Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i Launched in India

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Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i Launched in India





Model / Variant

Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i

Launch Date

26th July, 2018


Nova 3: Rs. 34,999
Nova 3i: Rs. 20,990


Nova 3: 157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm
Nova 3i: 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm


Nova 3: 166 g
Nova 3i: 169 g


Nova 3: Black, Blue, Purple, Gold
Nova 3i: Black, Pearl White, Iris Purple

Display Size and Type

Nova 3: 6.3-inch, IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass
Nova 3i: 6.3-inch, IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass

Display Resolution

Nova 3: 2340 x 1080 px, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio
Nova 3i: 2340 x 1080 px, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio


Nova 3: Hisilicon Kirin 970
Nova 3i: Hisilicon Kirin 710


Nova 3: Octa-core
Nova 3i: Octa-core


Nova 3: Mali-G72 MP12
Nova 3i: Mali-G51 MP4

Memory Storage

Nova 3: 128 GB
Nova 3i: 128GB


Nova 3: 6GB
Nova 3i: 4GB

Memory Expandability

Nova 3: microSD, Up To 256 GB
Nova 3i: microSD, Up To 256 GB

Operating System

Nova 3: EMUI 8.2, Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Nova 3i: EMUI 8.2, Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Primary Camera

Nova 3: Dual - 16 MP, f/1.8 + 24 MP B/W, f/1.8
Nova 3i: Dual - 16 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP, depth sensor

Camera Features


Primary Video

Nova 3: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps
Nova 3i: 1080p@30fps

Secondary Camera

Nova 3: 24 MP + 2 MP, depth sensor
Nova 3i: 24 MP + 2 MP, depth sensor

Secondary Camera Video

Nova 3: 1080p@30fps
Nova 3i: 1080p


Nova 3: 3,750 mAh
Nova 3i: 3,340 mAh


Nova 3: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Nova 3i: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2

SIM Type

Nova 3: Dual Nano SIM
Nova 3i: Dual Nano SIM

Other Features

Nova 3: Fingerprint Sensor, Face Unlock, USB Type-C, Qmoji
Nova 3i: Fingerprint Sensor

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As a smartphone brand, Huawei is now fully back and operational in the Indian market. The company has entered the Indian market for various price segments. While the Huawei P20 Pro is a top of the line flagship, the company also has the lite variants and now two new phones. The company has launched the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i today. These smartphones will go on sale exclusively via Amazon. You can buy the smartphones here.

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Huawei Nova 3 And Nova 3i, What’s Different?

While a lot is common between the two smartphones, the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i target two different price segments. Huawei Nova 3 is a flagship smartphone, whereas the Nova 3i is more of a mid-range device. With that said, what you will find in common with these two devices are their display panels. Both the smartphones have a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a resolution of 2340 x 1080 px. Both of these devices use a custom Huawei EMUI 8.2 ROM based on Android 8.1 (Oreo).

The camera for both the smartphones have a total four sensor. This is where the similarity ends as the primary camera setup on the Nova 3 has a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.8 aperture and a 24 MP black and white sensor with a f/1.8 aperture. While, the primary camera on the Nova 3i has a 16 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 2 MP depth sensor. The secondary cameras of both the Nova 3 and Nova 3i have a 24 MP and a 2 MP depth sensor.

The Huawei Nova 3 runs on the company’s flagship Hisilicon Kirn 970 chipset with the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. The Nova 3 will also feature the company’s GPU Turbo functionality which makes the smartphone an ideal choice for gamers. While the Nova 3i runs on the mid-range Hisilicon Kirin 710 chipset with the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. For storage option, you can get the Nova 3 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Whereas, the Nova 3i is available with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. Both the smartphones support storage expandability via microSD card of up to 256GB.

Pricing And Availability

The Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i will be available exclusively on Amazon. The higher spec’d smartphone, Huawei Nova 3 will start at a price of Rs.Rs. 34,999. While the mid-range Huawei Nova 3i will cost Rs. 20,990. What sets the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i apart is the chipset configuration. With the Kirin 970 SoC, Nova 3 accomplishes to implement face-unlock and the company’s version of Apple’s Animoji which they are calling Qmoji. Huawei was already implementing AI into its smartphones now the company has entered into the AR segment as well. It will be interesting to see how well the smartphone performance once we do a full review of the device. Meanwhile, you can check out our unboxing video for the Huawei Nova 3 below.

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