Our Opinion

The Huawei Nova 3i is a slightly better phone, but the Vivo V9 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Huawei Nova 3i  Vivo V9 
Huawei Nova 3i Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
56.1
52.6
Value for Money Score
72.3
80.9
Price ₹ 20,990 onwards ₹ 17,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #32 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 (4K)
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), F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (24MP + 2MP) F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.6 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 169 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3260 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 Face Unlock; Noise Filtration
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
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
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
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
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. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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