And it’s official! The Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G smartphone is indeed going to be available in the Philippines, bringing the fifth-generation mobile network to a more affordable level.
(Update, July 28: This is the most affordable 5G phone in the Philippines, but some say it’s expensive. Is it? Here’s what we think.)
(Update, June 23: It’s available now! Read Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G released in PH. Freebies, discount, store list here.)
Unveiled end-April in China along with the Nova 7 Pro and Nova 7, the Nova 7 SE is priced at P19,990 (around $400 converted) locally. That’s competitive pricing right there, especially with the value the 5G device offers. We’re currently reviewing it, and we’re loving the phone so far. Truly. Our first impressions should be up within the day. (Update: It’s up! Read Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G first impressions: Huawei’s brightest midranger yet?)
What’s more, the preorder bundle makes the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G an even more enticing option. The company says those who preorder the unit from June 12 to June 21 will get a free Huawei Freelace valued at P3,490 ($70) — on a first come, first served basis. There are also other benefits to bring the total worth of freebies to P6,287 ($126).
- Huawei Themes. You may download five customized Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).
- Huawei Reader. You get to enjoy free English and Chinese books till November 30, 2020. The free book zone will be updated on a regular basis. It covers genres such as romance, fiction, and classic literature.
- Huawei Video. Get six months free access to TVB channel and one month free access to MangoTV.
- Huawei Mobile Cloud. Besides the 5GB initial free storage, all Nova 7 series users are entitled to an extra 15GB free cloud storage for a period of 12 months.
The Nova 7 SE 5G will officially be the first Kirin 820 smartphone in the Philippines when it launches June 12. The chip is said to be as powerful as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. The latter is used by flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 lineups.
This “supernova” also features a 64-megapixel quad camera — up from the 48-megapixel quad-lens system on the Huawei Nova 7i; a 16-megapixel selfie shooter housed in a punch hole at the top-left corner of the 6.5-inch screen; and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor like on the Huawei Nova 5T. It likewise boasts a 4,000mAh battery with support for 40-watt fast charging and Android 10-based EMUI 10.1, which debuted on the Huawei P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Plus.
Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G specs
- 6.5-inch LCD with punch-hole display, 2,400 x 1,080 resolution (20:9), 60Hz
- Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 820 processor with dual-mode (SA/NSA) 5G
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB/256GB storage
- Quad 64-megapixel, f/1.8 (main), 8-megapixel, f/2.4 (ultra wide), 2-megapixel, f/2.4 (macro), 2-megapixel, f/2.4 (depth) rear cameras
- 16-megapixel, f/2.0 front camera
- Fingerprint reader (side-mounted)
- 4,000mAh battery with 40-watt fast charging
- EMUI 10.1 based on Android 10, Huawei Mobile Services, AppGallery
- Colors: Space Silver and Crush Green
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