Huawei officially took the wraps off to the follow-up to the widely popular Nova 2i, the Huawei Nova 3i.

Building from the solid foundation of the Nova series, Huawei overhauled the design and took a more modern approach, incorporating the infamous screen notch and the gorgeous gradient paint job which was first introduced in the flagship P20 Pro.

Under the hood, the Huawei Nova 3i is equipped with the new generation of the company’s Kirin chipset. It is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor supported by 4GB of RAM and Mali-G51 GPU. Compared to Kirin 659, it’s almost 40% faster in terms of performance based on benchmark tests.

UPDATE: Check out our full review here.


Huawei’s recently unveiled GPU Turbo technology also shows up here. This makes the Huawei Nova 3i a more capable gaming smartphone, as it can enhance the gaming performance by up to 60% while dropping power usage by as much as 30%.

As a staple feature, the company retained the quad-camera setup. For selfies, there’s a huge 24-megapixel shooter together with a 2-megapixel camera. On the other side, the rear camera is a 16-megapixel sensor partnered with a 2-megapixel to assist it.


What’s new here is Huawei’s proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, which recognizes the scene and the objects that are being shot at and adjusts the settings accordingly. In addition, Huawei Nova 3i is also capable of shooting super slow-motion 480fps videos.

Huawei Nova 3i Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Hybrid)
  • 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display, 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~409ppi
  • 2.2GHz HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G51 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual front camera
  • 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras
  • 480fps slow-motion video recording
  • Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • WiFi, WiFi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • microUSB
  • Colors: White, Black, Gradient Blue
  • 3,340mAh non-removable battery

Probably one of the biggest selling points of the Huawei Nova 3i is its massive 128GB onboard storage. Unlike the competition which only has 64GB, Huawei decided to step it up and double that amount to give users the ability to store a lot of apps, games, and other media files even without the need of a microSD card. But in case the user wants more, there’s still an option to use one, although it will limit the SIM slot to only one network as it’s, unfortunately, a hybrid slot.

Huawei Nova 3i has an official price of Php15,990. The company is scheduled to launch the Nova 3i and Nova 3 in the Philippines this coming July 28th. Interested buyers can now register and pre-order online through Lazada.

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