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Huawei’s upper mid-range has four cameras and is ambitious

26 mayo, 2021

The upper-middle range is a terrain in which Huawei is beginning to feel comfortable. The company’s Nova family is a good example, bringing to the market terminals not excessively expensive, but with solvent specifications. The Huawei Nova 5T is the newest member of this family, and it comes with a few tricks up its sleeve.

Bet for a high-end processor, four sensors for the photographic section, and a fingerprint reader in an unusual location are some of the key factors of this phone, which tries to convince us that it may be worth investing a little more money in the territory of the range media for a more complete experience.

Huawei Nova 5T data sheet

Huawei Nova 5T


6.26 “LCD FullHD +

2,340 x 1,080 px


Kirin 980


6 GB


128 GB


3,750 mAh

22.5W fast charge

Rear cameras

Main: 48MP, f / 1.8

Wide angle: 16MP, f / 2.2

Macro: 2MP, f / 2.4

Bokeh: 2MP, f / 2.4

Frontal camera

32MP, f / 2.0

Dimensions and weight

154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 mm

174 g


Android 9 Pie

EMUI 9.1


LTE, WiFi ac, BT 5.0, USB type C, NFC, side fingerprint reader


429 euros

Huawei Nova 5T - 6.26 Smartphone" (6 GB RAM, 128 GB Internal Memory, 48MP AI Five Camera, FullView Display, Side Fingerprint Sensor, 3750 mAh) Dual-SIM, Color Blue

Huawei Nova 5T – Smartphone 6.26 “(6 GB RAM, 128 GB Internal Memory, 48MP AI Five Camera, FullView Display, Side Fingerprint Sensor, 3750 mAh) Dual-SIM, Color Blue

A design without fanfare and a correct screen

Huawei Nova 5T The Huawei Nova 5T has a simple design, but well resolved and compact in hand.

The Huawei Nova 5T can boast of being a relatively compact mobile (just over 15 centimeters), in times where going above 16 centimeters is completely normalized. Feels good in hand, is comfortable and ergonomic And, like any glass mobile, it is a fingerprint magnet. Also note that, despite having a somewhat large battery, it weighs only 174 grams, which again helps with the feeling in hand.

The Huawei Nova 5T is constructed of glass and aluminum, which translates into a premium feel, although the rear is easily filled with fingerprints.

The conjunction between aluminum and glass is correct, although we miss something more grip and a better oleophobic coating. At its rear, the camera module sticks out more than we would like, although the design, quite simple, convinces us. Highlight the good work with the button panel, very solid, without gaps and closer to what we find in a high-end mobile than a mid-range.

Huawei Nova 5T display The screen of the Huawei Nova 5T looks especially good in sunlight.

The Huawei Nova 5T screen is 6.26 inches, with FHD + resolution and IPS technology. We would have liked to see a well-worked OLED panel, although the behavior of this screen has been correct. According to GSMarena, the frontal use is 84.2%, thanks in large part to the upper hole that its left side has.

Screen hole The hole in the screen is present, but we forget about it with the hours of use

It’s not too big, and with a few minutes of use, we forget it’s there. The viewing angles are correct, the color rendering the same, and the maximum brightness outdoors has surprised us for good.

The screen and the design more than comply, but the audio reminds us of lower-end terminals

As for the sound, we found an experience well below expectations. The audio is not clear, we find a lack of volume (it costs it to go above 70 decibels) and, in short, the experience is not up to what is expected in a mobile of this range. The absence of a headphone jack is no longer crying as in the past, being something so democratized, but in the mid-range it is not so strange to see a mobile with a jack, and this would have been quite good.

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A powerful engine that needs a better chassis

Huawei Nova 5t The red parts of the graph indicate the crashes that the CPU has had after stressing it for 15 minutes.

The Huawei Nova 5T has the Kirin 980, the 7nm chip that the company incorporates in high-end proposals such as the Huawei P30 Pro or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. This is accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. . Despite having this configuration, the Huawei Nova 5T does not perform like its older brothers, something that has surprised us, since upper-middle-range brothers with this same processor, such as the Honor View 20, performed better (practically on a par with the aforementioned high-end).

Despite suffering more in sustained performance than a top of the range, the Huawei Nova 5T runs smoothly, without lags, and moves any game without problems

Does this mean that the Huawei Nova 5T performs poorly? Absolutely. Heavy deliveries like ‘Call Of Duty: Mobile’ or PUBG Mobile they move without lag and with fairly stable frame rates. Although in PUBG, for example, we cannot configure the graphics in ‘extreme’, as brothers with the same processor and RAM can do it. Needless to say, basic tasks like browsing, using social media, and so on won’t be a problem.








Kirin 980

Snapdragon 730

Kirin 980

Snapdragon 675

Snapdragon 710

Snapdragon 675


6 GB

6 GB

8 GB

6 GB

6 GB



678 / 2,413

394 / 1,491


3,305 / 9704

2,545 / 6,900

3,284 / 9,744

1,868 / 5,901

1,803 / 5,752

1,645 / 5,639








In the biometrics section we find facial recognition through the front camera, as well as a fingerprint reader located on the right side. It is one of the fastest and most efficient fingerprint readers we have tested, unlocking the device in milliseconds. Server is skilled, and living with this reader has been a more than good experience. Facial recognition works correctly, but due to its security compromises (given by using only a camera, and not dedicated sensors), I have had it disabled much of the time.


EMUI 9 does not hold surprises. Loaded with bloatware (This does not mean that some of the applications can be uninstalled), although with a performance more than worthy, Huawei’s exercise with the software is correct. As every time we talk about this layer, we would appreciate a little more cleaning, less cluttered settings, and fewer pre-installed applications. Although we would like a lighter layer, it is appreciated the inclusion of a file manager, recorder apps, calculator, calendars and others, which will not force us to resort to third-party apps for basic functions.

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The autonomy has given us about five hours of screen, six in the best case, under WiFi connectivity

Battery captures

The autonomy something has remained below what is expected, barely reaching six hours of screen under WiFi connectivity. From a battery so close to 4,000 mAh (3,750 mAh in this case) we expected better times, although the consumption is enough to reach the end of the day without too much fuss. Applaud here the fast charging of 22.5W, which allows the device to be charged in just over an hour.

A versatile camera, but from which we expected more

Huawei Nova 5T Cameras

Talking about Huawei is usually synonymous with talking about multiple cameras. In this case, the main protagonist is a 48 megapixel sensor, which is accompanied by three other sensors. Specifically, a 16 megapixel wide angle, as well as a macro sensor and a depth sensor, both 2 megapixels. The experience is not bad, but in a mobile of this price range we begin to ask for something more.

Huawei Camera App

The camera application is the one that we have already seen in more Huawei terminals. It is fast, complete (perhaps too much), and having adjustments for every corner of it is its main feature. Super macro mode, painting with light, aperture, HDR (apart from automatic, motorcycles in motion, etc). Too many options that could be automated like some rivals do, and that, in our use, have been hidden in said settings, without inviting to be used.

Daytime photography

Zoom The wide angle has a lot of detail, and a calibration similar to that of the main sensor.

The behavior of the Huawei Honor 5T is correct, but it leaves open several fronts for improvement. The first is the artificial sharpness that adds, which is excessive. We appreciate it above all in the textures of the buildings, as well as in the very skin of the people we photograph. Supersaturation is another element to improve. The colors, even with the AI ​​turned off, are too garish, and quite far from reality.

Luckily, the work between the three sensors that we will use the most (telephoto, wide-angle and wide-angle), is relatively consistent, and we did not find great differences at the level of colorimetry between them. The zoom behaves well despite being digital, reaching up to 10X.

Night photography

Night Photography At night, the extra software sharpness is noticeable too.

When night falls, the oversharp is even more artificial (an attempt is made to fill in the sensor’s lack of sharpness with artificial detail, and the effect is increased), although the photographs are usable.

Night mode

Night mode Night mode is a bit slow, but the results are worth it.

When we’re in a rush opting for night mode is a recommended option. It is somewhat slow (it usually takes more than five seconds to take the photo), but a lot of information is retrieved and the photo is more usable.

Portrait mode

Portrait mode Cropping is great in portrait mode, but the bokeh is too artificial.

Despite having a dedicated sensor to collect information about the depth of field, the bokeh is very artificial (in fact, we can even configure the shape it will have), although the clipping is acceptable, even managing to include the hair in the depth map, and create some graduation in it.



The selfie, despite the oversaturation, we have been surprised by its good amount of detail. It controls the lights relatively well, and in short, it gives us an experience at the level of what we expected from this terminal.

Huawei Nova 5T, the opinion of Xataka Android


The Huawei Nova 5T comes to compete directly in the range of 400 euros, a territory that, in 2019, has become more than interesting. Its main strengths are the photographic versatility, the screen without notch and the Kirin 980. If these points are enough to be an option to consider, it is in the hands of the user.

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