Hot on the heels of a successful launch of the Honor V10, Huawei is taking wraps off another device. The Huawei Nova 2S has just launched in China and sports a 6-inch 18:9 display and a 20 MP front-facing camera. The Nova lineup of phones straddles the line between mid-tier the value flagship territory.
The Nova 2S follows up last year’s Nova and Nova Plus. Those phones featured 5-inch and 5.5-inch displays, respectively. Both had 32 GB of storage, 3 GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processors. The Nova 2S bumped those internals to 64 or 128 GB of storage, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and a Huawei-made Kirin 960 processor.
The changes don’t stop with the specs, though. Huawei jumped firmly on the 18:9 display bandwagon with a 6-inch 2160 x 1080 display. The Honor 2S is one of the first phones we’ve seen hit the market to incorporate an 18:9 display and the small bezels that tend to come with them, and a physical home button that houses a fingerprint sensor.
Customers will find a dual camera on the back of the phone that houses a 16 MP RGB sensor and a 20 MP monochrome sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The show-stealer here may be the 20 MP front-facing camera. It has an f/2.0 aperture, an LED flash, and a secondary 2 MP sensor. That’s right, dual front-facing cameras.
The rest of the specs include a 3,340 mAh battery that supports fast charging, hybrid dual-SIM card support (two SIM cards or one SIM card + one microSD card), and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. It’s also running Android 8.0 Oreo. The Huawei Nova 2s comes in Black, Gray, Red, Rose Gold, and Blue and will run customers 2699 yuan (~$400) for the base 4/64 version.
Huawei will also release a special edition of the device called the Yixing Zhang Special Edition. The device named after the Korean entertainer and comes with 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, an album, ringtones, and more. It’ll run 3399 yuan (~$500) and hits store shelves at the end of the month.