HUAWEI nova 11 Pro Review: Top of the Lineup

POSTED BY: Lionell Go Macahilig
2023-09-04 18:01:11 PHT

A couple of months after HUAWEI officially launched the HUAWEI nova 11 Series smartphones in the Philippines, the company sent us the top model of the series, the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro. HUAWEI introduced the nova 11 Pro and its siblings, namely the HUAWEI nova 11 and the HUAWEI nova 11i. Let us take a closer look at what the prime member of the lineup has to offer.

The most outstanding physical feature of the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro is its nova monogram vegan leather design on the back, which HUAWEI claims as the industry's first debossing process for vegan leather. Apart from the green color (the phone is also available in black), the nova 11 Pro exclaims eco-friendliness and sustainability with its use of vegan or faux leather, which means that the company harmed no animal in manufacturing the material. Besides providing the nova 11 Pro with a unique look, vegan leather enhances grip and maneuverability when handling the smartphone.

On the front, the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro boasts a 6.78-inch Flawless OLED Curved Display (2562 x 1200p resolution), which provides a seamless and uninterrupted view of the screen when looking at photos, videos, games, or any content online. The display also features a 120 Hz refresh rate, 1440 Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, P3 wide color gamut, and AI enhancement. PWM dimming reduces the number of screen flickers for less eye strain, while a wide color gamut makes images on the phone display look more brilliant. For enhanced display protection, the screen of the nova 11 Pro uses HUAWEI Kunlun Glass, which makes it resistant to breakage caused by accidental drops.

The HUAWEI nova 11 Pro carries its front camera system on the upper left side of the screen. The system has a 60-megapixel ultra-wide autofocus front camera and an 8-megapixel closeup portrait front camera with 2x optical and 5x digital zoom. Meanwhile, the rear camera system of the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro consists of a 50-megapixel Ultra Vision Camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide macro camera, a laser focus sensor, and a 10-channel color temperature sensor. The rear camera system also carries the Super Star Orbit Ring. The eye-catching ring enhances the phone design and draws the subject's attention for good portrait shots.

Outputs that we captured using the cameras of the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro are sharp, bright, and have vibrant colors. Switching from one camera mode to another is nearly unnecessary because the default Photo mode adequately delivers satisfactory outputs. Nevertheless, meticulous users might want to explore Pro mode to tweak camera settings. In portrait photos where the subject stands in front of a strong backlight, the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro does post-processing to make the face more visible even when taken against the light. Closeup and night shots are also remarkable with the nova 11 Pro.

Within its gorgeous body, the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G. The mobile platform has an octa-core CPU (4x Cortex-A78 at 2.4 GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 at 1.8 GHz) and an Adreno 642L GPU. The platform goes along with 8 GB RAM, 256 GB ROM, and the EMUI operating system. With these components, the nova 11 Pro scored 569665 in the AnTuTu benchmarking tool. The nova 11 Pro incorporates a 4500 mAh battery that recharges through a Type-C USB 2.0 port. The USB port doubles as a physical earphone jack (the phone does not have a 3.5 mm audio jack). Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2. In addition, the Easy Projection feature allows users to project visual content on the phone to a compatible television or display device for a larger view.

In the Philippines, HUAWEI offers the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro for the price of ₱33,999, which makes the phone a bit expensive when put side by side with other models in the same league. In any case, the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro can be acquired through convenient payment methods available today. HUAWEI also offers more affordable nova 11 series models, namely the HUAWEI 11 (₱24,999) and the HUAWEI 11i (₱11,999 for the 8GB+128GB variant and ₱13,999 for the 8GB+256GB variant). With the pinnacle of the Christmas season approaching, the HUAWEI nova 11 Pro, along with its siblings, is one of the offerings out there that you might want to add to your growing list of gift ideas this year.