The HUAWEI nova 5T Preview – 5 AI Cameras FTW!

HUAWEI nova 5T Key Features + Specifications


Flagship-Class Kirin 980 Platform

Unbelievably, the HUAWEI nova 5T runs on the flagship-class Kirin 980 platform.

This is the same mobile SoC that powers flagship devices like the HUAWEI P30 Pro, the HONOR 20 Pro and the HUAWEI Mate 20.

The Kirin 980 also uses a new 2+2+4 cluster architecture, with two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores running at 2.6 GHz, two additional ARM Cortex-A76 cores running at 1.92 GHz and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores running at 1.8 GHz for background or less-intensive workloads.

It also comes with a 24-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU and two NPUs, which should double both its graphics and AI performance.

On top of that, it supports LTE Category 21 download speeds of up to 1.6 Gbps, as well as dual frequency GPS (L5 + L1) for 10X more accurate positioning.


8 GB Memory + 128 GB Storage!

Also surprising for a mid-range device is its 8 GB of LPDDR4x memory. That is A LOT of memory at this price point.

Its 128 GB internal flash storage of the UFS 2.1 type is also on the high-side for a mid-range device. That said, it doesn’t come with a microSD card slot…


32 MP Front AI Camera!

Featuring the latest punch hole design, the HUAWEI nova 5T boasts a very high-resolution 32 MP front AI camera.

In addition to a wide f/2.0 aperture, this front AI camera also has the ability to combine 4 pixels into one, for superior low-light 8 MP photos!

HUAWEI calls it an AI camera because its photos are enhanced by these AI algorithms :
  • AI HDR+ algorithm for balanced exposure against backlight
  • Enhanced AI beautification algorithm
  • AI scenes recognition for intelligent scene optimisation


Quad Rear AI Cameras!

At the back, the HUAWEI nova 5T boasts a quad AI camera system, that consists of :

  • a 48 MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • a 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture

The 48 MP main camera defaults to a 12 MP mode, which combines four pixels to create a Super Pixel – delivering superior image quality with low noise levels. But you can switch it to the full 48 MP pixel mode too.

The 2 MP depth sensor does not actually take any photos. Rather, it lets the main camera better differentiate the subject from its background, allowing for more realistic software bokeh effects.

HUAWEI calls them AI cameras because they boast these AI features :

  • AI Image Stabilisation cancels out blurring caused by handshake
  • AIS Super Night Mode – combines up to 16 different exposures to create one magnificent night shot
  • Master AI – automatically identifies the scene and subject, and enhances the image


HUAWEI nova 5T Specifications

SpecificationsHUAWEI nova 5T
Display6.26-inch AMOLED display
- 1080 x 2340 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
PlatformHiSilicon Kirin 980
Processor2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (2.6 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 (1.92 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorARM Mali-G76
Memory8 GB LPDDR4x memory
Storage128 GB internal UFS 2.1 storage
No microSD card slot
Front Camera32 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Rear CamerasQuad Camera System
- 48 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture
- 16 MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture
- 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 2 MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
ConnectivityWiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
SIM Support2 x nano SIM cards
Dual SIM, Dual Standby capable
Fingerprint SensorYes, Side Power Button
Other SensorsNA
Battery3,750 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports 22.5 W fast charging
Colour OptionsBlack / Crush Blue / Midsummer Purple


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