Huawei is indeed a widespread smartphone brand worldwide but we haven’t seen a big presence here in Australia. The main focus is that Huawei has focused on promoting its subsidiary brand “Honor” in Australian and other major smartphone markets. Now Honor has made a mark for itself in the market and seems to have started improving its own presence. Honor aside for a short while, with a launch of Huawei Nova 3 and Huawei Nova 3i in Australia, Huawei is bringing its Nova series to cater to budget-friendly buyers. The Nova 3 goes up against OnePlus 6 and Asus ZenFone 5Z, whereas Nova 3i faces lots of competition. Does Nova 3i (affordable Huawei’s handset) stand up against the competition? The answer is “Yes”. Let’s find out what it dishes out.
Design and Display
The Nova 3i in terms of design looks quite a lot of its bigger sibling from afar, even up close. There is no major difference in the design, though. The smartphone houses an Aluminum alloy overall Unibody with curved edges. Outback, you’ll see a dual rear camera configuration alongside dual-LED Flash coming underneath. A fingerprint scanner is positioned is at its usual position and a micro USB for charging on the bottom. It weighs 169 grams and the dimensions are 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm.
Without a doubt, Huawei loves making such beauties with a Notch display and Huawei Nova 3i packs with the features as well. The Notch bears a dual selfie sensor, whereas the bottom chin is super minimal too. It boasts a bigger and bright 6.3-inches FHD+ IPS touchscreen display with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution and 409 PPI for immersive visuals. The screen-to-body ratio is 82.2% with 19.5:9 design.
The Huawei Nova 3i camera captures quite dazzling images for a phone of its price range. The total of four cameras involved – dual front and dual rear. The primary rear camera is 16MP, whereas the primary FaceTime sensor is 24MP and both are augmented by 2MP as a secondary camera. This configuration is intended to deliver bright, detailed and natural snaps in general as well as portraits with more depth of field in particular.
The rear camera performance is excellent but like many AI implementations – it’s built for those who want punchy looking images without delving more into the mechanics of photography. The Nova 3i camera features include Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, and Face Detection, HDR, Panorama and more.
Hardware and Software
Digging down inside the beast, it is powered by new Kirin 710 Chipset from HiSilicon. The Chip is being manufactured with 12nm process and lands with an Octa-core processor clocking at 2.2GHz. And Mali-G72 GPU manages a graphical department quite well.
There is generous 4GB of RAM space available which promises users exceptionally fast and flawless performance. Hence, users can indulge their selves in multitasking and can play graphics enriched games without getting a sign of lag. Making a long story short, switching between apps, playing graphics-intensive games or working on several apps at one all is incredibly smooth.
Storage-wise, Huawei Nova 3i comes with a massive and impressive 64GB of onboard memory for storing loads and loads of data such as images, videos, files and even movies. Wait! The Nova 3i does enable users to expand its onboard memory further up to 256GB with a help of microSD card.
Huawei’s hype around its recently released Nova 3i is that it delivers users a premium smartphone experience while sticking to its low-cost policy. Given how destructively Huawei typically prices its actual premium P and Mate Series smartphones – it has its work cut out for its simply stand out. The Huawei Nova 3i 64GB Price in Australia starts from AU$413-499, whereas Nova 3i 128GB goes for a whopping AU$499-599.
The Nova 3i is backed by 3340mAh non-removable battery and based on several online sources, it goes for 10 hours and 42 minutes while watching HD videos. It sounds less compared to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. There are numerous battery saving modes and a smart resolution options which lower the screen resolution to HD+. Consistently using WhatsApp account, playing PUBG and Asphalt 9 and an hour of navigation, it will still be left with some power before the day is out.