The Huawei Nova 3i is an excellent handset for the price, particularly considering recent price drops, and unless you’re deep into mobile gaming, it will likely cover all your everyday needs quite comfortably, and do so in style.
From the back, the Nova 3i looks strikingly similar to the Nova 3e, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A gorgeous combination of flat, glossy glass and metal makes the handset a pleasure to hold and ogle.
Flip it over though, and you’ll notice that instead of a 5.8-inch display, the Nova 3i is sporting a gorgeous 6.3-inch screen. While this makes the overall handset a little wider and taller, the impact is lessened thanks to marginally reduced side and top bezels and a chin bezel that’s more than halved in width.
The Huawei Nova 3i weighs in at 169g. With dimensions set at 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6mm, it really is pocketable and can be comfortably held in one hand.
Without being too big for one-handed operation, the Huawei Nova 3i manages to cram in a 6.3-inch 1,080 x 2,340-pixel IPS LCD display, thanks to the whole edge-to-edge approach. The notch, however, turns the display into a rather unorthodox 19:9 aspect ratio.
The panel is capable and looks quite attractive with that design. It’s sharp, accurate, but of course, it doesn’t have a high contrast ratio and saturation of an AMOLED panel. An AMOLED panel also does a better job at hiding the notch with deep black bands on both sides of the notch. While in this case, the black isn’t merging into the black notch that well.
Starting with multimedia, this phone can be a great pocket entertainment alternative. it has a huge 6.3-inch full HD display, which is perfect for watching content on the go. The videos can be viewed on 18:9 aspect ratio, and since it has a headphone jack, it makes a perfect companion to watch shows on the go. Nothing to complain about here.
Our Nova 3i ran quite adequately during our time with it. The Kirin 710 does handle the routine tasks quite well. It’s perfectly capable of running Huawei’s somewhat bloated UI with Android 8.1. It has 4GB RAM, which makes for some smoother operation, such as a quick camera boot-up and rapid app-switching. As mentioned before, the first instance of performance limitation is in the gaming department, which could do with better optimisation.