Our Opinion

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

Huawei Nova 3i  Motorola One Power 
Huawei Nova 3i Motorola One Power
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Excellence Score
54.4
52.5
Value for Money Score
71.1
85.0
Price ₹ 20,990 onwards ₹ 15,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Oct, 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 versionAndroid One series
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2246 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #15 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size
Secondary Camera 24MP + 2MP 12.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A LED Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Selfie Portraits
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 8.98 mm
Weight 169 gm 205 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, P2i Rated
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 5000 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, TurboPower (6 hrs of power in 15 mins)
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Water-repellent Nano Coating; Noise Filtration; Dolby Audio
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
  • Nice, metal design with a plastic frame surrounding the corners
  • Feels sturdy in the hand
  • Motorola One Power is the first handset from the company’s smartphone shelf to offer a notch display in the Indian market - from the front side, the phone has a striking resemblance to the iPhone X - even at the back, Moto One Power sports similarly vertically stacked dual camera sensors
  • The matte finish saves the device from smudges and fingerprint, which is a common problem with glass cased devices
  • Nice, large, sharp display, with a 19:9 aspect ratio - the colours are quite pleasant and the viewing angles are nice as well
  • The other key USP of the device apart from a large screen and large battery, is that it's part of the Android One series - which means a stock, clean version of Android, plus a promise of regular updates for 2 years
  • Although the UI is stock, Motorola does add some of it's useful proprietary functionality on top - Moto Display (Ambient display) and Moto Actions (gestures)
  • Good, solid mid-range performance backed by the fast, efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, the chipset that debuted on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro - the Moto One Power performs well with almost anything you throw at it - with barely any stutter or lag - it will handle multitasking smoothly and apps are quick to launch - even with the graphically demanding games, you are unlikely to face any hiccups
  • Decent set of dual rear cameras - manage to render decent output in well-lit conditions, with reasonable colour reproduction
  • Portrait shots are just about decent too
  • Decent selfie camera too, with a front LED flash, and software based portrait mode
  • Houses bottom-firing speakers with mono speaker grille placed on both side and USB Type-C port at the centre - delivers good audio quality courtesy of the Dolby Audio that enhances the audio experience - even with volume pitched at the highest level, the phone does not produce shrill sound
  • Extra long battery life, with a gigantic 5000mAh battery - you will get nearly two days-worth of backup with casual usage
  • If you want a stock Android phone with guaranteed updates, a large screen and a large battery - the Motorola One Power is a pretty strong choice - it is easily one of the best value devices that Motorola has launched in Indian in a while - there is competition though, depending on what you value - if you want a better camera, look at the Redmi Note Pro or Mi A2 - if you want a better design, look at the Realme 2 Pro - if you want to still have Android One, but in a more compact device, look at Nokia 6.1 Plus - and if you want to have better RAM, at a lower price, look at the Zenfone Max Pro M1
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 device does not however have a compact form - with a thickness of 8.9mm in thickness and weight of 205g, it's definitely on the bulky side
  • No Face unlock (you can of course use Android's built in "smart unlock/trusted face" security feature, but that's somewhat slower and less secure than the custom Face unlock implementations on most smartphones these days)
  • The focus accuracy of the dual rear camera sensors could have been better
  • During low light situations, you will observe a fair amount of noise creeping into the images and loss of detail on the subject
  • Overall, the cameras are ok, but in a similar price bracket, the Moto G6 (and other top phones) offer better cameras
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. A well-rounded phone....a good choice for people who prefer stock Android and want the best battery life in this segment
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best attempts at making a value-for-money phone by Moto in a long time
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Targeted for those users who prefer a phone with a large display and huge battery
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If the camera is not really your concern and you really want a long lasting device, then the Motorola One Power comes recommended
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A decent smartphone to get....However, there are other great too options in this price bracket too
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
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