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Huawei Nova 2i

Specifications

Huawei Nova 2i
Huawei Nova 2i (Nova Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.9 inch 4:2, 2160 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
Connections
Card Reader: microSD up to 128GB, Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Digital compass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity light Senor, Accelerometer, Status indicator, SAR sensor, microUSB 2.0
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.5 x 156.2 x 75.2 ( = 0.3 x 6.15 x 2.96 in)
Battery
3340 mAh, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 20 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 550 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix 16MP+2MP Dual-camera
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix 13MP+2MP Dual-camera
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
Weight
164 g ( = 5.78 oz / 0.36 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
300 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 78.29% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 21 reviews)
price: 92%, performance: 65%, features: - %, display: 60% mobility: 88%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Huawei Nova 2i

80% Huawei Nova 2i Review
Source: PC Advisor English
A great-looking budget Android phone with a large 18:9 display and four cameras headlining in its spec. The Huawei Nova 2i promises excellent value, but you might prefer to buy one of the several similar Huawei/Honor phones intended for the UK market.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Huawei Nova 2i – big phone for a small price (review)
Source: Gadgetguy English
My point is that many overseas ‘retailers’ take advantage of this confusion and sell a lower-cost phone destined for a different market. Unless you get a Nova 2i, Australian model RNE-L22 don’t buy it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% performance: 70% workmanship: 80%
87% Huawei Nova 2i — Australian Review
Source: Ausdroid English
Huawei have made some outstanding phones, particularly over the last 2 years or so. The Nova 2i isn’t built or priced to match it with the top end Pixel 2s, Note 8s or S8s of the world, but the user experience comes very close. Micro USB and not-the-fastest WiFi are niggles which might upset the most demanding tech enthusiast, but the average user won’t (and shouldn’t) care; the phone charges, the WiFi is fast enough for what users care about, and it’s significantly cheaper than other options.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 87% price: 95% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85%
71% Huawei Nova 2i Review: Can 4 cameras do justice?
Source: KL Gadget Guy English
It might sound like I was nitpicking the Huawei Nova 2i throughout the review and the brief time that I have with it. But the major issues such as software performance can probably be fixed via software update. It is rather disappointing when a mid range device does not perform up to expectations. Plus the micro USB port and no fast charging, future proofing is another question by itself. But with a price tag of RM 1,299, perhaps I shouldn’t complain too much about the Huawei Nova 2i. With a little more refinement, this phone will certainly be the most value for money mid range device in 2017. Any thoughts so far? Let me know if I’ve missed out on anything in this review.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2017
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 80% performance: 60% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
Huawei Nova 2i Review – $300 for Quad Cameras
Source: Manila Shaker English
Considering its price, it’s one of the best contenders out there with its well-rounded aspects. While 18:9 displays maybe not everyone’s preference, Huawei releases theirs at a somewhat balanced state. As for photography, I’d recommend the Nova 2i if it had OIS or EIS. I wouldn’t say that it’s a waste of quad cameras, but it could’ve been done better.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/04/2017
85% Huawei Nova 2i review: Huawei's best flagship features have been successfully smuggled into the mid-tier
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Huawei aren’t the first smartphone brand to try and squeeze down a flagship offering into a lower price-point. However, when brands usually make that pitch, we're talking $600-800. With the $499 price-tag in mind, there’s not a whole lot out there that can match the Huawei Nova 2i. It’s a solid phone that borrows plenty from its more expensive and compact cousin to outstanding effect.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 85%
Watch: Huawei Nova 2i Video Review
Source: Yugatech English
The Huawei Nova 2i will be available in stores nationwide starting October 21 with a suggested retail price of Php14,990. Colors available will be in gold, black and blue.
video revew
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/18/2017
Huawei Nova 2i Review
Source: Yugatech English
We could not find any major fault with the Nova 2i. If there is one, and we think it’s just a minor annoyance, it would be the use of a micro USB port and slow charging. The use of the pair of dual cameras can be a somewhat gimmicky to others but it does the job well if the user’s main concern is just to take really great portraits and selfies.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/15/2017
Huawei Nova 2i Review: Is it the Mid-range Smartphone to Beat?
Source: Unbox English
While Huawei’s been quiet the past few months, the company has broken their silence with a fantastic mid-range offering. The Nova 2i delivers on all fronts: style, performance and camera. The quad-camera promise of the phone may feel a little gimmicky, but trust us, it really does deliver the goods as far as image quality is concerned for its price point.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2017
Huawei Nova 2i Unboxing, Quick Review: Is This The New Mid-Range King?
Source: Unbox English
At Php 14,990, Huawei’s Nova 2i will be giving a lot of their competitors headaches. We’ve yet to complete our full review, but if the cameras deliver (and aren’t just feature fillers) then the Nova 2i may just be the best mid-range phone that you’ll be able to buy at its price range. According to a local retailer, the phone will hit stores come October 20 for Php 14,990, though final pricing is yet to be announced by Huawei.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/11/2017
Huawei Nova 2i Hands On: Democratising The 18:9 Display
Source: Lowyat.net English
Chances are, we will see more mid-range smartphones with 18:9 displays in the near future, but for the time being, the Nova 2i stands out as one of the most compelling options in Malaysia. Retailing at RM1,299, the Nova 2i offers plenty value for money.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/27/2017

Foreign Reviews

Đánh giá chi tiết Huawei Nova 2i
Source: Vivacities German DE→EN
Positive: Good price; nice design; solid workmanship; metal case; good display; decent cameras. Negative: Short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/25/2017
70% Huawei Nova 2i - Торжество цифр
Source: Helpix RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Обзор смартфона Huawei Nova 2i: в четыре "глаза"
Source: Hitech Vesti RU→EN
Positive: Metal case; nice display; good cameras; decent hardware; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: No NFC; slow charging; combined slot; poor connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/06/2017
Обзор Huawei nova 2i: попробуй четыре камеры
Source: DGL.ru RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; nice ergonomy; good cameras; decent display. Negative: No NFC.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/27/2017
Видеообзор: Huawei Nova 2i — на пути к Nova 31
Source: AndroidInsider.ru RU→EN
Positive: Decent cameras; nice display; thin frames; elegant design. Negative: Mediocre speakers; unsupported 4K video mode; no USB-C.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2017
75% Đánh giá chi tiết Huawei Nova 2i: Sự lựa chọn tầm trung dịp cuối năm nay
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/25/2017
Rating: Total score: 75%
Huawei Nova 2i - smartphone màn hình tràn viền giá tốt
Source: Sohoa VN Express VN→EN
Positive: Good price; impressive display; metal case; solid workmanship; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/27/2017
Trên tay Huawei Nova 2i màu vàng: Sang hơn, ít bám vân tay hơn
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Premium design; solid workmanship; good price; hard getting fingerprints.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/21/2017
Trên tay Huawei Nova 2i bản Thái: Màn hình FullView, 4 camera, chip Kirin 659, giá khoảng 7.6 triệu
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Excellent display; top cameras; decent hardware; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/26/2017
Review Huawei Nova 2i: Jagoan Bokeh dengan 4 Kamera
Source: Jagat Review ID→EN
Positive: High performance; modern design; nice display; good cameras. Negative: No NFC; poor connectivity; short battery life; slow charging.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/06/2017

Comment

Model: The Huawei Nova 2i is one of the best-value selfie smartphones that features a FullView Display and four cameras. At this moment, FullView displays are already a thing and all smartphone manufacturers are going this direction. By removing the home button, Huawei has taken advantage of integrating a 5.93-inch display on the front. Before the bezel-less display trend, having a display more than 5.5-inch was considered as a phablet but in the Nova 2i's case, it doesn't feel like one. The front display blends in nicely with the sides, making it look high class and premium. The body material on the back is polished and looks great in blue. However, a user may want to get a protective casing because it can be quite slippery on sweaty palms. The Nova 2i holds the distinction of being Huawei’s first ever smartphone to have an 18:9 display. That allows the phone to have a 5.9-inch full HD+ panel while still having the same overall physical dimensions of a 5.5-inch phone. The extra pixels on the top and bottom as well as the almost non-existent bezels on the side allow the phone to have a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, giving its user more screen real-estate on the top and bottom. As for the display quality, the Nova 2i’s display looks pretty great. Colors are vibrant and punchy, and the display is easily readable under the sun. Unfortunately, not all apps are optimized for the new aspect ratio. YouTube, for example, displays black bars on the sides when viewing content in landscape mode. Huawei’s EMUI 5 does not have a way to crop content to fit everything into the 18:9 display like Samsung does with the Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8.

Running on Android 7 Nougat (plus Huawei's own EMUI skin), the Huawei Nova 2i comes powered by an 8-core Kirin 659 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage. The Kirin 659 is a pretty capable processor, and the phone felt quick and snappy. However, heavy gamers and more performance-focused consumers may be a little annoyed with the graphics-crunching capabilities of the Nova 2i though, since it comes with a Mali-T830 GPU. The quad-camera promise of the phone may feel a little gimmicky, but it really delivers great image quality for its price. With four sensors scattered in its body, both the 16-megapixel rear camera and 13-megapixel front camera are paired with 2-megapixel depth sensors that add depth information to each shot so that the user can add bokeh effects later. The overall performance of the rear camera is pretty awesome even under low light. The Nova 2i comes with a 3,340 mAh battery inside of its sleek, aluminum body. That is enough to keep it running for around 7 hours on a single charge, which is an average score for a smartphone like this. The Nova 2i is a great mid-range smartphone but lacks some newer features such as fast charging and a USB Type-C support.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

ARM Mali-T830 MP2: Integrated graphics card for smartphones and tablets with two clusters (MP2) supporting OpenGL ES 3.2. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Kirin 659: ARM-based octa-core SoC (4x Cortex-A53 max. 2.36 GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 max 1.7 GHz) with an integrated LTE modem (Cat. 13) and a ARM Mali-T830 MP2. In our benchmarks around 4% faster as the older Kirin 658.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.9":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.164 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company founded in 1987 with focus on telecommunications hardware and 170000 employees. In the first quarter of 2016, Huawei had a market share of 8.2% in the smartphone market, making it the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Compared to the same quarter of 2015, Huawei increased its market share by more than 58%.
In 2014, Huawei created the sub brand Honor and offers certain smartphone series under this name. The name Huawei is usually not listed for these products.
There are a lot of reviews on Huawei phones with slightly above average ratings (as of 2016).
78.29%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Huawei Mate SE
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei Y9
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Samsung Galaxy A6 2018
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa
Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 G611F
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa
Huawei Nova 3e
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei P20 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei P smart
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei P10 Selfie
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Honor 9i
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659
Samsung Galaxy J7 Nxt 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa
Huawei Nova 2 Plus
Mali-T830 MP2, unknown
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro 2017
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa

Devices with the same GPU

Huawei Nova 2
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 5", 0.143 kg
Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)
Mali-T830 MP2, Exynos 7870 Octa, 5.2", 0.16 kg
Huawei Nova Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 655, 5.2", 0.147 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 6.39", 0.187 kg
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 6.3", 0.189 kg
Huawei Mate 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 6.3", 0.188 kg
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 6.3", 0.172 kg
Huawei Y7 Prime 2018
Adreno 505, Snapdragon 430, 5.99", 0.155 kg
Huawei Nova 3
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 6.3", 0.166 kg
Huawei Nova 3i (P Smart+)
unknown, unknown, 6.3", 0.169 kg
Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 6", 0.178 kg
Huawei P Smart Plus
unknown, unknown, 6.3", 0.169 kg
Huawei Y5 Lite 2017
Mali-T720 MP2, Mediatek MT6737, 5", 0.175 kg
Huawei Y5 2018
PowerVR GE8100, Mediatek MT6739, 5.45", 0.145 kg
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