When Huawei launched the P20 Pro in India in April, I was a little disappointed that it did not bring the crazy twilight version of the phone to this market.
The twilight version of the P20 Pro is something else. Calling it psychedelic would be an understatement. But I am sure there will be many who would find it too out there as well, which is understandable. Not everybody is into so much colour and gloss. But if you are, somewhat like me, chances are the gradient finish of the twilight P20 Pro would quite literally blow your mind. Huawei has now launched the Nova 3 and the Nova 3i in India, in just one colour that it calls Iris Purple, which may not be as fancy as twilight but should get the job done for the kind of buyers I just mentioned above. It’s close if not out and out crazy.
You can say that Huawei has a thing for colours. Crazy colours. And it’s not shy about showing off its love for them. Almost every phone that it has launched this year has had a thing for them. The P20 Pro, the P20 Lite. Even its subsidiary Honor has joined the bandwagon, churning out beautiful phones by the dozen at even more affordable prices.
The Nova 3 and the Nova 3i, although they cost much less than what the premium P20 Pro commands, look and feel as good if not better. No matter how you look at them.
If you thought only recent HTC phones can bend light at will, wait till you get your hands on the Nova 3 and the Nova 3i. Huawei’s new phones takes things to an all new level. Both the phones are carved out of glass and metal, although Huawei isn’t explicitly naming the version of the glass, nor the kind of metal that it’s using in their construction. In my brief usage, I have found them to be quite durable and handy, although the rear is also prone to smudge and fingerprints a lot.
You can say that Huawei has a thing for colours. Crazy colours
On the front, both the Nova 3 and the Nova 3i come with a notch up top — that you can also hide via software — like the P20 and the P20 Pro, and chin at the bottom. The setup entails in phones that can boast of a screen-to-body ratio of an upwards of 80 per cent. But there’s more to the Nova 3 and the Nova 3i than just the looks and feel. Both the phones pack capable hardware and dual cameras on the front as well as on the back. Both the phones also run the very latest in Android software.
The Huawei Nova 3 comes with a 6.3-inch Full View full-HD+ IPS LCD display with a 2280×1080 pixel resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio (much like the iPhone X). This results in an even taller display than what phones like the OnePlus 6 and the Asus ZenFone 5Z give you, which means that it’s a notch above competition giving you even more real estate in a compact form factor.
The Nova 3 is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 processor that packs in its own dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for enabling dedicated AI functions inside the Nova 3. This is the same processor that powers the high-end P20 Pro, so you know at least by Huawei standards, you’re getting the best hardware that it can offer at this point of time. This is also the same processor that’s inside the Honor 10 by the way. The Nova 3 further comes with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage which is also expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2.
The Nova 3, Huawei has confirmed, will support its GPU Turbo technology and come pre-installed with graphically intensive games such as PUBG and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and will also provide 10 different vibrations for 30 different scenarios within these games including shots, explosions and quakes.
GPU Turbo technology is Huawei’s in-house graphics processing acceleration technology achieved through hardware and software integration resulting in “smoother and faster mobile gaming experience.” Games will apparently play with up to 60 per cent more graphics processing efficiency, while consuming up to 30 per cent less energy thanks to GPU Turbo, claims the company, adding that the technology will allow even standard games to render in HDR.
On to photography, the Nova 3 has the same dual rear cameras as the Honor 10. This dual camera system consists of one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. Both of them have an aperture of f/1.8 and also there’s PDAF for fast focusing. The two cameras work in the same fashion as other dual camera Honor phones. While one sensor takes colour shots, the other takes the same shot in black and white. The phone’s software algorithm then merges both the images into one and creates the final photo. The monochrome images can take in more light and more contrast than coloured photos. So basically, the phone can ideally take better low-light photos than rival top-tier phones thanks to its dual-lens system. The Honor 10 cameras are good, and the Nova 3 cameras should be close if not better. But more on that in our full review.
On the front, the Nova 3, comes with a dual camera system consisting of one 24-megapixel sensor and another 2-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. This is a step up from what you get in the Honor 10 or even the P20 Pro. The Nova 3 also gets IR-based face unlock which means that it is capable of running even in challenging light situations.
Moving on, the Nova 3 is backed by a 3,750mAh battery. The phone charges via USB Type-C and supports fast charging.
The Nova 3i, meanwhile, has the same design, the same display, the same software and the same dual front cameras. The phone has more toned down hardware and rear camera credentials though. The Nova 3i is powered by a Kirin 710 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. It ships with a 16+2MP dual camera setup on the rear and is further backed by a 3,340mAh battery.
Huawei has launched the Nova 3 and the Nova 3i in India at a fairly aggressive price of Rs 34,999 and Rs 20,999 respectively. This is slightly more than what the Honor 10 and the Huawei P20 Lite cost but there are visible upgrades here, seemingly justifying the higher price tag. The Nova 3 and the Nova 3i have been designed to impress and hopefully they would impress in real world usage as well. Watch this space for our full review of the Huawei Nova 3 and the Nova 3i in the days to come.
News credit : Indiatoday