Chinese manufacturer Huawei has taken IFA 2016 as an opportunity to launch a completely new series of devices. Nominally the Nova and Nova Plus are mid-range smartphones, but considering the premium looks and some of the camera specifications they could easily be mistaken for top-end models.

The Nova's metal body features what Huawei calls a multi-curve design, 2.5D glass screens and diamond cut edges. The back plate comes with a brushed hairline finish and at 1.8mm the bezels of the 5" full-HD display are very thin. Inside, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset is coupled with 3GB of RAM and a 'high-density design' of the electronic components means that the battery capacity could be increased by 20%. 3020 mAh sounds like a lot for a device of this size and, according to Huawei, should be good for two days of normal use.

Also included is a USB Type-C connector and fingerprint reader. In the camera department the Nova features a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor with 1.25 um pixel size and on-sensor phase detection. The lens is constructed from six elements and comes with optical image stabilization. In video mode, the camera is capable of recording footage at 4K resolution. The front camera features an 8MP sensor and a range of 'beautification functions'.

The Nova Plus is very similar but comes with a larger 5.5" display, a 16MP image sensor with 1.12 um pixel size and a 3340 mAh battery. The Nova Plus will be priced at €429 in Europe. The Nova is 30 Euros cheaper. Pricing information for other regions has not been provided yet.