Huawei has finally launched their newest mid-range smartphone in the Philippines, the Nova 3i. It packs very capable hardware specs with an attractive price tag. If you’re contemplating on getting this device, check out its best features below.
Large FHD+ display
One of the nicest features of the Huawei Nova 3i is its display. We’re talking about the 6.3-inch FullView Display 2.0 with FHD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution or equal to 409ppi. It also has a notch with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and boasts an 81% screen-to-body ratio. There’s also an option to activate Smart resolution which automatically lowers the resolution to HD+ (1560 x 720) to help save power and options to adjust color mode and temperature.
The Nova 3i’s build is more premium and more attractive than its predecessor, the Nova 2i. It sports a 2.5D glass on the front and back, and a glossy metallic frame in the middle. What we like the most is the Iris Purple variant as it features this gradient design that makes it eye-catching. Other color options include Classic Black and White.
Music party support
Speaker quality is one of the weaknesses of smartphones. The Nova 3i shares that as well but comes with a feature called Music party which is really fun to use. What it does is it syncs music playback across phones with the Music party feature (like another Nova 3i or Honor device) on the same WiFi network to create a surround sound. The more phones at the party, the better.
The Nova 3i packs four cameras like its predecessor. Huawei has increased the resolution of the main cameras to 16MP + 2MP rear, and 24MP + 2MP front. Both cameras are powered by AI with scene recognition. Like the Nova 2i, the secondary camera sensors are there to aid in bokeh effects. If you’re looking for features, don’t worry, as the Nova 3i has a lot like Pro, Slow-mo, Night, Panorama, Light painting, HDR, Time-lapse, 3D Panorama, Document scan, Beauty, Aperture, Portrait, and AR Lens.
Face Unlock, 3D Qmoji, and AR features
The Nova 3i has two biometric security features. One is the fingerprint scanner at the back, while the other is the Face Unlock feature which uses the 24MP camera on the front. Another feature that uses the front camera is the 3D Qmoji which works similar to the iPhone X’s Animoji. There’s also the “Backgrounds” which adds animations to your background with matching sound effects, and the AR effects or stickers.
Large 128GB storage
Most mid-range smartphones come with 32GB or 64GB storage. In the case of the Nova 3i, they bumped it to a whopping 128GB which is uncommon for its class. Not only that, it still has support for a microSD card but in a hybrid setup. It’s not really a downer though as from experience, we’ve never found the need for expandable storage with the 128GB capacity.
Kirin 710 chipset + 4GB RAM
One of the notable features of the Nova 3i is the new Kirin 710 octa-core processor, Mali-G51 GPU, and 4GB RAM. Based on our benchmarks, it is close to the performance of the OPPO F7 and Vivo X21 UD and outperformed the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Vivo V9.
Lastly, we have the price, at Php15,990/$299, the Huawei Nova 3i is one of the best bang-for-the-buck smartphones in its class. So if you’re looking for something good at under Php16K/$299, this one should be on your list.