Huawei nova 3i review


In India, Huawei usually launches aggressively priced phones under its Honor sub-brand. This year, however, the global smartphone manufacturer is taking a more assertive stance & is bringing in more of Huawei branded phones to lớn the country, even in the affordable price segment. (हिंदी में पढ़े)

The last few weeks have been quite busy for Huawei and amidst multiple launches, the company also presented two of its competitively priced Nova series options, the Nova 3 and Nova 3i, for mid-range buyers. For now, we will be talking about the more affordable Nova 3i that will compete with the likes of mày A2, Redmi note 5 Pro, và Moto G6 Plus in India.

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Is it up for the task? Let’s find out in our Huawei Nova 3i review.

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Huawei Nova 3i Specifications

ModelHuawei Nova 3i
Display6.3-inch screen display having 2340x1080p resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor2.2GHz Octa-core Kirin 710 AI processor (4x Cortex-A73 cores
2.2GHz + 4x Cortex-a53 cores
Internal Storage128GB (108GB không tính tiền at user end), expandable up to 256GB(microSD)
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo OS topped by EMUI 8.2
Selfie Camera24MP + 2MP
Rear Camera16MP + 2MP
Others4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.2, GPS
India PriceRs. 20,990

Also Read: mày A2 review – Should you buy it?

Huawei Nova 3i nhận xét – Design and Build

Nova 3i is an absolutely gorgeous looking phone. The construction is, by now, familiar Glass-metal but the two-tone gradient on the back helps it distinguish itself from generic glass body phones. The resulting look isn’t excessively flashy (or tacky) and should work well even for people with sober taste.


There is good chất lượng oleophobic coating on both the front & rear glass, but there is only so much smudge resistance a glass body phone can offer.

Conforming to lớn the modern trends, the fascia is mostly screen with a wide notch at the top. Thankfully, unlike Honor phones, there is no branding on the chin (which isn’t big enough to accommodate branding anyway).

The fingerprint sensor on the rear is fairly accessible. It’s also exceptionally fast và accurate. Huawei bundles a transparent case in the box that can even out the camera hump.


As you’d have probably figured out, we are quite happy with the way Huawei Nova 3i looks. Now that I am thinking of a better-looking phone at this price point, nothing comes lớn mind. One thing missing is the Type-C port.

Huawei Nova 3i looks gorgeous và is comfortable to lớn operate.It’s glass-metal-glass phone. & there is a wide notch at the front.Audio jack, speaker grill, và USB port are on the bottom. Huawei is still using Micro USB port.Nova 3I has a hybrid SIM tray.The fingerprint sensor is accessible. Face Unlock is another unlock option consumers have.Huawei bundles a protective case in the box.

Huawei Nova 3i review – Display

The Nova 3i has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution. The colors are well balanced and the trắng point is closer to neutral compared khổng lồ what we usually see on Huawei/honor phones. We still switched khổng lồ ‘Normal’ mode, which is a more accurate, close-to-SRGB màu sắc profile. Contrast và dynamic range are reasonable considering the price.


Maximum brightness left us wanting for more. The display is still legible under direct sunlight.

The notch on the phone is wide và the remaining space on the status bar is used for displaying system notification icons. You can’t kiểm tra apps pushing notifications from the status bar. The LG like fourth navigation button at the bottom can be conveniently used khổng lồ drag down notification shade.

The display unique is reasonably good for the price.The contrast, colors and dynamic range felt fine. The “Normal” màu sắc mode is relatively more accurate (close khổng lồ sRGB) màu sắc profile that’s also light on eyes.Thanks lớn the notch, status bar only shows system notifications (WiFi, SIM network, Battery, etc.).You can black out the notch from display settings.

Huawei Nova 3i đánh giá – Performance & software

This is the first Huawei phone with Kirin 710 octa-core chipset. After more than a week of usage, it’s quite clear that the Kirin 710 is a significant improvement over Kirin 659. In terms of processing power & smoothness, it still can’t quite match up khổng lồ the experience we have had on phones with Snapdragon 660 or more powerful Qualcomm chipsets.


Performance wasn’t immaculate, but we didn’t encounter any stuttering with normal day-to-day usage. Most high-end games that we tried ran fine, but we could still make out frame drops when playing Asphalt 9 at maximum settings or while playing PUBG. The phone also tends to lớn heat up under heavy load.

Upcoming GPU Turbo update could further improve performance for select games that tư vấn it (PUBG does). For hardcore gamers, there is Huawei’s Honor Play that supports better Kirin 970 chipset at a comparatively lower price, but then, it isn’t nearly as good looking as the Nova 3i. Xiaomi’s Poco F1 also rewrites the rules by offering Snapdragon 845 for under 20K and should naturally be the first choice for hardcore gamers.


As for the software, the EMUI 8.2 running on the handset is a heavily customized skin and you’d barely notice the android 8.1 Oreo underneath it. Huawei’s approach has been to địa chỉ cửa hàng every possible feature in the book and that can make the interface a bit overwhelming if you aren’t tech savvy. At the same time, the UI can be quite engaging for people who like to fiddle with all aspects of their phones.

Time & again we did appreciate the abundance of customization options và how Huawei explains stuff using short notes through the interface. Anyways, a simple launcher can fix most of what’s wrong with the UI.

Also Read: Honor Play Quick reviews – Cheapest Phone With Kirin 970 

Kirin 710 is an improvement over Kirin 659, particularly when it comes lớn gaming. Day-to-day performance is smooth.The ample 128GB storage is an added bonus.The fingerprint sensor on the phone is fast and accurate. Face Unlock works well too.The Nova 3i has DRM L1 certificate but cannot stream HD content on Netflix (like most other phones in this price range).The EMUI 8.2 software is extremely rich in features and customization options.

Huawei Nova 3i đánh giá – Camera Performance


Let’s talk about the specs first. The Nova 3i has a 16 MP primary rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture và PDAF. This is accompanied by a basic 2MP depth sensor that’s used for gathering depth information. On the front, there is a 24MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture which is again paired with a 2MP depth sensor. And of course, the camera flaunts AI smarts.

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The Nova 3i camera performance is better than what we usually see in this budget. The camera can capture a good amount of details indoors and outdoors & images we clicked had wide dynamic range.

AI enhancements do come in handy in extremely low light & certain outdoor shots, but more often than not the images turn out over saturated.

Without AI
With AI. The image is a tad oversaturated and a bit unnatural, but it still looks more appealing.

With AI turned on, the camera first captures a regular image và then adds AI enhancements. Even if you have shot an image in AI mode, you can turn off AI effects & revert khổng lồ the unenhanced image while viewing the image in the gallery later. Overall, the AI still has a long way to go and we weren’t impressed.


The màu sắc tones are usually warm. Images shot outdoors turned out fine. The rear camera can lock focus quickly.

Close up

Details are good even in shots captured indoors.

Clicked indoors, Artificial lighting


The portrait mode didn’t work very well. Edges are often soft. The camera tiện ích also has an option khổng lồ manually adjust aperture (or khổng lồ increase/decrease defocus area).

Rear camera portraits; edges are soft.

The selfie clicked on the phone are fine. Portrait mode for the front camera is inconsistent.

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Selfie portrait, Edge detection is flawed.The Camera ứng dụng is feature rich and also bundles some fun features (including Qmojis, Backgrounds, etc) under the AR lens mode.


Comparing images with mi A2 side by side, we’d have khổng lồ say the mày A2 is a better performer for images clicked in proper lighting. For lowlight shots, it will be a close bout. We will be doing a detailed camera comparison between the two phones very soon.

Note: You can check full resolution samples in this Flicker Album.

Huawei Nova 3i reviews – Battery, connectivity, & Audio

The 3340mAh battery can easily last for a day (or more) with moderate khổng lồ heavy usage. As mentioned before, the charging port is regular Micro USB & fast charging isn’t supported.

The audio via mono speaker isn’t very loud. Audio via headphones is fine. GPS navigation worked fine for us. Call quality was excellent in our area.

The major shortcomings of Kirin 710 are lack of tư vấn for 5GHz Wi-Fi band (lacks support for WiFi 802.11ac) which results in poor streaming over devices like Chromecast (that we happen lớn use a lot).

The 3340mAh battery can comfortably last a day (or more).Fast charging isn’t supported. Huawei bundles a 5v-2a charger that can đứng đầu up battery quickly.Nova 3i is missing dual-band WiFi, which can be an issue for people who use streaming dongles lượt thích Chromecast (particularly screen mirroring).The audio via loudspeaker isn’t very loud. Audio unique via headphones is reasonably good.

Huawei Nova 3i reviews – Should you buy it?


Of all the affordable options Huawei has in its lineup, the Nova 3i seems lớn make the most sense for generic buyers. The phone offers good value for money, covers most basics, & looks premium.

It also has a good unique IPS LCD panel, the camera is decent if not the best, and the battery lasts comfortably long. The Kirin 710 is a significant improvement over Kirin 659, but it’s still not the best cpu you can score in this budget.

Its biggest challengers should be Xiaomi mày A2 (Review) và Poco F1 (Review) that offer more powerful chipsets và better overall camera performance. In comparison, the Nova 3i offers better design and better battery mileage (compared khổng lồ Mi A2).

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