The Huawei Nova 5T is officially launched, making it the first of the Nova 5 series to arrive in Malaysia. Despite that, it’s not a device we’ve never seen before – in a very literal sense. In terms of specs and a majority of its aesthetics, the Nova 5T is essentially a rebadged HONOR 20. We’ve taken an early hands-on look of the phone already, which you can watch here.

At the front is a 6.26-inch FullView IPS LCD display with a punch hole camera with a 32MP lens situated on the left of the screen. Moving to the back is the same glass panel you’d find on the HONOR 20, this time with different colours. The Midsummer Purple variant has the Nova logo embedded across the entire surface and one placed at the bottom. Other colours include Crush Blue and black (no, black doesn’t get a fancy name).

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While at the back, you’ll also find a familiar set of quad cameras – a 48MP main + 16MP ultrawide + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor. Yeap, exactly like the HONOR 20. The main lens also boasts a wide aperture of f/1.8, while the macro lens has an effective range of 4cm. Our experience of the HONOR 20 showed the prowess of the four lenses – so the Nova should fare just as well.

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Under the hood is a Kirin 980 chipset – but you get 8GB of RAM here instead of 6GB; but storage remains at 128GB. The Kirin 980 is Huawei’s flagship chipset, so that makes the Nova 5T an upper midranger.

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The phone is powered by a 3,750mAh battery that charges via USB Type C. it also supports 22.5 SuperCharge. Unfortunately, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack here. The phone ships with Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 layered on top, but we reckon you’ll get Android 10 and EMUI 10 once the software rolls out.

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The phone is priced at RM1,599 and will be available for pre-orders starting from August 29, while bookings made between this date and September 5, customers will get gifts worth up to RM325. We also got to use the Nova 5T and tested out its cameras, so if you’re curious about the quad-camera performance, check out the video below.

Visit the Huawei website here for more information about the phone.

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