Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has announced a new, mid-range phone for the Australian consumer. The Huawei Nova 2i comes with a price tag of $499; however, astute consumers have noticed that the device contains a surprising amount of technology for what it costs.
Despite being aimed at the mid-tier smartphone market – rather than targeting the upper echelons of the industry and competing with the likes of the iPhone X – the Nova 2i comes with some exciting features. For example, this is the first Huawei handset to come with an 18:9 aspect ratio 'FullView' display.
The 5.9-inch LCD screen reaches just about to the edges of the device, and while the 2160 x 1080px resolution isn't amazing, it's still an impressive display for under $500. The Nova 2i also comes with 4GB of RAM, and an impressive 64GB of storage space as standard.
Also included with the phone is a fingerprint sensor, located in the unusual position of the back of the phone, in the centre. This might not be the industry standard, but it promises to make it easier for users to tap the sensor and unlock their phone with just one hand.
Another interesting feature is the dual cameras on both the front and rear of the phone, much like Huawei's flagship P10 handset. The back comes with 16MP and 2MP cameras, while there's a 13MP and 2MP pair on the other side. The device runs on Huawei's Octa-Core Kirin 659 chipset, which should provide some decent power to the handset. It will come with Android 7 Nougat installed.
Talking to PC World, Eric Zhai, managing director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Australia, said: “We know what is essential to today’s consumers, and we created a new device that packs powerful features to keep up.
“Designed to help you engage with everyone, wherever they are in the world, the Huawei Nova 2i sets a new standard in innovation with its incredible performance, stylish design and advanced camera features.”