(Updated) New Huawei Nova series, MediaPad M3 and a Blue/Red P9 edition unveiled at IFA 2016


Looks like the rumours were true, today at IFA 2016, a new series was made known by Huawei and it was certainly not a new Mate model, but the Huawei Nova and Nova Plus. Besides that, a new MediaPad M3 along with a new Blue and Red P9 also made an appearance. Below are some details we know of the devices:

Huawei Nova

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  • Snapdragon 625, Octa-core 2.0GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 5.0-inch FHD, 2.5D curved glass
  • Measures 141.2mm x 69.1mm x 7.1mm, weighs 146g
  • 12MP rear camera sensor (PDAF, CAF) + 8MP front camera
  • Features Eye protection mode, fingperprint scanner, USB Type-C, Knuckle sense
  • EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3020 mAh battery

As previously speculated, the Nova has a striking resemblance of the Nexus 6P but maybe slightly smaller. Made out of aircraft-grade aluminium, it features a Snapdragon 625 chipset in 14nm form, a 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen, a 12MP rear camera sensor (PDAF) and a 3020 mAh battery pack. It also has knuckle gestures, fingerprint scanner and can record 4K video quality. 

The starting price is €400 (around RM1821) and will start to sale in October next month in over 50 countries and regions, including Germany, Austria, France and Spain before being offered in additional markets. We're not sure if Malaysia is one of the 50 countries but we will keep you all updated.

Huawei Nova Plus

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  • Snapdragon 625, Octa-core 2.0GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage (expandable memory available)
  • 5.5-inch FHD, 2.5D curved glass
  • Measures 151.8mm x 75.7mm x 7.3mm, weighs 160g
  • 16MP rear camera sensor (OIS, PDAF, CAF) + 8MP front camera
  • Features Eye protection mode, fingperprint scanner, USB Type-C, Knuckle sense, Smart Power Management
  • EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3340 mAh battery

The Nova Plus is also made of the same material as the Nova, and the design looks more like the Mate S. This smartphone sports the same chipset as the former, and a bigger 5.5-inch display and battery. Reports also state it uses a hybrid dual-SIM slot and has a Beauty makeup 2.0 feature too.

Like Nova, the Nova Plus will also be available in October in over 50 markets including Spain, Italy and Canada, before being offered in additional markets for €430 (around RM1958). In China, the new series can be purchased online at JD.com and Tmall.com, in addition to the Huawei stores. 

Huawei MediaPad M3 (model BTV-DL09 / BTV-W09)

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  • Huawei Kirin 950, Octa-core (4 x 2.3 GHz A72 + 4 x 1.8 GHz A53)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB storage (expandable memory available up to 128GB via microSD card)
  • 8.4 inch, 2560 x 1600 IPS display, 359 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Measures 215.5mm x 124.2mm x 7.3mm, weighs 310g
  • 8MP camera for both front and back
  • Features fingperprint scanner, Harman Kardon audio system, Nano-SIM card (BTV-DL09 version)
  • Supports LTE*, DC-HSDPA+*, Wi-Fi: IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4 GHz/ 5 GHz** & Bluetooth: 4.1 connectivity
  • EMUI 4.1 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 5100 mAh battery

*apply to the LTE version only
** 5GHz does not support any regions certified by FCC

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Last but not least, MediaPad M3's features a Harman Kardon audio system designed and tuned to give users a world class listening experience on the sleek new tablet. Huawei worked with Harman Kardon audio engineers who developed and fine tuned the audio systems and certified the device’s unsurpassed listening experience, the AKG specifically designed the AKG H300 earphones for MediaPad M3.

Aside from that, it also features ClariVu3.0 display technology for greater clarity and sharpness, and filters out harmful blue light to ease eye strain. The fingerprint scanner is located on the front, and the 5100 mAh high capacity battery provides up to 11 hours of FHD video playback, up to 6 hours of continuous 3D game playing and as many as 45 hours of music playback. 

There will be three different prices depending on the model, it will soon debut in Malaysia on 26 September 2016 as well.

  • €349 (4GB + 32GB WIFI, around RM1598)
  • €399 (4GB + 32GB LTE or 4GB + 64GB WIFI, around RM1827)
  • €449 (4GB + 64 GB LTE, around RM2286)
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Finally, a new Blue and Red P9 edition retains the same tech-specs so there's nothing much to say. We don't know if they will be available for Malaysia but we sure hope they do. Stay tuned for more coverage at Technave.com!