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Huawei Nova 5T hands-on review

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The Huawei Nova 5T just became official. It packs top-caliber features and a very competitive price tag, making it a good option for the youngsters out there who are looking for a reliable all-around smartphone without breaking the bank.

Before proceeding, we would like to already tell you that the Huawei Nova 5T only has an official price of Php18,990 here in the Philippines. Bear that midrange price in mind as we explore its flagship-like features.

Also, if you don’t like reading, you can go ahead and watch our hands-on review above.  We’ve also included our unboxing video in there, together with a first look at the new Huawei Mini Speaker that you can get for free when you pre-order the device.

Now, let’s start right away with one of the main highlights of the Huawei Nova 5T — its quad-camera setup on the back.

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It has a flagship 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 primary camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle snapper, and two 2-megapixel sensors for depth-sensing and macro shots. This gives you great flexibility to whatever subject or moments you want to capture

The images that we were able to capture on all four cameras were already great, despite the AI scene detection mode turned on. The primary camera offers great colors and detail.

I also liked how you can take great quality photos with its ultra-wide snapper and cram in more subjects at once. Also, the 16-megapixel sensors ensure that the images look sharp and detailed, unlike most smartphone who only uses 5-megapixel/8-megapixel sensors on their ultra-wide cameras.

The depth sensor also did a great job of isolating the subject from the background. Plus, the dedicated macro camera can really put you up close to whatever tiny subject you want to take a picture off.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro vs Huawei Nova 5T: Specs Comparison

We also briefly checked out it’s AI scene detection and Night Mode feature. And just like what we saw in our Huawei P30 Pro camera review, the company’s camera software features is still one of the best in the industry.

We’ll be testing out and pushing the device’s cameras to the limit in our full review so stay tuned for that.

Probably the most attractive feature of the Huawei Nova 5T is its processor. This thing is powered by a Kirin 980 chipset, the same one found on the flagship P30 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. That’s a pretty impressive feat, especially for a device under Php20k.

The best part is, it also comes with a generous 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a Mali-G76 MP20 graphics with Huawei’s GPU Turbo 3.0.

Huawei Nova 5T benchmark scores

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It goes without saying that performance is not an issue with this device. The interface is fast and snappy, apps load fast, and its killer GPU hardware and software handles triple-A games without breaking a sweat.

Besides its killer features, the Huawei Nova 5 is also dressed to kill. You can carry all its powerful processor and cameras in a very sleek body that’s only 7.87mm thick and weighs 174g.

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The back panel offers a multi-layered 3D effect, which can absorb a lot of light that creates unique and stylistic reflections. The unit that we have here is the Crush Blue model. It’s also available in Dark Black and a more edgy Midsummer Purple.

For you to fully appreciate the design on the back, the Huawei Nova 5T utilizes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that also doubles as the lock/power switch. This is a cleaner solution for a device that can’t have an in-display biometric system.

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Those who are still using wired headphones will be disappointed to know that the Huawei Nova 5T now lacks a 3.5mm jack. But on the upside, there’s a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter included in the box. It’s loudspeakers doesn’t offer the best quality, either.

But considering all the other great things that this device offers for the price, you can easily look past its poor audio quality.

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Well, that’s it for now. Make sure you stay tuned as we’ll be publishing our full review of this device in the coming days.

But if you can’t already wait, you can now pre-order the Huawei Nova 5T until September 13 for a price of Php18,990. As a bonus, those who will reserve a unit will take a home a cool Huawei Mini Speaker worth Php1,990 and one-year iFlix membership valued at Php1,308.

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