Huawei’s first phone with a 108MP camera is here – not a flagship, but a mid-ranger in the nova series instead. The Huawei nova 9 SE quietly went live on the company’s Malaysian site and you can even pre-order one already (open sales start on March 11, Friday).
The 108 MP sensor lives in the main camera on the back, where it is joined by an 8 MP ultra wide camera (not that wide with a 112° FoV), a 2 MP macro cam and a 2 MP depth sensor. Super Night Shot is a key selling point, which takes multiple exposures and fuses them into one. The last camera is on the front, a 16 MP shooter.
It is punch holed into the 6.78” display, which boasts narrow bezels (1.05 mm), an LCD with 1,080 x 2,388 px resolution. The front and back are covered in sheets of glass.
The nova 9 SE runs Android 12 out of the box with EMUI 12 on top and the Huawei AppGallery store. Huawei is still holding back some details (it will probably fill in the blanks on the 11th). But we expect to see a Snapdragon 680 as the brains of the phone, along with 4G connectivity and Wi-Fi 5 (ac).
The phone is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery, which supports Huawei’s proprietary SuperCharge at 66W. There is a fingerprint reader mounted on the side, but no 3.5 mm headphone jack in sight.
The Huawei nova 9 SE can be pre-ordered in Malaysia from huawei.com. Right now you can put down a MYR 20 deposit, but note that the price is kept under wraps for now – it will be unveiled on March 11 at 16:00 local time. You can choose between Crystal Blue, Pearl White and Midnight Black. Note that the MYR 20 deposit is non-refundable, but it gives you a chance to win a voucher worth MYR 1,888, 888 or 666.
A quick comparison with the nova 9 and 9 Pro shows that the other models in the family have 120 Hz OLED displays (6.57” and 6.72”, respectively), Snapdragon 778G chipsets, 50+8+2+2 MP rear and 32 MP front cameras. The vanilla phone has a 4,300 mAh battery with 66W charging, the nova 9 Pro has a 4,000 mAh battery with 100W charging.