Today Huawei unveiled the Nova 2 Lite, a new offering in the entry-level smartphone category, and in all honesty, it’s going to give others in the same price range a run for their money. Here’s a quick rundown of the new phone whose main competitors are the Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro and the Oppo F5.
Right off the bat, the phone looks great. There are two colors to pick from, a matte black finish and a metallic blue one. While the outer material of the Nova 2 Lite is plastic, its smooth finishing and weight gives it an almost luxurious feel. If you weren’t familiar with the product beforehand, you wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s an entry-level smartphone.
The Nova 2 Lite features a 5.99-inch display with a 1440 x 720 resolution, which is decent enough for binging your Netflix shows. The bezels are also reduced to a minimum so you have plenty of screen space.
As far as cameras go, the Nova 2 Lite looks pretty impressive. It features a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera system that’ll allow you to take pictures with a bokeh effect. It also comes with an 8MP front camera which apparently has an advanced selfie toning flash that detects the light on a users face and makes adjustments automatically for a natural-looking selfie. We’ll report back on the camera’s capability when we get a chance to play around with it.
Another unexpected feature onboard this entry-level smartphone is Face Unlock, which automatically detects over a thousand points on a face for high-accuracy mapping. We just want to take a moment here to say that we think it’s great Huawei is putting such technology into an affordable smartphone, while other brands are touting similar technology as key features in phones that cost over five times as much.
Another gimmicky but fun feature is the karaoke mode, that allows users to hear their own voice when they sing into the microphones in their headsets. Sure it’s a little unnecessary, but why not?
Price and Availibility
We were a little astounded when we learnt the price, but the Nova 2 Lite will retail for $298, and will make its debut at the IT SHOW 2018. After that, it’ll be available here:
- All Huawei Concept Stores
- Telcos: M1, Singtel and StarHub Stores Island-wide
- E-commerce: Lazada.sg and Qoo10.sg
- All Major Consumer Electronic Stores (Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman and Sprint Cass) and all Huawei Authorised Resellers
Just a quick note: Only the Black version of the Nova 2 Lite will be available at the moment. The Blue will arrive later this month.