Supporting a massive 6.3-inch FHD+ notched display, a unique 4 camera set up and a spectacular design borrowed from its elder brothers ( The Huawei P20/Pro/Lite), the Huawei Nova 3/3i seems to be offering a lot more for the price it’s asking for.

The phone was announced by in SHENZHEN, China by Huawei about a month ago along with a number of other products. With pre-orders starting in mid-July, the device started shipping on July 26th. The device is expected to release with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with EMUI 8.2 skin on top of it.

Flagship Specifications

Probably the biggest stand out feature for the Nova 3 has to be its internals. The device comes with flagship Kirin 970 SoC, the same chipset used in the Huawei P20/Pro, 4 or 6 GB of Ram based on region/model, 64/128 GB internal storage options with support for expandable storage, an outstanding 3750 mAh battery and a quad camera set up while being able to cram in USB type C and a 3.5mm Audio Jack, Sweet!

Meanwhile the lower-end variant, the Nova 3i comes with the newly announced Kirin 710 which is said to be much faster and efficient compared to its earlier midrange chipsets.

Huawei Nova 3 Detailed Review; Image credits: YouTube/Techniqued

The Nova 3i also only supports a lower 3340 mAh battery which is still better than most devices at this price range. The Nova 3i also supports a similar quad camera set up, but at a much lower specification.

The design language for both devices is near identical with dimensions only being a bit thicker by a fraction for the lower end device.

The Display and Cameras

A 6.2 inch full HD+ IPS LCD display at 1080 x 2340 pixels supporting a19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) is standard across both devices. The only differentiating factor is that the higher end Nova 3 has a greater screen to body ratio at 84.3%.

Thanks to the fingerprint scanner present in the back, instead of the front of the device like the P20 Pro, the Nova 3 and 3i has a larger screen to body ratio comparatively.

Also worth mentioning is that the “notch” is now larger as it now supports two cameras and a new IR sensor for face unlocking.

Huawei Nova 3; Image credits: YouTube/iGyaan

Moving onto the cameras, the Nova 3 comes with a primary 16 MP RGB and a secondary 24 MP B/W cameras both at f/1.7 aperture. The front cameras consist of a 24 MP f/2.0 camera and another 2 MP camera solely for extracting depth information for portrait selfies.

The Nova 3i supports the same front camera setup. But the rear cameras are downgraded to a 16 MP f/2.2 primary and a 2 MP secondary camera for depth information.

Both devices come with an array of AI features, something Huawei has been focusing on extensively for the last few years. It has said they the Nova 3’s front cameras can recognise over 200 scenarios across 8 categories using AI while the rear cameras can recognize over 500 scenarios across 22 categories thanks to their integrated NPU.

There’s More!?

Huawei has also focused a lot more on security this time around. The newly added array of sensors including an infra-red sensor can read faces even in the darkest conditions for face unlocking. Thanks to the new GPU Turbo graphics processing technology, gaming is made even better as the new technology ramps up the device’s performance.

And what’s the best part of all? The higher-end device ( the Nova 3 ) retails only at 1799 AED! (490 USD)!!! Meanwhile, the Nova 3i costs around 1200 AED (236.69 USD).

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