Huawei Nova 5T review

The Huawei Nova 5T is an affordable, powerful quad-camera smartphone - but how does it perform?

Huawei Nova 5T review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huawei Nova 5T will likely be the last Huawei phone to launch with Google's services in Europe, at least until the US trade ban is lifted. Irrespective, with Huawei guaranteeing sustained security updates, it's still a great camera phone given its price. The 5T combines impressive imaging with plenty of power and a bright screen. While there's no telephoto camera, highlights like a through the roof ISO and 960fps slow-motion video capture impress, as does its night mode and everyday usability.


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    Premium design

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    Excellent night mode

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    Powerful for the price


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    No telephoto camera

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    No OIS

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    No SD card slot

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    Not available in USA

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At £399 ($525), the Huawei Nova 5T is unlikely to compete for the title of the best camera phone. Still, it does deliver an all-screen display with a small 32MP punch-hole selfie camera, glass, and metal design and the same processor found in the flagship Huawei P30 Pro. Add a large 3750mAh battery complete with supercharging tech that loads up the Nova 5T by around 50% in 30 minutes of charge time to the mix, and it's looking good so far. 

The highlight feature, however, is its quad-camera. We'd typically see three cameras in this phone's price range. Still, the 5T serves up a 48MP primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide camera and two 2MP modules, one depth sensor, and another macro snapper, similar to that found on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.