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Huawei Nova 3

Specifications

Huawei Nova 3
Huawei Nova 3 (Nova Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 970 8 x 2.4 GHz, Cortex-A73/-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
, 4GB or 6GB
Display
6.30 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
Connections
Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, NFC, Sensors: Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint sensor, USB-C
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE, Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.3 x 157 x 73.7 ( = 0.29 x 6.18 x 2.9 in)
Battery
3750 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 24 MPix Dual: 24MP + 16MP, f/1.8
Secondary Camera: 24 MPix Dual: 24MP + 2MP, f/2.0
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
Weight
166 g ( = 5.86 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
500 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 79.8% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 29 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 83%, features: - %, display: 78% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Huawei Nova 3

Huawei Nova 3 - Super Night Shot vs Pro Mode
Source: Tech Nave English Archive.org version
Super Night Shot mode is one of the best smartphone features I've seen in a long time and this is just the beginning (so cliche, I know). My colleagues who took the photos above also enjoyed using it and to sum up the experience, it's a really convenient way of going around the city streets for a night photography activity without having to bring a tripod around.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/28/2018
Does the Huawei Nova 3 provide “real” golden camera performance?
Source: Tech Nave English Archive.org version
Despite its gorgeous appearance, the Huawei Nova 3’s camera capabilities are definitely not a problem. Going for an official price of RM1919, we heartily recommend that you go to the official Huawei store, authorized dealers and Huawei official online shopping platform to buy this phone! Stay tuned for more tech news and reviews at TechNave.com.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/09/2018
Huawei Nova 3 Review: Stunning Design & Impressive Cameras
Source: Phone World English Archive.org version
The Huawei Nova 3 is likely the most stylish smartphone with a full-screen display and notch display which looks compulsory in all 2018 smartphones. It has good battery timings with good camera results, only the price is a little high. It would have been much better if the price is around 45k, let’s wait and watch for the customer response.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/27/2018
Huawei Nova 3 Review
Source: The Mobile Indian English Archive.org version
Huawei Nova 3 comes with the quad-camera setup, which makes it unique in this price category. In daylight conditions, the cameras performed really well. The only issue which we had was in terms of focus, as the device takes a few seconds to properly focus the subject, which often leads to mixed results in low light conditions. However, once the focusing part is done, the Nova 3 can take on the OnePlus 6 and Aus Zenfone 5Z. Apart from the cameras, it features some of the best specifications, the display surely looks promising and the device's overall performance, including the battery life, is impressive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2018
72% Huawei Nova 3 Review: Stunning Design & Impressive Cameras
Source: Phone Arena English Archive.org version
The Huawei Nova 3 is likely the most stylish smartphone with a full-screen display and notch display which looks compulsory in all 2018 smartphones. It has good battery timings with good camera results, only the price is a little high. It would have been much better if the price is around 45k, let’s wait and watch for the customer response.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
85% Huawei Nova 3 Review: Tickled Blue
Source: The Techy English Archive.org version
Huawei is known for producing excellent value smartphones and the Huawei Nova 3 is no different. Even though it directly compete with OnePlus 6, it still stands strong by offering Quad Camera and a beautiful looking phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
HUAWEI Nova 3 Review – Worthy Quad Cameras
Source: Mobygyaan English Archive.org version
Design-wise, the HUAWEI Nova 3 is highly premium. There is a good reason to choose the Nova 3 over the Honor 10 due to its refined design, additional camera features, and more storage with microSD support.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2018
Huawei Nova 3 Review : Great Camera Smartphone
Source: Gadget Diary English Archive.org version
The Huawei Nova 3 is a great camera phone. It comes with quad cameras, but to be honest, the cameras work better when you turn the AI mode off and use the main camera to capture images naturally. The AI feature, however, assists you when you want to capture photos in low light. The phone can also perform well and can run games easily but with so many smartphones from Huawei and Honor out there running the same processor, which one should you get? Well, Nova 3 is a good choice if you’re a Huawei fan and want a phone with a great camera.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/24/2018
Huawei Nova 3 review: Stylish design, impressive cameras
Source: The Indian Express English Archive.org version
Nova 3 is a good package to consider at Rs 35,000. The phone has a newer design and four cameras that will appeal to a lot of users. The build quality is great and thanks to the Iris purple colour option, Nova 3 looks stylish. I would say it competes closely with OnePlus 6 in terms of what it offers, though on the camera front OnePlus has the edge. Huawei Nova 3 is a well-rounded phone, though I wish the user interface was a little less cluttered.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2018
Huawei Nova 3 Review – Flagship to beat?
Source: Manila Shaker English Archive.org version
As a flagship smartphone, it is expected to give consumers a great gaming experience, high-quality photos and seamless web browsing that lasts for a long time. All these standards met as we tested the Nova 3. However, our experience will not be the same as the others in real life that’s why in the end it will be all up to the users’ perspective.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/08/2018
60% Huawei Nova 3 review: When good enough is not enough
Source: Gadgets Now English Archive.org version
If there’s one thing we have learnt so far in 2018 is that the action in the smartphone market is slowly shifting to the Rs 25,000-Rs 40,000 bracket. It’s also a segment where customers are hardest to please as they don’t just want bang for their buck but they want more. The Huawei Nova 3 is a good smartphone that has a great design, vibrant display and a battery that won’t let you down. Yet, it’s let down by the processor it runs. The Kirin 970 while being a competent processor doesn’t really match up to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Huawei Nova 3 Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English Archive.org version
It’s nice to see Huawei finally bringing more of its products to India, and the Nova 3 is definitely a very interesting option. However, in addition to competition from other brands, the Nova 3 has to contend with some sibling rivalry first. The Honor 10 (Review) and Honor View 10 (Review) offer very similar features as the Nova 3, and are also priced a little below Rs. 35,000. Of these three, the Nova 3 does feel like the best choice even though it’s more expensive, as it has a more modern design and strong battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
78% Huawei Nova 3 Review
Source: Think Digit English Archive.org version
The Huawei Nova 3 packs all the features that are in demand this year. It particularly excels in the design. The dual tone glass back looks simply stunning. But the good looks inside is marred by an ugly EMUI interface. The performance of the phone also isn’t at par with the competition, and the AI features are a hit or miss. The camera on the Nova 3 is good, but quite inconsistent. Overall, this is a device that will work best under ideal conditions, but a little out of the comfort zone, and the shortfalls start showing.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 78%
Huawei Nova 3 review
Source: GSM Arena English Archive.org version
The Huawei Nova 3, when seen in isolation, is the perfect mid-range smartphone. It offers some allures of the more expensive phones, such as a large display, premium design and fancy camera features but at a lower price. The performance is exactly where you'd expect it to be and the phone neither blew our minds nor disappointed us in any way.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/30/2018
Huawei Nova 3 Unboxing, Quick Review: The Super Nova!
Source: Unbox English Archive.org version
Well, Ladies and Gents, it looks like Huawei has got you covered too because they just announced the availability of the budget flagship device — the Huawei Nova 3 — and we’re here to take it out of the box and show you what it has to offer before it goes through our review process.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/28/2018
Huawei Nova 3i, Nova 3 First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English Archive.org version
One of the highlights of the two new phones is the new AI shopping capability that Huawei has developed in partnership with Amazon India. With the help of AI, the software on these two phones can help identify a product you want to purchase and point you to it on Amazon.in, along the lines of Google Lens and Samsung Mall. It works in two ways - you can either take a photo of a product, or long-press on a photo from the gallery to reveal links to similar products. While we did not get enough time with the units at launch to check this feature out for ourselves, the demo shown on the sidelines looked promising. We will be testing out the pros and cons of the software on the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i very soon.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/27/2018
HUAWEI Nova 3 Hands-on [Images] – Notch, Quad Cameras, 3D Qmoji, and Full of AI Perks
Source: Mobygyaan English Archive.org version
That said, the Nova 3 is priced at Rs 34,999 which is nothing but the same price the OnePlus 6 is currently offered. However, the Nova 3 has doubled the storage 128 GB versus the 64 GB on the OnePlus 6. Also, the quad cameras and the AI capabilities add to the overall package. What do you think of the HUAWEI Nova 3?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/27/2018
Huawei Nova 3 & Nova 3i Hands On: Moving up the Mid-Range Market
Source: Lowyat.net English Archive.org version
Out of the two phones, the Nova 3i will be the first to enter the Malaysian market on 28 July. The Nova 3, on the other hand, will only be available from 17 August onwards. We’ll run these two phones through their paces in the coming weeks, so expect our full, comprehensive review to be up in the near future.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 07/20/2018

Foreign Reviews

89% Recenzja Huawei Nova 3. To sprzęt, w którym prawie wszystko jest takie, jakie być powinno
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 85% workmanship: 90%
Fochliwa piękność, którą łatwo pokochać. Recenzja Huawei Nova 3
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Beautiful design; nice display; high gaming performance; powerful hardware; large battery capacity; nice cameras; fast fingerprint sensor. Negative: Inflexible face ID; many bloatwares; slow charging.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/14/2018
90% Huawei Nova 3 - Обзор классического полуфлагмана
Source: Helpix RU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% Huawei Nova 3 - Четыре камеры еще не предел
Source: Helpix RU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/03/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
74% Обзор Huawei nova 3: градиентный смартфон с 4 камерами
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
Обзор смартфона Huawei Nova 3
Source: Zoom RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Powerful processor; support NFC; nice display; large internal memory; decent cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2018
Обзор смартфона Huawei Nova 3: c "полным приводом"
Source: Hitech Vesti RU→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Beautiful design; powerful processor; nice dual cameras; face ID; good speakers; high autonomy; fast charging; support NFC. Negative: Unsupported waterproof and dust avoiding; combined slot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/05/2018
Recenze: Huawei Nova 3 – pan dokonalý?
Source: CZC CZ→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Good price / power ratio; attractive design; great display; thin frames; decent hardware; nice dual camera; long battery life. Negative: Unsupported waterproof; no wireless charging; mediocre mono speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/21/2018
Huawei Nova 3: Trải nghiệm smartphone cao cấp với mức giá hợp lý!
Source: FPT shop VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Premium design; high performance; nice display; long battery life; great cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/14/2018
Đánh giá chi tiết Huawei Nova 3: Đẹp, mạnh mẽ, camera như P20 Pro
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN Archive.org version
Positive: Beautiful design; powerful hardware; excellent cameras; nice gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/25/2018
90% مراجعة للهاتف Huawei Nova 3: سوبر نوفا!
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%

Comment

Series:

Huawei's phone business may be embattled due to software problems but it has not stopped making new phones. While most of them have not made it to European shores, the latest Huawei Nova 9 is an exception to this. In terms of its design, this device is still considered thin at 7.8mm and light at 175g. This definitely makes it rather portable while the curved edges keep it comfortable to be held on too. The rear camera module on the back comes in two different circles which houses the main camera and the remaining lenses. However, this model has no Gorilla Glass on the display and there is also no water or dust-resistant IP rating. As far as the display is concerned, the Huawei Nova 9 has been incorporated with a large 6.75-inch Full HD+ OLED display with high colour coverage. This is paired with an impressive 120Hz high refresh rate. In addition, there is also an under-display fingerprint reader, which can be quite fast and reliable. In terms of its performance, this is a firmly mid-range device which uses the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset paired with an 8GB of RAM with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. It is undeniable that this is not the fastest or most powerful phone on the market, but it has got more than enough power for the average user. The performance is rather smooth and fluid even when multi-tasking, and there is enough power to run any modern smartphone game too.

In terms of its battery, the Huawei Nova 9 comes in with a 4300mAh battery which is enough for the phone to last a day’s use fairly comfortably, but definitely not enough to stretch it to two days unless for an exceptionally light usage. Fundamentally that makes the battery life fairly average for the modern market as there are phones with better battery life out there, but this is obviously not the worst though. As for its camera, this smartphone carries a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide camera, 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. The main camera being encased in its own circular housing, utilizes Huawei's RYYB pixel arrangement which the company prefers especially for low light performance. However, in this device it is not combined with optical image stabilization (OIS) which is key to really excellent night photography. Overall, in daylight the main camera is exceptional with rich colours and vivid detail in a range of conditions. Though in darker lighting results are good, the lack of OIS does show. Apart from that, the ultrawide does the job in decent lighting, but there is a marked drop in detail compared to the main lens while colours tend to be washed out. There is also a 32MP selfie camera which is quite decent. Overall, it is a great phone to be considered if the absence of Google Mobile services is not an issue.

ARM Mali-G72 MP12: Integrated graphics card from ARM with 12 cores based on the 2nd generation of the Bifrost architecture.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Kirin 970: ARM based octa-core SoC with 4x Cortex-A73 (up to 2.4 GHz) and 4x Cortex A53 (up to 1.8) Ghz. Furthermore, it integrates a fast LTE modem with up to 1.2 GBit/s.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


6.30":

Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
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.


0.166 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).


79.8%: 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.

 

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Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 6.95", 0.23 kg

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unknown, unknown, 6.52", 0.188 kg
Huawei Pocket S
Adreno 642L, Snapdragon SD 778G 4G, 6.90", 0.19 kg
Huawei Nova Y61
unknown, unknown, 6.52", 0.188 kg
Huawei Nova 10 SE
Adreno 610, Snapdragon SD 680, 6.67", 0.184 kg
Huawei Nova 10z
unknown, unknown, 6.60", 0.179 kg
Huawei Mate 50E
Adreno 642L, Snapdragon SD 778G 5G, 6.70", 0.201 kg
Huawei Mate 50 RS Porsche Design
Adreno 730, Snapdragon SD 8+ Gen 1, 6.74", 0.232 kg
Huawei Mate 50
Adreno 730, Snapdragon SD 8+ Gen 1, 6.70", 0.202 kg
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Adreno 730, Snapdragon SD 8+ Gen 1, 6.70", 0.209 kg
Huawei nova 10
Adreno 642L, unknown, 6.67", 0.168 kg
Huawei Nova Y90
Adreno 610, Snapdragon SD 680, 6.70", 0.195 kg
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
Adreno 642L, Snapdragon SD 778G 4G, 6.78", 0.191 kg
Huawei Nova Y70
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 6.75", 0.199 kg
Huawei Nova Y70 Plus
unknown, unknown, 6.75", 0.199 kg
Huawei P50E
Adreno 642L, unknown, 6.50", 0.181 kg
Huawei Nova Y9a
Mali-G52 MP2, Mediatek Helio G80, 6.63", 0.197 kg
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Adreno 660, Snapdragon SD 888 4G, 7.80", 0.255 kg
Huawei nova 9 SE
Adreno 610, Snapdragon SD 680, 6.78", 0.191 kg
Huawei Enjoy 20e
PowerVR GE8320, Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, 6.30", 0.185 kg
Huawei P50 Pocket
Adreno 660, Snapdragon SD 888 4G, 6.90", 0.19 kg
Huawei Nova 9
Adreno 642L, Snapdragon SD 778G 5G, 6.57", 0.175 kg
Huawei Nova 9 Pro
Adreno 642L, unknown, 6.72", 0.186 kg
Huawei Nova Y60
PowerVR GE8320, Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, 6.60", 0.185 kg
Current Prices
Stefan Hinum (Update: 2018-08-28)