Huawei Nova 5i Pro with 48MP Quad Camera Setup, Punch-hole Display Launching on July 26 in China


The Huawei Nova 5i Pro is all set to launch at an event in China on July 26. The Nova 5 series of smartphone that includes the Nova 5, Nova 5 Pro and Nova 5i was announced just last month, but the Nova 5i Pro hasn’t made an appearance then. Now, a promo video for its launch has been posted over on the phone maker’s Weibo page. The newly released promo highlights a few of the specifications that we had expected the Nova 5i Pro to come with. It just so happens that Huawei is launching the Nova 5i Pro at the same event it will unveil the Huawei Mate20 X 5G. This seems fitting as the Nova 5i is expected to launch as the Mate 30 Lite in markets other than China. Also, the brand has begun pre-sales for the Nova 5i Pro in China.

Huawei Nova 5i Pro Confirmed, Expected Specifications & Features

The newly released promo video of the Nova 5i confirms that the phone will feature a punch-hole selfie camera design that makes use of a 32MP sensor. On the back, the phone offers a quad-camera setup enclosed in a rounded square design similar to what we first saw with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (review). The primary camera in this setup is said to be a 48MP sensor. The video also confirms the presence of a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. This will be one of the first smartphones from Huawei to feature a HiSilicon Kirin 810 SoC. The other phones that we know will come with the same processor are the recently launched Honor 9X and Honor 9X Pro.

A recent TENAA listing of the Huawei Nova 5i (Mate 30 Lite) has confirmed quite a few of the rest of the smartphone’s specifications. The listing claims the phone will feature a 6.26-inch IPS LCD screen bearing a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. The chipset used is said to feature an octa-core CPU that runs as high as 2.2GHz. Furthermore, the phone will be offered in 6GB/8GB RAM variants along with either 128GB and 256GB storage options. The handset is also said to feature microSD card support for up to 256GB of additional storage space. The battery on the Nova 5i pro is expected to measure 3,900mAh and support fast charging. As expected, this will be a 4G supported handset that will run Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.

In the imaging department, the phone is listed to feature a 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP rear camera setup accompanied by a 32MP selfie shooter. While we now have confirmation regarding the primary rear and selfie shooter resolutions, we still don’t know what the rest of the three rear cameras are for. If we were to take an educated guess, the 8MP camera likely takes wide-angle shots, with one of the 2MP cameras offering telephoto zoom functionality while the other coming in handy for calculating depth information.

The TENAA listing also confirms that the phone will measure 156.1 x 73.9 x 8.3mm and weigh 178 grams.