Overview – Huawei Nova 7 SE: Is it definitely worth the worth for RM1,499?

We now have the brand new champion relating to the most affordable 5G smartphone accessible out there. Introducing, the brand new Huawei Nova 7 SE. It’s geared up with the corporate’s newest mid-range chipset that helps 5G and has a price ticket of RM1,499 solely.

However then once more – 5G continues to be not able to be deployed to the plenty but. So, as a Google-less Android smartphone within the 12 months 2020, is the Huawei Nova 7 SE definitely worth the worth?

The super-shiny design

Huawei is de facto doubling down on the Nova collection of smartphones being “cool” and “hip” and “young”. I do admit, this silver/peach colour combo with its super-shiny sheen is implausible.

The general reflection can be kinda tough to see. Mixed with its fingerprint magnetism, it’s simply not one thing that I’m a fan of.

Huawei Nova 7 SE

Huawei does embrace a clear TPU case however that may have an effect on the shine on the telephone – which form of defeats the aim.

Huawei Nova 7 SE

The digital camera bump can be comparatively large, which makes the telephone rock forwards and backwards when laid on the desk.

Huawei Nova 7 SE


The Huawei Nova 7 SE comes with a comparatively large 6.5-inch IPS LCD display screen with 1080p in decision. There’s additionally a round cutout on the high left nook for the selfie digital camera too.

Huawei Nova 7 SE

Usually, it’s show that I’ve no complaints about. The colours and brightness are good and all through my usages to this point, the show served me effectively. I do want it’s AMOLED, although.

The specs

Aside from the cameras, there’s actually nothing a lot to focus on about this telephone. We now have:

  • 6.5-inch IPS LCD
    • 2400×1080 pixels in decision
    • Punch gap notch on the high left nook
  • HiSilicon Kirin 820 5G chipset
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB inside storage

The efficiency isn’t that a lot totally different from the Kirin 810. There’s a slight bump that’s proven within the benchmarks when compared to the HONOR 9X Pro, however by our day-to-day usages, we don’t really feel any variations in any respect.

Listed below are the benchmarks:

Huawei Nova 7 SE 3DMark benchmark Huawei Nova 7 SE VRMark benchmark Huawei Nova 7 SE Geekbench 4 benchmark Huawei Nova 7 SE Antutu 7 benchmark

The cameras

Talking of the cameras, the Huawei Nova 7 SE comes with:

  • Quadruple digital camera setup
    • Most important: 64MP f/1.8 with PDAF
    • Extremely-wide angle: 8MP f/2.4
    • Macro: 2MP f/2.4
    • Depth sensor
  • 16MP f/2.zero selfie digital camera

Huawei Nova 7 SE

Usually, I like the primary digital camera’s footage – however the ultra-wide angle digital camera simply seems disappointingly unhealthy. Watch our video on the high of this video to take a look in any respect the images.

Software program – EMUI 10.1 with Huawei Cell Providers

Like what we’ve acknowledged in the Huawei MatePad Pro review here, you’ll must replace to EMUI 10.1 or later to get Widevine DRM help in order that we will watch Netflix on these units. What’s bizarre is that the Huawei Nova 7 SE has Widevine L1 help however the MatePad Professional solely has Widevine L3. What this implies is that we will watch full HD movies on the smaller Huawei Nova 7 SE however solely SD high quality on the a lot greater MatePad Professional. What provides?

Huawei Nova 7 SE

As for the software program aspect of issues, the Huawei Nova 7 SE runs on Huawei Mobile Services that we already talked about last time – and AppGallery continues to be rising when it comes to app choice. We are able to additionally backup WhatsApp chats to the cloud via Huawei Cloud.

For energy customers such as you and me, we all know the place to get the APKs if it’s unavailable within the AppGallery. However then once more – it’s a problem that not everybody desires to take care of.

Furthermore, apps like Grab just flat out don’t work with phones running on Huawei Mobile Services.

Battery life?

It’s truly fairly good. Even with a tiny 4,000mAh battery, it may go practically 14 hours in our battery life take a look at. Once more, that is just about as anticipated because the Kirin 820 is fairly just like the Kirin 810 when it comes to efficiency.

Huawei Nova 7 SE battery life benchmarks

As for charging instances, it may go round 70% in simply 30 minutes of charging time – which is nice.

Huawei Nova 7 SE fast charging benchmark

The 5G half

I’d say 5G is the brand new advertising bandwagon that each one manufacturers need to hop on. We now have many a number of manufacturers pushing 5G since final 12 months. We even have Qualcomm making 5G a should for his or her flagship Snapdragon 865 chipset.

Sadly, it’s not going to matter if we get a 5G-compatible smartphone in Malaysia proper now. To chop the lengthy story quick, it’ll take time for 5G to be mainstream – so I don’t think about 5G to be a consideration level whereas choosing a smartphone within the 12 months 2020.

Huawei Nova 7 SE

When you’re enthusiastic about futureproofing… that’s a legitimate level, however are you certain that you just’re not going to vary to a different telephone by the point 5G turns into available?

Must you purchase the Huawei Nova 7 SE?

For the value of RM1,499, it’s apparent that the value hike is due to that 5G tax. And because it’s not prepared in Malaysia but, don’t use “5G” as an element whereas selecting your smartphone proper now.

I don’t like the thought of “futureproofing” with a mid-range smartphone since mid-range smartphones get outdated actually quick. The query is – by the point 5G turns into accessible and reasonably priced, are you certain that you just’re nonetheless utilizing the Huawei Nova 7 SE?

The Huawei Nova 7 SE in itself is an honest telephone – however the worth tax for that currently-unusable 5G is tough to justify.
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