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HWM Singapore|August 2020
Huawei Nova 7 SE
Liu Hongzuo

The Huawei Nova 7 SE is a pretty phone with a similar design language to the flagship P40 series, though it differs in colour choices. The rear - although feeling plastic to the touch - is quite smudge-free.

Over headlining features such as an AI-based quad camera system and 5G-compatibility, the mid-range Nova 7 SE also has 40W fast-charging when its peers usually come with slower or no fast-charge capabilities. Of course, being a 2020 release means the Nova 7 SE runs on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) instead of Google Mobile Services (GMS). Gamut and HDR10 support, making it compatible with some HDR videos. It offers good colourisation and sharpness.

The Nova 7 SE handles as nicely as its flagship brethren. Perks and flaws are alike - from its grippy sides (good) to its raised camera housing (not so good). The one difference is the bezels around the display, which is slightly less refined than the P40’s, but it also cuts down on accidental touch input.

The Nova 7 SE packs a 6.5-inch LTPS LCD display at 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution, working out to a pixel density of about 404ppi. It has 96% coverage of NTSC Wide Colour

Being a 2020 release meant the Nova 7 SE runs on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), on top of the lack of Google Mobile Services (GMS) compatibility.

The device does run on Android 10, cloaked beneath Huawei’s EMUI 10.1 reskin. That’s the same interface as its flagship brethren, so little things like gesture control and colour palettes are all par for the course.

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