Huawei Nova 3 

price₹ 34,999 onwards

launchAug, 2018

75.8

excellence score

70.9

value for money score

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Design

  • 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
  • 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

Display

  • Modern, tall 18:9 display with a notch - the minimal bezels makes the screen quite immersive, for watching videos
  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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
  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Battery

  • 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

More

  • 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)

Expert Reviews

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  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 »

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Huawei Nova 3 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.3 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • IPS LCD
  • 3D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.4 GHz, Octa Core, Hisilicon Kirin 970 + i7 Co-processorRanked #6 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3750 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight166 gm
Thickness7.3 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 24MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera24MP + 2MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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