Huawei Nova 8 Pro Review: After floating around the internet for quite some time, the Huawei Nova 8 series was finally unveiled on Dec. 23. The recently unveiled series of smartphones includes various elements of Vlog shooting, making it an ideal choice for the majority of Vloggers.
Live shots of one of the smartphones included in the Nova 8 series dubbed, the Huawei Nova 8 Pro surfaced online earlier this month, revealing its design. The leak came from a renowned Chinese tipster known as Digital Chat Station on Weibo. The leaker shared the specs sheet of both the Nova 8, as well as the Nova 8 Pro, the smartphone we will be reviewing today.
Ideal for professional Vlog shooting
Touted as a Vlog phone, the Nova 8 Pro has a clear positioning. Since most Vloggers use the front shooter for shooting Vlog, we will be giving priority to the front camera. Upfront, the Nova 8 Pro comes with dual Vlog video cameras, including a 32MP ultra-wide-angle video lens and a 16MP portrait lens.
The video lens supports 100-degree ultra-wide-angle, super anti-shake, and 3Mic stereo Radio and other functions, which are three important elements of Vlog shooting.
The photo shooting function is a vital part of the daily work of Vloggers. The Huawei Nova 8 Pro houses four rear-mounted cameras including, a 64MP wide-angle main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP depth-of-field lens, and a 2MP macro lens. With sufficient light, the phone’s imaging style is clear and sharp, while the colors are slightly brighter than what you see in reality.
The resolution of the details of the photo is good even after zooming in, and the tiny characters that read “China Railway” can barely be seen clearly. Huawei Nova 8 Pro has a 2MP macro lens, and you can take super macro photos by selecting the “Super Macro” function in the camera application. The straight-out macro photos have well-defined details, coupled with a decent background blur effect.
The phone offers an impressive dynamic range of performance when capturing photos. For instance, in the scene below, where there is large backlighting, the Nova 8 Pro standard mode does not enable AI scene recognition and HDR. The dynamic range of the photo, however, is pretty good, considering that the sky is not exposed and the details of the backlit building are bright and rich.
The phone has two more selfie features including, the automatic super wide-angle switching and another feature that lets you capture two shots at the same time simply by pressing the shutter button, meaning, you can take two selfies simultaneously. You can choose between the main camera and the ultra-wide-angle self-portrait.
As far as photography at night in the standard mode is concerned, photos taken by Huawei Nova 8 Pro offer sufficient brightness and good purity. Aside from that, the photos show good dynamic range performance. It is worth mentioning that the neon lights on the street do not overflow, and the overall look and feel is quite good.
The phone also supports Portrait Night View 3.0 function. When shooting portraits at night, it can automatically optimize the skin quality of the portrait, while enhancing background details. It can also remove the reflected light spots on the phone screen on the glasses lens using the AI algorithm.
As seen in the photo below, the night portrait mode of the phone delivers a bright and clear picture and significantly good bokeh effect of the background blur. At the same time, there is no reflected light spot on the glasses.
In short, the Huawei Nova 8 Pro surpassed our expectations as far as photo shooting is concerned. You can check out more photos below.
Fast charging and screen
The Nova 8 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh large-capacity battery, which is perfect for 5G connectivity, and ideal for Vlog video shooters, who need their mobile phones to work for a long time. Moreover, the phone adopts 66W super-fast charging technology, which uses the company’s own single-core dual-channel three-electrode fast charging technology.
It took about 32 minutes to fully charge the Huawei Nova 8 Pro from 0 percent to 100 percent, which is quite fast. Considering that the screen quality of the phone is equally important for Vlog video workers, the phone comes with a 6.72-inch OLED ring screen with a pixel density of 440 PPI, supports HDR10, and HLG high-definition video.
It also has film-level picture color adjustment, which is a good addition for Vlog editing. The phone’s screen supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Under the optimization of the EMUI 11 system, the screen frame rate can be intelligently adjusted for various application scenarios in order to strike a balance of smooth experience and long battery life.
The outward appearance of the Huawei Nova 8 Pro is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The phone uses current very common front and rear hyperboloid glass panel, and stainless steel middle frame design. The most notable feature of the phone is its back, which adopts the Xing Yaohuan” camera module design.
The 64MP HD main camera accommodates the largest area, encompassed with a thin silver circle, and surrounded by concentric circles. The 64MP main camera has three other lenses below, along with a flash. The back panel uses a dual-film dual-plating” process and the entire surface presents an exquisite mirror look, which is blended perfectly with a light purple.
On the front of the phone, the phone sports a hyperboloid ring screen. The edge of the 3D curved glass on the screen is processed using a high-precision glass grinding process and has been cleverly fitted to the metal middle frame. The surface is polished, the color is consistent with the glass back.
The phone retains the physical buttons and the bottom of the fuselage houses a speaker, a USB Type-C interface, a microphone, and a SIM card slot. Weighing in at 184 grams, and a thickness of 7.85mm, The body is light and thin. Overall, the design of the Huawei Nova 8 Pro is more suitable for younger consumers.