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Huawei Nova 3i (P Smart+)


Huawei Nova 3i (P Smart+)
Huawei Nova 3i (P Smart+) (Nova Series)
Graphics adapter
6 GB 
, 4GB or 6GB
6.30 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 64GB or 128GB
Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD, up to 256GB (SIM 2 slot), Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, fingerprint
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE, Dual SIM, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.6 x 157.6 x 75.2 ( = 0.3 x 6.2 x 2.96 in)
3340 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera: 16 MPix Dual: 16MP (f/2.2) + 2MP
Secondary Camera: 24 MPix Dual: 24MP + 2MP
Additional features
Keyboard: Virtual
169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
350 Euro



Average Score: 72.4% - average
Average of 5 scores (from 24 reviews)
price: 85%, performance: 70%, features: - %, display: 70% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Huawei Nova 3i (P Smart+)

70% Huawei Nova 3i review: All Sell, No Soul
Source: Good Gear Guide English version
The Nova 3i has all the right specs but fails to bring them cohesively together to forge an identity of its own.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Huawei Nova 3i review: A worthy companion
Source: Gadgets Now English version
As a mid-range model, Huawei Nova 3i is a balanced phone with a premium build. If you are a light or a moderate smartphone user, then Nova 3i would be a worthy companion. If you are a multimedia enthusiast who uses his phone for hours on end, the phone can still manage with some hiccups like slow charging, battery drain during GPU-intensive gaming and multitasking. Overall, with its durable design, FHD+ display, quad AI cameras and a massive 128GB internal storage, this phone is the premium model of the sub-25K price range and recommended if you wish to stay within the sub-25K budget.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
82% Huawei Nova 3i value and style (review)
Source: Gadgetguy English version
OK, there is the Notch too – Huawei cleverly offers to turn that into a top bar. And a dual camera on the front- interesting. But it is that gorgeous 82.2% screen-to-body-ratio that makes it look more impressive than the price dictates.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 100% performance: 60% workmanship: 80%
70% Huawei Nova 3i Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English version
The Nova 3i is Huawei’s first step into the budget segment, in which its sub-brand Honor has been fairly popular. The Nova 3i competes in the same price range as the Oppo F7 (Review) and the Vivo V9 (Review) but feels premium compared to them thanks to its glass and metal body. However, it also has to go up against the Honor Play (Review) which has gained popularity for offering the powerful Kirin 970 SoC in the sub Rs. 20,000 segment.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Huawei Nova 3i Review
Source: Fone Arena English version
At a price tag of Rs. 20,999, the Huawei Nova 3i is just another average smartphone with a good display, attractive design, good performance and worthy cameras with AI. It lacks fast charging and 4K video recording. Hope Huawei the price of the smartphone comes down in coming months to compete with other players. The company’s own Honor Play that is Rs. 1000 cheaper offers better value for money, and there are other new contenders in the market like the POCO F1 by Xiaomi that offers a better package at the same price, if you can get one in its weekly sales.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/25/2018
70% Huawei Nova 3i — Australian Review
Source: Ausdroid English version
Put it this way – I’m considering buying one. It’s gorgeous to look at and taking into account the hardware, performance and camera, put simply, there’s no better place to spend $599 at the moment.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Huawei Nova 3i Review : The Huaweian Beauty
Source: The Techy English version
For Rs. 20990/- the Nova 3i is a steal if you are looking for a pretty phone and if you are ready to compromise on the dash charging and the shortage of RAM.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/16/2018
Huawei Nova 3i First Impressions: Quad cameras, premium design at an affordable price
Source: The Mobile Indian English version
Huawei Nova 3i is a toned down version of Nova 3. The phone comes with a glass design and it is the first phone to feature the latest Kirin 710 chipset. The battery might be a concern here, while it would be interesting to see whether the four cameras will do a good job or not. As for the competition is concerned, the phone will be pitted against Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Oppo F7 and more.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/07/2018
Huawei Nova 3i, Nova 3 First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English 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, 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 3i Review: Is it the best midrange smartphone?
Source: Manila Shaker English version
The Huawei Nova 3i is available through pre-orders until July 27, 2018 in their official website. The handset can officially be purchased on July 28. It has a price tag of PHP 15,990. The device is a good quality mid-range smartphone with a powerful chipset. Moreover, its camera contains AI that lets users take easy and natural-looking shots.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/24/2018
Huawei Nova 3 & Nova 3i Hands On: Moving up the Mid-Range Market
Source: English 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
Huawei Nova 3i Review
Source: Yugatech English version
Huawei did a fine job last year on the Nova 2i by packing a mid-range smartphone with above average specs then sell it at a very competitive price point. They used the same formula with the Nova 3i but gave the hardware and design a significant bump.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/18/2018
Huawei Nova 3i Unboxing, Review: An Heir to the Mid-Range Throne?
Source: Unbox English version
The Huawei Nova 3i is a huge upgrade from its predecessor that was once hailed one of the best mid-range phones last year. Is it an heir to the treasured mid-ranged throne? Well, it certainly has a strong, legitimate claim to it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/18/2018

Foreign Reviews

Обзор плюсов и минусов смартфона Huawei Nova 3i 4/64GB
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN version
Positive: Excellent display; powerful processor; great selfie camera; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/25/2018
Тест-обзор смартфона Huawei Nova 3i
Source: Yamobi RU→EN version
Positive: Stylish design; great built quality; nice display; decent cameras. Negative: No NFC; slippery; no fast charging.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/03/2018
Recenze: Huawei Nova 3i – levně neznamená špatně
Source: CZC CZ→EN version
Positive: Attractive design; good price; great display; nice main camera; solid battery life; fast system. Negative: Relatively bulky; low performance; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/24/2018
Chỉ còn dưới 5 triệu, Huawei Nova 3i đang là smartphone phổ thông cực kỳ hấp dẫn
Source: FPT shop VN→EN version
Positive: Low price; powerful processor; long battery life; attractive design; big screen; impressive cameras; smart AI mode.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/23/2019
Huawei Nova 3i 4GB/128GB tiếp tục ghi điểm về thiết kế
Source: Sac Pin VN→EN version
Positive: Impressive design; decent hardware; good price. Negative: Poor display; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/29/2019
Ảnh thực tế Nova 3i phiên bản trắng ngọc trai vừa ra mắt
Source: Zing VN→EN version
Positive: Impressive color; elegant design; solid workmanship; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/10/2018
Trên tay Huawei Nova 3i Trắng Ngọc Trai: Đẹp hơn, nhìn sang hơn!
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN version
Positive: Beautiful design; good price; decent hardware; nice gaming performance; good autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/06/2018
Huawei Nova 3i: Smartphone 4 camera tích hợp AI đầu tiên trên thế giới
Source: Zing VN→EN version
Positive: Impressive cameras; smart AI mode; good price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/03/2018
Trải nghiệm nhanh Nova 3i - bản nâng cấp đáng giá vừa ra mắt
Source: Zing VN→EN version
Positive: Large screen; impressive cameras; powerful processor; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2018
Đánh giá nhanh Huawei Nova 3i vừa ra mắt tại Việt Nam: Màu mới cực đẹp
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN version
Positive: Impressive color; beautiful design; large screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/26/2018
Huawei ra nova 3i - 4 camera, Kirin 710, chuyên game, giá từ 295 USD
Source: Zing VN→EN version
Positive: Good price; powerful processor; nice cameras; high gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/20/2018



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.


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Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. is a Chinese telecommunications company and hardware manufacturer founded in 1987 and headquartered in Shenzhen. Huawei is a global leader in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. Huawei provides end-to-end solutions for telecommunications networks, devices, and smartphones, as well as storage, servers, networking, and cloud computing enterprise solutions and products.

In 2014, Huawei established the Honor subsidiary brand under which certain smartphone lines are sold. The Huawei name is usually not listed for these products.

72.4%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

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