Everything about the Huawei nova 5T

After making a global appearance on the glitzy runway of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2019, the Huawei nova 5T officially launched to a global audience in Malaysia on Tuesday. The shiny device is the first in the nova series to feature a quad-cam system and will retail at MYR1,599.

Like its predecessors, the nova 5T continues to push the price-performance envelope, packing in everything but the kitchen sink into a desirable, fashionable piece.

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There’s nothing much you don’t already know. The nova series, synonymous with photography and performance goes guns a-blazing with over-the-top quad-camera setup on the rear.

The AI-powered camera system comprises a 48MP f/1.8 (Sony IMX586) main shooter, 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth camera. The nova 5T also gets AIS Super Night Mode that makes it talented in low light conditions, too. 

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On the front is a whopping 32MP selfie camera, hidden discretely under the 6.26-inch FHD+ All-View display (1080×2340). Thanks to the little punch hole camera and near-bezel-less display, the phone offers an impressive 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio.

As you may know, the nova 5T shares its underpinnings with the honor 20. You’ll find the familiar and powerful 7nm Kirin 980 CPU that comes with a dual-NPU. This is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage featuring UFS 2.1 ultra-fast storage technology. No microSD in case you were wondering.

The dual-NPU makes new features like Spotlight Reel possible, where it automatically analyses your raw video footage, identifies the best frames of the subject selected to spotlight, then generates a 10-15 second short clip. It’s a lot like how GoPro’s Quik video app works, and possibly better.

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Next, the device features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor—so no cut-outs on the body to disrupt the shiny back; but also means no fancy in-display fingerprint scanner tech.

Keeping the device juiced all day is a large 3,750mAh battery that features 22.5W SuperCharge technology. Huawei claims a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

On the downside, you’ll notice that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, so you’ll have to make do with a wireless solution or… an adapter.

Following the trend of organic, gradient-design backs, the nova 5T features a 3D holographic glass body with three gradient colours—Midsummer Purple, Crush Blue and Black. 

Eye-catching for sure, with the monogrammed Midsummer Purple stealing the show.

The nova 5T runs EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9.

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Pricing and availability

The Huawei nova 5T retails for MYR1,599 and will be available for pre-order starting 29 August 2019 at the Huawei Online Official Store and dedicated pre-order website

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Pre-orders made between 29 August and 5 September will receive exclusive goodies worth up to MYR325. This includes Huawei mini speakers, Huawei SuperCharge in-car charger. After the pre-order period, customers will stand to receive the Huawei SuperCharge in-car charger (while stocks last).

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As a bonus, customers will also enjoy a 1-year extended warranty, applicable to purchases between 29 August until 31 September 2019.

Via Huawei’s Member Center App, customers can enjoy and redeem promotions and offers from Huawei partners.

Huawei is also urging existing customers to trade-in and trade-up with its Level-up Program which runs from 7 September onwards at Huawei stores.

Huawei nova 5T roadshow

Head over to the nationwide roadshow to get a hands-on with the nova 5T:

  • Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya: 3 Aug – 2 Sep
  • Paradigm Mall, Johor Bahru: 29 Aug – 2 Sep
  • Imago, Kota Kinabalu: 29 Aug – 1 Sep
  • The Spring, Kuching: 29 Aug – 1 Sep
  • KB Mall, Kota Bahru – 29 Aug – 31 Aug
  • Sunway Carnival Mall, Perai – 3 Sep – 5 Sep

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