Our Opinion

The OnePlus 6 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone, but the Huawei Nova 3 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then OnePlus 6 (8GB RAM, 128GB) might be a slightly better choice.

Huawei Nova 3  OnePlus 6 (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Nova 3 OnePlus 6
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Excellence Score
75.8
79.1
Value for Money Score
70.9
69.8
Price ₹ 34,999 onwards ₹ 39,999 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 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.28 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS LCD, 3D Curved Glass Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 970 + i7 Co-processorRanked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Adreno 630
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 24MP 16MP + 20MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 519 Sensor; 1.22 µm Pixel Size; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS); Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 376K Sensor; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Super Slow Motion (1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps), Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 24MP + 2MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A Screen Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Full HD Video Rec., Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot 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 7.3 mm 7.75 mm
Weight 166 gm 177 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3300 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 Yes, Dash Charge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Gestures and on-screen navigation support; Alert Slider; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound
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)
  • The best looking OnePlus phone to date - has a polished refined design, with a glass rear panel, and three distinct (and beautiful) color options (plus the Marvel Avengers edition)
  • Excellent build quality
  • The phone is comfortable to hold, thanks to the curved glass rear
  • Face unlock works great in most conditions, and unlocks the phone in a fraction of a second (except in low light or under very bright sunlight)
  • There is also of course the fingerprint sensor at the back, if you wish to use that instead, and it works great too
  • OnePlus's excellent alert slider is there too (it has now moved to the right side of the phone) - and is now more simplified toggling between 3 simple states - ring, vibrate and silent, with a pop-up that tells you instantly which mode you are switching to every time
  • Excellent display - catches on to the modern 'notch' trend, with a tall screen ratio - the AMOLED screen is vivid, with punchy colours and great viewing angles - videos looks great, and you can also set your own custom colour temperature if you prefer
  • OxygenOS continues to be a huge differentiator for OnePlus - it strikes a great balance between keeping the base UI identical to stock Android but still adding a number of useful additions - like shortcuts, a dark theme, a scrolling screenshot capture tool, and controls for giving the on-screen buttons additional functions, night and reading modes, a choice of system fonts, and configurable colours for the notification LED - all in all, its a great software experience, that ticks the right boxes
  • Another interesting add-on is an optional gesture scheme that lets you get rid of the Android navigation buttons altogether, and gives you a full gesture based navigation scheme like the iPhone X - thus giving you even more screen space to play with - the gestures do take some time to get a hang of, but once you do, they will become second nature
  • There's also a Gaming Mode that not only suppresses non-essential notifications, but can also limit background apps' Internet usage, which can make a difference in online games - you can even route calls directly to the loudspeaker so you don't have to stop playing
  • Top-notch, breathtaking performance, backed by the latest flagship processor from Snapdragon, the Snapdragon 845 - the SoC has eight Kryo 385 cores, integrated Adreno 630 graphics, improved security and image processing subsystems, a faster LTE modem, and even hardware dedicated to AI processing - all of this means the performance is top-bracket, matching (or beating) the Galaxy S9/Plus in benchmark scores
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, significantly improved from the OnePlus 5T - especially in terms of portrait mode photos, low light performance, and video recording (including a new super-slow motion mode)
  • The rear cameras now also come with OIS
  • Decent (though not great) front camera, pretty similar to the OnePlus 5T - a software bokeh mode for the front camera is also there
  • Decent loudspeaker (pretty loud) - although it tends to get blocked when you hold the phone in landscape mode
  • Good (but not exceptional) battery life - will comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Fast charging support, still one of the best in the business - the Dash Charger takes the phone up from zero to just over 50 percent in half an hour, and gives you a full charge in around an hour and a half
  • On the whole, the OnePlus 6 is good-looking, well crafted, extremely powerful - it is also a solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera - and ultimately the OnePlus 6’s bang for buck is still about the best you can get in the smartphone world
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
  • Will also tend to pick up smudges very quickly
  • It's not the easiest to reach all corners of the newly enlarged screen - people who prefer more compact phones might have preferred a smaller-screen option for themselves
  • While OnePlus does claim that the phone has water-resistance, it's not IP rating certified, which likely means that the protection is quite basic
  • A little slippery because of the glass
  • At 177g, the phone is a bit on the the heavier side too
  • The rear and front cameras are good, but not really up to the high benchmarks set by the likes of the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9, or the Pixel 2 - this continues to be the only one significant area, where you will be making a compromise over the best flagship smartphones, when you buy a OnePlus device (of course admittedly for a much lower price)
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 »
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  13. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. Unbeatable value
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. OnePlus 6 is a beautiful phone that feels fast and that you will simply enjoy using day in and day out. And the reasonable price? Well, that’s the icing on the cake!
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, shoots amazing portrait mode photos, has a polished refined design and costs much less than other flagship phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6 has hit most of the sweet spots: This is a uniquely gorgeous device with intuitive features, as well as solid battery life and a great camera
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. There’s certainly a lot to like here — attractive design, great display, reliable battery life, fast performance, and great software — and there aren’t any silly, trend-chasing things
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. This is a phone you can show off quite proudly
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus 6 is built for speed from the ground up
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Here’s a flagship device that gets it right on practically every count
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The OnePlus 6 exceeds expectations in so many ways we can now rightfully call it a flagship killer
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. An absolute steal...It’s the best-value phone you can buy right now
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. OnePlus’ finest is still punching above its weight
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
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