Our Opinion

The Huawei Nova 3i is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime 32GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Nova 3i!

Huawei Nova 3i  Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime 32GB 
Huawei Nova 3i Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime
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Excellence Score
24.4
13.7
Value for Money Score
46.8
23.2
Price ₹ 21,999 onwards ₹ 13,500 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 May, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoNo more updates expected
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD TFT LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display TFT, 2.5D Curved Glass Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #50 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 7570Ranked #128 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo Mali-T720 MP2
RAM 4 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama F/1.9 Aperture, 28mm Focal Lenght, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 24MP + 2MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A F/2.2 Aperture, 103 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Beauty Selfie
Internal Memory 128 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, 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 mmSlim 8.1 mmMedium
Weight 169 gmMedium 143 gmLight
Width 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use 69.5 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3340 mAh 2400 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 16.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A Internet Usage Time (3G): 10 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (Wi-Fi): 12 hrs, Video Playback Time: 12 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 54 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration S Secure; S Power Planning
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
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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
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Expert Reviews
  1. Stands out in the crowded mid-range category
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »
  4. Almost a flagship smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A premium-looking budget smartphone with little to no complaints
    ibtimes.co.in 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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