HUAWEI nova 9 SE: Light on accessories but heavy on features and capabilities

We’ve had the new HUAWEI nova 9 SE for about a month now, from Wednesday April 27, 2022 to be exact. That’s when we got the review unit from Huawei Mobile Kenya office. Having had the device and used it for over three weeks, we’ve managed to get acquainted with the phone, it features as well as the various functionalities.


Just like its predecessor, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE has a FullView Display wrapped in an ultra-slim body measuring just 7.94mm thin. The device has ultra-narrow bezels which measure just 1.05mm thin. The HUAWEI nova 9 SE has a 6.78-inch display and a screen ratio of 94.85 per cent, giving the user a far more immersive visual experience.

Fitted with 3D Glass Rear Cover, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE is slim and light, and fits comfortably in the user’s palm, and thereby easy to hold.

Available in three colour variants of Crystal Blue, Pearl White, and Midnight Black and targeting the youth segment, the device’s Star Orbit Ring’s camera module offers a star-like glare refraction that resembles bright stars in your fingers, giving it a refined, dazzling style.


For a model designed for the youth demographic, with quality and design at the core, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE lives true to this tradition. 

In this regard, the smartphone offers arguably one of the best experiences when it comes to high-res photography. It enables the user to capture incredible details and is recommended for scenic shots, as it delivers better quality images and vivid photos. When the user zooms in, one is able to clearly see vivid features and details in the captured images.

The HUAWEI nova 9 SE has made it possible to capture shots in any lighting condition. Added to this is the fact with the new model in the HUAWEI nova 9 series, the user doesn’t need to change the position of the phone to capture wider-angle shots, but just select ‘Wide’ from the camera settings to capture more objects in the same shot.

When it comes to recording videos, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE features the Dual video mode, through which the user can record clips with both the front and back camera at the same time in a single video clip.

And there’s more. With the device, the user does not need to seek third party assistance when taking group as it is now possible to do this remotely through HUAWEI WATCH 3, WATCH GT Series, HUAWEI WATCH FIT Series and HUAWEI Band Series on the HUAWEI nova 9 SE. In addition this, the HUAWEI WATCH 3 can be used to trigger video recording and preview images in real time. Using the HUAWEI WATCH 3, users can remotely control the smartphone to capture photos with either the front or rear camera, or shoot videos, all by themselves.




·         Height: 164.64 mm

·         Width: 75.55 mm

·         Depth: 7.94 mm

·         Weight: Approximately 191 g (including the battery)



·         Screen Size: 6.78 inches

·         Type: TFT LCD (IPS), up to 90 Hz frame refresh rate, 270 Hz touch sampling rate

·         Resolution: FHD + 2388 x 1080 Pixels



·         Qualcomm Snapdragon 680

·         CPU: Octa-core, 4 x [email protected] GHz + 4 x [email protected] GHz

·         GPU: Adreno 610



8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
Rear Camera


·         108 MP High-Resolution Camera (f/1.9 aperture)

·         8 MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera (f/2.2 aperture)

·         2 MP Depth Camera (f/2.4 aperture)

·         2 MP Macro Camera (f/2.4 aperture)

Autofocus Mode: Phase focus, contrast focus

Zoom Mode: Digital Zoom

Image Resolution: Supports up to 12000 x 9000 pixels

Video Resolution: Supports up to 1920 x 1080 pixels


Rear Camera Capture Mode: AI-Camera, Ultra Wide Angle Lens, Night, Portrait, High-Res, Photo, Pro, Video, Dual-View Video, Super Macro, Panorama, Time-Lapse, Aperture, Documents, Filter, Timer, Capture Smiles, Audio Control, Ultra Snapshot

Front Camera


16 MP Front Camera (f/2.2 aperture)

·         Image Resolution: Supports up to 4608 x 3456 pixels

·         Video Resolution: Supports up to 1920 x 1080 pixels

·         Front Camera Capture Mode: Night, Portrait, Video, Time-Lapse, Filter, Capture Smiles, Audio Control, Timer

Battery 4,000 mAh
Charging HUAWEI SuperCharge (Max 66 W)


·         WLAN

·         Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0

·         USB: USB Type-C, USB 2.0

·         Earjack: USB Type-C earjack



·         GPS

·         AGPS

·         GLONASS

·         BeiDou

·         GALILEO

·         QZSS



·         Gravity sensor

·         Fingerprint sensor

·         Compass

·         Ambient light sensor



·         Audio: HUAWEI Histen. Formats – .mp3, .mp4, .3gp, .ogg, .amr, .aac, .flac, .wav, and .midi

·         Video: .3gp, .mp4

Colour variants ·         Midnight Black

·         Crystal Blue

·         Pearl White

In The Box


·         Phone (plus built-in battery)

·         Charger and USB Type-C Cable

·         Quick Start Guide

·         Warranty Card

·         Eject Tool

·         TP protective film (already embossed on the screen)

·         TPU Protective case


Battery and charging

Like we mentioned in our previous post highlighting the key features of the HUAWEI nova 9 SE, the use need not worry about the status of their battery when using this smartphone. One is guaranteed of peace of mind and convenience with the device’s 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge feature which enables the user to attain a 60 per cent charge in just 15 minutes, or to fully charge the phone in just 36 minutes.

The battery design also ensures a 10 per cent higher capacity, as well as a 5 per cent longer cycle life compared to previous models in the HUAWEI nova series.

Having looked at the features and functionalities packed in the device, we remain convinced that it’s a good bargain and a device worth checking out at its price point of just below Kshs 40,000. And should you wish to learn about the device and possibly order it online, remember you can do that from this link on Amaya Kenya.

Overall, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE maybe light on accessories it ships with but it is definitely heavy when it comes to features, capabilities and functionalities which it offers the user.


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