The Huawei Nova 3 packs all the features that are in demand this year. It particularly excels in the design. The dual tone glass baông chồng looks simply stunning. But the good looks inside is marred by an ugly EMUI interface. The performance of the phone also isn’t at par with the competition, và the AI features are a hit or miss. The camera on the Nova 3 is good, but quite inconsistent. Overall, this is a device that will work best under igiảm giá conditions, but a little out of the comfort zone, & the shortfalls start showing.

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The high-over segment has been seeing a lot of action, even more than the flagship segment for that matter. Most of the Snaprồng 845 phones that launched this year belongs lớn that ‘flagship killer’ category carved out by OnePlus. The Huawei Nova 3 aims lớn beat OnePlus at its own game. With four-cameras, a stunning glass design & a lot of AI-backed features, the Nova 3 isn’t taking any chances. But with top-of-the-line hardware now available even under Rs đôi mươi,000, can the Huawei Nova 3 priced at Rs 34,999 a good choice to go for? We find out.



You’ll stop và gaze at the Huawei Nova 3 before picking it up. It’s that good looking. Where most phones go for solid colours in the kiến thiết, the Nova 3 offers a gradient of colours. The phone’s colour changes shade from a deep purple lớn a chrome xanh as you go upwards. The gradient change is also visible when you hold it in different angles creating vertical streaks of light. It takes the dual tone design from the Honor 10 và the Huawei Ptrăng tròn Pro và takes it up a notch, without going all gaudy và tacky. Needless to say, the phone will make heads turn.

But the fact remains that using glass automatically brings down the durability of the phone. Huawei didn’t specify whether there is Gorilla Glass protection. The phone does have a solid metal frame holding the glass at the front và the bachồng together with no flex whatsoever. That’s a respite. The phone also has a sllặng protệp tin. I had no problem using it with one hand. The glass baông xã adds a bit of heft but it also adds to lớn the grip.


The colourful baông xã panel houses the dual camera unit which has a slight bump và a fingerprint sensor. While the bump is just too subtle lớn take away from the good looks of the phone, it does tkết thúc to lớn attract a lot of dust. Huawei provides a transparent case inside the box that keeps the glass bachồng smudge-miễn phí. The endangered 3.5mm tai nghe jachồng remains and the phone is charged via a USB-Type C port.

The Huawei Nova 3 is all screen up front. While it’s not exactly bezel-less, it’s dangerously cthảm bại to being one. Huawei manages lớn increase the screen real estate by putting a notch on the display. The notch houses dual cameras & an IR-sensor that is used lớn unlochồng the phone in the dark, apart from other sensors and the earpiece. The notch is much larger than the one on the OnePlus 6 or the Honor 10. The notch, as we have sầu stated before, is a stopgap solution, in my opinion that is acceptable simply for the fact that it provides extra space khổng lồ house the status bar icons. This leaves the rest of the space (that would be there without the notch) all for nội dung. Huawei does offer the option khổng lồ hide the notch, but even when you vì chưng, the icons continue to occupy the notched area keeping the rest of the screen không tính phí for everything else.

The Nova 3’s kiến thiết is one of the compelling factors lớn buy this phone. It’s easy lớn hold, looks good & manages lớn make good use of the notch. However, there is no water & dust resistance, which calls for cautious use.



Thanks to lớn the notch on top, the display of the Huawei Nova 3 takes up most of the real estate up front. The minimal bezels makes the screen quite immersive và if you’re in the dark with the screen on, it looks truly bezel-less. The Nova 3’s screen stretches khổng lồ 6.23-inches diagonally. It’s an IPS LCD panel with FullHD+ resolution, which means the effective sầu pixel mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa is around 409 ppi. That’s quite standard in notched displays. It’s also not that wide allowing my tiny hands to reach the other end without much effort. As a result, the panel on the Nova 3 is quite functional. Huawei gives the option khổng lồ dial down the screen resolution lớn HD+ so as to lớn save sầu some power.

Relatively speaking, the brightness levels on the Nova 3 aren’t all that high. In our tests, the display clocked a brightness of 634 lux, which is nowhere cthua khổng lồ the OnePlus 6 which has an AMOLED panel và a rating of around 900 lux. That means you might have to strain your eyes to lớn read nội dung outdoors on a bright, sunny day. The display also has a strong blueish tint on top và the colour temperature is on the cooler side. It becomes apparent when you’re reading text on a trắng background. Huawei does provide a blue-light filter. You can also tweak the text form size và the phông.

I watched a couple of episodes of Sacred Games on the phone & the experience was quite enjoyable. I was able khổng lồ hold the phone easily as the palm rejection works quite well. Netflix also upscaled the đoạn phim khổng lồ fit the screen (without including the notched area). Other apps lượt thích YouTube và Amazon Prime Video also scale up automatically. In case an app doesn’t, Huawei gives the option khổng lồ run it in full-screen mode in the Settings menu.

Overall, the panel on the Huawei Nova 3 is functional to lớn say the least. It’s not as much as a head-turner as the design of the phone.




The Huawei Nova 3 is pitched as a flagship performer at a not-so-flagship price. The company essentially replicates the same strategy that made OnePlus devices popular. It is powered by the flagship HiSilinhỏ Kirin 970 SoC that’s designed in-house by Huawei. The Kirin 970 Soc has an octa-core cài đặt with four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. There’s also a co-processor inside to handle AI workloads. Based on the chipmix alone, it’s clear that it can’t match the performance of a SnapLong 845-powered device. While on paper the Kirin 970 chipmix can't work as fast as the Snaprồng 845, the two SoCs vì chưng deliver performance that is unhindered & butter smooth for the most part.You also get 6GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of UFS storage. There’s also expandable storage support via microSD cards up to lớn 256GB, which isn’t there in its closest competitor, the OnePlus 6. Although, you have sầu lớn decide between a second SIM & a memory card, as it has a hybrid slot. If you choose two SIM cards, there’s dual VoLTE that lets you get 4G connectivity from two networks.

Benchmark results show the Nova 3 isn’t going head to lớn head with the latest Qualcomilimet flagship chipphối. It scored 207396 in AnTuTu while on Geekbench Single Vi xử lý Core & Multi Chip Core tests, it scored 1922 và 6616 respectively. It closest competition, the OnePlus 6 beats the Nova 3’s demo results by miles. But that doesn’t really reflect in the real world usage though.


In real world usage, the Huawei Nova 3 is quite breezy & fluid. I saw no instances of the phone freezing or taking time to launch apps. Games lượt thích PubG Mobile loaded quite smooth, while Facebook, Instagram and the likes also had a lag-không tính tiền experience. Even while gaming, the phone doesn’t heat up by much. Switching between apps also doesn’t căng thẳng the phone much. The software of the phone, however, is quite heavy. A flichồng through the Settings ứng dụng will tell you the number of features it packs. Features like scanning a QR code to connect another device lớn the Wi-Fi network, dual instances of apps, battery usage broken down into lớn hardware and software (very useful!), tiện ích loông chồng & much much more. You won’t find most of these features in stock Android phones. However, the UI could do with some polishing. The big, ugly icons seem like a cheap imitation of iOS. A strong clash with the aesthetics of material kiến thiết in Google apps và EMUI’s interface is very evident across the operating system. There is also two folders worth of bloatware here, out of which some can be uninstalled. This isn’t your best designed UI to lớn be frank.

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Furthermore, Huawei uses an aggressive resource allocation algorithm that often kills background apps, including those that are essential. Facebook Messenger, as a result, didn’t work correctly. I would often get messages once I turned on the phone. Notifications would be delayed. In fact, the problem has led to lớn apps like VLC Player to blackdanh mục Huawei devices.



The primary feature of the Huawei Nova 3 is its camera prowess. The phone offers not one, not two, but four cameras on its body. Two on the baông chồng, two up front. At the baông chồng is a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture along with a 24MP. secondary camera that shoots only in monochrome again with f/1.8 aperture. Both have sầu PDAF & thanks khổng lồ AI trickery, the Nova 3 can enhance the details of the photos taken by the hardware. Up front is a 24MP sensor coupled with a 2MPhường. depth sensor for selfies. The camera is also not just for taking photos this time. Huawei has tied up with Amazon to offer an AR-based shopping experience. And then there are fun things khổng lồ vì chưng lượt thích making 3D Qmojis which is Huawei’s take on animojis.

The camera ứng dụng of the Huawei Nova 3 is both intuitive sầu & cumbersome at the same time. While the most used options are within the reach of the fingers, going khổng lồ the Pro mode requires a few more swipes. A good thing is that you can turn off the ‘AI-fication’ of photos. There’s also hardware-màn chơi HDR according khổng lồ Huawei. Since there is a lot happening with the Nova 3’s camera, we’ve broken it up inkhổng lồ smaller sections for clarity.

AI Cameras

The four cameras on the body of the Nova 3 is infused with machine learning thanks to the NPU in the Kirin 970 SoC. The NPU sida the rear camera to detect around 22 different scenes that includes food, sunrise, blue skies, beach, etc. The front camera too can recognise up lớn eight different scenes. After understanding what you’re shooting, Huawei goes ahead & applies more filters lớn make photos appear prettier. The results are a hit or miss. When it works, it looks really good, and when it doesn’t, it becomes an eyesore.

Below are two photos taken at the same time. One with AI turned on and another with AI turned off. There’s a noticeable difference in the way the photos turn out. The photo lớn taken normally is quite blvà even though the sky ahead had all sorts of colours. The AI recognised I’m shooting a sunrise & made the darker parts of the photos (near the buildings) brighter lớn increase the dynamic range. However, if you pixel peep the enhanced pholớn, you will notice a severe lachồng of details.


AI turned off


AI turned on

The second photo lớn is also taken at the same time, but look between the buildings. You will notice a soft shadow of what would be other buildings far away. The AI simply ghosts them out and casts that ugly shadow in the pholớn.


The Nova 3 rear cameras boast of hardware-cấp độ HDR capability where the phone takes multiple photos with multiple exposure points and fuses them together to improve sầu the dynamic range. It’s mostly good, although nothing close to lớn what the Pixel 2 can vị with its software-based HDR. Cheông xã out the sample below:


Low light

This when the HDR Pro mode is useful. In the phokhổng lồ below, I was focusing inside the restaurant where there was a lot of light. Most other phones I took the same photo from couldn’t light up the Big Chill name properly. It was all dark & shadowy. The Nova 3, on the other h&, managed to light up the frame evenly. The insides are adequately exposed, not going too high. The details are visible. Thanks to lớn the HDR Pro capability, even the outside of the phokhổng lồ was evenly exposed. However, truth be told, the OnePlus 6 also managed lớn bởi the same. There wasn’t much of a difference between the photos taken by the two.


Shot from Huawei Nova 3


Shot from OnePlus 6

Using the AI mode in low-light isn’t a good idea though. While you will get rich, saturated colours (with ample noise), ghosting around the edges of objects is more prominent. The pholớn below will demonstrate that.

Aperture Mode


The Huawei Nova 3 has separate categories of shooting bokeh shots and portrait shots. The former is called the Aperture mode here where you can simulate the aperture kích cỡ from f/16 to lớn all the way down to f/0.95 (!!). The aperture adjustment is of course software based & uses the secondary camera và machine learning to simulate the bokeh. The results are fairly consistent with the edges uniformly blurred. You can also see the amount of background blur in real-time while adjusting the aperture. It does not, however, look natural. You can make out this is the software doing the blurring and not an actual wide aperture as it lacks the circular highlights characteristics. .

Portrait Mode


The portrait mode in the Huawei Nova 3 is for shooting portraits. Huawei gives you the option of using 3 chiều lighting effects like the iPhone 8 Plus has. The implementation is nowhere cthất bại khổng lồ Apple’s though and you will look lượt thích a cutout poster when using it. There’s also a beauty filter that seems khổng lồ be an advert for a fairness cream. In other words, I would refrain from using this mode khổng lồ take portrait shots. Instead, using the pro mode or even the mặc định phokhổng lồ mode is much better.


Over the years, Huawei has made a name for itself for its monochrome shooting capabilities. While there is no Leica branding on the Nova 3, it can also take detailed, rich monochrome shots using the 24MPhường B/W sensor. Take a look at the photo below.


AR Shopping

As a first, the Nova 3 also provides AR-based shopping experience powered by Amazon. The idea is to lớn take a phokhổng lồ of an object & find it on the e-commerce portal to lớn purchase. You can also scan bar-codes. But it doesn’t always work. I used the feature on smartphones which was a hit or miss. The phone couldn’t recognise the OnePlus 6 with its distinct Iron Man cover. I used it on my backpack and got results of other backpacks. It did recognise barcodes correctly though and redirected me lớn the hàng hóa on Amazon. It’s mostly a gimmiông chồng for now và will need more accuracy lớn become a reliable feature.

Front Camera


The dual front camera of the phone is also one of the highlights. The 24MP primary sensor is accompanied by the 2MPhường depth sensor. There’s also AI, HDR Pro & 3 chiều lighting up front, along with bokeh mode và beautification. Feature wise, this is as packed as a selfie-centric phone can get. Selfies also turn out quite good, although a 1:1 crop will reveal a severe laông chồng of details in the AI mode. The HDR Pro mode works well here khổng lồ light up the face against a harsh source of light. The 3 chiều lighting, however is better left unused.


The Huawei Nova 3 has a 3,750mAh battery that is quite adequate for the package. For the time I used the phone, it easily lasted me a full day. I mostly used the phone to take photos, browse social media and play PubG điện thoại. While gaming for long drains the battery quickly, a one-time session won’t require much juice. Furthermore, you get a fast-charging adapter that tops up the battery in around an hour.


The Huawei Nova 3 comes off as an impressive device. It’s a 2018 điện thoại thông minh through & through. The gradient-tone glass thiết kế, the taller display, AI cameras, are all features highly in demvà this year & the Nova 3 ticks all the boxes. However, the implementation of the features are somewhat inconsistent, especially the AI enhancements. The kiến thiết, while it looks stunning, isn’t durable and you will have sầu lớn put a case at the bachồng which is counterproductive. While the processor is adequately powerful, it won’t be able to outpace the Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones. Then there’s the software which isn’t the best out there. The Huawei Nova 3 at Rs 34,999 is a direct competition to the base variant of the OnePlus 6. It’s a good alternative if you don’t want lớn go for the OnePlus 6, but not the perfect substitute. Between the two, I prefer the UI of the OnePlus 6 & it definitely feels faster than the Nova 3. The camera on the OnePlus 6 isn’t the benchmark by all means, but at least it’s consistent. The Nova 3 is wildly inconsistent và has some inherent issues like ghosting and lack of details that could be a dealbreaker if you tend lớn rely on your smartphone for your photos. In case you want to lớn experience the power of AI in smartphones, a more affordable is there in the khung of the Asus Zenfone 5z which takes on the OnePlus 6 on the spec-sheet & then some.