Our Opinion

The Huawei Nova 3i is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Mi A2 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Huawei Nova 3i  Xiaomi Mi A2 
Huawei Nova 3i Xiaomi Mi A2
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Excellence Score
56.4
55.4
Value for Money Score
72.6
85.4
Price ₹ 20,990 onwards ₹ 16,749 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display LTPS IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
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 660Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo Adreno 512
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 12.0 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 (12MP + 20MP), 12MP: F/1.7.5 Aperture; 1/2.9" Sensor Size; 1.25µm Pixel Size; Sony IMX486 Sensor, 20MP: F/1.75 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 2.0?m Pixel Size; Sony IMX376 Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode, Burst mode, Face recognition, AI Beautify, Group selfie, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Dual Camera (24MP + 2MP) SONY IMX376 Sensor, 2.0?m Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Beautify, AI Portrait Mode, HDR, Selfie Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Group selfie
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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 7.3 mm
Weight 169 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 3010 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 Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Android One series; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; 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
  • Additionally, the security settings also include App lock, where you can lock an app and get access through fingerprint authentication or face ID
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Also supports the much-hyped GPU Turbo technology, which should improve battery consumption while gaming, for supported games
  • 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
  • Very well built, and well designed
  • The fingerprint reader on the back is in a natural position to comfortably unlock with either index finger
  • Contemporary, tall 18:9 display, brings the Mi Android One series up to modern standards
  • One of the best parts about the phone is of course the fact that it is part of the Android One series, which should mean guaranteed Android updates for at least 2 years + a stock, simple version of Android, with no unnecessary bloat
  • Butter smooth performance backed by a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, hardly seen at this low a price bracket
  • Stellar set of dual cameras on the rear - arguably the joint best at this price point, at par with the excellent Redmi Note 5 Pro - take nice photos in good and low light alike, and the bokeh shots too come out well
  • Very good selfie camera, with good bokeh shots - overall one of the best selfie cameras in this price bracket
  • Very loud loudspeaker, one of the best in this price bracket
  • Fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Mi A2 is a good, solid phone in this price bracket and you won't go wrong with it - it will compete strongly against the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro (a bit cheaper, but doesn't have stock Android), and Honor Play (faster, better for gaming, but loses on the software)
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
  • Brightness levels for the display could have been better - it's not the easiest phone to use under sunlight
  • No 3.5mm jack, so if you want to use your existing standard-jack headphones, you will need to use an adapter (included in the box)
  • The battery life is decent but could have been a bit better - it will last you the day with moderate use, but it's not as good as the best of the competition
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. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. 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 »
  9. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Affordable as it may be, it wouldn't be our default choice in the midrange quite like the A1 was
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal on a device with pure Android
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you can't do without stock Android and want good cameras without paying too much, then the Mi A2 should check all your boxes
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Has all the elements of success
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Quite easy to recommend
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A phone that punches way above its weight....impressive stuff from Xiaomi
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The immense value on offer makes the A2 an easy recommendation
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good option if you are looking for a phone with no bloatware and premium design
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Perfect mid-range camera phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Go for the Mi A2 if and only if you want a Xiaomi phone with stock Android OS
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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