Huawei Nova 2i is one of the best-selling smartphones from Huawei. It completely changed the very definition of a midrange smartphone. It proved that you can get a good smartphone at a midrange price. While they were successful in achieving that goal, it also set a high expectation for their future releases.
As for the future, there is going to be a new addition to the Nova series: Huawei Nova 3e (also known as Huawei P20 Lite in the international market). It follows a similar formula to that of Nova 2i, best smartphone at midrange price tag. Noticeably, it comes with much-needed improvements. Though, the official price has not been revealed. The expected Huawei Nova 3e price in Nepal is Rs. 36,000.
Recently, Huawei is on a bit of a roll releasing a range of products. We saw their recent addition to Y-series with Y7 Pro and Y9 2018. Along with Huawei Nova 3e, Huawei P20 Pro is also expected to be launched at the same time. Personally, I hope Huawei stays on this path of improving its smartphone with each device. I want to see them dominating the midrange market, completely replacing the brand-value of companies like Samsung.
Huawei Nova 3e comes in a unique design. It sports unique aluminum alloy completed with a radiant shade that incorporates a light dazzle texture. The phone looks great with glossy finish which may be prone to smudges. Speaking about the color, you get to choose from three variations; Black, Blue, and Rose Gold. Another thing unique about this smartphone is the display. It has a 5.84-inches 19:9 aspect ratio HD+ screen with Full View 2.0 support. It has 1080 by 2280-pixel resolution at 432 pixels per inch density. This brings forth “the notch” to the table which is one of the major changes from Huawei.
Nova 3e is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC with an octa-core processor. For gaming and performance, you get 4GB RAM supported by Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. It runs on top of Huawei’s EMUI which is an Android Oreo-based OS. The hardware and software side of this device is quite like its predecessor.
Interestingly, Huawei Nova 3e is advertised for its unique camera. It has a triple camera setup: dual-rear camera and a single-front camera. The front camera has a 16MP and f/2.0 aperture with FOV 78-degree wider angle lens. It supports a 3D retouching feature that uses intelligent recognition and facial mapping. The dual camera comes with a 16MP + 2MP lens with f/2.22 aperture. It will allow you to capture more light with better depth perception.
Dual Bluetooth, improved Face Unlock, and much requested Fast Charging are among other unique features of Nova 3e.
Huawei Nova 3e Key Specifications
- Display: 5.84-inch LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Resolution: 1080×2240 pixels
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 659
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-T830 MP2
- OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Memory: 32/64GB Internal Storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD), 4GB RAM
- Primary Camera: Dual: 16 MP (f/2.2, 1.0µm) + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
- Secondary Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0 aperture
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery (Fast Charging)
Huawei Nova 3e Price in Nepal (Expected): Rs. 36,000
“The Best Just Got Better” perfectly sums up the Nova 3e. Compared to its predecessor, you can see and appreciate the new improvements. I do appreciate “Fast Charging”, it was one of the complaints with Nova 2i. Time and time again, Huawei just proves that they listen to their user-base. That’s not all, Nova 3e will be more about the camera. It sports an impressive selfie camera supported by a dual camera. You can expect some outstanding pictures even in low light.
I don’t agree with everything about Nova 3e. They should have done something different with the hardware. Its same as the previous iteration. Perhaps, Huawei should have introduced a Snapdragon processor for this one. Another thing is the display with the infamous “notch”. The usual 18:9 aspect ratio Full View display was perfect. Why would anyone ruin this for a notch? Especially their recent release like Huawei Y7 Pro and Y9 2018 didn’t have it. This is something that will bug me. Of course, all of this is rather subjective, so you might not be as bothered as I am.
In the end, you can clearly see Huawei aiming for the camera-centric market. This will also pair it with direct competition with other camera-centric smartphones like Oppo F7, Xiaomi Mi A1, and Vivo V9.
So, what do you think about Huawei Nova 3e? Do you think it will fill the shoes of Nova 2i? Let us know in the comments down below!