Huawei is one of the few brands that does not partner with Google due to some conflicts. The Chinese manufacturer does not stand still and continues to delight us with interesting smartphones. Today I have a mid-range test device called Huawei nova 7 SE.
In this review, I will talk about the main features of the new generation of the smartphone, its main functions, as well as advantages and disadvantages.
Given that the price tags for all Huawei models are much higher than that of Xiaomi, so you should not expect a sweet price from nova 7 SE. Now, everyone can buy a smartphone for $450 and I want to tell you that the price tag is not for the middle class.
In terms of technical specifications, the nova 7 SE can please with a large 6.5-inch screen, the new Kirin 820 processor with support for 5G network, Android 10 software, a 64-megapixel main camera and a 4000 mAh battery with 40W fast charge.
Let’s check what the smartphone is capable of in real life, I will also conduct a series of performance tests and show examples of photos. But I want to start the full review from unpacking.
Huawei nova 7 SE: Specifications
|Huawei nova 7 SE:||Specs|
|Display:||6.5 inches IPS with 1080 x 2400 pixels|
|CPU:||Kirin 820 5G Octa Core 2.36 GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP main camera and 16MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.1 and GPS|
|OS:||Android 10 (EMUI 10.1)|
|Dimensions:||162.3 x 75 x 8.6 mm|
Like most smartphones from Huawei, the nova 7 SE comes in a plain white box with standard sizes. On the front side, there is only the name of the model and company.
At the end of the box, there is a sticker with the main features and the memory version.
Inside the box, I was joyfully greeted by the smartphone itself and a protective silicone transparent case. In addition, I found a 40W power adapter, Type-C charging cable, a SIM needle, and even ordinary wired headphones.
Indeed, the equipment is quite wide and there is everything you need.
I was very glad to see the presence of a silicone case, albeit a transparent one, and a set of wired headphones, which is very rare lately.
Appearance Huawei nova 7 SE really looks flagship. The first thing that sets the smartphone apart from the crowd is the various color schemes. The manufacturer offers several colors – gray, green, purple, and black. Each color has its own uniqueness and in the sun it shimmers beautifully.
Even the materials for a mid-range smartphone are pretty good. It uses a protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5, both on the front and on the back of the smartphone. The frame itself is made of metal.
The dimensions of the smartphone are quite large, which amounted to 162.3 x 75 x 8.6 mm and the device weighs 189 grams. Thus, a one-handed operation will be problematic.
On the other hand, the large screen size, namely 6.5 inches, allows you to enjoy comfortable watching movies or games. The screen resolution is Full HD + or 1080 x 2400 pixels, with an aspect ratio of 20: 9. The pixel density per inch was about 405 PPI.
In addition, the screen uses HDR 10 technology on the screen and I can not say anything bad about the image quality of the IPS matrix. There is a lot of brightness, so in bright sunny weather using a smartphone will not be a problem. I can say the same thing about color rendition and viewing angles.
The frames around the screen are small, but at the bottom of the china slightly larger frame is visible than on other faces. Another feature is the round hole punch in the upper left corner for the front camera. Also, the selfie camera serves as a sensor for recognizing the owner’s face. The function works well, but only in the daytime.
Another protection is a fingerprint scanner on the right side just below the volume rocker. It works quickly and most importantly accurately, and the location is quite comfortable than is acceptable on the rear panel.
On the left side, there is a hybrid slot for dual nano-SIM cards or one SIM card and a memory card format Nano Memory.
There is a microphone hole at the top, and on the bottom, there are the main speaker, a microphone, Type-C, and 3.5 mm ports. The sound quality of the main speaker is pretty good, the volume level is high, but I would like a little more low frequencies. In addition, the presence of a headphone output will delight most users.
The last thing I want to talk about is a rectangular island of quad-camera, which is located on the rear panel of the device. The island itself is a little protruding, so it definitely makes sense to use a protective case. There is also a LED flash near the cameras and a new logo of the nova line at the bottom of the case.
Performance and Software
The new smartphone Huawei nova 7 SE received a mid-range processor called Kirin 820 5G. Naturally, it supports a 5G network, but it also works on 7-nanometer technology.
For most 5G users, the network does not make sense yet, since not many countries support these networks. Therefore, to acquire a new smartphone with 5G will be pointless or ridiculous.
The main competitor to the Kirin 820 processor is the Snapdragon 765G. If you look at the benchmark test results, you can see that Kirin is slightly superior to its competitor.
If we consider the smartphone as a game, then the nova 7 SE model will definitely be a good choice. It uses a six-core Mali-G57 graphics accelerator, which shows good performance even in demanding games.
Also, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory will be enough for the average user. If the built-in memory is not enough for you, then there is a slot for a memory card up to 256 GB.
If you look at wireless networks, then the smartphone Huawei nova 7 SE has both positive and negative sides. For example, I can attribute it to positive – this is support for Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth with version 5.1. But the downside for many users is the lack of an NFC module.
As for the software, the nova 7 SE device is controlled on the EMUI 10.1 user interface, which runs on Android 10. Like all models of smartphones and tablets from Huawei, it does not support Google Play services.
Although, you can easily install applications such as YouTube, Gmail, and others through .apk files. Therefore, for me, this is not a significant problem. Also, the user interface offers a proprietary application App Gallery, in which you can find the most popular games or programs.
The operation of the software is pretty fast, any applications, even complex ones, open quickly and without delay. I did not find any freezes or incorrect operation during the test.
Another important feature of the Huawei nova 7 SE is the camera. The main camera module includes four sensors, where the main one received a 64-megapixel resolution with f/1.8 aperture. The quality of the photos is really good for its class, both in daylight and in the dark.
The second module has an 8-megapixel resolution and is designed for ultra-wide shots. The quality is not the best, but as for its category prices are pretty good. Here you will not find blurred edges, and color rendition with natural tones.
The third and fourth modules have a 2-megapixel resolution and serve for portrait mode and macro mode. The bokeh mode works without any questions, but the macro mode has a low resolution and rather gray colors.
The camera application on the Huawei nova 7 SE received a large number of useful modes, such as night shooting and others. The video shoots with a maximum resolution of 4K, but there is also slow motion at 720p and 960 fps.
Below I will leave an album with examples of photos in various conditions of Huawei nova 7 SE.
The battery capacity on the Huawei nova 7 SE is not the highest – 4000 mAh. But the new 7 nanometers Kirin 820 processor is very energy efficient. Therefore, the result of battery life even surpasses devices with a battery capacity of 5000 mAh.
In my test, you can see that the average energy consumption was – watching a video on YouTube in 1 hour at a maximum brightness of 7% and in games in 1 hour – 11%. With an average load, the smartphone will be able to work for about 2 full days.
Another positive feature is the presence of fast charging with a powerful 40W power adapter. Charging time from 0 to 70% will take about 30 minutes. In addition, the device has reverse charging with a power of 5 watts.
Conclusion and Reviews
Huawei nova 7 SE is, first of all, a stylish and fashionable smartphone, which is made of high-quality materials and has a perfect assembly.
Of course, the device is not the most compact, but a large 6.5-inch screen will allow you to use a smartphone with great comfort for your eyes.
Hardware and user interface show good performance. Also, the presence of a 5G network will allow you to use your smartphone in the future when this network will be available in your country.
The main 64-megapixel sensor takes good photos and videos. Therefore, I have no strong complaints about the cameras on the nova 7 SE.
Another positive side for our hero was the high battery life, both for low capacity and the presence of fast charging with 40 watts of power.
There were some minutes, and I can relate to them – this is the lack of an NFC module and a rather high price.
Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can buy the Huawei nova 7 SE for $449.99 with a 10% discount from China. But also I will leave the Alibaba wholesale store, where the price is much lower, but it will be necessary to negotiate with the seller personally about the delivery.
Despite its high price, I can not attribute nova 7 SE to the middle class of smartphones, since it is almost no different from the modern flagship.