The new Huawei Nova Y70 not only surprises with its price of 199 euros. A battery monster with 6,000 mAh slumbers inside.
The recently tested new Huawei Nova Y90 smartphone failed with a low price and good equipment as well as surprising camera qualities. Now lies”today” Also the smaller brother, the Huawei Nova Y70, which costs only 199 euros and, according to the makers, is primarily aimed at influencers and young creative people. The real star of the Huawei Nova Y70 is its runtime, as the test shows. Yes In order: The Huawei Nova Y70 comes in either blue (test device) or black with a very glossy and reflective back – so constant cleaning is a must.
The back of the device is made of plastic, but it feels as smooth and high-quality as glass and should therefore also be placed in a protective cover. Similar to the Huawei Nova 9 SE, the camera module protrudes slightly from the back and is located in the upper left area of the smartphone. At 168.3 x 77.7 x 8.98 millimeters, the smartphone is large and slim – the workmanship is also top notch. At this price, however, there are drawbacks in the use of a lot of plastic, the lack of a strong IP certification and the omission of Gorilla Glass from the display.
Large display and mirror-smooth back
The front consists of a huge 6.75-inch Huawei FullView display, and there is also a slim frame around the device. However, you have to live with the fact that the cell phone is a real fingerprint magnet – you can see every touch immediately on the mirror-smooth surface, so the cleaning cloth is a must. However, once the smartphone has been cleaned, it looks extremely classy. You have to do without the fingerprint sensor in the display in the price range of less than 200 euros. Huawei has installed it in the power button on the right side of the device under the volume rocker.
However, you also have to get by without 5G. A small drawback is the – especially for content creators – somewhat tight memory with 128 gigabytes – but fortunately there is a memory expansion option via microSD card. The large and good 6.75-inch LCD screen, which has a resolution of 1,600 × 720 pixels and offers a brightness that allows reading in the sun, is pleasing, even if it is far from the top screen values. The display is good for surfing, sharp and peppered with good contrasts. There are no fast refresh rates on this model.
Equipment typical for the price range installed
The performance is typical of the price range: The smartphone, which weighs only 200 grams and also offers a classic 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, uses an in-house Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 710A as a chip, which, together with four gigabytes of RAM, doesn’t work any miracles, but ensures a power-saving and smooth user experience. Watching videos, working multi-tasking and editing pictures is not a problem, but things could get tight for hardware-hungry mobile games. The Nova Y70 again uses EMUI 12 as the operating system without Google services.
Google Mobile Services (GMS) is still not available on the new Huawei smartphones, but Huawei has now built its Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) and its in-house app store, the AppGallery, so well that it also works “without Google”. . In addition to services such as Huawei Assistant, Huawei Music or Huawei Video and Huawei AppGallery, you can also use app alternatives such as Petal Maps, e-mail and Cloud Drive instead of Google apps. Petal Search also finds apps that are not in the AppGallery. There are now many mobile apps that are important for Austria.
The tiresome topic of Google services
From banking to social media and messenger services to media, there is a wide selection in the AppGallery, the rest can be found via Huawei’s app search services. Quick Apps and Petal Search – the latter service even keeps the applications up to date with updates like the in-house AppGallery – meanwhile do good everyday work. What you still have to do, however, is to put together the desired apps yourself when setting up. Huawei also provides great apps right away. With petal clips, for example, videos can be equipped with effects and easily edited.
One of the strongest arguments of the Huawei Nova Y70 is its endurance – the fat 6,000 mAh battery lasts two days even for frequent users, average users will only have to charge the device every three days. Charging itself is only possible with a cable and with a maximum of 22.5 watts. Huawei includes cables and adapters in the packaging. There are also many functions on the cell phone for even longer runtimes, in addition to two power-saving modes, there is also a smart dimming function and an e-book mode that only uses very little energy when reading.
Surprisingly good sound to find on a cell phone
According to Huawei, the new Nova Y70 is equipped with the “Huawei SuperSound system”. Although the sound hardware of the smartphone is rather average, the software used by the technology group gets something impressive out of the part, especially the bass is well implemented. According to Huawei, a virtual 9.1-channel surround sound effect and 3D effect are also provided – but the test shows that the hardware has its limits. What remains is an unusually good sound for an entry-level smartphone, which remains clear and has a nice bass even at higher volumes.
That leaves the camera system of the smartphone, which, like the majority of the features, shows itself according to the price range. On the front, 8 megapixels (MP) with an f/2.0 aperture snap beautiful selfies in good lighting conditions. But it is recognizable: Even with deactivated AI support, the smartphone pretties up selfies a bit too much and shows clear soft-focus effects. In the dark, this impression is reversed – the selfie camera of the Nova Y70 can still be used with usable photo results, but the image details and contours are sharpened a bit too much.
Mega battery at a mini price with the Nova Y70
The rear camera of the Huawei Nova Y70 is equipped with a triple camera consisting of a 48 MP main camera, a 5 MP ultra wide angle camera and a 2 MP depth camera. The results are mixed and are similar to those of the front camera: in daylight, the images are slightly too prettied up and blurred, in the dark the contours are too sharp and details are too emphasized. For the price range, the performance is perfectly fine, but you should really keep your hands off the 5x zoom. There are quite nice macro shots through the depth camera.
For the most part, the Huawei Nova Y70 delivers performance that is appropriate for the sub-$200 price range. The unusually good speaker performance and the huge battery are particularly noteworthy. Just to clarify the last point: While many smartphones are about to switch off automatically when the battery level drops to 5 percent, the Nova Y70 is just about to really get going – the smartphone can still be used for around 12 hours in “Low battery level” mode. The Huawei Nova Y70 is a cell phone that offers users a mega battery for a mini price.