Five Things I Like About the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G

huawei nova 7 se 5g review

In case you missed it, Huawei Philippines sent me a review unit of their latest midrange smartphone offering under their popular Nova series. The Chinese electronics giant actually released three smartphones for this year's Nova line-up and those are the Nova 7 SE, Nova 7 and Nova 7 Pro, all 5G-ready smartphones. But the one they just recently launched in the Philippines is the SE model. Fortunately, Huawei sent me one in Space Silver color variant for me to personally try and share with you my experience with it. So here it is.

So far I have already published by unboxing and initial hand-on review of the Nova 7 SE 5G and if you have not checked it out yet, you can head over to this link and take a look. In this post, I will be sharing with you the top five things I like about this Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G smartphone. 

Design and Build

Upon taking the Nova 7 SE out of the box and seeing it in the flesh for the very first time, it was the design that caught my attention right away. I literally said immediately this, "wow this looks really good," referring to the shiny back finish of the phone. There are two color variants of this phone to be made available in the Philippines, Crush Green and Space Silver. As you can see I got the Space Silver model. Its back design is very reminiscent of the company's flagship P40 series'. And as expected of a shiny finish, it easily attracts fingerprints and smudges. But believe me, that's okay and apart from it being so nice to look at, it also feels good in the hand. 

huawei nova 7 se 5g review

It comes with a protective clear jelly case out of the box. I tried to use it but I stopped after a day, as like I said, the overall build feels good in the hand, so using a case takes away that experience.  It feels much better using the phone as it is. 

In addition to the stunning design, the Huawei Nova 7 SE sports a very solid build. It definitely does not feel cheap. Its thin profile, though housing a quite huge 4000mAh battery pack, adds to the overall better experience this phone provides. The edges on the back sports slight curvature, making it a lot easier and more comfortable to hold and use either with one or two hands. 

Thankfully, this one still has 3.5mm audiojack and does come with a standard pair of earphones in the box. Alongside it is a USB Type-C port which is very nice of Huawei to include for a midrange smartphone like this. 

Display and Interface

Another thing I liked about the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G is the display and how fluidly fast its interface has been. The phone sports a 6.57-inch LTPS IPS display with 2400 x 1080 or full HD+ resolution. It also supports HDR10. And as for its software, the device runs on the latest EMUI 10.1 based on the current Android 10 OS. 

huawei nova 7 se 5g review

Thanks to the smartphone's extremely thin bezels and so low-profile punch-hole cutout on the upper left of the screen, the viewing experience on the Nova 7 SE is very immersive. I mean, that massive display together with the full HD+ resolution, I am definitely enjoying consuming digital content on the internet whether it's simply scrolling through social media apps and viewing those videos and photos shared by my friends or binge-watching on Netflix and YouTube, it is just all good to experience. The color reproduction on the Nova 7 SE's display is really vibrant and very much alive while text and images are sharply, brightly and vividly displayed. 

Since the display is the most used part of a smartphone, having a very good display is a must, the Huawei Nova 7 SE will not disappoint. It does not have a 90Hz refresh rate though, but not really a big deal breaker at the moment.

Now for the interface, it is really fast. I have never encountered any lags or delays so far. Huawei did a good job on optimizing their EMUI 10.1 user interface with the Android 10, and also thanks in part to the phone's 8GB RAM, everything is smooth sailing. 

Battery and Fast Charge

Underneath, the Huawei Nova 7 SE houses a 4000mAh battery pack. I would be much better of course if it had 5000mAh one, but I guess this size of a battery is a good deal as well. It makes the phones thinner and lighter while providing longer battery life than many other phones from the competition. On average to quite heavy use, the phone lasts me the whole day one a single change with around 20% life in the evening to cap my day off. 

huawei nova 7 se 5g review

Now charging the phone is also a delightful experience, why? Because it comes with a super fast 40W SuperCharge charger in the box. From zero to 100% it only take approximately a little over an hour. To me, that's really fast. 

Front and back cameras

I used to have the Huawei Nova 2i a couple of years ago. I personally bought one for myself because I really liked how it performs in the camera department. And with this latest Nova smartphone, I can definitely say the same thing, it still packs tremendously good snappers. On the back, it now has four cameras with the primary one pegged at 64MP. The phone also comes with camera modes and features to help you play around more with your smartphone photography hobby. 

On the front is a 16MP selfie camera. If you love to take tons of photos of yourself or with your friends, the Nova Nova 7 SE front camera will not disappoint you either.

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

huawei nova 7 se sample photos

Processor and Connectivity

And then of course, one of the main stars of this Nova offering, the processor. It boasts a HiSilicon Kirin 820 processor with 5G support. 5G is the next big thing in terms of network connectivity, and our local telcos have been working hard to bring us this next-gen technology. So while 5G availability is still very limited in the whole of the Philippines, it's good to have a smartphone that's future-ready, right? 

So with this device, I use  my 5G-ready Smart SIM card which I bough just a couple of days before I got this phone. And while 5G is still not available in my place, Antipolo City, I am definitely experiencing much faster connectivity than my regular 4G LTE SIM on another phone that I use. At most, the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G is always getting 4G+ connectivity (not just 4G) and highest speed I have recorded so far is at 33mbps download speed with an upload speed of 12mbps. I think that's really good, don't you think? 

huawei nova 7 se 5g speed

The Kirin 820 5G processor is a very capable one. If you love playing games on smartphone, the Nova 7 SE is a going to be a good choice of weapon as well. 


AppGallery and AppGo

Okay yes, there is no Google Play support on the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G. But there are other ways to get your favorite mobile apps, first off there is Huawei's very own AppGallery which is the world's third largest app store and it keeps on growing by the day. Today, more and more apps can now be downloaded from the AppGallery both local and international apps like Facebook, Viber, SnapChat, PayMaya, BDO, BPI, UB, and more. 

appgo and appgalerry on huawei nova 7 se

In case you can't find your apps from the AppGallery, there is also the AppGo which you can also download from the AppGallery. This AppGo will help you find the best place to download your favorite apps either from the AppGallery itself or from third party app stores like APKPure or from the app's official website just like in the case of Facebook. 

Personally, on this device I use the AppGallery for all the apps the I can download from there. And for the rest of the apps that are yet to be made available on the AppGallery, I use APKPure app. The APKPure app works like a Google Play, there you can search and download the apps you are looking for and when an update is available the APKPure app also includes those in-app and with a single tap, you can update your existing apps on your Huawei phone. So far, I have not encountered any issues at all. 
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