September 30, 2023

It’s been nothing wanting a blitzkrieg from Huawei in 2018 thus far. So many telephones – each underneath Huawei and its sub-brand Honor – have been launched that it’s getting tough to maintain monitor. The factor with Huawei and Honor smartphones is that they don’t ever disappoint you an excessive amount of nor do they dazzle with you with aplomb. There isn’t a way of scepticism nor there’s a nice sense of pleasure when a Huawei telephone is launched. So, when the newest from Huawei’s steady – the Huawei Nova 3 – landed on our evaluation desk, the primary thought was ‘one other Huawei/Honor smartphone’. Nonetheless, the Huawei Nova 3 does have fairly just a few issues – 4 cameras, good design – going for it however does it actually ship or follows the trail set by its predecessors? Discover out that and extra in our full evaluation of the Huawei Nova 3…


With so many smartphones, it must be stated that Huawei has almost perfected the design facet. The Huawei Nova 3 presents a superb construct high quality with a sturdy steel body and a shiny glass again up. The bezels on the smartphone are barely there and it is a actually good wanting machine. The glass again does make the telephone vulnerable to smudges and barely slippery however that’s the deal you get with smartphones of this design. Some may name it gaudy whereas some may time period as daring however the fact is that Huawei Nova 3 makes you take a look at it greater than twice. The selection of colors for Huawei is slowly rising on folks they usually’re being appreciative of them.

The hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left hand aspect whereas the amount button and energy button is positioned on the best aspect. Proper on the backside you discover the same old array of choices just like the headphone jack, USB Kind-C port and the speaker grille. Regardless of this being a barely taller smartphone, one-handed operations are fairly straightforward to handle. The Huawei Nova 3 screams sleekness and a premium look from all angles and Huawei deserves full credit score for getting the design spot on.


If outdated Macdonald had a farm at this time, he would maybe sing, “right here a notch, there a notch, in every single place a notch notch!” You may’t escape the notch in at this time’s smartphones and the Huawei Nova 3 isn’t any completely different. The notch, nonetheless, within the Huawei Nova 3 is house to the earpiece, two cameras and a notification LED.

It has a 6.3-inch IPS show with full HD+ 2340×1080 decision. The show produces clean and sharp colors – be it for footage or for textual content. The brightness ranges are excellent as is daylight legibility. Watching movies and different multimedia content material on the Huawei Nova 3 is sort of a pleasing expertise. Surprisingly, the show doesn’t Gorilla Glass safety which implies that watch out and don’t drop this smartphone. The Huawei Nova 3 has the show to match the competitors and it’s clearly the spotlight of the smartphone together with its design.


Like most smartphones that don’t run inventory Android, Huawei Nova 3 comes with its personal UI known as the EMUI 8.2. For us, EMUI is likely one of the higher interface when in comparison with the likes of Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo. It’s way more neat, clear and smooth and provides you adequate customisation choices. The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo and comes loaded with just a few preinstalled apps however they’ll all be deleted if you wish to get rid.

Huawei Nova 3 has an fascinating visible search function that comes courtesy Amazon Alexa. It really works one thing like Samsung’s Mall app the place one has to make use of the digicam app. The app will scan the item you level the digicam to it and take you to the Amazon app and record the identical or related merchandise.

Huawei Nova 3 is powered by the corporate’s personal Kirin 970 processor – the staple in ‘flagship’ telephones from the Chinese language smartphone maker. We’ve got used it in Honor View 10, Honor 10 and it delivers dependable efficiency within the Huawei Nova 3 as nicely. There weren’t any lags, stutters or heating points even whenever you put the smartphone underneath strenuous duties. Heavy responsibility gaming was dealt with with relative ease by the Huawei Nova 3. Not as soon as did we really feel that the smartphone was lagging behind when it comes to efficiency. It’s actually not on the extent of OnePlus 6 however it’s nonetheless adequate. However the query of simply being adequate at a worth level of Rs 34,999 does pop up.

Digital camera

Not less than on paper, that is the largest differentiator which units Huawei Nova 3 other than the competitors. Not that that is the primary smartphone to sport 4 cameras – two on the entrance and two on the again – however it does pique the curiosity ranges.

Let’s speak concerning the rear digicam first which has a 16MP major rear sensor with PDAF and f/1.8 aperture lens. The opposite sensor on the again is a 24MP module. Huawei claims that each the cameras are AI powered which mainly enhances the digicam expertise. There’s an possibility to show off the AI enhancement in case you discover the photographs too synthetic (pun unintended). In our case we discovered ourselves utilizing the digicam with out the AI enhancement because it actually oversaturates colors.

Having stated that the majority different photographs – particularly in broad daylight – clicked on the Huawei Nova 3 are detailed and look nearly as good as some other telephone on this worth bracket. Surprisingly, Huawei Nova 3 lacks OIS which implies that photographs clicked in low-light or at night time aren’t that compelling. One must be actually regular whereas clicking them or find yourself with blurry photographs.

The portrait mode on Huawei Nova 3 is nice sufficient however not one of the best now we have seen. Just like the iPhone X, right here additionally you possibly can change the lighting in portrait mode and add a sure tweaks. The bokeh photographs kind of have been passable.

On the entrance, Huawei has positioned two snappers – a 24MP monochrome sensor to go along with a 2MP sensor. There’s AI sprinkled all around the entrance digicam and it manages to ship good photographs. There’s HDR Professional mode for selfies which kicks in fantastic and clicks extra ‘pure’ selfies than sure different smartphones.

Blame it on Apple for unleashing the animojis on the world as they’re now nearly present in smartphones in some avatar. Within the Nova 3, they’re known as 3D Qmoji and one select from six completely different characters. Aided by the AR Lens capturing mode, they’re a great way to kill time when you have nothing else to do together with your telephone. Higher to learn a ebook although than creating one other type of animojis.

Huawei Nova 3 does a fantastic job of capturing movies. You may shoot 1080p video at 60fps from the entrance digicam whereas via the entrance digicam one can shoot as much as 4K decision video. Huawei actually missed a trick in not giving OIS within the Nova 3. In any other case, the Huawei Nova 3’s 4 cameras ship adequate outcomes however then once more not a reduce above the remaining.


Like most different smartphones on this worth bracket, Huawei Nova 3 comes with quick charging assist. Nonetheless, in our expertise, we didn’t discover it as quick as say the OnePlus 6. However, the 3750mAh battery on Nova 3 is nice sufficient to cope with heavy utilization. The telephone can final simply as much as a day on a single cost and that’s all the time a giant optimistic for any smartphone. There are particular options that make it easier to to save lots of battery however throughout our time with the machine, we didn’t discover ourselves turning to them.


If there’s one factor now we have learnt thus far in 2018 is that the motion within the smartphone market is slowly shifting to the Rs 25,000-Rs 40,000 bracket. It’s additionally a phase the place prospects are hardest to please as they don’t simply need bang for his or her buck however they need extra. The Huawei Nova 3 is an effective smartphone that has an excellent design, vibrant show and a battery that received’t allow you to down. But, it’s let down by the processor it runs. The Kirin 970 whereas being a reliable processor doesn’t actually match as much as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. You’ve gotten the OnePlus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z which might be in the same worth vary because the Huawei Nova 3 however ship higher efficiency. Huawei is clearly betting massive on AI facet and the 4 cameras that include the Nova 3. For many consumers, that’s not a adequate pull to ditch different aggressive telephones. Huawei Nova 3 is an effective sufficient smartphone on most counts however sadly adequate isn’t sufficient today.


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