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Huawei Nova Y70 Hands-on Review

Huawei Nova Y70

The Huawei nova Y70, the newest edition to the nova Y series, it boasts a large display, large storage, and long battery life. It's designed for the younger generation of today, so they can experience the best of technology in a stylish design.

Huawei Nova Y70

Huawei is introducing a new series of nova Y Series smartphones, starting with the nova Y70. Now, it's time to find out what this new Huawei smartphone has to offer.

Huawei Nova Y70 Specs

Android 11, EMUI 12
6.75-inch HD+ TFT LCD display, 1600 x 720 pixel resolution, 259ppi
Kirin 710 octa-core processor
Mali G51-MP4
4GB RAM
128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
48MP main + 5MP 120° Ultra-Wide Angle + 2 depth camera, LED Flash
8MP Selfie camera
Dual SIM, Dual standby
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
USB Type-C
6,000mAh battery, 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge
Colors: Crystal Blue, Pearl White, Midnight Black
199g

Glamour and Glimmer Design
The nova Y70 is available in three classic shades in the Philippines: Crystal Blue, Pearl White, and Midnight Black. Our review unit has the Crystal Blue color which has a glossy finish and is easily stained by fingerprints, making it look unpleasant; thankfully, it comes with a protective cover to solve this minor issue.

Huawei Nova Y70

It features 2.5D glassy exterior with a plastic body with a metal frame and does not slip off the palms easily which is a plus for us. Its 168.3 mm in height and 77.7 mm in width, making it a large smartphone. In terms of thickness, it measures 8.98 millimeters, thus it's still lightweight and easy to use.

Huawei Nova Y70

The nova Y70 is equipped with a triple AI camera configuration at the back, in addition, it features an LED light that can also be used as a flashlight.

Huawei Nova Y70

The SIM slot placed on the left side supports a hybrid SIM tray, meaning it can accommodate two nano-sized SIM cards plus a microSD card with a maximum capacity of 512GB.

Huawei Nova Y70

While the volume rocker and power button, which doubles as a fingerprint scanner, are located on the right side of the device.

Huawei Nova Y70

At the bottom is the usual connectivity such as the USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, there is also the microphone, and the loudspeaker.
 
The box includes the nova Y70 with a sim ejector, a transparent silicon case, a 22.5W HUAWEI charger, a USB Type-C cable, and some paper materials, however, there is is wired earbuds included.

FullView Display
The nova Y70's 6.75-inch FullView display is significantly larger than the previous generation's 6.5-inch display panel. It boasts a 90.26% screen-to-body ratio and thin bezels, which makes viewing content more immersive.

Huawei Nova Y70

It boasts a TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels, 260 pixels per inch, and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The viewing angle is good and it's usable outdoor just not under direct sunlight.

Huawei Nova Y70

The display supports system-wide dark mode, Eye comfort, and eBook mode. It also has two color and temperature settings: Normal and Vivid; we chose Vivid since it enhances the vibrancy of the images.

Huawei Nova Y70

It also supports MeeTime, which uses the selfie camera with a multi-call function for up to 12 parties of HD and high frame rate video.

The nova Y70 also supports an easy to use and handy knuckle gestures that allow users to take screenshots more easily, including the following:

• Take a full screenshot: Knock twice on the screen with a knuckle to take a full screenshot.
• Take a scrolling screenshot: Knock on the screen with a knuckle and draw an “S” to take a scrolling screenshot.
• Take a partial screenshot: Knock on the screen with a knuckle and hold to draw an outline around the part of the screen that you want to capture, then drag the frame to the desired position or resize it

AI Cameras
The nova Y70 triple AI camera features a 48-megapixel f/1.8 primary sensor, a 5-megapixel, f/2.2 ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera sensor. Additionally, it features an 8MP front camera with bokeh effect for blurring the background when taking selfies.

Huawei Nova Y70

The primary camera captures more light and is combined with a Huawei algorithm optimization that minimizes image noise, enhances photodynamic range, and provides a clear backlight for Instagram-ready photos.

Whether you are shooting landscapes or groups, the 120° ultra-wide angle camera can effortlessly capture more in a single frame. The newly designed bokeh algorithm works in unison with the depth camera to blur the background. This helps the subject to shine out in the frame.

Huawei Nova Y70

 The camera app includes Aperture, Night, Portrait, Photo, Video, Pro, Slow-mo, Panorama, Light painting, Time-lapse, and Moving picture shooting modes.

The rear camera can record video in 720p and 1080p at up to 60 frames per second, while the front-facing camera can capture video in 1080p at up to 30 frames per second.

Sample Photos


More Sample Photos taken using the nova Y70 here

Photos taken with the primary camera and under favorable lighting have a lot of detail and clarity, and you can further enhance the photos in post-processing. However, images captured in low-light situations are prone to noise.

Hardware and Performance
The nova Y70 uses Kirin 710 octa-core chipset. It's a 12 nm ARM-based mid-range Octa-Core-So with 4x Cortex-A73@2.2 GHz + 4x Cortex-A53@ 1.7 GHz and paired with Mali-G51 GPU. It's not the latest processor but it's still very capable of providing fast and smooth performance.

Huawei Nova Y70

In addition to 4GB of RAM and 128GB (109.16GB available for user) of internal storage, it supports microSD cards with up to 512GB of additional storage space. It is also equipped with EROFTS super file compression technology, allowing users to download music, films, and games with ease.

Huawei Nova Y70

It comes preloaded with EMUI 12 and comes with a standard Huawei suite of apps, which includes the App Gallery Huawei's official app store, and thanks to its unique HMS Core capabilities, apps are capable of all-scenario and cross-device collaboration, hence enhancing the user experience.

Huawei Nova Y70

This phone performs well and efficiently for everyday usage; apps load quickly and navigating between apps is equally speedy. One of the cool tools that comes with it is the Find Device app, which is a nifty app that allows you to locate a lost Huawei smartphone and play a tone, lock the device, and delete all data, which is very useful if there is no way to retrieve the phone.

Huawei Nova Y70

Huawei Nova Y70 Benchmark scores

The Kirin 710 SoC can handle graphics-intensive games like Asphalt 9, Genshin Impact, Call of Duty, and other popular online games that can be downloaded from the Huawei App Gallery. It's powerful enough to run games in high-graphics mode smoothly.

Another cool features of the nova Y70 is you can build a Super Device by connecting the nova Y70 to other HUAWEI devices (such as HUAWEI smartphones, speakers, and Visions). The EMUI 12 features a completely redesigned Control Centre that allows users to interact with many devices as simply as with a single device.

Huawei SuperSound
The sound quality of the nova Y70 is great thanks to SuperSound audio technologies and sound augmentation algorithms. There is a noticeable improvement in dynamic range and there's no distortion even when music is played at maximum volume. It supports 9.1-channel surround sound, when using earphones it produces a three-dimensional effect giving an immersive experience with sounds.

Battery
This smartphone is equipped with a huge 6000mAh lithium battery with 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge, which is larger compared to other brands in its price-point. The battery can get you two days of screen time for basic use, and about 10 to 11 hours of use when playing lots of games, and watching videos with maximum brightness.

Huawei Nova Y70

It also supports wired reverse charging, allowing the nova Y70 to be used as a power bank that provides an output of 5V/1A1 to charge other devices such as smartwatches, bands, and smartphones.

Charging the battery takes about less than 3 hours to fully charge from 0% using the 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge.

The 13-layer charge protection makes charging the battery easier and safer. with its higher energy density, improved voltage capacity, and reduced self-discharge rate. HUAWEI's battery charging technology reduces comparable impedance and heat usage. This breaks the charging bottleneck and boosts input/output. The battery's electrochemical mechanism has also been improved.

Pros

Well built quality
Nice Glossy design
Large display
Good performance
Huge battery capacity
Fast charging
Capable camera

Cons
Back is a smudge magnet
Screen only has a 60Hz refresh rate
Powered by an older Huawei processor
Comes with a lot of Bloatware

Final Thoughts
The Huawei Nova Y70 can hold its own in terms of performance despite not having Google Play. It's visually appealing thanks to the combination of its sleek design and vibrant color options. The EMUI has one of the nicest-looking UI with its large and squarish default app icon. With its large display, it's a great device to use for watching videos and playing games. While the large battery is a plus with its 2 days battery life.

You can get the Huawei Nova Y70 on HUAWEI Online Store, Lazada, or Shopee for only ₱9,999 and can score a free HUAWEI Band 4e worth ₱1,399, and App Benefits worth ₱845 until supplies last.

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