The Huawei nova 10 SE is an exciting device from the company's series that features a unique design and a variety of color options. In addition, it is equipped with the powerful Snapdragon 680G 4G chipset and a 108MP camera, which is a rare feature in this category of devices. With its impressive specifications, the phone holds potential for those looking for something new and different in their device.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Huawei nova 10 SE specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2022, October 05
- Colors: Starry Silver, Mint Green, Starry Black
- Dimensions: 162.4 x 75.5 x 7.4 mm.
- Weight: 184 g.
- Screen: 6.67" inc, 1080 x 2400, OLED
- Camera : Triple, 108MP
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680G 4G (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Memory: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
- Battery: 4500, Li-Po, non-removable
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Operating system: EMUI 12, no Google Play Services
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, compass, proximity (ultrasound)
The Huawei nova 10 SE boasts an attractive design that is sure to grab your attention right out of the box. Color options include Mint Green, Starry Silver and Starry Black. The youthful appeal of the Mint Green variant is particularly appealing and is sure to be a hit with the younger generations.
The back panel of the nova 10 SE is made of high-quality plastic with a coating that sparkles when it catches the light. The surface also has a glossy, smooth finish that is fingerprint-resistant thanks to its crystal and matte effect.
The camera module on the back of the device is oval-shaped and features a unique design called the Start Orbit Ring, with two large circular segments that house the camera sensors. It's a triple-camera setup, with the main camera sensor located in the top circle and the bottom circle containing two sensors - ultra-wide and macro.
The dual LED flash and a small tag describing it as 'AI Triple Camera' are lined up on the right side of the unit. There is a Huawei logo at the bottom of the back panel which completes the overall design.
The device's ports and buttons are strategically placed for easy access. The volume rocker and power button, which also functions as a fingerprint scanner, are on the right side, while the SIM slot, primary microphone, USB-C port, and speaker are on the bottom. At the top is the secondary microphone.
The front panel boasts thin bezels providing ample screen space with a 91.85% screen-to-body ratio. There is a hole for the selfie camera sensor located at the top center of the display. 2.5D glass material provides a flat design with contoured edges.
The body design is ergonomic, which makes it easy to use with one hand, the buttons are easily accessible, the device is thin - 7.39 mm and light - 184 grams, although it has a large battery of 4500 mAh.
The Huawei nova 10 SE features an FHD+ OLED display that delivers accurate colors, fine details and wide viewing angles. It boasts a high refresh rate of 90Hz and a touch sampling rate of 270Hz, making graphics, animations, scrolling apps or navigating through the UI smooth and responsive.
It has a dynamic refresh rate feature that adapts to your usage to maintain a balance between smoothness and battery life. The screen supports up to 1.07B colors, which provides rich, accurate colors and vivid visuals.
The device also comes with an Always-on-Display feature that can be easily customized, with the option to choose from presets or create your own.
Performers and hardware
The Nova 10 SE is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680G 4G, a chipset designed for mid-range devices. It supports GPU Turbo for enhanced graphics performance, coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB built-in storage. It is worth mentioning that the device does not have an option to expand the memory via a microSD card.
The SoC is powerful enough to handle basic tasks without any problems. The phone also performs well when it comes to gaming, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is playable with its standard high graphics and high refresh rate.
It also supports ultra graphics, but for better battery conservation, it is recommended to use Smooth to Medium graphics settings. Some GPU intensive games like Asphalt 9 run surprisingly well on this device.
The speaker of the Huawei nova 10 SE provides good sound quality, although it only has a mono speaker.
The phone supports Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, the latter allowing easy file transfer to other Huawei devices via Huawei Share and Multi-screen Collaboration. Unfortunately, the device does not support 5G.
The device is also fast when unlocking with facial recognition or fingerprint scanning.
The Huawei nova 10 SE boasts a powerful camera system for its mid-range, featuring a 108MP f/1.9 main sensor, an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide depth camera, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro sensor.
The main sensor allows users to take high-quality photos with rich details, accurate colors and saturation. Photos taken with this lens tend to have a warmer tone, with good contrast balance and dynamic range.
The ultra-wide camera, on the other hand, provides decent detail in photos, although color reproduction could use some improvement. But the sensor is a great addition for users who like to take landscape photos.
The rear camera also allows for portrait shots using algorithms to separate the subject from the background. A fixed-focus macro sensor completes the setup, creating sharp close-up shots.
It has an outstanding night mode, although it takes a little longer to take the picture. This feature effectively brightens shadow areas without overexposing highlights and oversaturating colors. The camera also has EIS and can record 1080p@30fps videos.
Finally, the front camera is a 16MP sensor that quickly takes photos with good texture and detail.
Software and battery
On the software side, the Huawei nova 10 SE runs EMUI 12. Like the company's recent releases, it doesn't come with Google Play services pre-installed. Users can download popular apps from the app gallery or download external apps from third-party app stores using Petal Search.
In terms of battery life, the nova 10 SE lasted up to 13 hours in the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test. The device supports 66W fast charging and takes only 40 minutes to charge the device from 0 to 100%.
The Huawei nova 10 SE is a well-performing, stylish mid-range device. It exudes class and sophistication with its functional and stylish design, and the inclusion of the Snapdragon 680G chipset makes it one of the most powerful devices in its class. What sets this device apart from its competitors is its camera capabilities and flagship 66W fast charging feature.
Huawei nova 10 SE video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Huawei nova 10 SE and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Huawei.