After about a month since its global unveiling, we finally have another phone with the punch-hole cutout being prepped for release into the Malaysian market in the form of Huawei Nova 4. After its launch event earlier today, we spent some time with the phone to find out what it would be like to have a device with a “hole” on its screen.
I have to admit, I didn’t fancy the idea of a hole on a display. But after using it during our brief time with it, I’ll say that it doesn’t really get in the way when you’re browsing through your usual menus or text-based reading material.
That said, when it comes to videos and games, then it becomes really difficult to ignore its presence. Sure, it sits at a corner, and when your attention is not needed away from the center of the screen, then it’s fine.
But when something is going on at the corner where the cutout is, then it’s undeniably a blind spot. Kind of like when you’re driving and the pillar is in the way when you want to turn right.
The back of the phone is certainly pretty, especially if you pick the Crush Blue colorway since it reflects lights in a way that’s certainly eye-catching.
But, while we’re still on the subject, I’m obliged to point out the unfortunate camera bump. It will be something that you’ll have to keep in mind if you are interested to own this Nova 4 unless you plan to acquire a protective case for the phone.
The fingerprint sensor is also here, which is pretty standard placing for it. But thanks to the very reflective back, you might be spending a lot of time cleaning the back of fingerprints (unless you decide to use a protective case), regardless if you’re very accurate with getting to the fingerprint sensor.
With the power button and volume rocker sitting on the right side, the left is left pretty clean. The 3.5mm jack sits at the top, so it’s an added bonus for those who still very much enjoy its presence.
In general, the ergonomic curve of the phone helps it sit in the hand more comfortable. That said, the Nova 4 does feel very light – maybe too light for some.
Finally, the camera seems pretty decent. It’s got a fair number of tools at your disposal, and it retains a fair amount of detail. Colour accuracy seems pretty good as well, but that’s just in a single environment and we only tested for such a brief time which means that this is not our final verdict.
All in all, the Punch FullView display may be a key feature of the Nova 4, but it’s not one I’m fond of, to say the least. Maybe having to spend an extended period of time with it may change my mind, but until then, it remains a contentious feature.
Priced at RM 1899, the Huawei Nova 4 will be made available in Malaysia starting from 14 January 2019.