Huawei Nova 4 Unboxing and First Impressions

Back in December of 2020, Huawei offered the Nova 4 in China. Along with the Samsung Galaxy A8s, and Honor V20, it’s one of the primary telephones on this planet with a punch gap/pinhole display generation.
Huawei Nova 4 Unboxing and First Impressions
Meet Nova 4
Punch gap/pinhole monitors are the cutting edge subsequent era strategy to put in force complete display designs on trendy smartphones even with no notch.

A month after its announcement, Huawei Philippines has despatched us a overview unit of this new mid-ranger for us to test.

Let’s see this beautiful thrilling tool!


Everything inside of

Nova 4 comes with an identical inclusions discovered at the Nova 3. There’s the Huawei white field, 18W USB wall charger, USB-A to USB-C knowledge/charging cables, earphones with mic, transparent TPU versatile case, SIM ejector instrument, and paper paperwork.

It is all the time nice to peer a unfastened case throughout the field. There is a pre-installed display protector as neatly.

Build Quality/Design

3D glass back
3-D glass again

In phrases of fabrics used, Nova 4 sports activities the similar construct discovered at the Nova 3. It comes with 3-D glass again design, steel body within the center, and 2.5D curved glass show.

Construction feels top class and sturdy, however there is no point out of water resistance and glass coverage. It’ll be perfect to position the case all the time. Do now not take away the hooked up display protector too.
Nova 4 is one of essentially the most top class taking a look mid-rangers but for me. At the again, the 3-D glass design appears neat, curvy, and attractive all on the identical time. You will to find the Huawei P20 Pro-like vertically aligned triple-camera setup with flash, fingerprint reader within the center, and the Huawei emblem underneath as neatly.

Better than the notch and slider complete display design?

In entrance, the display may be very fascinating. Like what we mentioned above, it’s one the primary with a with a pinhole display. It has 6.4-inch with a 19:5:9 display facet ratio and a large 91.8 screen-to-body ratio.

Huawei accomplished top screen-to-body ratio at the Nova 4 through enforcing the pinhole cutout for the selfie digital camera as a substitute of placing a big notch. 

We also are amazed that Huawei was once ready to as it should be conceal the earpiece and proximity sensor on the hardly ever noticeable house on most sensible of the display. It even has a hidden tri-color LED indicator on that section.

Huawei additionally mentioned that they used the blind-hole strategy to position a 25MP selfie digital camera in a 4.5mm gap. Huawei’s answer is smaller than the through-hole answer of the Samsung Galaxy A8s with 6.5mm vast diameter gap.

Related: Why Huawei Nova 4’s punch display tech is healthier than the Infinity-O of Samsung Galaxy A8s

The end result, the handset has additional narrow bezels on most sensible and at the facets. The bezels underneath are as narrow because the chin bezel of the Mate 20 Pro. The handset is solely as large as conventional 5.5-inch telephones. It measures at 157 x 75.1 x 7.77 mm. Incredible!

On most sensible, it nonetheless has a 3.5mm headphone slot (yay), an IR blaster-like sensor, and a microphone. Below, you’ll be able to to find any other mic, USB-C port, and the speaker grills.

At left, you are going to see the twin nano SIM slots. The 2nd slot there is also a slot for Huawei’s proprietary NM playing cards. At proper, the standard energy button and quantity rocker is there.

Overall, the telephone feels top class to carry. But it’s slippery with no case and at risk of fingerprint smudges.

Initial findings


1. Nova 4’s display may be very spectacular! Huawei was once ready to try this next-generation complete display answer with out depending on AMOLED generation. The In-Cell LTPS IPS they used is excellent with wonderful colours and excellent viewing angles. Most of the apps we attempted are even appropriate with this new tech.

The pinhole design has few weaknesses regardless that. First, you can not put a 3-D sensor anymore. Second, they were not ready to make use of the earpiece because the secondary speaker to offer a stereo audio revel in.

Nonetheless, punch gap and pinhole monitors are nonetheless higher taking a look (for me) than the notch discovered at the iPhones.
Power of Kirin 970
2. The specifications is as robust (or perhaps even higher) than the Huawei P20. Why? It has the similar Kirin 970 SoC answer with devoted NPU for AI and the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU with GPU Turbo. But, it has larger 8GB RAM as opposed to the the 6GB RAM of P20 Pro for smoother multitasking.

The handset additionally has 128GB of expandable garage with NM card and 3,750mAh battery with 18W rapid charging.

Like different Kirin 970 units, it has tremendous rapid 4G LTE Cat 18 connectivity.

3. Nova 4 runs with Android 9.0 Pie OS with EMUI 9.0 pores and skin. EMUI 9.0 pores and skin is the most recent and maximum Google built-in pores and skin through Huawei but. As anticipated, it’s neat taking a look and feature-rich. It is very customizable as neatly. You may also select to have or now not have an app drawer if you want. There is a gesture-based mode ala iPhone X and not using a Android three-key navigation to check out too.
4. The Nova 4 has 3 cameras on the again and 1 digital camera in entrance. Behind, you are going to to find the 20MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 extremely wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 w/ PDAF, CAF, EIS, and LED flash.

For selfies, there is a 25MP f/2.0 Sony IMX576 w/ EIS digital camera.

All four cameras are assisted through the facility of AI for scene detection, face good looks, HDR, and extra. It even has the AIS Super Night Mode function of Huawei for shocking low mild pictures.

Note: We will put up our digital camera samples quickly!
5. There’s a fingerprint scanner on the again, face free up tech, gyroscope sensor, GPS, and twin SIM slots.

Huawei Nova 4 Specs 

Display: 6.4-inch 2.5D curved In-Cell LTPS IPS display w/ FHD+ 2310 x 1080 solution at 398 ppi
CPU: 2.4GHz 64-bit Kirin 970 octa-core processor w/ NPU
GPU: Mali-G72 MP12 w/ GPU Turbo
ROM: 128GB expandable by means of NM card slot as much as 256GB
Back Camera: 20MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 extremely wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 w/ PDAF, CAF, EIS, and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 25MP f/2.0 Sony IMX576 w/ EIS
Battery: 3,750mAh w/ 18W rapid charging
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ EMUI 9.0
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), 4G LTE Cat 18, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, twin SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, mild, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, power
Others: Fingerprint sensor, face free up, IR blaster, USB Type-C, Colors: honey pink, blue, black, white
Dimensions: 157 x 75.1 x 7.77 mm
Weight: 172 g
Price: TBC

As of the instant

Huawei’s use of the pinhole design is a close to no-compromise strategy to have a close to bezel-less smartphone display design. The Nova 4 is its first with that tech and we discover it very spectacular.

On most sensible of that, the specifications are succesful for its CNY 3,399 (round PHP 26Okay) ticket in China.

Sadly, Huawei Philippines would possibly not bought this promising piece of tech within the nation. Maybe, the Chinese tech massive handiest wish to exhibit this new innovation in smartphone design and they be able to do it.

Huawei produce other issues in thoughts. As an issue of truth, the corporate instructed us that they’re making plans to carry a greater tool to Filipinos quickly.

What is it? Only time will inform. Nova 4 is a glimpse of the longer term.

What do you guys assume?

Published by Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).