Huawei Nova 3 review
The Huawei Nova 3 has a very large 6.3” FHD+ display. This notched display is long and thin and this makes the phone much easier to hold, while benefiting from extra rows of pixels. These extra pixels let you see more of a web page, game, movie or app.
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Comparison: FHD+ has 2340 x 1080 pixels vs FHD at 1920 x 1080 pixels.
If you use the phone in the evening, then you can avoid eyestrain by turning on the Eye Comfort Mode.
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Design and processor performance
The Huawei Nova 3 has one of the better ranges of colour, letting you express your personal style. The five colours are:
- Airy blue
- Iris purple
- Primrose gold
This Huawei mobile phone is also thin at 7.3mm thick and light at 166g. The experience is powered by the Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. This is high-end, so apps open almost instantly and gameplay is fluid and lag free.
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Phone Set Up
Face Unlock gets improved on the Huawei Nova 3 and it now works in all light conditions. This includes bright environments like the beach and dim environments like dark bars.
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You can choose to have Face Unlock triggered by the motion of picking up the phone or by waking up the phone, by tapping the power button. You can also use Face Unlock with App Lock and restrict access to certain apps.
On the back, there is a fingerprint sensor and this can be used to access private files. It can also be used with fingerprint shortcuts, letting you take photos, turn off alarms, answer calls, pull down the notification panel and scroll through pictures.
If you intend to let other family members use your phone, then multiple users can be added. There are several different types of users and each has different permissions.
You can use the Huawei Share feature to bring over content from your old phone. Huawei has been very generous and given the Nova 3 a 128GB internal memory and a memory card slot, for microSD cards with values of up to 256GB.
Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8.2
The Huawei Nova 3 is powered by Android and gets the latest version of Huawei’s user interface. This gives you pre-loaded apps from Google and features such as App Twin. App Twin is useful if you have two accounts, possibly for work and personal use, with Facebook, Messenger, WeChat, Snapchat or WhatsApp.
3D Qmoji is a social sharing and messaging feature that lets you use animated emoji that follow your facial expressions. If you love shopping, then in conjunction with the Amazon app, you can long press on items that you see and find them online, for a hassle free shopping experience.
Camera & Video
The Huawei Nova 3 has four cameras, two on the front and two on the back. The main camera has 24MP + 16MP lenses and uses AI to recognise 22 scenes. These scenes include waterfall, portrait, night, food, fireworks, dogs and ancient buildings. The 24MP + 2MP selfie camera recognises eight scenes. These scenes include blue sky, snow, night, plant, flower, beach, room and stage performance.
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The camera features are numerous and include
- HDR Pro
- Monochrome - Shoot classic black and white photos
- Portrait Mode - Add lighting effects such as soft lighting, split lighting, butterfly lighting, classic lighting and stage lighting
- 3D Panorama - Capture a 3D image by scanning an object or person
- Wide Aperture Mode - capture bokeh effects with blurred backgrounds
- AR Lens - Add face masks to you photos or change the background
- Light Painting Mode
- Time Lapse
- Moving Pictures
The cameras on the Huawei Nova 3 also have an advanced beauty algorithm. In addition to this, photo recognition can be used to sort your photos into categories, such as portrait, place, scenery or food.
The high capacity 3,750mAh battery comes with fast charging through the Type-C USB cable. AI is also used for resource allocation and this reduces battery drain. Running short of power shouldn’t be a concern, even for heavy users.
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Written by: Michael Brown