Disputes about the optimal size of the smartphone will not abate, probably, as long as this class of technology exists. Each user makes his requests, and manufacturers are forced to think out how to get out of the situation. One of the solutions was the release of two versions of popular models, differing only in the size of the display. Huawei nova 2 Plus is a “big” representative in a couple of new products of the Chinese company, and it’s about him that will be spoken.

Technical specifications of Huawei nova 2 Plus (BAC-L21)

  • Screen: IPS, 5.5 “, 1080×1920, capacitive, multitouch
  • Processor: eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 (4 x 2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T830 MP2
  • Operating system: Android 7 + EMUI 5.1
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Built-in Memory: 64 GB
  • Support for memory cards: microSD up to 128 GB
  • Communication: GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 || WCDMA (3G): B1 / B5 / B8 || FDD-LTE: B1 / B3 / B7 / B8 / B20
  • SIM: nano-SIM + nano-SIM (combined slot); DSDS
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, support for aptX
  • Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass,
  • Cameras: basic – 12 Mp (f / 1.8) + 8 Mp, front – 20 Mp (f / 2.0)
  • Sensors: illumination, approximation, gravity, micro-gyroscope, compass, fingerprint
  • Battery: 3340 mAh, non-removable
  • Dimensions: 153.9×74.9×6.9 mm
  • Weight: 181 grams

Packing and equipment

The smartphone got to testing without packaging and related accessories, so for information about them had to contact the official website of the company. A set of accessories is not luxurious, but everything you need on site: a USB-C cable, memory with fast charge support (9V / 2A), a “clip” to remove the card tray. And without a pleasant bonus, there were headphones.



Over the appearance of Huawei nova 2 Plus, the designers of the company did their best, although they used proven techniques – from the fact that the novelty does not pretend to be a breakthrough in design, its appearance does not become less attractive. The transition from a monolithic metal case to a 2.5D-glass front panel is almost invisible. Thin plastic strips, under which the antennas are routed, are painted in color with the rest of the elements and are also almost not distinguished. Visually creates the feeling that the device does not have any seams and joints between the parts, and this without any tweaks with a curved screen! In general, the appearance can be traced “family resemblance” with the flagship Huawei P10 Plus, which for the model of the mid-price segment can be considered a compliment. The smartphone looks particularly impressive in graphite black,

The front side of the smartphone is not overloaded with elements. Above the screen are a neat lens of the front camera, hardly noticeable proximity and illumination sensors, as well as a conversational speaker. Do not forget in Huawei and about the indicator of notifications and found to it the original place – under the lattice of the speaker, so that in the inactive state it can not be noticed. Interface controls in this model are provided only on screen, so there is nothing at the bottom except the manufacturer’s logo.


Huawei nova 2 Plus is equipped with a large display with a diagonal of 5.5 inches, and this brings known problems when handling it with one hand. It is not easy to reach certain areas of the screen and it is necessary to intercept the device or to resort to the help of the second hand. To enhance the convenience of a special mode – just do svayp on a number of navigation keys and the working area will be proportionally reduced. Speaking about the overall comfort of use, we can not but note the small thickness of nova 2 Plus. Thanks to this smartphone with a 5.5-inch diagonal without any problems fit in any pocket.

The tactile metal surface of the case is very pleasant. In addition, in comparison with the “glass” models, this practically does not slip. The only drawback is that on such a surface fingerprints and divorces are clearly visible, so that to maintain the external appeal you will have to periodically wipe the gadget.

The fingerprint reader is rather weakly recessed into the case and it can be difficult to grope with unaccustomed use. But the speed of response and accuracy are beyond praise. The finger is recognized so quickly that sometimes it even creates inconvenience – enough of a fleeting touch, when you put the gadget in your pocket, so that the fingerprint has time to work and unlock the device. In addition to the main function, the scanner supports the execution of certain actions by pressing and touching the touch pad. You can, for example, answer a call, or omit a curtain with notifications.


Like most Huawei smartphones, nova 2 Plus is equipped with an IPS matrix. The screen resolution is 1080×1920, which at a diagonal of 5.5 “gives a density of about 401 pixels per inch .This is more than enough to keep the image clear, even if you look at it closely.


By the second generation, smartphones of the nova line got a dual main camera, equaling this with the company’s flagships. True, the implementation is different from the one we used to see in smartphones from Huawei. In the case of nova 2 Plus, the second module is not monochrome, as one would expect, but it is equipped with an eight-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens. The main one has a resolution of 12 Mp and an aperture of f / 1.8. For the user, such a set means, firstly, an optical double zoom, without loss of image quality.


Huawei nova 2 Plus became a vivid example of a modern approach to creating a mid-priced smartphone. Hardware stuffing is not top, but it guarantees comfortable speed and is able to cope with any tasks, except for the most “heavy” games at maximum settings. At the same time design, materials and workmanship are in no way inferior to flagship solutions. Smartphone is not ashamed to put on the table with friends and colleagues, it is nice to look at and keep in hand. Of course, it has its drawbacks and controversial decisions, but this is the case when they do not want to pay attention to them, and what is more important is that it will work.



  • effective design;
  • large amount of memory;
  • good camera;
  • very fast fingerprint.


  • no NFC
  • do not support 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks.


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