Today Huawei announced the brand new Nova 5 series of smartphones. The company released the new Nova 5, Nova 5 Pro and Nova 5i in China with availability later this month. The new Nova 5 and 5 Pro are particularly interesting because they now represent Huawei’s lowest priced devices with OLED displays, also featuring high-end cameras and SoC options.

Huawei Nova 5 Series
  Nova 5 Nova 5 Pro
SoC HiSilicon Kirin 810

2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.23 GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.88 GHz

Mali G52MP6 @ 820MHz
HiSilicon Kirin 980

2x Cortex-A76 @ 2.60 GHz
2x Cortex-A76 @ 1.92 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80 GHz

Mali G76MP10 @ 720MHz
Storage 128 / 256GB
Display 6.39" OLED
2340 x 1080 (19.5:9)
Size Height 157.4 mm
Width 74.8 mm
Depth 7.33 mm
Weight 171 grams
Battery Capacity 3500mAh (Typical)
3400mAh (Rated)

40W Charging
Wireless Charging -
Rear Cameras
Main 48MP (IMX586 or GM1)
0.8µm pixels (1.6µm 4:1 12MP binning)

f/1.8 lens
no OIS?
Telephoto -
Wide 16MP f/2.2
117° Ultra wide angle 
17mm equivl. FL
Extra 2MP F/2.4 macro module
2MP F/2.4 depth module
Front Camera 32MP f/2.0
no headphone jack (3.5mm adapter included)
Wireless (local) 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Other Features Under-screen Fingerprint Sensor
Dual-SIM Dual nanoSIM
Colours Green, Purple, Black
Orange (Pro only)
Launch Price 8+128GB: ¥2799 (~$407) 8+128GB: ¥2999 (~$436)
8+256GB: ¥3339 (~$485)

The new Nova 5 and Nova 5 Pro are interesting phones because they are essentially the same device, with the peculiarity of having different SoC options: The Nova 5 in particular is the first phone to now introduce the new Kirin 810 chipset. The new chip features a combination of 2x Cortex A76 CPUs at up to 2.23GHz and 6x Cortex A55’s at 1.88GHz. In terms of GPU, Huawei has opted for a Mali-G52MP6 running at 820MHz. It looks like the Kirin 810 is extremely well positioned to compete against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 SoC which was announced just back in April.

The Nova 5 Pro comes with the well-known Kirin 980 chipset, which has been powered Huawei and Honor high-end devices since last autumn.

As mentioned, the key feature of the new Nova 5’s is that they’re Huawei’s first OLED devices at this price range. The phones come with a 6.39” panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 (19.5:9 aspect ratio). The phones also sport an under-screen optical fingerprint scanner.

In terms of overall design, it’s a very familiar look, and sports the modern bezel-less design with a teardrop camera notch. This camera is a 32MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture, the same we saw on the Honor 20 & Pro.

The phone is also characterized by a relatively slim design coming in at only 7.33mm. The 171g phone still manages to sport a 3500mAh (typical) battery.

In the camera department, the phone is well equipped and seems to feature the same Sony IMX586 sensor introduced in the View20 and sported in the Honor 20 series. The 48MP sensor comes with an f/1.8 lens, and it seems that it does lack OIS as Huawei doesn’t mention it in the specifications.

The second camera module is a 16MP f/2.2 lens, again, something we saw in the smaller P30 and also in the Honor 20. Both main and wide cameras resulted in very competitive shots in our hands-on review of the Honor 20 as well as the more expansive testing in the OnePlus 7 Pro review comparison, so we expect the Nova 5’s to perform just as well.

The oddity here is that Huawei features two further modules: A 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. Unfortunately the macro lens was a bit disappointing in the Honor 20 Pro, so we don’t have high expectation of it here. The depth module makes portrait shots possible as the phone lacks a telephoto lens.

Finally, the phone has no headphone jack, but Huawei provides the accompanying adapter along with headphones in the box.

The regular Nova 5 comes in a 8+128GB configuration for RMB2799 (~407USD) while the 5 Pro comes with 8+128GB at RMB2999 (~436USD) and 8+256GB at RMB3339 (~485USD). The phones come in four different colours, although the interesting orange version is exclusive to the Pro variant. The phones are current available for pre-order in China. We do not have any information about Huawei’s plans for the phone in western markets for the time being.

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  • levizx - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    That's ridiculous. It's only 20-30% faster than Adreno 616 which is almost definitely 128ALU. Adreno 618 either has 128ALU@higher clock or 256ALU@much lower clock. Reply
  • levizx - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    Or 192ALU@slightly lower clock. Reply
  • Wardrive86 - Friday, June 21, 2019 - link

    That isnt ridiculous compare the Adreno 616 to the Adreno 540(a known 256 ALU GPU)no way 128 Alus with half the memory bandwidth bench that good. The 616 acts like a bandwidth starved 192 or 256 ALU GPU Reply
  • levizx - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    So you are saying Qualcomm is stupid enough to put 256 ALUs on a memory starved system. Maybe you should head their R&D Reply
  • Wardrive86 - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Im saying that Adreno is less likely to become compute bound than the competition in the same price bracket. Its my understanding that ALUs are much cheaper to implement than additional memory controllers and associated circuitry, and we are talking about the very price concious midrange Reply
  • levizx - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Also to quote your own logic, there's no way Adreno 630 with the same bandwidth can perform that much better. Reply
  • Wardrive86 - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Adreno 630 has double the ALUs, 50% more TMUs and Rops and access to a "L4" cache as compared to Adreno 540 Reply
  • levizx - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Also, further blow to your bull$hit logic, if Adreno 616 is already heavily bandwidth starved, how do you explain 618? Reply
  • Kickasser - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Adreno 618 has 128ALUs with HT at 825 Mhz and 4 cores; Using the above formula, i would say that it has 420 Gflops... Reply
  • Kickasser - Saturday, June 22, 2019 - link

    Actually, Wikipedia might just be erring then...
    Adreno 618 is better than Adreno 616 which has around 384 Gflops according to Wikipedia...
    This means that Adreno 618 has to have those nos to prove itself better than 616...

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