Huawei Nova 10 SE launches with slight improvements over predecessor

Huawei lacking Google apps and services has greatly hampered its growth in the past few years, as these services are central to the majority of Android users. However, this has not completely derailed the Chinese company, as they still release a few phones now and then.

The latest Huawei device to be rolled out of the factory is the Huawei Nova 10 SE, which joins the Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro as part of the Nova 10 series. The Nova 10 and 10 Pro were unveiled earlier in September, however, Huawei saw it fit to wait a few weeks before the unveiling of the Nova 10 SE.

The Nova 10 SE shares the same design cues as the other two Nova 10 variants, however, there are a few key differences that set it apart, including the materials that are used on it.

The Huawei Nova 10 SE features a 6.67-inch OLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. You also get a 120Hz refresh rate, which is similar to what the Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro offers and is very competitive for what should be a midrange device.

The differences between the three devices start appearing once you take a look at the cameras. The Nova 10 SE for instance features a single 16 MP selfie camera, compared to the Nova 10 Pro which has two selfie camera shooters, a 60 MP one for ultrawide shots and an 8 MP one for portrait shots. The Nova 10 on the other hand features a solitary 60 MP sensor for selfie shots.

Taking a look at the main camera, the Huawei Nova 10 SE features a triple camera set-up consisting of an impressive 108 MP main sensor, an 8 MP ultrawide sensor and an additional 2 MP sensor for macro shots. This is better than the Nova 10’s setup which features the same triple camera setup but has a 50 MP main sensor, while the ultrawide and macro lens are the same on both devices.

The main camera setup in the Nova 10 is also seen in the Nova 10 Pro, which bizarrely means that despite the Nova 10 SE having the worst selfie camera setup among the three variants, it has the best setup when it comes to the main cameras.

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Huawei has not yet revealed the chip powering the Nova 10 SE, so it is hard to ascertain whether it will support 5G connectivity. The phone will, however, only feature one RAM/storage configuration, 8 GB of RAM bundled with 256 GB of storage.

You also get fast charging rated at 66W which should quickly fill up the 4,500mAh battery. Huawei hasn’t revealed the price of the Nova 10 SE, however, given that the specs are very similar to that of the Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro. I expect the price to be in the same region unless its chipset is given a significant downgrade, which will then push the price downwards.

The Nova 10 SE was announced in South Africa, with the Chinese company not offering any remarks on whether they will introduce it in any other countries in Africa or the rest of the world. Given that the company offered its predecessor, the Nova 9 SE, in Kenya, our fingers are crossed that the Nova 10 SE, if not most of the Nova 10 series devices, will hit the Kenyan market.

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Naftaly is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for tech, video games and pop culture. When he is not writing articles for AndroidKenya, he is probably rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the hundredth time. Email at Twitter @KarisNaftaly