Huawei Nova Review: Life Of A Star: Multimedia, Audio Quality

By 12:59 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments

The gallery

The Huawei nova gallery app offers a Timeline view, which sorts your images by the date you've taken them. Alternatively, you can opt for the standard Album view with all of your images sorted in different albums.

Opening a single image lets you quickly delete or rotate it, as well as gives you some basic sharing options (including streaming it over DLNA).

The info icon up top gives some pretty detailed information about the image, including a histogram. Pulling down from anywhere on the classy screen lets you hold a quick photo without leaving the gallery. The image comes out in a square 1:1 ratio.

Album view • chronological view • viewing an image • detailed info • capturing camera quick access

You can also go into a more capable editor with options for light and exposure adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), filters and beauty enhancements. You can adjust levels and add individual watermarks for time, location, weather, food and mood.

The image editor is quite capable

Video player

When it comes to playing videos, the nova default player is pretty basic. Its sole option is playback speed.

Simplistic video player with few options

Music player

The nova comes with Huawei's custom music player app. It offers four default playlists - songs, artists, albums, folders. You can create your playlists, too. The background of the app changes dynamically to match the album art, which is a nice small touch.

The Now Playing classy screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics. There are no equalizers to speak off, but the app does have a few extra features. It would try to pull album art, song info and lyrics automatically for you.

The music player

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The Huawei nova has a built-in Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver. It can play through the headset or the loudspeaker, but you'll need to have the headset plugged in as it serves as the antenna. We were disappointed not to find RDS support, so you'll have to name your radio stations by hand.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with favorites, but no RDS

Uninspiring audio quality

Just like its bigger brother, the Huawei Nova didn’t do particularly well in the active amplifier portion of the audio quality test. Its volume levels were below average and its intermodulation distortion and signal to noise readings are particularly bad.

When we plugged in a pair of headphones, the stereo crosstalk rose an average amount, but the distortion and noise readings actually improved. Volume remained low however so it’s another performance not worth writing home about.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Huawei Nova +0.03, -0.32-68.984.40.0075


Huawei Nova (headphones attached)+0.22, -0.03-


Huawei Nova Plus+0.03, -0.31-70.783.20.0064


Huawei Nova Plus (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.10-89.986.50.0057


Samsung Galaxy C5+0.06, -0.02-


Samsung Galaxy C5 (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.06-93.392.20.046


Huawei Nova frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.



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