Huawei Launches Nova 9 Outside China With Android Without Play Store

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Huawei: This Thursday (21), Huawei announced the international launch of the Nova 9 cell phone during an event in Vienna, Austria. Featuring the Snapdragon 778G chipset, the device’s highlights include a 6.67-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate and FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2340 pixels) and fast charging of 66W on a 4,300 mAh battery.

The phone’s design is eye-catching, with a glittery glitter-like texture and a large array of pill-shaped rear cameras. The equipment will be sold in “Starry Blue” (blue) and black.

To capture images, the Nova 9 features a 50MP RYYB main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, plus a macro and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the selfie tool offers 32 MP.

Surprisingly, the phone comes with the EMUI 12 interface, standing out from its Chinese version that takes advantage of HarmonyOS 2.0. Even so, the open Android modification is also not sold with Google apps and services. The Android Authority portal speculates that Huawei intends to focus its own system on the Asian country, at least initially.

The novelty has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. In terms of connectivity, it has Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and dual-band Wi-Fi, but it doesn’t feature 5G.

Prices and availability

Currently, the Nova 9 is pre-ordered in Europe only in the 8GB RAM configuration with 128GB of memory for €499, about $3,28,000 in direct conversion. The smartphone will begin to be available from November 2 in the black version — Starry Blue only after the 11th. There is still no information about the launch in Brazil.