Despite the US trade ban, Huawei isn’t stopping when it comes to releasing its Nova 5 series. In case you didn’t know, the Nova lineup is the budget alternative to the mainstream Huawei phones, like the P30 series. This year, it looks like we are going to be served with four models — the Nova 5i, 5i Pro, 5, and 5 Pro.
Nova 5i and 5i Pro
It’s weird to see a budget phone to come with a “Pro” variant. It seems like the word “Pro” is getting used carelessly — providing a spec-bump instead of a true pro feature. Regardless, the Nova 5i is expected to come with a Kirin 710 with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. It’s expected to come with four cameras — a 24MP main + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP depth + ToF (Time of Flight). There’s also a large 3900mAH battery included.
As for the Nova 5i Pro, it was listed on a Chinese website, JD.com, with a meager dual-camera setup. For a “Pro” variant, that’s not a suiting look. For now, take this model with a grain of salt.
Nova 5 and 5 Pro
For the less expensive flagship handsets, the Nova 5 and 5 Pro are expected to come with the latest Kirin 980 chipset. It’s said to come with teardrop-notched FHD+ AMOLED screens. You can also expect the slowly-becoming-standard under-screen fingerprint scanners. The battery is at 3500mAh on the standard model, so we might see a 4000mAh on the pro model.
Camera-wise, there could be a triple camera setup on the back — 48MP + 12MP + ToF, alongside a 25MP selfie camera.
If we have to guess, the Nova 5i could be around P20k with the Nova 5 starting at P28k.