The appearance of the Huawei Nova 3i receives a huge update compared to its predecessor, featuring 2.5D glass on the front and back.One-hand usage is still possible, but you’ll need a firm grip due to the slippery surface. The iris purple colour gradient further enhances the aesthetics of the device but one should be careful of the camera bump at the back. Thankfully, a phone case will rectify this.
To Notch or Not to Notch
The front is where the controversial notch sits. Bigger than the P20 series, Huawei managed to cram a lot into it like dual cameras, earpiece, notification LED and proximity sensors. It takes some time to get used to the notch but there is also an option to turn it off. It’s an unfortunate compromise because you do get a bigger screen but this limits notification icons at the corners.
On paper, it reads like a mid-range phone but using it in real life paints a better picture. Gone are the days of slow smartphones as everything runs smoothly. The Kirin 710 processor can easily handle any tasks like thrown at it. What’s impressive is the fast fingerprint sensor and face unlock feature, which is effortless to use.
The core of the Nova 3i’s AI engine lies on its dual cameras. The feature is able to point out obvious subjects and post process an image after the cameras take a shot. Most of the images look vibrant but also look unnatural due to the oversaturated colours. The best practice is to leave to leave the AI feature on as you can revert to the original photo later.
(Text by: BitterJelly)
Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 3i excels in terms of looks and features becoming the midrange smartphone to beat.