbeatable battery life and a beautiful premium build quality, the Huawei Nova Plus is too pricey for the performance it offers... Full review

Excellent battery life, rugged design

from Recombu
The Nova Plus is yet another 5.5-inch mighty mobile, which is elevated by some seriously impressive battery life. Media fans will love the spacious Full HD screen, but the likes of the OnePlus 3 and Samsung’s Galaxy A7 2016 boast the same strengths as the Nova Plus, at a lower asking price... Full review

The middling mid-ranger

from Pocket-lint
That price largely dictates how we feel about the Nova Plus. There's nothing wrong with it, per se, as it's nicely made, has a nice display and a decent camera. But apart from its great battery life, there's nothing here that'll blow you away. It slots into an oversaturated market without having much to add to it... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 18, 2016
Regions available Canada, Asia, Europe, North America, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/2100 MHz
700/2100/850/900 /1800/2600/2300 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor Qualcomm 8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.41 W/kg
Body: 1.47 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3340 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 633 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 691 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1452 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Silver, Prestige Gold, Titanium Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.6 x 0.7 cm
(6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 160 grams
(5.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 16+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, HDR, Voice activation, Exposure compensation
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Panorama
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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