Retailing at €499 in its lone 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage trim, nova 9 brings a curved 6.57-inch FHD+ OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and is utilizing the Snapdragon 778G chipset though without 5G connectivity. The phone feels and looks premium and its most striking characteristic comes around the back. The frosted glass back and dual ring camera cutout help the nova 9 stand out from most competitors (apart from the Honor 50 that is).
The 50MP main cam snaps sharp, low noise shots with good dynamic range in most cases. Nothing groundbreaking or class-leading here. The ultrawide snapper did its job just fine. Battery endurance was average at just 96 hours but the bundled 66W charger fills up the cell in about 54 minutes time.
The software front on our unit is covered by EMUI 12 based on Android 11 and it looks nearly indistinguishable from Huawei’s own HarmonyOS 2.0. As usual with recent Huawei phones, you’ll have to make do without Google services here. Overall, the nova 9 is a bit of an underwhelming option as it does not excel in any key area, making it hard to recommend.