Huawei has also launched the more high-end member of the Nova series, the Huawei Nova 3.

Along with the Nova 3i, these two smartphones are the new face of the incredibly popular midrange family of Huawei. It first started when the Huawei Nova 2i exploded in the latter part of 2017 because it was priced aggressively against the competition and its value-oriented hardware.

Huawei is trying to capitalize on that popularity as they bring in a more expensive model. Previously, the Nova 2 wasn’t really a high caliber device. But with this year’s latest iteration, the company has transformed it into a mid to high-end smartphone.


The Huawei Nova 3 feels a lot like the Honor 10. It’s powered  by the same HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset just like every other flagship smartphone from Huawei, plus it’s equipped with plenty of RAM and storage at 6GB and 128GB, respectively.


In addition to its good hardware inside, the cameras are pretty capable as well. There’s a 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel configuration on the front for selfie lovers and bokeh pictures, while the primary setup on the back has 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors. Since it’s using a Kirin 970, it also got the enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera-related capabilities to work with.

Huawei Nova 3 Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Nano format, Hybrid)
  • 6.3-inch 19.5:9  IPS display @ 1080 x 2340 px
  • 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU (with GPU Turbo technology)
  • 4GB / 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandableup to 256GB
  • Dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi hotspot
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • 16-megapixel f/1.8 sensor + 24-megapixel B/W f/1.8 sensor with phase detection autofocus, LED Flash
  • 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel Fusion Selfie front-facing cameras
  • USB Type-C 2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • FM Radio
  • Dimensions: 157 x 73.7 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 166g
  • Colors: Purple, Blue, Black, Gold
  • 3,750mAh non-removable battery with fast charging


The Huawei Nova 3 can detect and improve up to eight different scenes and objects. As for the rear camera, it can recognize up to 22 objects and scenes. There’s also the face detection which uses AI to adjust the settings to make the beautification algorithms appropriate to the subjects face.


As an answer to Apple’s Animojis, Huawei developed their own Qmojis. This feature mimics the user’s facial expressions and translates it into fun animation of different characters.

Like most Chinese smartphones today, the Huawei Nova 3 comes with an option of either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The storage is set at 128GB and it’s expandable in case the user needs more space. It runs on EMUI version 8.2 with Android 8.1 Oreo operating underneath.

The Huawei Nova 3 has a price tag of Php25,990 in the Philippines. It is currently on pre-order and it will be available in stores beginning the 11th of August.

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