Huawei’s latest offering for the mid-level market is here and it’s the Huawei Y90. The smartphone features a large display, a fast charging capability, and also a 50MP AI Triple camera. But how does it fare in our everyday usage? Well, Check out our review of the smartphone to know more about it.

Huawei Nova Y90 Review: Design and hardware

One of the things that Huawei really excels with their devices is the design. With the Huawei Nova Y90, it might not have the metal frame and the glass back but the smartphone still feels solid in the hand.

The one that we got is the Crystal Blue color and it features a back that featured a glittering back but thankfully, it doesn’t attract a lot of fingerprints and it’s not really slippy in my hand even without the case. Combined with that is the curved sides that helps me in my grip but for smaller hands, they might find the flat frame of the smartphone a little bit annoying to hold.

We also have here the large circular camera module at the back which is a signature we’ve seen before on the Huawei Mate 40 series. On the right side, the smartphone features the volume rocker and also the fingerprint scanner that also acts as the sleep/wake button of the smartphone.

Below is where we can find the speaker grill and also the USB-C port of the smartphone. Unlike other smartphones in its price range, this one comes with a 40W Huawei SuperCharge so you can fully charge the smartphone in just a few minutes which is pretty cool. 

As for the speaker of the smartphone, it’s just an average one and it will do just fine when you use it. It’s just fine for watching videos or when I was watching TikTok videos.

Huawei Y90 Review: Battery 

For the battery, the smartphone comes with 5000mAh battery which is pretty standard for its size and then there’s the 40W Huawei SuperCharge as well, in our test we can get a day or even more of a battery life of usage on the smartphone which is pretty good. 

Huawei Nova Y90 Review: Display

The display of the smartphone is probably its best feature. It features a 6.7-inch HUAWEI Edgeless FullView Display and the bezels on the smartphone is insanely thin especially for its price range. It features a 1.05mm narrow bezel with a 94% screen-to-body ratio. 

It’s a flat display and the colors are just fine. It’s nothing special when it comes to colors but the smartphone is definitely usable when I’m using it outside. The colors are just fine along with its contrast but it’s definitely not on the level of AMOLED – which is pretty fine for its price range. But the bezels? Damn, that’s amazing.

Huawei Nova Y90 Review: Software and Performance

Inside the smartphone is EMUI 12 and it does look similar to the Huawei MatePad 10.4 2022’s HarmonyOS 3. For the apps, of course, you can rely on the Petal Search or the Huawei AppGallery and it’s also possible to sideload APKs on the smartphone if you want to.

The EMUI 12 is still refreshing to the eyes and the UI does have quick access to everything that you need. Swiping down from the top right will give you access to different connectivities including Huawei Super Device where you can connect to your other Huawei devices like laptops and connect with it seamlessly.

As for the pre-installed applications, the smartphone does come with some Huawei apps including Petal Clip, books, Docs, and more. Most of them are pretty useful and pretty good especially if you’re on the Huawei Ecosystem.

For the processing part, there’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processor inside and as expected, the smartphone performed like most Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 processors on smartphones. Running light and casual apps and games would be just fine but don’t expect to run heavier apps on the smartphone at a demanding graphics settings. Check out the benchmarks of the smartphone. 

Huawei nova Y90 Review: Camera

For the camera of the smartphone, it features a 50MP main camera along with 2MP macro camera and also a 2MP Depth camera. Unfortunately, there’s no ultra wide-angle camera on the smartphone and for the selfies, there’s the 8MP selfie camera.

As for the quality of the smartphone’s camera, well, it’s pretty darn bad. I actually didn’t like the shots that we took using the smartphone. Check out the camera samples from the Huawei nova Y90.

Most of the shots that we took lacks colors and the dynamic range of the smartphone isn’t that great. Similar can be said with its front-facing camera of the smartphone.

Huawei nova Y90 Review: Verdict 

The Huawei nova Y90 is an entry-level smartphone for people who are delving into the Huawei ecosystem. The smartphone’s processor is capable of most of the apps that you need especially the lighter and the casual ones and as for the battery, this one does have a good one but for the camera lovers, they might not like this one.

The Huawei nova Y90 is now available for Php11,999



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