Huawei presents the Nova 5T with Kirin 980 and four rear cameras: the great rival of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro?

ByGoraud Mazanec 2019-08-28 1182

Huawei continues its round of pitches for the remainder of 2019 and today has unveiled the new Huawei Nova 5T. It has been in an event in Malaysia, so the terminal will arrive in the first instance to the countries of Southeast Asia. However, we were surprised by the power of the terminal, which integrates the Kirin 980 and mounts a quadruple rear camera configuration. Will it be the main rival of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro?

Huawei Nova 5T was released in Malaysia

Huawei's Nova range always aims to compete in a fierce mid-range where advanced technical specifications are offered at a more moderate price. The Nova 5T was not going to be an exception and would certainly be a more than desirable option in our market if Huawei decides to market it in Europe. The terminal has a Full HD+ screen with 6.26 inch curved glass and its design, in various colors, shows the classic effect of colors depending on how the light affects its case. The overall design and layout of the cameras is reminiscent of the Honor 20, one of the latest devices launched by the Huawei sub-brand.

Huawei Nova 5T specs

Smartphone name

Huawei Nova 5T


6.26-inch FHD+ screen

Screen resolution

2340 x 1080 pixels


Kirin 980

Rear camera

48MP primary lens (f/1.8) + 16MP ultra wide-angle lens (f/2.2) + 2MP macro lens (f/2.4) + 2MP depth lens (f/2.4)

Front camera

32MP (f/2.0)



Internal storage



4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C

Operating system

EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie



Fast charging

Support 22.5W fast charging

Huawei Nova 5T: powerful Kirin 980 processor

The Huawei Nova 5T does not come lame in technical specifications, as it mounts the Kirin 980, Huawei's most powerful processor to date, while waiting for the arrival of the Kirin 990 in the new Mate 30 series. That is, the Nova 5T has all the power of this processor, in addition to all the Artificial AI capabilities of the most powerful high-end Huawei and Honor, thanks to its dual NPU. In addition, this chip comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

Huawei Nova 5T: cameras

In the section cameras we find a configuration with four rear sensors in the style of the Huawei P30 Pro. In other words, we have a main sensor of 48 megapixels, an ultra wide angle sensor of 16 megapixels, another one of 2 megapixels for macro photos and a last sensor of 2 megapixels to play with the depth of field. In the front we find a 32 megapixel sensor that is housed inside a small hole in its terminal screen.

Huawei Nova 5T 48MP quad rear cameras

Huawei Nova 5T: Prices and availability

The Huawei Nova 5T features a side mounted fingerprint scanner and a 3,500mAh battery compatible with the Huawei SuperCharge 22.5W fast charge. This means your battery can be charged up to 50% in just 30 minutes. It comes with EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Foot and will do so in blue, purple and black. Huawei has confirmed that its price is about 340 euros in exchange and will be on sale from September 7 in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia or Singapore. At the moment we do not know if the terminal will land in our market.

Rival of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro?

Considering what the Huawei Nova 9T offers, we could be facing a rival of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro or the Redmi K20 Pro in other markets. However, a launch of the Nova 5T in the market could conflict with the Honor 20, which is currently sold for 499 euros, 100 euros more than the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro.

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