Huawei's Nova 4 Hole-Punch Phone Is Finally Official

By Holly Brockwell on at

We've been hearing rumours and leaks about the upcoming Huawei Nova 4 doughnut phone (...cos it's got a hole) for weeks now.

There was the original leaked image showing the camera hole, then some more leaked photos, a rumour that the phone would arrive on the 17th of December (that's today, fact fans) and Huawei's Weibo post giving the game away.

Today, we officially have confirmation of the phone, its specs and price.

One of the most talkable features of the phone is of course the hole in the screen for the selfie camera, which offers a stonking 25 megapixels to capture every damn pore. The rear camera will be even more overpowered: a 48MP main plus two supplementary snappers.

Phones-with-holes are the new big thing in tech, since notches are pretty universally maligned and all the phone manufacturers have been scrambling to think of something better. Huawei's youth-focused brand Honor has also announced a doughnut phone, the View 20, which also has the 48MP camera sensor.

Samsung has plumped for the hole-punch design too, announcing its Galaxy A8s with Infinity O design, which is its fancy name for the hole. Infinity-O will also make an appearance on the upcoming Galaxy S10.

As The Verge points out, the hole on the Nova 4 looks a little bit smaller than Samsung's, though we're not sure that'll make much difference in practice.

The phone also offers a 6.4-inch 2K screen (2310 x 1080), Android 9.0 Pie with Huawei's EMUI nonsense on top, 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage plus a microSD slot, a Kirin 970 processor, dual-SIM capability and a 3750mAh battery. No in-screen fingerprint sensor on this one, though: it's a more traditional circular pad on the back.

Currently, there are no official plans to bring the Nova 4 to the UK. It's starting out in China, and we'd imagine demand there will determine whether it's considered a worthy investment to take further afield.

The phone will cost ¥3399 in China, which works out to about £390, although you can safely assume there'll be a Brit Tax on top of that. The company is also offering a cheaper, less-specced-out version for ¥3099, or about £350, with a 20MP camera instead of 48MP.

What do you reckon -- would you buy the Nova 4 if it came to the UK? Personally, we're more excited for the Nova 5.