Right on cue, although perhaps a little early considering the fall 2016 announcements of the first Nova and Nova Plus, the new mid-range Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus have been unveiled in China with radically redesigned exteriors.
The subtle antenna lines in particular, smoothly wrapping around the Android phones’ corners, seem familiar, with no front-mounted physical buttons, a circular fingerprint scanner at the back, and a pair of separate rear-facing cameras displayed horizontally.
There’s little to separate the Nova 2 and 2 Plus aside from different 5 and 5.5-inch screen diagonals, with a relatively small gap in battery capacity (2950 vs. 3340 mAh), and the plus-sized variant providing twice its little brother’s 64GB internal storage space.
Other than that, you get microSD support from both devices, Full HD display resolution across the board, octa-core processing power from a brand-new in-house Kirin 659 SoC, 4GB RAM, and believe it or not, 20MP selfie shooters
The two main cams, meanwhile, pack 12 and 8MP sensors on the Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus, which doesn’t yield a total megapixel count quite as impressive as the P10’s, but should still do a decent enough job of capturing beautiful wide-angle shots.
Obviously running Android 7.0 Nougat out the box with proprietary EMUI 5.1 goodies sprinkled on top, the stylish mid-rangers will come to China around the middle of June in blue, green, gold, black and rose gold paint jobs starting at a reasonable 2,499 Yuan ($365). That’s for the “regular” version, with the Plus setting you back CNY 2,900, or roughly $420.