Huawei Nova 2 Lite price, specs, and release on Revu Philippines

This is the Huawei Nova 2 Lite, arriving in the Philippines soon

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Our first guess was right, after all. We believed that the smartphone we spotted a couple of weeks ago on the website of TENAA, China’s communications commission, could arrive in the Philippines as the Huawei Nova 2 Lite. And today, Huawei Philippines has made the device official.

(Update, March 12: The price of the Huawei Nova 2 Lite has been revealed!)

SEE ALSO: Nova 2 Lite vs Nova 2i, V7, A83, ZenFone Max Plus, Redmi 5 Plus

As the name suggests, the Nova 2 Lite is the more affordable sibling of the Nova 2i. It’s hard to tell the two apart from the front; they look almost the same. But the back is a different story, with the Lite’s dual rear cameras placed horizontally at the topmost left of the panel.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite price, specs, and release on Revu Philippines

If not for the placement of the Huawei Nova 2 Lite’s dual cameras, you’d think this is a Huawei Nova 2i.

The Huawei Nova 2 Lite is targeted at the younger, budget-conscious set who are looking for a smartphone with a capable camera. Its 13-megapixel main sensor is paired with a 2-megapixel one to bring that ability to take photos with bokeh effect to the less-pricey segment. There are seven levels to the blur effect, and you can adjust it even after taking a picture.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite price, specs, and release on Revu Philippines

The Huawei Nova 2 Lite’s wide-aperture dual-camera setup is arranged horizontally, unlike the one on the Nova 2i.

Up front is an 8-megapixel front camera with toning flash for selfie lovers. It supports augmented reality, so you can spruce up your photos by adding different effects to them.

The 5.99-inch screen with 18:9 aspect ratio is on-trend. Less bezels and more of the display? That means seeing more content, and it makes watching videos and playing games more enjoyable. After using a nearly bezel-less handset for the first time, we never wanted to go back to owning a device with huge bezels. True story.

READ ALSO: Huawei Nova 2 Lite vs Huawei Nova 2i: Specs comparison

The Huawei Nova 2 Lite uses a Qualcomm chipset — a Snapdragon 430 clocked at 1.4GHz, in particular — instead of a Kirin processor made by the company. The chip is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. It has a 3,000mAh and will ship with an Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0 out of the box.

You have two ways to secure the phone. One is through Face Unlock, and the other is through the rear-mounted fingerprint reader we mentioned earlier.

SEE ALSO: How to join Android Oreo beta program for Huawei Nova 2i

It will come in three color variants: black, gold, and blue. The latter is our favorite because it has an elegant, glossy finish; yes, we like our unit shiny, fingerprint marks be damned.

Huawei Philippines told us that the Nova 2 Lite will be its cheapest dual-camera smartphone. How affordable is “most affordable”? Unfortunately, the company has not revealed the price yet.

READ ALSO: Here are the preorder details for the Huawei Nova 2 Lite

If the beefier Huawei Nova 2i is selling at P14,990 (roughly $288) — P13,990 ($269) on its official store on Lazada — then based on the specs difference of the two, is it safe to assume that this one will go for P8,990 (or $173, our “wishful thinking” guess) or P9,990 (or $192, the most likely price), same price tag as the OPPO A83‘s, once it’s rolled out to local stores? We’ll find out soon enough. (Updated on March 6 because there are reports saying the phone will retail at P11,990 or $231, which we don’t believe.)

  • Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
  • Dual SIM, dual standby
  • 5.99-inch HD+ IPS 18:9 display, 1440 x 720 pixel resolution
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Face unlock, fingerprint scanner
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HSPA+, 4G, LTE
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 2-megapixel secondary rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera with toning flash
  • Proximity sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor
  • 158.3×76.7×7.8mm
  • 155g
  • Matte black, blue, gold
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.