Huawei nova 3i Specs, review, opinions, comparisons

Huawei nova 3i Specs, review, opinions, comparisons
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Huawei nova 3i Top Specs

  • Release Date: 2018, July
  • Dimensions: 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm
  • Weight: 169 g
  • Screen: 6.3", IPS LCD
  • Main Camera: Dual, 16 MP
  • Selfi Camera: Dual, 24 MP
  • Memory: 128 GB, 4 GB RAM 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
  • CPU:
  • Battery: 3340 mAh
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

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Technical specifications

General specs
Brand and model Huawei nova 3i
Release date 2018, July
Dimensions (HxWxD) 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm | 6.2 x 2.96 x 0.3 in
Weight 169 g | 5.96 oz
Colors Black, Pearl White, Iris Purple, Acacia Red
Battery 3340 mAh,  Non-removable Li-Ion
Approximate price350 EUR
Technology IPS LCD
Touchscreen capacitive touchscreen
Display colors 16M
Screen size 6.3" inc
Screen area 97.4 cm2
Screen format 19.5:9 (height:width)
Screen to body ratio82.2%
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 px
PPI /points per inch/ 409 PPI
Camera and Video
Rear camera, main 16 MP, Dual
Camera specs
-16 MP, f/2.2, PDAF
-2 MP, depth sensor
Functions LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
Front camera, selfie 24 MP, Dual
Specifications 24 MP, f/2.0
2 MP, depth sensor
Functions HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
Operating system OS Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.2
Chipset - Hisilicon Kirin 710 (12 nm)
Processor CPU
- Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
Graphics processor GPU - Mali-G51 MP4
External memory microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal memory 128 GB, 4 GB RAM 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
Antutu 8 score162586
Antutu 7 score138600
GeekBench 5 Single Core329
GeekBench 5 Multi-Core1297
Communication and Connectivity
SIM card Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Show all network frequencies:
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
Edge Yes
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
USB microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
Music and Audio
Radio FM radio
Headphone jack Yes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Other features
- Sensors - Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Charging 5V/2A 10W

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Huawei nova 3i Review

Huawei is a company that boasts a variety of models that are complemented by new attractive creations every year. Interestingly, each device is aimed at a specific user. In the following lines, we will talk specifically about the cute and ergonomic Huawei Nova 3i, which outperforms a number of models from the low price range, but lacks a little to enter the mid-budget one triumphantly. For some, however, it can easily be classified in this group. There's a reason why, and you'll find it out right now.


An inexpensive smartphone can look good and beautiful. So they think at Huawei. The last few years, the company's budget models have been characterized by a distinctive design similar to that of flagship devices. Huawei Nova 3i is no exception. In it, we see a combination of glass and metal, thin frames, a protruding camera module in the left corner and a gradient gradation of colors. This is exactly the kind of thing we see in more expensive models like the Huawei P20 Pro, Nova 3 and Honor 10.

All the corners of the Huawei Nova 3i's body are smooth and pleasant to the touch. In your hand, the phone will lie nice and stable. The weight and dimensions are satisfactorily comfortable for prolonged one-handed operation of the Huawei Nova 3i.


In the Huawei Nova 3i, the company has opted for a 6.3-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The pixel density per inch is 409. Thus, the panel is slightly elongated but comfortable. The aspect ratio is 19.5:9. The maximum brightness is 349 cd/sqm and the minimum is 2 cd/sqm. The viewing angles are wide. The Huawei Nova 3i's display occupies 82.2% of the front panel area, which is a good benchmark for a mid-budget device.

We should also note the availability of the option for the user to lower the resolution from FHD+ to HD+ and hide the notch with a black color.


Under the hood of the Huawei Nova 3i lies a new Kirin 710 processor consisting of 4 Cortex A-73 cores clocked at 2.2 GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz and Mali-G51 MP4 graphics. The performance of the Kirin 710 can be compared to that of the Snapdragon 660. Its power is ample for comfortable gaming on medium settings.

RAM is 4/6 GB and internal memory is 64/128 GB, the latter can be expanded using a microSD card up to 256 GB.


Huawei Nova 3i features a modest 16 MP main module with f/2.2 aperture and a 2 MP auxiliary sensor, which is responsible for the background blur effect when shooting in portrait mode. For higher quality photos, Artificial Intelligence that recognizes 22 scenes is provided and implemented in the best way.

The front camera capabilities of Huawei Nova 3i will delight users more. This is mostly because of the two modules - 24 MP with f/2.0 aperture and an auxiliary 2 MP. There are HDR Pro features, artificial intelligence, bokeh mode, 3D effects and 3D Qmoji. Separately, it should be mentioned the ability to save photos in RAW format for post-processing.

With the Huawei Nova 3i in hand, you'll record FullHD resolution video at 30 or 60 frames per second. 4K and electronic stabilization are not available, however. If these are what you're looking for, you should take a look at Huawei's more expensive models.

Autonomous operation

Regarding the autonomy of the Huawei Nova 3i, we must say that the battery has a capacity of 3340 mAh - slightly less than in the Huawei Nova 3 model. However, despite the smaller capacity, the autonomous operation will please you. On a typical phone load, you'll have a day and a half. Watching videos will discharge the battery in about 9 hours, and playing heavy games - in 5 hours.

A 5V/2A power adapter is provided with the Huawei Nova 3i. With this charger, you will have 100% battery charge in an hour and 35 minutes of charging.


Huawei Nova 3i is a wonderful representative for its class. If you opt for it, you get a quality screen, a fast processor, an excellent front-facing camera and an affordable price. Its main competitor on the market right now is the Xiaomi Mi A2, which in turn offers pure Android, better cameras, but falls short to it in terms of design.

If you need an inexpensive smartphone from an established manufacturer in the market, the Huawei Nova 3i is the right choice. It looks like a flagship, features artificial intelligence, and recharges fast enough to keep you going with games, entertainment, and work.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The base approximate price of the Huawei nova 3i was around 350 EUR after it was officially announced. At this point, the price may be lower.
The official release date is 2018, July.
The weight of the Huawei nova 3i is 169 g.
The screen size of the Huawei nova 3i is 6.3" inches.
The size of the Huawei nova 3i is 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm (HxWxD).
No, it does not support 5G
No, it is not waterproof.
No, it does not support fast charging.
No, it does not support wireless charging.
Yes, it supports the services of Google Play store, gmail, youtube, etc.
There is Dual main camera and Dual selfi camera.
To turn on the phone, press and hold the power key until the logo appears on the screen, then release the key. If the phone does not turn on after a few seconds, connect the charger and try again in a minute.
To turn off the phone, press and hold the power button until the power icon appears, then tap the power icon.
To restart the phone, press and hold the volume down key and the power key at the same time until the logo appears on the screen, then release them. This may take up to 30 seconds.
To take a screenshot, press and release the volume down button and the power button at the same time. A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear immediately after that.