The current cut-throat competition is forcings smartphone manufacturer to take a whole lot of effort to provide the best features at the competitive price to feed the audience. The Chinese manufacturer Huawei, popular for its mid-range smartphones in the market is also following the same path to cement its position in the industry. The recent launches by Huawei have has been a tough contender to all the mid-price smartphones. Amongst the very new Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i, the Nova 3i is the affordable variant with some of the leading features in the market. But will it be able to sustain the competition in the Indian market? Dive in to know more.
Display: 6.3-inch 2340x1080p IPS LCD
Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710
Primary Camera:16MP f/1.8 + 24MP f/1.8 (monochrome)
Secondary Camera: 24MP f/2.0 + 2MP
Operating System: EMUI 8.2.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
Dimensions & Weight: 57.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm; 169 g
Price: Rs. 20,990
Design: In terms of the looks, the Nova 3i is undoubtedly victorious. The Sleek and the tall design of the phone looks delicate but it is a sturdy model nevertheless. The Nova 3i comes with a notch and an almost bezel-less display with a ratio of 19.5:9. The metal frame is packed between the glass body on both back and front and honestly, the subtlety of the colour is very elegant. The only drawback of the phone is the smudges and the fingerprints the phone easily attracts because of the glass back. The back glass of the phone is very smooth and it can easily slide off of your hands, hence I would suggest using a cover.The smooth edges also blend in easily and give it a seamless look. In terms of design, Huawei has applied a minimalistic approach by placing the logo on the left bottom and even if the phone looks plain, it successfully makes a style statement. The mono speaker of the Nova 3i is placed right next to the MicroUSB port which hampers the sound output at times because the speaker gets muffled due to its placement. The fingerprint sensor is placed smartly and provides a smooth user experience. Overall the Nova 3i is an aesthetically appealing smartphone which creates a style statement.
Performance: The Nova 3i has the EMUI 8.2.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo which is impressive in most of the segments. The Phone performs well in terms of using social media applications as well as multitasking. The internal 128GB memory works well for this price range but it is the 4GB ram where Huawei has compromised. When it comes to gaming, the Nova 3i can smoothly run basic games, but when it comes to graphics intensive games, the phone starts stuttering after a while which is again passable due to the ram. After gaming for 40 mins straight the phone did heat up. The much-touted GPU turbo technology did not create any difference as such. One of the most impressive aspects provided by Huawei is the option of customization. There are lots of options in terms of display colour, home screen, and much more because of which the settings are clustered with a lot of options. Unlike most of its rivals, the Nova 3i has a MicroUSB charging port which is very slow and takes at least 2 hours to charge completely. In terms of security, the fingerprint scanner, as well as face, unlock option is also provided. Out of which the former is faster and reliable as the face unlock depends on the camera and not on 3D mapping.
Camera: One of the highlights of the Nova 3i is the camera. Huawei has provided a 16-megapixel sensor paired with a 2-megapixel sensor on the rear, while at the front, the 24-megapixel sensor is paired with a 2-megapixel sensor. The dual cameras are both equipped with AI enhancements as well as intricate settings which are bound to impress photographers. The camera has modes such as Aperture, Portrait, Photo, Video, AR lens and more 9 additional modes such as Pro, Slow-mo, Night, HDR, Panorama and more. The camera performance is satisfying in broad daylight and if the modes are used smartly, the camera is capable of producing impressive photos. Moreover, the rear camera produces natural and vibrant colours. While using the portrait mode, the focus plays a primary role in clicking crisp and detailed photos. But on the same hand, the AI settings are to be used carefully, as the ever-hovering excess colours can be easily spotted. Under low light conditions, the images appear to be grained when zoomed in but provide vibrant colours. With good lighting conditions, the selfies come out to be amazing. Using the beauty mode is a tricky challenge as using it at a higher setting gives in the overworked artificial colours. The much-hyped 3D lighting effect does not create any major difference and could be label as a marketing tactic.
Quote: The younger variant of the Nova 3 is an impressive smartphone with some of the leading features at an impressive price.
Verdict: For Rs. 20990/- the Nova 3i is a steal if you are looking for a pretty phone and if you are ready to compromise on the dash charging and the shortage of RAM.