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Huawei returns with yet another mid-range smartphone! The new Huawei Nova 9 SE is a simpler smartphone and it is priced at RM1,099. So, what makes this phone special? Let’s find out.

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Okay, so starting with the design of the Huawei 9 SE. We have a very shiny, reflective plastic back here. I’m not really a fan of the glossy finish and I’d like something matte.

Huawei Nova 9 SE

Still, at least the phone has curved edges at the back that makes it comfortable to hold.

Huawei Nova 9 SE

That camera bump though… is a little thicc.


And speaking of that camera bump, we have a total of 4 different cameras, but only two of them are usable to take pictures. Again, the depth sensor and the 2MP fixed focus camera are pretty much unusable.

Huawei Nova 9 SE

To have a look at the pictures we took, watch the video at the top of this review.


As for the performance, this Huawei Nova 9 SE comes with the Snapdragon 680 chipset and 8GB RAM. Honestly, nothing much to talk about here. It works pretty well for day-to-day tasks, but I won’t do a gaming test for this phone here since it’s definitely going to run PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile and whatnot. If you somehow manage to download Genshin Impact, it won’t run well – even the more powerful Snapdragon 695 won’t run well.

Huawei Nova 9 SE


With such a low-powered chipset, how’s the battery life? We did our usual test and it lasts for about 10 and a half hours – which is decent.

Charging time

The charging time is also quite decent considering that it comes with a 66W charger and it took about 45 minutes to charge.

Huawei Nova 9 SE


The screen though, I’d say is an okay one. It comes with a 6.78-inch IPS LCD screen with 90Hz at 2388×1080 pixels. Even though the IPS LCD looks okay, I have no idea why Huawei didn’t just use an OLED screen.

Huawei Nova 9 SE
IPS LCD screen on a phone that costs RM1,099 in year 2022 🙃

Seriously, there are lower-priced phones with OLED screens, that also come with GMS.


Oh, speaking of GMS, the Huawei Nova 9 SE still doesn’t have GMS. It’s still the same software as the previous Huawei phones that we reviewed – Android 12 with EMUI 12.0.1.

Huawei Nova 9 SE

But I want to talk about another thing instead – YouTube Vanced closing down. Technically, it’s not closed down yet. It’s just that all download links are taken down and it’s not going to be updated anymore.

Huawei Nova 9 SE

The reason why I’m bringing this up is that lots of people keep saying that “no GMS, no problem” because they can continue watching YouTube with Vanced. Now that Vanced is gone, you’re going to run into yet another big problem if you buy the Huawei Nova 9 SE.


And I guess that is the conclusion. If you do want to buy the Huawei Nova 9 SE, go ahead. The price is RM1,099 but I do think that you need to know what you’re getting.

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