Our Opinion

Both Huawei Nova 3 and Huawei Nova 3i have similar value for money, but Huawei Nova 3 is a significantly better phone. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Nova 3.

Huawei Nova 3  Huawei Nova 3i 
Huawei Nova 3 Huawei Nova 3i
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Excellence Score
75.8
54.0
Value for Money Score
70.9
70.9
Price ₹ 34,999 onwards ₹ 20,990 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 next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, 3D Curved Glass IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 970 + i7 Co-processorRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Mali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 16MP + 24MP 16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 24MP: B/W; F/1.8 Aperture, PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 24MP + 2MP 24MP + 2MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A N/A
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.3 mm 7.6 mm
Weight 166 gm 169 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3340 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning looks with a beautiful dual tone glass back - you’ll stop and gaze at the Huawei Nova 3 before picking it up, it’s that good looking - needless to say, the phone will make heads turn
  • Has a slim profile, and is easy to hold - you should have no problem using it with one hand
  • Modern, tall 18:9 display with a notch - the minimal bezels makes the screen quite immersive, for watching videos
  • Butter smooth performance throughout - the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC inside (with a co-processor inside to handle AI workloads) handles everything you throw at it with aplomb
  • The main USP of the Huawei Nova 3 is its camera prowess, with 4 cameras too boot (2 in the rear, and 2 in the front) + some AI powered magic (such as automatic scene detection) - the results are generally quite good, and bokeh shots come out well too
  • Overall, the quality level of the cameras is similar to it's primary competitor, the OnePlus 6
  • And then there are fun things to do with the camera like making 3D Qmojis which is Huawei’s take on animojis
  • Good battery life - you will comfortably get a full day of use and then some
  • Furthermore, you get a fast-charging adapter that tops up the battery in around an hour
  • The phone has hybrid SIM slots, but if you choose two SIM cards, there’s dual VoLTE that lets you get 4G connectivity from two networks
  • On the whole, the Nova 3 is an excellent device - it has looks to die for, four cameras with AI baked-in along with a tall 19:9 display - it will compete strongly with the 2 dominant phones in this segment, the OnePlus 6 and the Asus Zenfone 5Z (it tends to beat them in looks, but falls behind on the software front)
  • 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
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • While the use of glass makes for the phone's head-turning looks, it does brings down the durability of the phone - as would be the case with any glass phone
  • The Nova 3 display is good in general, but could have had somewhat better brightness levels - it's outdoor visibility is not quite up to the level of say the OnePlus 6
  • One of the issues that continued to plague Huawei's flagship level phones is that EMUI, while feature packed, is not the most refined Android UI - the big, garish icons seem like a not-that-good imitation of iOS, and there is a strong clash with the aesthetics of material design in Google apps and EMUI’s interface - there is also two folders worth of bloatware here, out of which only some can be uninstalled
  • While in most real life circumstances you wouldn't notice the CPU struggling with anything, it's performance is still not quite up to the crazy-speed level of say a Snapdragon 845 powered OnePlus 6
  • The phone also tends to warm up a little when pushed with heavy games/apps
  • 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
Expert Reviews
  1. It really is a good phone...it's just not the best in its price bracket
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Falls a bit short in delivering the knockout punch that’s needed to take down the competition
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. As a stand-alone device, Huawei Nova 3 is an impressive, affordable, flagship smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Comes off as an impressive device....It’s a good alternative if you don’t want to go for the OnePlus 6, but not the perfect substitute
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A stylish and affordable flagship
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Cameras lead the charge for this compelling premium smartphone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Affordable flagship with remarkable cameras
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  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 »
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