After series of rumors and leaks, Huawei has gone on to officially unveil the Nova 3 and Nova 3i duo in China. With both Nova phones offering powerful hardware and an elegant design, this shall bolster the already strong smartphone lineup of Huawei.
Huawei Nova 3 – The flagship
Talking about the first phone — the Nova 3 — it’s the first ever “Nova” flagship from Huawei. Diving deeper, it has a Kirin 970 chipset with an octa-core CPU. Out of eight, the first four are a Cortex-A73 quad-cluster performance core with a clock speed of 2.4GHz. And the remaining four are Cortex-A53 with 1.8GHz power-efficient cores. Combine it with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, you are left with a substantial amount of power.
Despite a slight resemblance to Nova 3e, the Nova 3 is bigger in size with 6.3-inch Full HD+ display and 19:9 aspect ratio. Alongside a powerful internals, the Nova 3 is no slouch in design as well. A sleek looking glass back holds numerous features, including a fingerprint scanner, which we believe will be quick and efficient as usual.
And then there’s a set of dual-cameras. On paper, the phone’s got one of the most impressive cameras. And that’s to be expected from a company that brought the P20 Pro. At the rear, the Nova 3 boasts 16MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 lens, while the second one has an impressive 24MP Monochrome sensor with a similar lens. The camera’s AI is able to distinguish between over 200 different scenes across eight different categories, including beaches, plants, night, stage performance, blue skies, flowers, rooms, and snow.
At the front is a dual-camera setup either. The pair of 24MP + 2MP camera will hopefully work wonder to produce the image we are expecting from a phone of this caliber.
Powering this beast is a monstrous 3,750mAh battery and Huawei’s EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. This time, as reported, the custom skin from the company is capable of driving graphics intensive games and application with ease, thanks to the GPU Turbo technology from the company.
Huawei Nova 3i – The premium mid-ranger
Call it a successor to the beloved Nova 2i, the Nova 3i is a significant upgrade to it; both from the performance and design. Aesthetically, the phone’s not that different to the Nova 3 at first look. But internally, the phone’s totally catered to different audiences.
In case you’re wondering, the Nova 3i comes with a Kirin 710 chipset, making it the first phone to ever have it. Built on the 12nm technology, the 710 SoC manages to stay powerful yet power-efficient at the same time. An octa-core CPU; the first four has a Cortex-A73 core with 2.2GHz clock speed and the remaining four is a Cortex-A53 core with 1.7GHz clock speed. However, unlike the Nova 3, the RAM is slightly lowered to 4GB.
At the front is a similar 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with 19:9 aspect ratio, similar to the Nova 3.
Optically, the phone’s got four camera setup (two at the back and front) as well. There’s a duo of 16MP + 2MP camera at the back that’s as much as capable of shooting competent images, if not better. The Nova 3i’s camera is also capable of distinguishing between over 200 different scenes, thanks to the AI integration. For selfies, the front is coupled up with 24MP + 2MP sensor.
The phone will drag power from a slightly low 3,304mAh battery. But that shouldn’t be a problem, considering the power-efficient chipset the device has, which shall last you at least a day of usage. The phone also runs on EMUI 8.2 with the added benefit of the GPU Turbo technology.
Pricing and Availability
As far as pricing is concerned, the Huawei Nova 3 will go on sale for AED 1,799 which roughly translates around USD $490, while the Nova 3i will be priced for AED 1,299; that’s about USD $350.
Although, Huawei hasn’t mentioned anything about its availability, expect the Nova 3 and 3i to arrive within a month or so in Nepal for around NRs. 55,000 and NRs. 45,000 respectively.