Our Opinion

The Huawei Nova 3i is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Nova 3i!

Huawei Nova 3i  Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus 
Huawei Nova 3i Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
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Excellence Score
56.1
36.4
Value for Money Score
72.3
63.8
Price ₹ 20,990 onwards ₹ 19,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #54 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (16MP + 5MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (24MP + 2MP) F/1.9 Aperture, LED Flash
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 169 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3500 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay Mini; Samsung Mall
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Exquisite design - looks pretty much similar to the flagship Huawei Nova 3 from every angle, sticking to the premium design recipe which consists of using a combination of metal and glass - the Nova 3i features a metal frame, which is essentially sandwiched between the glass coating at the front and the back - they also blend very well around edges, accentuating the seamless design
  • For security, there is both a fingerprint sensor and face unlock
  • The fingerprint sensor is easy to setup and works pretty fast as well - besides security, the fingerprint sensor can be further used as a capacitive button for taking pictures, scroll down the notifications drawer, scroll through pictures in the gallery, pick up calls and even turn off alarms
  • Face Unlock work reasonably well too
  • Good, modern, tall 6.3 inch display with a notch - overall, the screen looks sharp and can also get pretty bright - it also holds up pretty well with viewing angles
  • Huawei's EMUI interface is fairly decent, and allows a lot of customization and features like one-handed operation, and motion control (it does have plenty of bloat though in the form of both Huawei and third-party apps and games, only some of which can be uninstalled)
  • Additionally, the security settings also include App lock, where you can lock an app and get access through fingerprint authentication or face ID
  • Good, mid-range performance backed by the capable Kirin 710, which is similar in performance to the Snapdragon 636 - day-to-day tasks are handled with ease, and games mostly run fine too, except the most demanding ones
  • Also supports the much-hyped GPU Turbo technology, which should improve battery consumption while gaming, for supported games
  • The biggest USP of the phone is the set of very good cameras - 2 in the rear and 2 in the front - arguably among the best in this price bracket - they are able to take good shots and portraits in most lighting conditions, with some additional help from Huawei's AI engine which works behind the scene to optimize the pictures
  • Good battery life, backed by a 3340mAh battery - will comfortably last the work day and then some
  • On the whole, Huawei hasn’t sacrificed a lot with the Nova 3i, when compared to its flagship the Nova 3 - the only significant downgrade is in terms of performance - and unless you are into heavy gaming, its not a difference that you will notice - all in all, for most users, the Nova 3i will be a very good choice in this price bracket, and will compete well with best of the competition, with the very good cameras being its main trump card - if you do want to prioritise the performance over the camera however, then its similar prized sibling Honor Play is worth looking at - and if you want the best of all worlds (camera + performance + battery), then the new champion in this price segment, the Poco F1 is definitely worth considering, as long as you can grab one in the flash sales
  • Premium, elegant design, with a metal unibody - the phone feels very solid in the hand
  • The highlight of the phone is the modern 18.5:9 display ratio 'Infinity Display' - it has great viewing angles, punchy colours and deep blacks - the tall screen lends itself well to gaming and multimedia consumption and makes content look immersive - the screen also has an always-on mode that shows the time, date, battery level, and notifications for missed calls and alarms without waking the phone from sleep
  • Samsung's Experience UI on top of Android has some nifty features such as ultra data saving mode, an anti-virus app powered by McAfee, theme support, and a one-handed mode - there is also Samsung Pay Mini (enables mobile payments), and Samsung Mall (allows users to search for products across four e-commerce platforms using image recognition), and S Bike mode (promotes two-wheeler safety)
  • Pretty decent dual rear cameras - click good pictures in daylight with good dynamic range, accurate colours and a good amount of detail
  • Pretty decent front camera too, in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras are also capable of taking bokeh shots, and these generally come out well
  • Good battery life - the phone easily lasts the whole day with medium to intensive use, with some juice left in the tank
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No fast charging support - takes a little over two hours to charge completely
  • Supports the old microUSB standard instead of the modern USB-C standard
  • Quite heavy (191g) and wide, which makes one-handed use difficult - at 7.9mm, the phone is also not the slimmest out there, which exacerbates the issue
  • Thanks to the conspicuous antenna lines and prominent regulatory information, the back panel looks quite busy and cluttered
  • The fingerprint sensor is located right below the rear dual camera setup - not only is the sensor narrow and rather sluggish, but the location is also quite unergonomic - you might find your fingers constantly hitting the rear cameras instead of the sensor
  • The 'Infinity Display' looks nice, but is not exactly borderless - other phones in this price bracket generally have higher screen to body area ratios
  • Samsung's Experience UI with a host of Samsung applications competing with Google's own, as well a suite of Microsoft apps that cannot be uninstalled, is fast becoming as bloated as TouchWiz
  • Performance wise too, the A6+ falls significantly behind it's competition - push the phone, and slowdowns become noticeable - thanks to a budget Snapdragon 450 that is now more seen in under Rs. 10k phones - additionally Samsung Experience UI's drawn-out animations make the Galaxy A6+ feel even more sluggish
  • Facial recognition too is not the best - the feature only works well when you are facing the front camera head-on, and that too in favourable lighting
  • The rear and front cameras are decent in daylight, but not so good in low light
  • The single speaker is loud but shrill, and its location is quite awkward - it is easy to cover the speaker with your hand while watching videos or playing games in landscape
  • The quality of bundled accessories too is average - the earphones are very basic, and the Micro-USB cable is extremely short
  • The lack of NFC and the presence of the old-fashioned Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers are both disappointing too
  • Battery life is good, but charging speed is quite slow - the bundled charger takes more than three hours to charge the Galaxy A6+ fully, and takes 1.5 hours to get to 50 percent
  • On the whole, the A6+ has nothing much going for it except it's great screen and decent cameras, and might make more sense to hardcore Samsung loyalists - for most other users, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, or the Honor 8 Pro, are going to be more well rounded options - at the cheaper end, you could also look at the Nokia 6.1 or the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which are going to be better value for money
Expert Reviews
  1. Xiaomi has priced the Poco F1 quite aggressively, making the Nova 3i and all other phones at this price look less appealing
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Almost a flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A premium-looking budget smartphone with little to no complaints
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you want a device that offers a great balance between everything on your device, along with a major focus on the cameras, the Nova 3i is one of your best bets
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Awesome display, battery life to spare and a couple of neat cams...Reasonably affordable too
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a reliable affordable phone with a good camera, the A6+ will not disappoint
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung loyalists can consider the Galaxy A6+ but others should take a good look at the competition before parting with their hard-earned money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Not the best smartphone in the price range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A well-packaged phone for its price point
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. An easy-to-use everyday smartphone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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