Huawei Nova 11 series launched: The perfect ultra mid-range flagship?

Huawei today hosted a launch event, unveiling a slew of new products. However, the most prominent reveal was the Huawei Nova 11 series of smartphones, which includes three models: the Nova 11, Nova 11 Pro, and Nova 11 Ultra. In this article, we will provide you with all the details you need to know about these latest upper mid-range devices from Huawei.

All three variants of the Nova 11 series operate on Huawei’s in-house HarmonyOS operating system. The Nova 11 Ultra, however, stands out as the only model to feature the two-way Beidou satellite messaging feature, enabling users to send emergency messages in areas with no ground network signal. This feature also allows for accurate tracking, ensuring quick and efficient rescue operations. It is worth noting that the Kunlun glass protection, offered on all models, is claimed to be more durable than even the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2.

Huawei Nova 11

The introductory device in the latest series showcases a chic and slender body that is both shock-proof and exceptionally thin, measuring a mere 6.88mm in width and tipping the scales at a scant 168 grams. Huawei has also achieved an impressive 93.8% screen-to-body ratio while imbuing the phone’s body with a premium look and feel, accentuated by metallic details on the camera ring and sides.

The vanilla variant of the Nova 11 series boasts an impressive 6.7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, FHD+ resolution, and Kunlun glass protection for added durability.

Beneath the surface, the Nova 11 is powered by the 4G-exclusive Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC and can accommodate up to 512GB of internal storage. A 4,500mAh battery, which supports 66W fast charging, fuels the device.

On the front, the phone packs an impressive 60-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.4 aperture, while the rear of the device features a 50-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.9 aperture, along with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a laser autofocus, making it a capable camera setup.

Huawei Nova 11 Pro

The top-tier Pro version offers similar features as the standard model, but with notable upgrades. The Nova 11 Pro boasts a taller 6.78-inch curved OLED display with a resolution of 2652 x 1200 pixels, as well as Kunlun glass protection and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Looking beyond the surface, the Pro variant is also equipped with the 4G-only Snapdragon 778G chipset, paired with up to 512GB of internal storage. Additionally, this model packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports an impressive 100W fast charging rate.

In terms of photography, the Nova 11 Pro is equipped with an impressive camera setup. At the rear, it has a powerful 50-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.9 aperture, which is paired with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. This camera setup allows you to capture stunning photos with excellent depth and clarity.

On the front, the Nova 11 Pro features a 60-megapixel selfie shooter with an f/2.4 aperture, which is great for capturing detailed and vibrant selfies. Additionally, there is an 8-megapixel portrait sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, which adds depth and detail to your portraits, making them stand out from the rest. With this camera setup, you can capture stunning photos and videos that are sure to impress.

It’s worth noting that the front camera also supports up to 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom, while the rear camera is capable of up to 10x digital zoom, making it ideal for capturing distant objects or details.

Huawei Nova 11 Ultra

The Huawei Nova 11 Ultra is the most advanced model in the upper mid-range series, offering the top-tier specifications. The device is equipped with a tall 6.78-inch curved OLED display with a high 2652 x 1200px resolution, Kunlun Glass protection, and a 120Hz refresh rate.

Furthermore, the device is powered by a 4,500mAh battery pack that supports 100W fast charging, which provides a quick charge in just a matter of minutes. The Nova 11 Ultra is also equipped with the 4G-only variant of the Snapdragon 778G SoC, ensuring that the device runs smoothly and efficiently. Additionally, this model is only available in a single 512GB storage configuration, ensuring that you have ample space to store all your photos, videos, and other files.

Remarkably, the Nova 11 Ultra stands out as the first ever upper mid-range smartphone to feature a variable aperture lens on its camera. Specifically, its rear camera boasts a 50 megapixel sensor with a variable aperture that ranges from f/1.4 to f/4.0. It’s worth noting that variable aperture technology is also being incorporated in today’s latest flagship phones, such as the newly launched Xiaomi 13 Ultra that comes with a price tag of $1000.

The primary camera on the Nova 11 Ultra is accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor to capture stunning details in photos. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera of the phone features a dual-camera setup, similar to the Nova 11 Pro, with a 60-megapixel wide-angle shooter, which has an f/2.4 aperture, and an 8-megapixel portrait lens with an f/2.2 aperture. This camera setup is designed to produce high-quality selfies and portrait shots, giving users a variety of options to capture their moments with perfection.

The Huawei Nova 11 series comes in different variants with varying memory and storage options.

Nova 11

  • 2499 yuan (331 EUR) for 128GB memory
  • 2799 yuan (370 EUR) for 256GB memory
  • 2999 yuan (397 EUR) for 256GB memory with Kunlun Glass
  • 3399 yuan (450 EUR) for 512GB memory with Kunlun Glass

Nova 11 Pro

  • 3499 yuan (463 EUR) for 256GB memory
  • 3699 yuan (489 EUR) for 256GB memory and Kunlun Glass
  • 3999 yuan (529 EUR) for 512GB memory (no Kunlun)

Nova 11 Ultra

  • 4499 yuan (595 EUR) for 512GB memory with Kunlun Glass

Source: Huawei


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