Huawei Nepal launched Nova 3 and Nova 3i, the most awaited upgrade to its “best selling” smartphone, Nova 2i. Nova 3 is the high-end version with Huawei’s best processor for now: Kirin 970 whereas Nova 3i has the latest mid-range processor: Kirin 710.
Both these phones come in great colours and curved glass with a notch. Nova 3 has a 3D curved back whereas 3i has a 2.5D curve. Nova 3 is surprisingly lighter than 3i even though it has a bigger battery.
Nova 3 will be available in Iris Purple, Black and White colour whereas Nova 3i will be available in Iris Purple, Black and Red Color.
Both these phones have a large 6.3-inch display, which is good to watch videos and multi-screen usage. They have a Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2280×1080. LCD displays are good and have better sunlight viewing because of it’s brightness. But they have a NOTCH, which is Notch-a-good decision.
This includes processing and GPU. Nova 3 has a flagship 10nm Kirin 970 octa-core processor, which is Huawei’s best processor from last year with AI capabilities. Nova 3i sports the latest mid-range 12nm Kirin 710 processor, which is good enough for regular usage. Nova 3 has a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU whereas Nova 3i sports Mali-G51 MP4 GPU.
Nova 3 has a bigger 3750 mAh battery with fast charging whereas Nova 3i has a smaller 3340 mAh battery. Since both devices are powered by 10nm and 12nm power efficient processor respectively, both of them should be good enough for a day in moderate usage.
RAM and Storage:
Nova 3 has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage and 3i has 4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Both of them are expandable through a micro sd card. The good thing here is 3i being a mid-range phone with such a big storage capacity.
Software and OS:
Both these phones have Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top. They also have Camera AI capabilities along with AR features. They also support 3D emojis called Qmoji (inspired from Apple’s Animoji).
The Huawei Nova 3 also supports infrared (IR) face unlock that will work in low light. Both phones support Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology for better gaming performance.
Huawei claims these phones to be the world’s first 24MP* four AI camera phones in Nepal. Nova 3 has a Rear Dual 16MP RGB camera with f/1.8 aperture and 24MP monochrome camera with f/1.8 aperture, Nova 3i has a rear dual 16MP with f/2.2 aperture +2MP depth-sensing camera. Both these phones have the same front-facing dual camera setup with 24MP + 2MP depth-sensing camera.
Let’s look at the side by side comparison of the phone:
|Specifications||Huawei Nova 3||Huawei Nova 3i|
|Dimensions||157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm, 166g||157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6mm, 169g|
|Software||Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2||Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2|
|SoC||Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 (4x 2.36GHz Arm Cortex-A73 cores + 4x 1.8GHz Arm Cortex-A53 cores); Mali-G72MP12 GPU @ 746MHz; Neural Processing Unit; i7 co-processor||Octa-core Kirin 710 (4x 2.2GHz Arm Cortex-A73 + 4x 1.7GHz Arm Cortex-A53 cores); Mali-G51MP4 GPU|
|RAM and storage||6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage; microSD card slot||4GB of RAM with 128GB of storage; microSD card slot|
|Battery||3,750mAh; fast charging||3,340mAh; 10W charging|
|Display||6.3-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080) IPS LCD with 19:9 aspect ratio||6.3-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080) IPS LCD with 19:9 aspect ratio|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||USB Type-C port, dual nano SIM slots (nano SIM + nano SIM/microSD), 3.5mm headphone jack||microUSB port, dual nano SIM slots (nano SIM + nano SIM/microSD), 3.5mm headphone jack|
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/8
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/3/5/7/8
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
|Rear camera||16MP RGB camera with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus (PDAF)|
24MP monochrome camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF
|16MP with f/2.2 aperture
2MP depth sensing camera
|Front-facing camera||24MP + 2MP depth-sensing camera||24MP + 2MP depth sensing camera|
Pricing & Availability:
Nova 3 will cost NRs.58,900 while the Nova 3i will cost NRs.38,900. The prebooking for these phones has started from today until August 12. The phone will be delivered to you after that only.
You can prebook on Daraz or respective retail outlets. There are some prebooking gifts available as well. A portable photo printer for Nova 3 and a cool Bluetooth speaker for Nova 3i.