After several weeks of leaks and rumours, Huawei has officially introduced the new Nova series: the Nova 3 and Nova 3i. As usual, both phones come with four cameras, and the Nova 3i also marks the debut of Huawei’s brand new chipset, the Kirin 710.
Said to be equivalent to the Snapdragon 660 chipset, the Kirin 710 powers the more affordable Nova 3i. The higher-end Nova 3, on the other hand, features Huawei’s top-of-the-line Kirin 970 SoC instead. It’s pretty intriguing to see such a processor in a mid-range device like the Nova 3.
Chipset aside, both the Nova 3 and Nova 3i has 6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 19.5:9 LCD displays. While they look pretty much identical on the outside, there are a couple of distinct differences between the two phones. The Nova 3, for one, has a more sophisticated front-facing camera system: the 24MP + 2MP shooters – while identical to the Nova 3i – are complemented by an infrared sensor, which allows the Face Unlock feature to work even in the dark.
On the back, the Nova 3i has a 16MP + 2MP dual-camera system, compared to the Nova 3’s more elaborate 16MP RGB + 20MP monochrome setup. Basically, you can expect the Nova 3 to offer better camera performance, which is to be expected. Besides that, these two phones can do 480fps slow-motion video too.
Oh, the Nova 3 and Nova 3i also support a feature called “Qmoji,” which is essentially Huawei’s version of Animoji.
Other specifications of the Nova 3 include 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, as well as a 3,750mAh battery. As for the Nova 3i, it comes with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, two storage options (64GB or 128GB), and a slightly smaller 3,340mAh battery. Not surprisingly, GPU Turbo is also supported on both devices, which promises up to 60% increase in performance. For now, however, the feature only works with PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends.
The Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i are certainly much more capable than their predecessors, and they will be launching in Malaysia tomorrow. We’ll find out then just how much these two phones will cost locally.