Disputes about the optimal size of the phone goes quiet, probably as long as this class of equipment exists. Everyone’s requests, and the producers have to figure out how to get out of the situation. One of the decisions was to release two versions of popular models that only differ in the display size. Huawei nova Plus 2 — “a large” representative in a couple of new products of the Chinese company, and about it will be discussed.
Technical characteristics Huawei nova Plus 2 (BAC-L21)
- Screen: IPS, 5,5″, 1080×1920, capacitive, multitouch
- CPU: OCTA-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 (4 x 2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Graphics accelerator: Mali-T830, MP2
- Operating system: Android 7 + EMUI 5.1
- RAM: 4 GB
- Built-in memory: 64 GB
- Memory card support: microSD up to 128 GB
- Network: GSM: B2/B3/B5/B8 | WCDMA (3G): B1/B5/B8 || FDD-LTE: B1/B3/B7/B8/B20
- SIM: nano-SIM + nano-SIM (combo slot); DSDS
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, support aptX
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass,
- Camera: primary — 12 MP (f/1,8) + 8 MP front and 20 MP (f/2.0)
- Sensors: light, proximity, gravity, microgyroscope, compass, dactyloscopy
- Battery: 3340 mAh, non-removable
- Dimensions: 153,9×74,9×6,9 mm
- Weight: 181 grams
The smartphone came to the test without packaging and related accessories, so the information on them had to go to the official website of the company. Set of accessories not luxury but everything you need on site: cable USB-C, memory, with support for fast charging (9V/2A), a paperclip to eject the card tray. And the bonus has not been — included headphones.
My Huawei nova 2 Plus the designers did a great job, though, and use proven techniques — from the fact that the novelty does not claim the title of “Breakthrough design.”, her appearance becomes less attractive. The transition from a monolithic metal casing for a 2.5 D glass front panel is almost invisible. Thin plastic strips, under which is the layout of the antennas are painted in the same color with the rest and almost not allocated. Visually creates the feeling that the device has no seams and joints between parts, and this without any tweaks with curved screen! In General, in the exterior there is a “family resemblance” with the flagship Huawei P10 Plus that model the mid-price segment can be considered a compliment. The smartphone looks especially impressive in graphite black color, and in addition it has bright blue and gold color version.
The front side of the smartphone is not overloaded with elements. Above the screen is located neat the front camera lens, barely noticeable proximity sensors and lighting, as well as the speaker. Do not forget to Huawei and about the notification light and found the original place under the speaker grille, so that in the inactive state to notice. Controls interface this model has only a screen, so the bottom part there is nothing, except the manufacturer’s logo.
The back side of the smartphone is equally reserved, without ryushechek. On top are two of the main camera lens and flash, below — the fingerprint scanner. Closer to the bottom of the logo, stitching technical information, and all.
The volume rocker and power button placed on the right side of the smartphone, the card tray into the two slots (nano-SIM + nano SIM/microSD) routinely built into the left.
On the bottom are decorative grille that hides the microphone and the external speaker Jack is 3.5 mm and USB-C for charging and connecting to PC. But at the top is almost nothing, except for an optional microphone hole.
Huawei nova 2 Plus is equipped with a large display with a diagonal of 5.5 inches and it brings the known issues when using it with one hand. To reach certain areas of the screen can be difficult and you have to intercept the device, or to resort to second hand. For increased convenience, has a special mode — it is enough to swipe at the row of navigation keys and a workspace proportionally reduced. Speaking about overall comfort, not to mention a small thickness nova 2 Plus. Thanks to this smartphone with 5.5-inch diagonal will fit in any pocket.
Tactile brushed metal surface of the case is very nice. In addition, in comparison with the “glass” models, that is virtually slip. The only drawback on such a surface are clearly visible fingerprints or stains, so to maintain visual appeal will have to periodically wipe the gadget.
The fingerprint scanner is rather loosely recessed into the body and the habit it can be difficult to find. But the response speed and accuracy above and beyond. The finger is recognized so quickly that sometimes it’s even inconvenient — enough fleeting touch, when you put the gadget in the pocket to dactiloscopy have time to work and unlock the device. In addition to the basic functions of the scanner supports the execution of some tasks by clicks and strokes on a touch pad. You can, for example, to answer the call or lower the curtain with notifications.
Like most Huawei smartphones, nova Plus 2 is equipped with IPS-matrix. The screen resolution is 1080×1920, which at a diagonal of 5.5″ gives the density is about 401 pixel per inch. This is more than enough to ensure that the image stays crisp, even when viewed closely.
The picture is also pleasingly deep (by the standards of IPS) black and color overall, it looks great from almost any angle. When deviation occurs inversion, only slightly decreases the brightness.
Fans to set up a picture “under itself” should evaluate a standard feature of the firmware EMUI by a thin color calibration. Present friendly view mode, which reduces the amount of blue radiation.
The brightness range of the display allows you to use your smartphone in the dark and in bright sunlight. Auto adjustment function works quickly and usually adequately. nova 2 Plus comes with pre-glued oleophobic film. After the incident with the flagship Huawei P10 (when the glass under the film was completely devoid “of oleophobic”) is troubling, but, fortunately, our hero is equipped with and its own protective layer, so that even without the film finger on the glass slides without effort, and the prints are easily removed.
Huawei nova 2 Plus is running on Android operating system 7 in combination with a proprietary shell EMUI company 5.1. The fifth version of EMUI finalise and is now a thoughtful and visually pleasing system.
One of the most noticeable differences from the standard Android interface — the ability to choose the display style of the icons on the desktop. The default value is the location of all labels on one or more screens, such as iOS or shell MIUI. If this is the kind of you do not like it, one tap in the menu you can return to the standard Android solution with a separate apps menu.
Unusual and convenient “chips” a lot. For example, the screenshot the selected part of the screen or change the grid of icons on the desktop. A set of standard programs completely replaced by the software Huawei, except, perhaps, the keyboard — here the user can choose between Gboard and SwiftKey. Generally, the amount of preinstalled programs are quite large: in addition to the base set, a couple of browsers, multiple applications of the social networks and messengers utilities from Google, and even the “Sberbank Online”. Most of them can be removed, leaving only what you need.
The machine at work
The hardware of the smartphone is a combination of processor HiSilicon Kirin 659 and 4 GB of RAM. To store information designated built-in storage is 64 GB and the storage space can be expanded by microSD card. The choice of processor of its own design seems ambiguous. He has eight power efficient cores Cortex-A53, which work at the frequency to 2.36 GHz and the GPU Mali-T830, MP2.
By itself, it seems quite adequate to a mainstream smartphone, but if you compare it with Snapdragon 625, which was used in the first generation Huawei nova, it is apparent the similarity of characteristics. Guesses are confirmed by the benchmark results — they do not differ from those, which demonstrates original Huawei nova.
However, in everyday tasks the behavior of the smartphone is virtually indistinguishable from the flagship. The interface works smoothly, the same applies to most applications. Video playback is given nova 2 Plus without any problems. This applies both to streaming services like YouTube and files from your device — videos in Full HD resolution are played back smoothly.
But in games, the lack of performance is sometimes affected, though in most cases not critical.
The external speaker is nothing special — it is moderately loud, gives good quality, but listen through it music is only for lack of alternatives. But in headphones all the more interesting — thanks to DAC AKM4376A smartphone sometimes can please even picky users.
To the second generation of smartphones line nova got double main camera, having caught up with the flagships of the company. However, the implementation differs from the one we used to see in smartphones from Huawei. In the case of nova 2 Plus the second module is not monochrome as you would expect, and is equipped with vosmimegapikselnaya sensor with a telephoto lens. The main has a resolution of 12 megapixels and aperture f/1,8. For the user a set of means, first, two-fold optical zoom without losing image quality.
Second, there is the opportunity to shoot fashion in portrait mode with background blur. It turns out, quite bad, although sometimes on the borders of objects are visible errors of the algorithm.
In addition to this, it is possible to remove the so-called 3D panorama, through which the removed object is available with different sides. But you view these photos available only when using the standard Gallery.
Traditional subjects camera nova 2 Plus also cope adequately. To day shooting claims do not arise at all, detail, white balance, color rendition — all at a very good level.
In twilight and darkness reduced focusing accuracy and detail, appear inevitable noise, but the result is still good — the effect of large aperture optics and good optimization algorithms of processing of photos.
The night will be relevant and some special regimes that control exposure to achieve interesting lighting effects. However their use is highly recommended when shooting from a tripod.
Flash is a powerful device that you can use to remove the extra shadow and highlight details.
Shots indoors are not lagging behind the overall trend is encouraging and good quality.
Remove the texts and documents on Huawei nova Plus 2 is possible without fear to get blurry text the auto focus copes accurately.
Panorama also does not disappoint — the gluing is performed almost perfectly, and the prospect remains without noticeable distortion.
When difficult lighting conditions are useful HDR mode. Works adequately, noticeably improving detail:
The front camera of 20 MP is able to please great detail, but picky about the quality of lighting. Even in the dusk light beginning to appear noise.
Video recording is possible in resolutions up to Full HD, and this was a step backward relative to first generation nova, which can record 4K videos. The quality is in General good level, the autofocus works quickly, only thing missing is optical stabilization.
The camera app has a simple and intuitive interface. On the main screen are commonly used switches, and swipe to the sides available more modes and camera settings. Note that manual setting is available not only for photos but for video mode.
Any news from Huawei is no problem — the voice quality and signal reception are conventional for a modern smartphone level. And support for all common us LTE bands ensures the availability of fast mobile Internet. The same can be said about navigation. Particularly pleased with the speed with which the device locates satellites.
There really is something to complain about. There is no support for Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band that would negate the possibility of the advanced router. In addition to this, the manufacturer did not install an NFC chip, so Android Pay on nova 2 Plus use will not be.
Autonomous operation of nova Plus 2 Huawei provides the battery, 3340 mAh. Not very many, but given the thickness of the gadget is less than 7 mm is a good achievement. Usually charge with a margin enough for a full day of light to normal usage, communication, messengers, surfing the Internet, checking for updates in social networks and a small number of games. In numbers, this is expressed as follows: hour games at medium brightness of the display “ate” 16% charge. And when playing Full HD video on maximum brightness, the smartphone lasted just over six hours.
Huawei nova 2 Plus has become a shining example of the modern approach to the creation of a mid-range smartphone. The hardware is not top, but guarantee comfort, performance and is able to cope with any task except the most “heavy” games on maximum settings. The design, materials and workmanship not inferior to the flagship solutions. The smartphone is not ashamed to put on the table with your friends and colleagues, it is nice to look at and to hold. Of course, it does have its flaws and debatable decisions, but this is the case when they do not want to pay attention, and more importantly — it will happen.
- spectacular design;
- a large amount of memory;
- good camera;
- very quick dactyloscopy.
- no NFC
- not supported Wi-Fi networks are 5 GHz.
Lyricist: Mikhail Gagloev
Picture device: Daria Nesterovskaya
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