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Huawei Nova SE analysis: attractive for its design and price | Digital Trends Spanish

Huawei Nova SE analysis: attractive for its design and price

“Those who are not looking for a 5G phone but for an affordable and balanced model that includes fast charging, will find the Huawei Nova 9 SE as the perfect device”


  • Screen with reduced frames and 90 Hz

  • very good price

  • Good design

  • Includes various accessories

  • Battery lasts almost two days


  • It is full of footprints

  • MSG free

  • without 5G

Huawei offers a new affordable device, the Huawei Nova 9 SE. Like all Huawei cell phones (including its older brother), this phone comes with a series of factory shortcomings such as incompatibility with Google services, but it more than makes up for them in several aspects.

I tried the Huawei Nova 9 SE, one of the cheapest phones from the Chinese firm to date, and I’ll tell you everything you need to know if you’re thinking of buying it.

Design and display

If we compare it with the previous model, there are no obvious changes in its design, but there are some that I consider important. For one thing, the unit I tested has a bright, colorful finish that, like its predecessor, gets fingerprints just by looking at it.

Huawei Nova 9SE

Even so, it is a very well finished phone, with a design that attracts attention and, in addition, is easy to grip. It can be used with one hand despite the size of its screen, although it does slip a bit. The camera module is rounded as in the previous model. This gives a characteristic touch to the phone, but the negative aspect is that it stands out a lot. Also, when putting the cell phone on a flat surface, it wobbles a bit.

The phone itself doesn’t have an IP rating for water and dust resistance, and it doesn’t use reinforcement materials like Gorilla Glass, which is common in feature phones. However, Huawei added a screen protector and a case at no additional cost, a point in its favor.

The phone only has a speaker and its fingerprint sensor is located on the side. It is a position that not everyone likes, but the important thing is that the performance of this is good.

One of the strengths of this device is its screen, since it comes with very small bezels, something unusual for phones in this price range. The panel is a 6.7-inch LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution. In general, the colors and the contrast level are very good, even the black reproduction. The brightness level is very good and more than enough to use it outdoors in direct sunlight.

Power and autonomy

Under the hood of the Nova 9 SE we find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor along with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. With this mid-range processor, it was expected that it would not be the fastest phone on the market, but in general, except for some lags with the camera app, it responds well for the day to day of an average user

The phone runs EMUI 12 on Android, so once again we are left with the desire to see integrated HarmonyOS, the manufacturer’s own system, as in the Huawei MatePad 11.

Huawei Nova 9SE

Personally, I have never found the lack of Google services to be a problem for me, and although there are more and more apps available in Huawei’s official store, AppGallery, many very popular ones like Facebook or Instagram we have to install them from repositories like APKPure, which can be inconvenient for some users.

As for the battery, being so thin has the drawback of not being able to include a large battery. So this model comes with a 4,000 mAh battery, but yes, with a 66 W fast charging system (the charger is included in the box).

Regarding loading times, it reaches 100 percent in about 36 minutes. If you have an emergency, no problem, because you can get to 60 percent in just 15 minutes.

The good thing is that the battery of this phone can easily last almost two days with normal use.


The set of cameras of the Nova 9 SE form a 108 MP sensor with f / 1.9 aperture along with a camera with an 8 MP ultra wide angle lens, a 2 MP macro and a 2 MP depth sensor.

The phone’s rear camera achieves up to 10x digital zoom. In photos taken at 2x zoom, the camera was able to deliver fairly detailed images. At 10x zoom, the phone managed to produce decent shots, but with noticeable noise.

The portrait mode is what disappointed me the most, since in many of the shots I took, both with the main and the front camera, it did not manage to completely blur the background or recognize the subject to make the crop.

In general, the photos are good compared to other phones in its price range, with good detail and contrast, although the colors are reproduced very saturated and the skins, with very pale tones.


With the Nova 9 SE, Huawei offers a very competent phone for its price, although I am left with a bittersweet feeling of not finding better cameras, as Huawei is one of the best manufacturers in this regard.

However, this device has many points in its favor. On the one hand, a screen with very small frames, a good design and adequate performance for everyday tasks.

For some, the good experience with the device could be watered down by the lack of Google Mobile services, but the omission of 5G connectivity seems to me a much more negative aspect.

Now, those who are not looking for a 5G phone but for an affordable (349 euros) and balanced model that includes fast charging, will find the Huawei Nova 9 SE as the perfect device.

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