Huawei Nova 3i 

price₹ 20,990 onwards

launchAug, 2018

54.0

excellence score

70.9

value for money score

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Design

  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Battery

  • Good battery life, backed by a 3340mAh battery - will comfortably last the work day and then some
  • No fast charging support - takes a little over two hours to charge completely

More

  • 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
  • Supports the old microUSB standard instead of the modern USB-C standard

Expert Reviews

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  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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Huawei Nova 3i 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
  • FullView Display
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • G-sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #16 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G51 MP4, GPU Turbo
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3340 mAh
Dimensions
Weight169 gm
Thickness7.6 mm
Camera
Primary Camera16MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture
  • PDAF
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch Focus
  • Face detection
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera24MP + 2MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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