Huawei has announced the upcoming release of its Nova 12 series, potentially featuring a new Kirin 5G chip, set for December 26th. This follows the successful launch of the Mate60 series earlier this year, with sales reaching 2.4 million units in China.
The Nova 12 series could signify another resurgence for Huawei, which previously experienced a decline in smartphone sales due to U.S. restrictions on access to advanced semiconductors and the Google suite of apps.
The Huawei Nova 12 series may consist of four models: Nova 12, Nova 12 Vitality Edition, Nova 12 Pro, and Nova 12 Ultra.
The Nova 12 Pro and Nova 12 Ultra are rumored to be equipped with a new Kirin 5G chip to access fast 5G network. Several digital bloggers have indicated that the new 5G chip is a down-clocked version derived from the Kirin 9000S. The super-large core’s frequency has been reduced by 0.13GHz.
While there are performance differences between the two, the overall architecture remains the same, maintaining the 1+3+4 core combination.
It is not yet confirmed whether the other two models, Nova 12 and Nova 12 Vitality Edition, will use Kirin chips. However, there are reports suggesting that the Nova 12 is expected to be equipped with the Snapdragon 778 4G processor and will only support 4G networks.
Notably, the Nova 12 Ultra will also support two-way satellite communication, allowing for information transmission without signal coverage.
In other aspects, the Nova 12 series comes with the latest HarmonyOS, featuring a 1.5K resolution OLED dual-hole curved screen and is equipped with stronger Kunlun glass.
The layout of the camera module has some changes compared to the previous generation, with two lenses located at the top and bottom within the star ring, symmetrically arranged with the flash and sensor below the ring.
The Huawei Nova 12 will reportedly join "The Pioneer Program", which means that like its predecessor the Mate 60 series, it might be available for sale before its official launch event. Consumers may have the opportunity to purchase the Nova 12 phone before the release event.
Covering the price range of 2,000 to 4,000 yuan, the Nova series has had a clear target audience: young, trendy individuals who prioritize the aesthetic appeal and camera capabilities of their phones over technical specifications.
Additionally, this series has always been focusing on being lighter and thinner. After the first Nova phone was launched in 2016, there was only one model weighing over 200g.
The Nova series achieved some success in the past with the global user base exceeding 145 million by April 2020. But due to U.S. restrictions, the new models in the Nova series were only available in 4G versions starting from 2021. The Nova 12 series will see Huawei make a comeback in supporting 5G networks for this series.
In another significant move towards self-reliance, Huawei has collaborated with the Chinese EDA firm JLCEDA to develop an EDA (Electronic Design Automation) product, aiming to circumvent U.S. sanctions.
JLCEDA, known for its independently developed cloud-based board-level EDA tool, is now deepening its partnership with Huawei. This collaboration is a strategic step for Huawei to independently develop its own advanced semiconductors, further strengthening its technological autonomy.