Huawei, the Chinese multinational technology company launched the Huawei Nova 3i in the 2nd quarter of 2018 as a mid-range smartphone. The Huawei Nova 3i is a much cheaper version of the Huawei Nova 3. However, the Nova 3 and Nova 3i have similar looks and design. The Huawei Nova 3i was released 2 years ago but if you’re considering buying it in 2020, I’ll be doing a review of the Huawei Nova 3i in 2020 telling it is worth it. Huawei Nova 3i price in Nigeria will be stated at the end of this article.
Huawei Nova 3i Key Specs
- 6.3 inches IPS LCD display
- HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor
- 4GB or 6GB of RAM
- 64GB or 128GB built-in storage
- 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera
- 24MP + 2MP dual selfie camera
- 4G LTE network support
- Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
- 3,340 mAh battery
Design and Body
The Huawei Nova 3i is a smartphone with very good looks, it has a colourful finish which makes it look very attractive. This phone comes with a plastic body but the back plastic has a glossy finish which makes it look like glass. The Nova 3i is quite sleek, it has a thickness of 7.6 mm and weighs about 169 grams. The rear of this phone houses the dual cameras, a LED flash, a fingerprint sensor and the “Huawei” branding. Overall, the Huawei Nova 3i is a smartphone with good looks.
Coming to the display, the Huawei Nova 3i has an almost bezels less display with a notch at the top. The notch at the top houses the dual selfie cameras, speakerphone and other sensors. The Huawei Nova 3i sports a 6.3 inches IPS LCD display with a FHD+ resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and 409 pixels per inch density. The screen does not have any protection of any kind.
Processor and Memory
Huawei decided to use their own chipset on this smartphone. The Huawei Nova 3i is powered by octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor which features 4 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and another 4 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. The Kirin 710 chipset is coupled with Mali G51 MP4 in charge of graphics and gaming. This chipset is built on a 12nm fabrication process which is power efficient.
The Nova 3i comes with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB built-in storage. The configurations are 4GB RAM 64GB storage and 6GB RAM 128GB storage. There is a shared micro SD card slot available.
Coming to the camera department, the Huawei Nova 3i has a dual rear camera setup. The dual rear cameras feature a 16MP main camera and a 2MP depth camera. The depth camera helps in taking portrait shots. The rear cameras can record 1080p videos at 30 fps.
At the front, there’s also a dual-camera setup for taking selfies and video calls. The dual selfie cameras feature a 24MP main camera and a 2MP depth camera for portraits. It can also record 1080p videos at 30 fps.
The front and rear cameras have AI technology on them to boost the performance.
Battery and Charging
In this department, the Huawei Nova 3i does not fail as it has a fairly average battery capacity. The Huawei Nova 3i comes with a 3,340 mAh battery which is not removable. The battery should last you throughout the day but if it is used heavily, it may drop dead.
As for charging, you get a 10W charging brick out of the box and it should fill the battery in less than 3 hours. The phone charges via the micro USB port.
Network and Connectivity
The Huawei Nova 3i has support for 4G LTE network which gives you access to fast internet speeds of up to 600 Mbps when downloading and browsing. It supports the following 4G LTE bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 28, 38, 40, 41. It comes with Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, WiFi Direct, GPS, WiFi hotspot and FM radio. It also supports OTG.
Huawei Nova 3i runs on Android 8 Oreo with EMUI skin on top out of the box. It is now upgradeable to Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 skin on top. Since Huawei has been banned from using Google services, the Nova 3i may not get any more software update.
Huawei Nova 3i Price in Nigeria
As it stands, the Huawei Nova 3i price in Nigeria starts at around 75,000 Naira to 90,000 Naira depending on your location and the present exchange rate. It is available at top leading online stores across the globe.
Huawei Nova 3i Review in 2020
Despite its over 2 years since the Huawei Nova 3i was launched, it is still a good phone even in 2020. The performance is not going to be top-notch but it will perform pretty well. The camera is still a bit good so it won’t fail you. There are some new phones that were released in 2020 that the Huawei Nova 3i still outperforms despite its age. The Huawei Nova 3i is definitely a good phone to buy in 2020.