P15990 Huawei Nova 3i and P25990 Nova 3 quad camera smartphones launched in PH

P15990 Huawei Nova 3i and P25990 Nova 3 quad camera smartphones launched in PH

The quad camera Huawei Nova 3i (below, left) and Nova 3 (right) were officially launched on July 28 at Glorietta Activity Center (yes, they’re nearly indistinguishable), but the Nova 3 has a faster processor (Kirin 970 vs Krin 710), more RAM (6GB vs 4GB), has a bigger battery (3750 mAh vs 3340 mAh), features a better rear camera set up (24MP Mono + 2MP F2.0 and 4K video vs 16MP + 2MP F2.0) and is priced higher (P25990 vs. P15990). The Nova 3i is also available starting July 28 (those who pre-ordered will get a Bluetooth speaker worth P2,990). The Nova 3, which can be pre-ordered from August 4 to 10 (pre-order buyers get a free premium Bluetooth speaker), will be available on August 11. James Reid is the new Huawei brand ambassador. Specs comparison between Nova 3i and Nova 3 below, with major differences highlighted in orange. You can also find Smart and Globe postpaid plans for the Nova 3i below. 

Huawei Nova 3i specs, Huawei Nova 3i price, Huawei Nova 3i review

The Huawei Nova series siblings – the midrange, budget-friendly Nova 3i, and the beefier-spec’d, higher-priced Nova 3.

Huawei Nova 3i specs, Huawei Nova 3i price, Huawei Nova 3i review

The Huawei Nova 3i has quad cameras: 24MP f/2.0 + 2MP on the front, and 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP on the rear.

Huawei Nova 3 specs, Huawei Nova 3 price, Huawei Nova 3 review

While the Nova 3 (above) has the same front camera specs as the Nova 3i, it has more capable rear cameras: 16MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 24MP f/1.8 monochrome sensor .

 

Huawei Nova 3i Specs Huawei Nova 3 Specs
Display 6.3-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen with FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi 6.3-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen with FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU 2.2GHz 64-bit Kirin 710 octa-core processor 2.36GHz 64-bit Kirin 970 octa-core processor with NPU and i7 co-processor
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 with GPU Turbo Mali-G72 MP12 with GPU Turbo
RAM 4GB 6GB
Storage 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Rear Camera/s 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP with PDAF, contrast focus, Master AI, and LED flash 16MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 24MP f/1.8 monochrome sensor with PDAF, contrast focus, Master AI, and LED flash
Selfie Camera/s 24MP f/2.0+ 2MP with AF, Master AI, HDR Pro, and screen flash 24MP f/2.0+ 2MP with AF, Master AI, HDR Pro, and screen flash
Battery and Charging 3,340mAh | Micro USB port 3,750mAh with 18W fast charging | Type C port
OS Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
Connectivity WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM (hybrid) WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), dual 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others Fingerprint sensor, 3D face unlock Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, 3D face unlock with IR light sensor
Colors Black, Blue, Purple, Red Black, Teal, Blue, Yellow
Dimensions 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm 157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm
Weight 169 g 166 g
Price PHP 15,990 PHP 25,990
Huawei Nova 3i specs, Huawei Nova 3i price, Huawei Nova 3i review

James Reid is the new Huawei brand ambassador.

While the Nova 3i may be the most feature-packed quad camera midrange smartphone right now, its beefier spec’d sibling, the Nova 3 steals the show, with 3D curved glass (the Nova 3i has 2.5D glass) and a Kirin 970 processor, the same one inside Huawei flagships such as the P20 / P20 Pro and Mate 10 / Mate 10 Pro. (The P23,990 Honor 10 also runs the same Kirin 970 chip, since Honor is also owned by Huawei, although Honor operates independently. Also, the Honor 10 has 4GB RAM while the Nova 3 has 6GB.) The Nova 3’s GPU is also much better: Mali-G72 MP12 with GPU Turbo compared to the Nova 3i’s Mali-G51 MP4 with GPU Turbo. Also, while both Nova 3 and 3i have face unlock, only the Nova 3 has infrared light to make 3D face unlock work even in low light. Lastly, the camera markings on the rear of both phones differ: Dual Lens on the Nova 3i, and AI Camera on the Nova 3. The Nova 3 is also available at Home Credit for 0 percent (at 6 months or 9 months).

Huawei Nova 3i specs, Huawei Nova 3i price, Huawei Nova 3i review


Update July 30, 2018: According to Huawei Philippines, the Nova 3i sold 20,000 units in just one day (during its launch on July 28), raking in P320,000,000.00 for the company.


Get the Nova 3i via Postpaid Plans from Smart and Globe

Smart GigaX Plan 1299 offers:

  • FREE device cashout
  • monthly 4.5GB of data for all apps and sites
  • 0GB video streaming data
  • unlimited texts to all networks
  • 50 minutes all network calls

Globe ThePlan 1499 offers

  • FREE device cashout from July 28 to August 03, 2018 with monthly 8GB data allocation
  • unlimited all network texts
  • unlimited calls to Globe or TM
  • free Disney life for 6 months
  • free Spotify for 3 months
  • monthly free 1GB Facebook data allocation

The Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i were launched at the Glorietta Activity Area on July 28, 2018.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.