October 2, 2023

High Options

Stunning eye-catching design

Spectacular digicam efficiency
Huge 128GB inside storage

As soon as upon a time in tech city there was once a joke that Samsung has extra galaxies than your entire universe. Huawei may not have galaxies however they absolutely appear to be flooding the market with their telephones left, proper and centre. Launching too many telephones is a double-edged sword as there lies the chance of name cannibalisation. It additionally provides a model the sting of getting merchandise at varied factors. Huawei can be hoping it’s the case of the latter and never the previous with its just lately launched Nova 3i. Solely few months in the past, the Chinese language smartphone maker had launched the Huawei P20 Lite which sells at an identical value level. The Nova 3i comes armed with 4 cameras to shoot higher pictures. Are the 4 cameras a ok cause so that you can purchase the cellphone? Learn our assessment to seek out out the reply and whether or not the cellphone is definitely worth the cash or not.


Huawei Nova 3i is available in a shiny metallic physique with a fascinating glass again that provides it a premium look regardless of it being a mid-range mannequin. The mix of blue and purple colors on the glass again with the continuously-shifting outdoors mild reflection is a right away eye-catcher. For the reason that cellphone physique is a metallic one, the handset is barely on the heavier aspect however we obtained used to its weight inside a number of days. This can be a sturdy cellphone and appears as if it might take some falls in its stride. The cellphone’s metallic physique is sandwiched between a glass entrance and a glass again. The physique, as a consequence of its shiny end, expectedly registers fingerprints and smudges.

The entrance panel of the cellphone options the notch design on the prime with the earpiece embedded between the 2 24MP + 2MP entrance cameras. The earpiece additionally acts as a battery charging indicator with the change in colors depicting the battery charging ranges. A 2.5D glass display covers the entrance panel. The entrance panel has obtained prime, backside and skinny display bezels.

The left aspect of the cellphone has obtained the dual-SIM card slot whereas the appropriate aspect has the quantity buttons and the facility button. On the backside, beneath the bezels are arrayed– from the left– the three.5mm headphone jack, the micro-USB port for charging and transferring information, the microphone and the speaker unit that includes 5 round vents. The cellphone doesn’t help Sort-C charging.

The rear panel of Huawei Nova 3i is essentially the most lovely design side of the cellphone and homes a twin 16MP + 2MP rear digicam setup inside a small capsule-shaped enclosure that protrudes slightly, the flash mendacity beneath it and a fingerprint scanner within the top-middle. The corporate’s brand lies in the direction of the underside of the rear panel.

The cellphone dimensions are 157.6 mm x 75.2 mm x 7.6 mm (top x width x depth) and it weighs round 169 grams (with the battery).


Huawei Nova 3i sports activities a 6.3-inch (16 cm) FHD+ (2340 x 1080) show. The colors are sharp and there are two color modes to select from: Regular and Vivid. Additionally, you possibly can customise the color temperature as per your alternative or set one in every of these: Default, Heat or Chilly. Regular mode differs from Vivid mode in the truth that it imparts rather less brightness than in Vivid and offers a tad hotter color setting whether or not you will have chosen Heat temperature setting or not.

Customers have each the notch and without-the-notch show settings of their arms and might simply change between them relying on their choice.

When you’ve enabled automated brightness (by the show settings), then, relying upon the lighting surroundings, the cellphone adapts to it and will increase/decreases the brightness by itself. Whereas open air, the display brightness routinely adjusts itself (the brightness slider strikes by itself when it detects a change in mild). We didn’t encounter any points like brightness being low in outside surroundings on account of its ‘Automated’ brightness function. Alternatively, should you’ve not enabled this function, a brightness setting of 40-50 p.c is sufficient for outside use.

The show doesn’t mirror any change when considered at completely different angles.

The display decision could be chosen as ’Good decision’ which routinely lowers the decision to preserve battery or manually chosen from these two choices: HD+(1560×720) and FHD+(2340×1080). Naturally, the show is healthier with FHD+.

Eye consolation possibility within the Show setting lets you set a hotter color scheme (that filters Blue mild) for decreasing eye fatigue at night time. Within the Show setting solely could be discovered choices of View mode, Textual content measurement and Textual content fashion.


Nova 3i’s consumer interface is EMUI 8.2 based mostly on Android Oreo. We didn’t have any points whereas navigating by it although the variety of settings adjustments which you can make can generally be overwhelming. Additionally, the drop-down menu for fast shortcuts might have included extra shortcut capabilities. Huawei has loaded this cellphone with some preinstalled software program like HiCare, Well being, AppGallery, Video and so forth which you should use after making a Huawei account. A few of them may come throughout as not-exactly-needed for a lot of.

Textual content in your pc with Messages for net possibility makes you in a position to make use of the messaging function out of your laptop computer/desktop after going by a QR code scan on https://messages.android.com. This connects your cellphone together with your pc to sync messages.

The fingerprint scanner and face unlock function labored properly with none glitches.

There are three system navigation choices to select from: Single-key, Three-key and Navigation dock. These could be made use of in line with your most well-liked method of utilizing the smartphone.

As in lots of smartphones lately, Nova 3i additionally comes with a Experience mode which disables Bluetooth and headset and relying upon your settings, calls can be answered with SMS or voice message.

The cellphone managed to run low-end video games with none lag. It additionally managed to run high-end video games with none lag on low and medium settings. The smartphone’s help for high-end video games could be as a consequence of Huawei’s GPU Turbo expertise. Although the cellphone dealt with GPU-intensive video games at medium settings with out lags and with out heating up after we performed them for about an hour or so, throughout extended gaming periods (over 2-3 hours), the cellphone rear obtained heated up.

There’s a ‘Sport acceleration’ setting too that improves the gaming efficiency at the price of battery life. The ‘Uninterrupted gaming’ setting, when enabled, hides all of the onscreen notifications save calls, alarms and low-battery alerts. Throughout incoming calls or alarms, the cellphone doesn’t ring or vibrate whereas this setting is on.

Within the audio division, the cellphone gave a mean efficiency. When you want to watch a video (not a music video) preferring the cellphone on audio system than on earphones then the audio system can handle however if you wish to take heed to music with Nova 3i on audio system, you gained’t have a fantastic listening expertise. The emanating sound, although clear, barely manages to fill a small room.

The speaker unit has solely been supplied on bottom-right of the physique which includes of 5 round vents; 5 extra might have been supplied on the left for a louder and richer sound output by the audio system. The sound output is healthier when utilizing earphones or headphones.

Whereas music will not be the high-point of this cellphone, its Social gathering mode is. Enabling it allows you to add extra telephones by syncing music tracks throughout them. So, so far as the variety of telephones is worried, the extra the merrier.

With a benchmark take a look at with Geekbench 4.2.3, the cellphone obtained 1599 on single-core rating and 5553 on multi-core rating. A take a look at with AnTuTu benchmark v7.1.0 gave the cellphone a rating of 135792.


Huawei Nova 3i’s digicam is without doubt one of the most talked about specs of the smartphone contemplating there are 4 of them, two within the entrance and two on the again, all AI-enabled.

With the AI-enabled digicam setting on, you possibly can take a snap at one decision setting solely which is 16M (4608 x 3456) (4:3). With out AI, you possibly can select from three digicam resolutions: 16M (4608 x 3456) (4:3), 12M (3456 x 3456) (1:1) and 10M (4608 x 2208) (18.8:9).

The varied obtainable digicam modes are Professional, Sluggish-mo, Night time, Panorama, HDR, Time-lapse, 3D panorama and so forth.

The Aperture setting could be chosen manually from any worth from 0.95 to 16, utilizing which you’ll change the main target to any specific a part of the picture whereas blurring the opposite components, after you’ve taken the shot. Utilizing the Portrait possibility, you possibly can allow/disable Bokeh. Plus, you will have these 3D lighting settings too: No, Gentle, Butterfly, Cut up, Stage, Traditional. There’s a plethora of digicam settings which you can fiddle round with.

Whereas open air throughout daytime, the rear twin digicam setup (16MP + MP) on 4608 x 3456 (4:3) decision did a fantastic job by capturing clear, sharp, pure and beautiful-to-look-at snaps. There may be very slight graininess within the pictures however that doesn’t hamper the general picture high quality a lot. At decrease resolutions, grain units in, which is one thing to be anticipated.

Whereas open air at night time, the digicam pictures are fairly good, even in low-light settings, with the distant objects within the snap registering slightly graininess.

Whereas indoors, each throughout daytime and at night time (in well-lit situations), each the selfie and the rear cameras gave again good sharp pictures.

In extraordinarily low-light setting and at midnight, the AI perform routinely adjusts to the setting and allows sufficient mild to take clear selfies although they don’t seem to be that sharp and there’s a slight blurriness on the edges.

The movies taken by the cellphone whereas open air throughout daytime additionally turned out to be good; the cameras take within the precise environment properly and regulate in line with climate situations (sunny, cloudy, wet and so forth.). At night time, they get barely grainy.

The cellphone has additionally obtained an AI-powered 3D Qmoji function akin to Apple’s Animoji that permits you to create your personal GIFs.

A scan function comes inbuilt into the digicam choices by which you’ll scan merchandise and QR codes. You would want to put in Amazon Assistant in your gadget to make use of this function although.


Huawei Nova 3i’s battery took round 3.5 hours to cost from zero to full with its personal charger. Whereas charging, the smartphone again will get heated up barely. It gave a backup of just about a whole day on mild utilization (checking e-mails, social media utilization, watching some movies and so forth.). On reasonable to heavy utilization, the cellphone battery gave a mean of 8-9 hours of backup.

Multitasking does eat up the cellphone’s battery, however the fall in battery degree will not be drastic and the cellphone heats up barely.


As a mid-range mannequin, Huawei Nova 3i is a balanced cellphone with a premium construct. If you’re a lightweight or a reasonable smartphone consumer, then Nova 3i can be a worthy companion. If you’re a multimedia fanatic who makes use of his cellphone for hours on finish, the cellphone can nonetheless handle with some hiccups like gradual charging, battery drain throughout GPU-intensive gaming and multitasking. General, with its sturdy design, FHD+ show, quad AI cameras and an enormous 128GB inside storage, this cellphone is the premium mannequin of the sub-25K value vary and really helpful should you want to keep inside the sub-25K price range.


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