Today, Huawei has introduced its next smartphone. It’s called Huawei Nova 3i. His announcement passed without a hype – a short press release appeared on the company’s official website. The manufacturer himself positions the novelty as one of the modifications of the model P20 Lite. In this case, Nova 3i received a more powerful chipset. What device managed to create the leading OEM from China and what should he expect, let’s find out together.
The novelty has even by modern standards a huge IPS display with a ratio of 19.5: 9. Its diagonal was 6.3″, and the resolution – 2340 x 1080 pixels. The pixel density is 409 dots per inch. The screen occupies 81% of the front panel, and the company calls it Full-View Display 2.0. Note that to save battery power, the user can set the resolution to 1560 x 720 pixels. The settings also provide the ability to hide the cutout. By the way, “bangs” contains just two modules of the front camera, sensors and a lattice of speech dynamics.
The back panel of Huawei Nova 3i is made of 2.5D-glass. It housed a fingerprint scanner, a dual camera, information about it and a flash. In the arrangement of the elements on the ends, there is nothing unusual. The 3.5mm connector is there, and it is located on the lower edge along with the Micro-USB port and the external speaker output. The slot for the SIM-card is hybrid, so you’ll have to decide what’s more important – the second SIM or memory card. Novelty has dimensions of 157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm, and its weight is 166 grams.
The smartphone is based on the Kirin 710, a proprietary processor that is rumored to be positioned as a competitor for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710. The SoC configuration includes four cores Cortex-A73 with a frequency of 2.20 GHz for performing complex calculations. To process simple tasks, there is a quartet of Cortex-A53 cores with a frequency of 1.70 GHz. Graphic accelerator – Mali-G51 from ARM. The amount of RAM is 4 GB, and the built-in – 128 GB.
Such a filling enough models Nova 3i, to gain almost 140 thousand points in AnTuTu. For comparison, the result of Snapdragon 710 is about 170 thousand, i.е. about 20% more. Geekbench 4 awards the novelty an average of 1600 and 5600 points in tests of one and all cores, respectively. In 3D Mark, the smartphone on the new chip scored 943 points (OpenGL ES 3.1) and 1125 points (Vulcan).
We will add that Huawei Nova 3i runs under EMUI 8.2.0 on the basis of Android 8.1 Oreo. The interface is familiar to anyone who is familiar with smartphones Huawei / Honor. Let’s select the ability to synchronize music playback on several phones at once. The capacity of the built-in battery was 3340 mAh. Support for fast charging is not provided. Of the other chips, we note VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (2.40 GHz). The smartphone also supports the proprietary GPU Turbo GPU acceleration technology.
The resolution of the main camera is 16 MP (f / 2.2) + 2 MP. It supports shooting in Super Slow Motion mode with a frame rate of 480 fps. Frontalka has a resolution of 24 megapixels (f / 2.0) + 2 megapixels. For her claimed support for artificial intelligence and HDR Pro. As in the case of Huawei Nova 2i (Mate 10 Lite), in both cameras an additional module serves to get the bokeh effect. The chips of the smartphone camera are the functions of AR Lens and 3D QMoji. The first assumes the use of stickers of augmented reality, and the second allows you to create three-dimensional animated smileys. Also declared support for Google ARCore.
Probably, the main competitor of Huawei Nova 3i will be Xiaomi Mi 8 SE, which is equipped with Snapdragon 710. The official price of the Xiaomi smartphone was $280. Its main advantages are the processor and a good camera. Let’s see how the new chip Kirin 710 will manifest itself, and then we will find out whether Huawei Nova 3i can compete with its opponent in spite of the Micro-USB connector.