The Huawei nova plus has a very promising 5.5" IPS display. Arguably, 1080p is a bit outdated, but the 401ppi is more than enough for a mid-ranger and achieving an excellent mark in pixel density. The 2.5D screen glass looks nice, but we'd have really appreciated an adequate glass protection to keep the scratches away from the display. Once again, there is no protective glass mentioned anywhere in the Huawei's promo materials and official specs.
Huawei promises 450 nits of maximum brightness. The 400 nits max brightness we measured is close enough to their claim. The minimum brightness is great though at 3.5nits and should be quite comfortable for reading in the dark.
Thanks to the deep blacks the contrast is excellent at 1281:1, and it's even better than the P9 and Honor 8's.
Regarding color reproduction accuracy, the Huawei nova plus screen is an average performer. It came out less than stellar with an average deviation (DeltaE) of 6.2 - a bit higher than what we would ideally like. Fortunately, opting for the warm colors calibration option fixes all colors that were off and achieves a stellar average deviation (DeltaE) of 3.8.
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The Huawei nova plus did an uninspiring job in our sunlight legibility test. A score of 2.239 means you'll barely see what's happening on the display in bright sunlight.
The Huawei nova plus is powered by a hefty 3,340mAh battery. The battery is non-removable but combined with the 14nm midrange Snapdragon processor we expect it to go a long way.
We ran our battery test and the Huawei nova plus scored a 79h rating, which means you can count on the battery to last north of 3 full days on a single charge if you do an hour each of calling, browsing the web and video playback a day. The phone posted consistently good scores on all tests, including standby.
Oddly the dual-SIM standby turned out very close to the single-SIM one and thus it didn't affect the overall endurance rating.
Standby battery life was gauged in the Performance mode, which does not put any limits on the hardware. The Standard mode will add a couple of hours to the rating, while the Ultra Power Saving will keep your phone alive for some extra time.
The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.
The Huawei nova plus is properly equipped in terms of connectivity. The radio support includes up to four 2G bands, five 3G bands, and eight 4G bands. The LTE connectivity is Cat.7 which means up to 300Mbps downlink and up to 150Mbps uplink.
Our variant comes with a hybrid nano-SIM/microSD slot. Its second card can only hook to 2G networks while the first gets the full set of cellular connectivity.
The Huawei nova plus oddly supports single-band 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, with Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi+ and hotspot capabilities. Bluetooth is v4.1 and NFC are available too.
The GPS support includes A-GPS and GLONASS. There is an FM radio as well.
A 3.5mm jack provides the standard audio connectivity option. There is the new USB Type-C connector for charging and data connections. Mind you, it defaults to charge-only every single time you connect it to a PC, and you have to manually switch the mode from the notification area if you want to do something else.