Here is the most competitively priced 2022 smartphone: meet the new HUAWEI nova 9 SE!

Mid-range smartphones aim to combine flagship-level features with great value. You may have to compromise slightly on one aspect or another, but it’s often totally worth it. They also come with many benefits besides their competitive prices. They often boast premium features, are on par with the performance of high-end phones, and allow you to update to a newer gadget without feeling as guilty.

Huawei’s newest mid-range phone HUAWEI nova 9 SE is the latest addition to their mid-range offerings, and we definitely think that it is a great choice for a mid-range phone priced under AED 1,200 and here’s why:

Staggering 108MP high-res photography

HUAWEI nova 9 SE back design

HUAWEI nova 9 SE is equipped with a 108MP AI Quad Camera system, comprising of a 108MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP Bokeh lens, and a 2MP macro lens. With such an impressive pixel count, the 108MP ultra-high-definition camera allows users to unleash their creativity in sublime detail. The larger sensor and advanced imaging technology allow the smartphone to deliver extremely clear shots in High-Res mode, creating lossless images even when zoomed in three times.

The HUAWEI nova 9 SE can capture pictures in dark environments. It increases the brightness while reducing noise and improving the dynamic range of the photos. You can also snap perfect selfies in low light as the Super Night Shot feature can accurately recognise human faces and optimise the background while filtering out noise. With AI recognition shutter technology enabling the smart adjustment of the shutter, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE captures dynamic scenes with precision, preserving every single memory that matters.

Powerful charging performance

Fast charging has become a must-have in smartphones. Thanks to 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge, HUAWEI nova 9 SE can be charged by 60 percent in just 15 minutes or be fully charged in 36 minutes.

A striking design with sophisticated craftsmanship

HUAWEI nova 9 SE striking design

The HUAWEI nova 9 SE features a HUAWEI FullView display with ultra-narrow bezels measuring a mere 1.05mm each. This contributes to a far more immersive visual experience for the user and perfectly complements the ultra-slim body of the smartphone, which comes in at just 7.94mm. The rear lens bears the nova Series’ iconic Star Orbit Ring camera design. With its slim body coupled with the 3D Glass Rear Cover, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE is easy to hold and fits well in the palm of your hand.

Creative vlog experiences

If you are into making vlogs, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE has everything you need. You can easily take videos from different perspectives, thanks to the Continuous Front/Rear Recording feature. This feature lets you seamlessly film from different perspectives, save footage as a single file, and save your time from complex editing. On the other hand, Dual-View Video recording allows you to showcase live reactions to events, simultaneously using the front and rear cameras with no extra editing. There is also the Petal Clip app to streamline the whole content creation process. If you haven’t tried vlogging yet, this might also be the perfect time to start.


With EMUI 12, users can enjoy a buttery smooth experience even after using the device for a long period of time. Thanks to One Hop Connection via near field communications (NFC), the HUAWEI nova 9 SE can pair with other Huawei devices directly, and cross-device collaboration can be established with a simple tap.

With the Distributed File System, HUAWEI nova 9 SE allows users to access files from a PC. Alternatively, users can send files between the smartphone and other Huawei devices via Huawei share and speak with up to 11 parties simultaneously by taking advantage of the larger display, camera, and speakers.

Running on EMUI 12, the HUAWEI nova 9 SE offers a smart, easy, and seamless experience to users. The trusted, innovative, user-friendly, and secure AppGallery is also available on the HUAWEI nova 9 SE. Using AppGallery, users can easily navigate, explore, find, and easily download a wide range of high-quality apps.

You might be hard-pressed to find a smartphone with better features at this price point. That is why the HUAWEI nova 9 SE is a great choice for a mid-range phone priced at AED 1200.

Price and availability

HUAWEI nova 9 SE striking black colour

The HUAWEI nova 9 SE priced at 1199 AED, available in three colours Midnight Black, Crystal Blue and Pearl White, will open for pre-order in the UAE from March 25th. Customers who pre-order the device can avail of gifts worth 295 AED. These gifts include the HUAWEI Band 6, a one-month free or 30 percent off on a one-year subscription on Huawei Cloud 200GB plan, and a free three month Huawei Video VIP subscription. Customers will also get Huawei Care with 20 percent off on a one year extended warranty and 20 percent off on screen protection.