Review of Huawei Nova 3i Kirin 710 smartphone

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OCWorkbench 16/8/2018

Price : S$398 (Qoo10)S$378 (Lazada)

Huawei should be a familiar household brand by now to most smartphone users after dethroning Apple as the second largest smartphone maker.

Over the years, Huawei has been going for the high end market with its P10, P20. This strategy has worked well but it seemed to have left out the mid range market.

Huawei Nova 3i is the first smartphone that might suit this space. Without compromising quality and design, the Nova 3i appeals to the broader market who wants a powerful yet affordable smartphone.

The Huawei Nova 3i has a 6.3 inches screen 16.7 million colours TFT LCD (IPS) Screen supporting FHD+ 2340×1080 at 409 PPI. At the central of the device is the Huawei’s own Kirin processor Kirin 710. The Kirin has 4 x Cortex A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.7 GHz. The Nova 3i is big in memory capacity as it comes with 4 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM and a micro SD card slot: support up to 256 GB. It comes with a 3340mAh Li-Ion battery that at least a day.

In terms of the camera, the Huawei Nova 3i is the first phone that comes with 2 front f/2.0 (24 MP +2 MP) and 2 rear f/2.2 (16 MP +2 MP) powered by AI. Be a selfie Superstar as Nova 3i beautification algorithm is designed to understand the aesthetic differences to bring users around the world the best beauty filters. Enjoy Qmoji to capture fun selfies with Qmoji. You can also have fun with the 3D background stickers to add to your picture. The rear camera is also AI powered and is capable to recognise over 500 scenarios in 22 categories to enhance the pictures for the best picture.

The Huawei Nova 3i comes with Dual SIM slot and supports Dual VoLTE. It supports the following FDD and TDD bands. It also supports 3 band CA.

INE-LX2 (Dual SIM)
4G LTE TDD: B38 / B40 / B41 (2,545 – 2,655 MHz)
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B28
3G WCDMA: B1 / B5 / B8
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8

Secondary SIM card:
4G LTE TDD: B38 / B40 / B41 (2,545 – 2,655 MHz)
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B28
3G WCDMA: B1 / B5 / B8
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8

In terms of connectivity, the Huawei Nova 3i supports 802.11b/g/n, 2.4 GHz. Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX and aptX HD,
There is a USB 2.0 Micro USB and a 3.5 mm Headset Jack which you can use to do PC Data synchronisation.

Apparently, 802.11ac and USB-C is not supported which is a pity. Fortunately, the 3.5mm jack remains.

Price : S$398 (Qoo10)S$378 (Lazada)

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