In 2019, we are going to see a lot of phones with in-display cameras or display holes for the front camera. This month, Samsung launched the Galaxy A8s in China which is the first phone to launch with a display cutout for the front-facing camera. Today, Huawei Nova 4 launched in China and it is the company’s first phone with an in-display front camera.
The cameras seem to be the only highlight of the Nova 4 since rest of the specifications aren’t that unique compared to other Huawei midrangers. There is a 25MP front-facing camera placed in a small circular cutout on the top left corner of the display. So, there is no big notch but the phone still has a noticeable bottom chin. The camera cutout on the front seems smaller than the one on Galaxy A8s.
On the rear, there are triple cameras and there are two variants of the phone with different primary rear cameras. The higher variant has a 48MP f/1.8 primary rear sensor while the smaller variant has a 20MP f/1.8 primary rear cameras. Rest of the two cameras on the back remain same on both the variants i.e., a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle camera + 20MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
The Huawei Nova 4 has a design similar to the Huawei P20 Pro from the rear. So, the triple cameras are arranged vertically and the fingerprint reader is also placed on the back. Talking about other specifications, the Nova 4 features a 6.4-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2310 x 1080 pixels. The processor under the hood is the old Kirin 970 that we have already seen in a lot of phones from Huawei and Honor.
Still, it is a very powerful processor and since the Nova 4 is a mid-range device, the Kirin 970 definitely beats the likes of Snapdragon 660 and 670. There is 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The phone has a USB Type-C port as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack. There is a 3,750mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
Finally, Android 9 Pie runs out of the box with EMUI 9.0.1 on top. The Nova 4 comes in Gradient Red, Gradient Blue, White, and Black colors. There are two variants of the phone and as mentioned above, they differ only in terms of the primary rear camera. So, the Huawei Nova 4 with 48MP primary rear camera is priced at 3,399 Yuan ($492) while the variant with a 20MP primary rear camera at 3,099 Yuan ($450). There is no word on the global launch yet.