Huawei Nova 2 Lite Hands-on and Initial Impression; Too Good for the Price?

Ciara Alarcon
Together with Huawei Philippines, our team spent some relaxing time with the Nova 2 Lite on our trip to Bohol. As a toned-down version of the Nova 2i, we knew that the device could really impress us with its features, but we’re also curious about the things that the brand had to compensate considering that it’s more affordable than its big bro.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite Hands-on and Initial Impression; Too Good for the Price?
Huawei Nova 2 Lite Hands-on and Initial Impression; Too Good for the Price?

On that note, here’s our initial take on the Nova 2 Lite!


The first time we met the Nova 2 Lite, we’re sure that it shares almost the same face as the Nova 2i. Just like the latter, the toned-down variant boasts a 5.99-inch HD+ 18:9 display with 2.5D curved glass. The device flaunts a polycarbonate body, which might sport either glossy or matte-like finish. In our case, we received a black matte-like handset.

The device is big at 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm, but it isn’t too heavy as it only weighs 155 grams. One-hand usage is possible, but a solid grip is still needed due to its size. The handset also looks good in black, as it flaunts a simple but a premium-looking design. Its body doesn’t attract fingerprints that much, as well.

8MP Front Camera
8MP Front Camera

While its front is dominated by its 5.99-inch screen, its 8-megapixel shooter, sensor and earpiece is located above the panel.


The device uses an on-screen navigation keys, so, the brand just placed its company's branding on the space located below the display.

Volume Rocker and Power/Lock Key
Volume Rocker and Power/Lock Key

Its volume rocker and power/lock key are placed on the right side, while its SIM card tray is sited on the left. It can accommodate two nano-sized SIM cards and has another slot for your microSD card, too.


The top portion of the device is unoccupied, while its bottom part welcomes the loudspeaker, microUSB port, microphone, and the 3.5mm audio port.

13MP + 2MP Rear Cameras
13MP + 2MP Rear Cameras

Flip the device on its back to reveal its protruding 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cameras along with its LED flash. If you’re familiar with the Nova 2i, you’d know that even if it also sports a dual-rear camera setup, the two smartphones have a different camera design as Nova 2 Lite's cameras are now placed horizontally, compared to the Nova 2i’s sensors that are designed vertically.


Meanwhile, its fingerprint scanner is still thoughtfully located where your finger can easily reach it.

See Also: Huawei Nova 2 Lite Is Priced at Php9,990; Pre-order Starts on March 14!


So far, the Nova 2 Lite impresses us with its 5.99-inch HD+ IPS screen. Having a 1440 x 720 resolution and giving an 18:9 aspect ratio, we’ve been enjoying its display when we’re watching videos, playing games, or when we’re simply using it indoors and outdoors. It has good viewing angles and brightness level, too.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite Hands-on and Initial Impression
Huawei Nova 2 Lite Hands-on and Initial Impression; Too Good for the Price?

Meanwhile, we took some first shots in Bohol to try its camera performance. Both cameras performed well. You can check it here.

Packed with Snapdragon 430 chip and Adreno 505 graphics, the device is also coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. With this, we’re having a smooth experience, so far.

The Huawei Nova 2 Lite is priced at Php9,990, and will be available for pre-order beginning March 14 to March 23, 2018.

Really, we're sure that the Nova 2 Lite is ready to face its competition.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite Specs:

  • Dual SIM, supports dual standby and LTE connectivity
  • 5.99-inch HD+ IPS 18:9 (1440 x 720) Display
  • Dimensions: 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 155 grams
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
  • 1.4GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB ROM, expandable up to 128GB
  • 13MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.0 w/ PDAF and LED flash
  • 8MP f/2.0 w/ softlight LED flash
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, sound, magnetic
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Face Unlock
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Price: Php9,990

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