Huawei Nova 3i review
Our Huawei Nova 3i review follows on from our Huawei Nova 3 review. The Nova 3i will be available at a lower price and this has been achieved through using a marginally less powerful battery, processor and camera.
To be honest, the differences are pretty small and you still get a four camera experience. So, this may be a better buy for anyone other than those who must have the absolute top spec.
The Huawei Nova 3i sits in true phablet territory with its large 6.3” FHD+ display. The + symbol that has been added to the FHD resolution denotes that there are extra rows of pixels (2340 x 1080 pixels / 409 pixels per inch). These allow you to see further down a webpage without scrolling or see more of an app, game or movie.
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If you use your phone in the evening, then there is a special viewing mode for you. Eye Comfort Mode removes blue light and this reduces eye strain.
Design and processor
The Huawei Nova 3i looks very sleek indeed. This Huawei phone has a metal frame and glass back. You can choose between Iris Purple, Black and Pearl White. The phone is thin at 7.6mm and it feels pretty light in the hand at 169g.
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The experience is powered by a Kirin 710 2.2GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. This processor is super fast, so gaming is fluid and apps open in an instance.
Phone Set Up
The Huawei Nova 3i has Face Unlock facial recognition. This is the most convenient way to unlock the phone and it can also be used to add an App Lock to chosen apps.
There is a fingerprint sensor as well and this can be used to access private files and apps in the PrivateSpace. In addition to this, you can tap the sensor to answer calls, take photos, turn off alarms, drag down the notification panel and browse through photos.
If you wish to let friends or other family members use your phone, then you can set up different user accounts with different permissions. The options include:
If you need to transfer content over from an old phone, then you can do so by using the Huawei Share feature. The Nova 3i has a big internal memory of 128GB and while it is unlikely that you will need to, you can expand the memory by inserting an up to 256GB memory card.
Android Oreo OS & EMUI
The Huawei Nova 3i runs on Google’s Android 8.1 Oreo operating system and as such, you get a portfolio of pre-loaded Google apps. The EMUI 8.2 user interface gives the phone a new look and certain optimisations.
Standout features include:
- AI game mode - Optimise performance and hide notifications during gameplay
- AI photo gallery - Organise photos into date, place, object and person categories or search the gallery using keywords
- App Twin - Use two accounts at the same time with Messenger, WeChat, Facebook, WhatsApp and Snapchat
- Virus Scanner
- Navigation Dock - Use a floating button and gestures instead of having virtual navigation keys at the bottom of the screen
Camera & Video
Four AI cameras
The Huawei Nova 3i has four cameras and these include a 16MP + 2MP main camera. This camera uses AI screen recognition to automatically adjust the settings for 22 categories and more than 500 scenes. These include dog, cat, auto, fireworks, blue sky, beach and snow.
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Features include 16x Super Slow Motion mode at 480 frames per second, 3D Panorama, Light Painting Mode, Time Lapse and Moving Pictures.
The 24MP + 2MP selfie camera gives you a Wide Aperture Mode, used to capture blurred bokeh backgrounds. Once again, AI scene recognition changes the settings for scenes such as blue sky, night, plant, flower, beach, snow, room and stage performance.
The AI powered 3D Qmoji feature adds a little fun with animated characters that follow your facial expressions and movements. You can use this feature with messaging and on social media. The AR Lens feature lets you add effects and stickers to your photos or you can change the background of your photos and videos.
Ample battery power
The Huawei Nova 3i has a 3,340mAh battery and even though this isn’t as big as the battery in the Nova 3, its still pretty good when compared to its competitors. If you want to minimise the number of times that you have to charge the phone, then you can set Scheduled Power Offs, such as for when you go to bed.
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Written by: Michael Brown