Huawei Nova 6 SE Review.
Sergio Montana

Huawei Nova 6 SE Review.

Flagship design at mid-range price.

Today we’ll talk about a slightly simplified model of Nova 6called the Huawei Nova 6 SE.

The technical features of the smartphone are almost flagship. The device has a large 6.4-inch screen with a hole-punch display for the front camera, a Kirin 810 processor, 8/128 GB of memory, a 48 MP main camera, a battery with a capacity of 4200mAh and fast charging at 40 watts.

Huawei Nova 6 SE: Specifications

Display: 6.4 inches IPS with 1080 x 2310 pixels
CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 810 Octa Core 2.27GHz
GPU: Mali-G52 MP6
Internal memory: 128GB
Memory extension: up to 256 GB
Cameras: 48MP + 8.0MP + 2.0MP + 2.0MP main camera and 16MP front camera
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS
Battery: 4200mAh (40W)
OS: Android 10 (EMUI 10)
Connections: Type-C
Weight: 183 grams
Dimensions: 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm

Huawei Nova 6 SE: Design

Almost all Huawei models are trending and the new Nova 6 SE is no exception. Again, we can’t call it unique, since the back panel resembles the main camera module of the iPhone 11 Pro.

Only on a smartphone, the main camera has four sensors, and not three, like on an Apple device. An LED flash is located under the square module of the main camera.

Also, the back panel is made of protective glass and has an iridescent color, which looks very interesting in the sun.

Like the older Nova 6, the simplified version of the Nova 6 SE has a fingerprint scanner on the side that acts as a power button. Also, the device received a standard location for the volume rocker, just above the fingerprint scanner. The response time of the finger recognition scanner is quite fast and most importantly accurate. 

On the opposite side is a hybrid slot for dual nano-SIM cards or one nano-SIM card and a nano memory card up to 256 GB.

The lower part of the smartphone received a Type-C port with fast charging, a microphone hole, the main speaker and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

At the same time, an additional noise-canceling microphone and an infrared sensor are located on the top of the device.

The front panel is a bit simpler than on the main Nova 6. Here you can see a 6.4-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD Plus or 1080 x 2310 pixels.

The screen technology is standard – it is an IPS matrix with good color reproduction, contrast and viewing angles.

Also in the upper right corner of the screen, there is a hole-punch display for the front camera, but it is not dual, as on Nova 6 or other flagship devices, such as the Galaxy S11 Pro.

The frames around the screen, especially the side ones, are rather thin, but on the bottom of the screen, you can see a thick ledge. Given this, the useful area of the screen on the front is approximately 83.5% and a pixel density of 398 ppi.

Of course, the screen of the Huawei nova 6 SE cannot boast of having a 120 Hz frequency or HDR10 technology onboard, like the Redmi K30.

As you might have guessed, the dimensions of the nova 6 SE are slightly smaller than the Nova 6 and are 159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm and weigh approximately 183 grams.

The phone lies well in the hands, but using one hand will be problematic. The build quality and materials used are at a high level. Currently, distinguishing a middle-class smartphone from a flagship device is becoming more and more difficult.

Huawei Nova 6 SE: Performance and software

The hero of our review received a proprietary processor called Kirin 810, which is produced using 7-nanometer technology. The processor got good performance due to the presence of 8 cores, namely two Cortex-A76 cores with a frequency of 2.27 GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores with a frequency of 1.88 GHz.

In addition, the processor is paired with a graphics chip called Mali-G52 MP6 and as the game test showed, the new smartphone copes with heavy games perfectly, but only at medium graphics settings.

In terms of the amount of permissible memory, this is not a very large choice, since nova 6 SE received only one version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. It’s good that the device has support for an additional slot for a memory card up to 256 GB.

One of the advantages of the user interface is the presence of the latest version of Android 10, which has a familiar shell called EMUI 10.

The software has a fast and quick control, applications open instantly and without any delay.

In addition, the user interface EMUI 10 has an integrated Google package with all applications, even despite the Chinese version of the firmware.

Huawei Nova 6 SE: Camera

Huawei has a good reputation due to the presence of high-quality optimization, which makes pictures an order of magnitude better than that of competitors.

The main camera received a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 module with f/1.8 aperture, the second sensor has an 8-megapixel module with f/2.4 aperture for ultra-wide shots.

The third and fourth sensors have identical resolution with 2 megapixels and an f/2.4 aperture, but one for macro photography and the other for bokeh effect.

The front camera is located under the hole-punch on the front of the screen and has a resolution of 16 megapixels and an f/2.0 aperture.
Given its price, the quality of the photos is slightly above average.

Huawei Nova 6 SE: Battery

One of the main features of the Nova 6 SE is its fairly large 4200 mAh battery capacity. The battery life on a single charge, with an average load of the device, can safely reach up to two days. Also, the user interface is well optimized and does not eat a lot of energy into the empty.

In addition, the charging time is very fast and in 30 minutes of charge you can recharge the battery level to 70%, thanks to the 40W power adapter.

Huawei Nova 6 SE: Conclusion 

The new smartphone received both positive and negative aspects.

From the cons are the rather large frames around the screen, the protruding module of the main camera and the high price.

Of course, there are many more pluses, for example, a modern appearance with premium materials, like a real flagship. The performance at a decent level, and optimized the software. In addition, the quality of the pictures is very good, both at night and during the day, and the battery life is high with the presence of fast charging at 40 watts.

If you plan to purchase a beautiful and modern smartphone similar to an Apple device, then the new Nova 6 SE will be a perfect choice.

HUAWEI nova 6 SE 4G Smartphone 6.4 inch EMUI 10.0.1 Android 10 Kirin 810 Octa Core 8GB RAM 128GB ROM 4 Rear Camera 4200mAh Battery



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