Huawei returns to France with a new smartphone at €499, the Nova 9

Huawei presents its Nova 9, a mid-range smartphone that intends to bring the brand back into the limelight in our regions.

This month of October will have been particularly rich in announcements. Apple will have presented its latest MacBook Pro to us, Google has lifted the veil on its Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Xiaomi its Redmi Note 11, and Huawei has just unveiled its new smartphone, called Huawei Nova 9.

Credits: Huawei

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Chinese brand. It must be said that, more than two years after the American sanctions having relieved it of Google services, the brand has somewhat deserted the smartphone sector in Europe. Its latest flagship, the Huawei P50, was not launched here, a first.

However, Huawei does not lose hope and continues to make efforts to raise the bar. With a large number of new models of connected watches, headphones, tablets and even PCs, the brand is widely diversifying and intends to timidly reinvest in the smartphone market in Europe. Its workhorse is the Nova 9, a smartphone that is aimed more at young people, unlike the brand’s former flagships. Displayed at a price of €499, the device has many arguments, especially on the side of the display and the photo.

Wrapped in a rather elegant design, the Huawei Nova 9 offers a large 6.57-inch OLED panel with an adaptive refresh rate, which can go up to 120 Hz. The front camera, housed in a punch, goes up to 32 PM. At the rear, the device has an arsenal consisting of a 50 MP 1/1.56-inch main sensor using RYYB for excellent low-light performance, as well as three other small sensors: an ultra wide-angle 8 MP, depth sensor and macro lens).

Huawei Nova 9
Credits: Huawei

No Google services or 5G

But if Huawei’s new smartphone promises us excellent photo performance, it suffers in two areas: its embedded SoC, and its software. The smartphone indeed has a Snapdragon 778G, a rather powerful mid-range chip but which does not offer 5G, only 4G. Huawei no longer has the right to use 5G modems from Qualcomm, following the latest American decisions.

The other problem lies in its software. Like the brand’s other smartphones, the Nova 9 does not offer Google’s services, but rather puts on those of Huawei to replace them. Instead of the search engine, we find Petal Search. Maps is replaced by Petal Maps, etc. Still, Huawei’s AppGallery is gradually expanding and you can always get APK files to install your favorite apps.

The Huawei Nova 9 will be available in early November from €499. To accompany it, there will also be a second model, called Nova 8i, which will be available at a price of €349.

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