Huawei’s newly launched Nova series of smartphones are now up for pre-order on Amazon India starting July 26 at 2PM. The Huawei Nova 3 and 3i are priced at Rs 34,999 and Rs 20,999, respectively. There’s a Rs 1,000 cashback offer for those who pre-order the devices. Other launch offers include no-cost EMI schemes, an extra Rs 2,000 off on exchange, and an extra 100GB data on Reliance Jio along with an extra Rs 1,200 cash back.
Design, display and face unlock
Up front, both devices pack a 6.3-inch FHD+ curved glass display with a notch and an aspect ratio of 19:5:9. It’s only when you hold both the devices together that you’ll be able to notice the slight difference in dimensions. The Nova 3 is marginally broader. You can disable the notch from device Settings, in a manner that’s similar to the OnePlus 6.
Although the design is much similar to Huawei’s P20 lite, still there is no denying that both these look a class apart and feels quite premium in hand, especially the Iris Purple color is a head turner. Since both devices have an all-glass design, it tends to attract fingerprints and get smudgy.
The Huawei Nova 3 and 3i also gets face unlocking with an infrared light sensor similar to the Apple iPhone X. In addition, the 3D Qmoji feature is once again reminiscent of the animoji on the iPhone X. Both devices pack a fingerprint sensor at the back, which is fast and accurate.
Out of the two, the Huawei Nova 3 packs high-end Kirin 970 Soc and it comes with one variant of 6GB RAM+128GB storage. In our limited time, it was impossible for us to judge the performance, but since it had very less bloatware installed and limited processes running in background, it felt quite snappy.
Much like the Nova 3, the Nova 3i was also fluid and we didn’t feel any lag in multitasking performance.
AI Shopping and AI Smart Gallery
Huawei is also going big guns with the buzz word AI, which is ‘Artificial Intelligence’. According to an Amazon spokesperson, you would get an AI shopping experience if you are browsing the Amazon app on the Nova 3 or 3i smartphone. Other than that, the AI Smart Gallery is where you’ll be able to search for images with what’s in the image, such as “Gurgaon Food” will show all the pictures of the food clicked by you in Gurgaon, and Huawei calls it ‘AI sorting’.
Huawei has been talking about GPU Turbo technology for quite some time now. The technology essentially enhances CPU performance to additional 60 percent when required, and improved power efficiency by 30 percent. The company has even optimized performance of Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i for games like PUBG.
‘Dual AI camera’ in front and rear
The front camera on both smartphones – Nova 3 and Nova 3i – is same dual lens setup. It features a 24-megapixel and a 2-megapixel image sensor combination. We tried taking selfies, and both smartphones exceeded our expectations. There was much detailing in front camera shots and the images looked quite natural to eye.
Talking about the vertically aligned dual-rear camera setup. Both smartphones get a different camera lens combination. The Huawei Nova 3 dual camera setup boasts of a 16-megapixel rear camera with single LED flash, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, CAF, and a secondary 24-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture.
About the Nova 3i, the rear camera is different and it features dual rear camera setup of a 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a secondary 2-megapixel sensor.
We feel both smartphones do a great job in terms of design and experience. The Huawei Nova 3 price range is same as the OnePlus 6 in India, so the tough competition awaits Huawei there. In fact, Asus Zenfone 5Z for Rs 29,999 could be an even bigger competition for the Nova 3. Having said that, the camera performance of Nova 3 needs to be seen. Since, Huawei P20 Pro is benchmark in camera performance standard, we expect this device to do better than the competition, but for that we will be reviewing the device soon.
When it comes to Nova 3i, the price range doesn’t have much competition there. Huawei’s sub-brand had Honor 9i around the same price, but now its trading around Rs 15,000. The Nokia 7 Plus trades for higher Rs 25,000 price bracket. The phone is much-like the Nova 3 in terms of design, so it is possible that it compels buyers with need of a good-looking device. But unfortunately for Huawei, the sub Rs 15,000 price range has a lot of good offerings like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and Asus Zenfone Max Pro (M1).
In India, Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i will be available in Iris Purple and Black colors. Huawei hasn’t got the White color variant here. Both smartphones will be exclusively available via Amazon India starting August 23 for the Nova 3 and August 7 for the Nova 3i. The Huawei Nova 3 comes in a single 6GB+128GB variant, where as the Nova 3i comes in 4GB+128GB variant.