Huawei Nova 3i: Expectations

The Nova 3i is the new smartphone introduced by Huawei with another celebrity face — James Reid. At the price of 16 thousand Philippine pesos, this phone offers several features that should probably ‘Wow’ ordinary consumers. And base on what they put on their product page, here are my expectations for the Huawei Nova 3i.

Design: Nova 3i looks like an iPhone X

Nova 3i: Back and Front Looks and Appearance

Nova 3i comes with three colors and styles — Pearl White, Black, and Iris Purple. The Iris Purple has this gradient effect of blue to purple while the other two are just plain black and white. And if I were to choose, I would pick the black one.

At the back, you can see the two rear cameras aligned and placed just like the iPhone X’s camera alignment. The flash though is separated from the camera and located right underneath the camera. There is also a fingerprint sensor right above the center.

In front, the 6.3″ FHD+ screen will be the first to notice. It has the new trend of a thin bezel with a chin and a notch. The notch houses the two front cameras, sensors and the earpiece speaker.

Nova 3i: FHD+ Display

Nova 3i’s 6.3″ display has TFT LCD(IPS) technology. It also has an FHD+ resolution of 2340×1080 and a pixel density of 409ppi. With these, Nova 3i is very good for viewing photos, watching videos, playing games, using apps, and surfing the web.

Camera: Great Four AI Cameras

Nova 3i: Four AI Cameras

As you have read, the phone has ‘four AI cameras.’ The two primary cameras at the back have 16 MP and 2 MP resolution. And the other two front cameras have 24 MP and 2 MP. These cameras ensure impressive photos with high clarity and bokeh effect.

The dual front cameras can capture rich details and environmental depth information. Nova 3i can beautify you with the advanced algorithm to be natural and appealing. Moreover, the powerful AI scenery recognition can adjust the surroundings to match your true beauty in the selfie.

The Nova 3i front cameras have HDR Pro feature. This feature helps your photos from an overexposed background. As a result, your photographs have a balanced and precise exposure from shadows to highlights.


Huawei doesn’t stop by just following iPhone X’s appearance. They also create QMoji to mimic the Animoji. QMoji is Huawei’s so-called AI-powered 3G emoji that copies and animate your facial expressions, movements, and voice — adding more fun to your messages.

Processor: Great Power Inside

Nova 3i: CPU Power

The Nova 3i has Huawei’s own-designed CPU, the Kirin 710 chipset. The chipset is a 12 nm tech that delivers smooth responsiveness, AI photo features and immersive gaming experience with independent image signal processor and digital signal processor.

The smartphone also has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Those are great for downloading several apps and taking more photos and videos. With the support of microSD slot, the phone’s storage can be expanded with up to 256 GB memory card.

After all, the Huawei Nova 3i is still a mid-range smartphone. It can be fast but not as fast as those flagships ones. The cameras might be great but do not expect too much. We all know that all smartphones nowadays, even the budget-end, are fast enough and reliable. We should have to seek smartphones that best fit for its price. And I consider Huawei Nova 3i one of those.

The Huawei Nova 3i is now available for pre-order in the Philippines. To pre-order, click on the actor’s image below. And if you have some thoughts about the phone, comment it down in the comment section.

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Posted by Rubien Charcos

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