Huawei Nova 8i
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix f/2.0
Average of 4 scores (from 15 reviews)
Reviews for the Huawei Nova 8i
Source: Speed Magazine
The P13,999 nova 8i is an attractive midrange phone with a good display and average overall performance. While it doesn’t have a defining quality that makes it stand out, this phone gets the job done where it counts.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/22/2021
Back to the question of whether the HUAWEI nova 8i is capable of carrying the legacy set by the devices that came before it. I would say, yes. The HUAWEI nova 8i is a pretty great device with the highlights being its attractive design, its great screen, its decent set of cameras and its massive battery life. All great features for any young person to use for their day-to-day needs. The device retails for RM1,299 and is available on the HUAWEI Online Store as well as the official HUAWEI stores on Shopee and Lazada.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/17/2021
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 77% performance: 71% mobility: 80% workmanship: 89%
Source: Tech Nave
As you would expect with mid-range phones, there are often trade-offs so that companies can keep the device at a price point they want. The Huawei nova 8i offers features typically found in a mid-range device, with tech specs and features that are a level above an entry-level phone. The display, memory configuration, and camera offerings are all pretty good. Its chipset isn't the best, but it's not too bad of a phone overall. If there's a problem, it would probably be the price. For RM1299, you could get the POCO X3 GT, which comes with more powerful hardware and a better-looking design. Another alternative is the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which has an OS that's almost vanilla Android OS and an RM1199 price tag. So, what are your thoughts on the Huawei nova 8i after reading our review? Is there another device you'd like to see us write about? Do let us know in the comments below! Also, thanks for reading and please stay tuned to TechNave for more review articles like this.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/15/2021
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 08/12/2021
The Huawei nova 8i looks compelling enough for the Philippine market if it didn’t have a lot of competition, unfortunately, the mid-range segment is super competitive right now. At its price point, it’ll be doing battle with really heavy hitters, and we’ll have to see if the phone’s camera performance, battery endurance and overall performance will elicit a recommendation from our end.
Hands-On, online available, Medium, Date: 08/12/2021
Source: OI Spice Tech News
There are two main factors why you should buy Huawei Nova 8i, first for its premium bezel design and second for its fast charging support. If you don’t like the camera very much, but streaming online content is a daily necessity, it will provide enough screentime. Overall, the design look looks lovely and you’re also getting pretty decent camera quality. Not to forget, the quick charging support is also fabulous. However, all of these aspects may or may not justify the cost. However, if you’re looking for a performance beast that enhances gameplay and delivers a smooth experience, then the Huawei Nova 8i lags behind. Another big reason would be that the phone didn’t have a higher refresh rate or an AMOLED panel. Anyway, if you’re looking for performance in the same price range the Samsung Galaxy F52 is the better alternative option for you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/05/2021
Source: Hitech Century
The Huawei nova 8i is a fair choice for users who need a budget phone that hosts a large display – and this phone has one of the largest in its price range – and long battery life. It does require a bit of extra legwork to get the apps you want as many of them need to be sideloaded which adds a certain level of complexity to using it. Where its primary appeal lies though is that it’s intended to be part of a growing ecosystem of seamlessly interconnected Huawei gear with fast, efficient pairing to their wireless earbuds, monitors and laptops. If you’re already invested in other Huawei gear, this is well worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/07/2021
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: News Bytes DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/23/2021
Source: Xataka ES→EN
Positive: Good price; decent hardware; nice performance. Negative: Unsupported 5G; missing Google services.
Hands-On, online available, Medium, Date: 10/22/2021
Source: Smartphone Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/14/2022
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Les Numeriques FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/04/2021
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 60% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 20% ergonomy: 20%
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN
Positive: Good price; beautiful design; nice display; decent autonomy; very fast charging; great cameras. Negative: Weak processor.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/24/2021
Source: Yamobi RU→EN
Positive: Beautiful display; solid workmanship; nice cameras; long battery life; fast charging; NFC chip. Negative: Heavy and bulky; weak hardware; no memory card slot; slippery; unsupported Google services.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/29/2021
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Nice design; beautiful display; great cameras; long battery life; quick charging. Negative: No memory card slot; unsupported waterproof; poor cameras; missing Google services.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/19/2021
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Positive: Great display; very long battery life; fast charging; nice cameras. Negative: Weak processor; no microSD card slot.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2021
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.
Qualcomm Adreno 610: Integrated (in the Snapdragon 665) graphics card based on the Adreno 600 architecture. The performance of the GPU is between the Adreno 510 and 512/612 and therefore in the lower mid range. Supports DirectX11_1, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, OpenGL ES 3.2.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
SD 662: Fast mid-range ARM SoC with 8 CPU Kryo 260 cores (four fast 2 GHz Cortex-A73 cores in a cluster and two power saving 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 cores) and a rather slow Adreno 610 GPU. Manufactured in a 11 nm LPP process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
It is a small display format for smartphones. You shouldn't be severely defective in vision, and you won't see much detail on the screen and only have a small resolution available. For that, the device should be small and handy, easy to transport.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
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.
72.5%: 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.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.