Even though the Nova and Nova Plus were only announced in September last year, Huawei has announced its successors, the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus.

The mid-range handsets have an overhauled design and are very similar looking; the Nova and Nova Plus oddly looked nothing like each other. Here’s the latest on Huawei.

The handsets pack dual cameras and vibrant colour schemes, and we've had some hands-on time with the phones.

When is the Huawei Nova 2 and Nova 2 Plus release date?

The phones were launched in China on 26 May. No UK release date is yet set.

Here are our reviews of last year’s Huawei Nova and Huawei Nova Plus.

How much will the Huawei Nova 2 be in the UK?

Here’s the thing – the UK might not even get the phone, or the Nova 2 Plus. Carphone Warehouse does sell the original Nova here for an outstanding £279.99, but these shores never saw the Plus version.

How much will the Huawei Nova 2 cost?

If and when the Nova 2 comes to the UK it will likely cost the same as the original Nova did when it was released at £349.99. This puts it in the same ballpark as the Moto Z Play and not far away from the higher specs of the £399 OnePlus 3T

In China, the Nova 2 retails for 2499 yuan and the Plus for 2899 yuan, around £285 and £330 respectively. But UK prices rarely match the exchange rate, and we expect them to cost around £329 and £379.

What are the features and specs of the Nova 2?

The Huawei Nova 2 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, the same mid-range power efficient chip found in the BlackBerry KEYone and Moto Z Play. Fingers crossed for the same excellent battery life as those two phones.

The handsest have an impressive camera set up with a 12Mp and 8Mp sensor on the rear and a ridiculous 20Mp on the front. As you can see from that spec and the marketing poster, this is a selfie phone. 

The Nova 2 has a 5.2in display while the larger Plus clocks in at 5.5in. The larger model also has a larger battery, more RAM, more storage and a better display. Here's hoping they make it to the UK.

Huawei Nova 2 full specs

  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 5.2in IPS touchscreen 1920x1080, 424ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • MaliT830-MP2 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 12Mp and 8Mp main cameras with LED flash, support for video at 2160p @ 30fps
  • 20Mp front facing camera
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Nano SIM
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 2950mAh non-removable battery
  • 142.2 x 68.9 x 6.9 mm
  • 143g

Huawei Nova 2 Plus full specs

  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • 5.5in full HD touchscreen 1920x1080, 401ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • MaliT830-MP2 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 12Mp and 8Mp main cameras with LED flash, support for video at 2160p @ 30fps
  • 20Mp front facing camera
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Nano SIM
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 3340mAh non-removable battery
  • 153.9 x 74.9 x 6.9 mm
  • 169 g