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Huawei pits the Nova 3 against the OnePlus 6 at Rs 34,999

Chinese tech giant Huawei launched two new handsets—Nova 3 and Nova 3i—in India on Thursday. The launch took place in New Delhi where the company announced price and availability of the two smartphones. 

The highlight of the Nova 3 and Nova 3i is their 6.3-inch full HD+ LTPS display with a notch, 6GB and 4GB of RAM respectively. Also, the quad camera setup (dual cameras on both back and front) makes them a worthy contender in camera focused smartphone space. 

 The Nova 3 competes against the segment-favourite OnePlus 6 and freshly-launched Asus Zenfone 5z. It’s priced at Rs 34,999, and gets the flagship-grade internals including the Kirin 970 chipset with Mali-G72 GPU, 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage, which is exactly the same as on the Huawei’s camera beast—the P20 Pro. Not only the chipset, but the Nova 3 borrows a lot of tech from its high-end sibling. Not just specifications, but it also gets the unique colour shifting back design seen on the P20 Pro.

On the other hand, the Nova 3i costs lesser at Rs 20,990. It runs on Kirin 710 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

These are the first Huawei phones to feature Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology out of the box. The tech is said to boost performance and improve thermal management of the device, especially for gaming. The company claims that it boosts the performance by 60% and improves battery life by 30%. 

Both the phones feature Huawei’s innovative NPU (Neural Processing Unit), which promises to boost efficiency, response time and processing speed of the phones.

The phones have four cameras—the Nova 3 has a 16MP+24MP setup with f/1.8 aperture on the back and the Nova 3i gets a 16MP+2MP camera setup. Both phones use SOny’s new IMX 576 sensor, which is said to enhance the low light performance of the device aided further by the AI features. On the front, both have a 24MP sensor coupled with a depth sensing 2MP sensor.

Huawei emphasises hugely on the use of AI in camera. They claim it uses on-device AI and cloud AI to understand and recognise the scene, which helps rookie photographers to click professional level pictures. 

As per on paper numbers, the phones should have a good battery life too. The Nova 3 has a larger 3750mAh battery, and the Nova 3i has a 3340mAh. Both chipsets have shown impressive results in terms of power management on previous Huawei phones, and they are likely to keep up to that claim. The company bundles a 9V fast charger in the box.

The phones run on Huawei’s EMUI skin based on Android Oreo 8.1. Both support dual SIM 4G with VoLTE. 

Price and availability

The Huawei Nova 3 is priced at Rs 34,999, and the Nova 3i is priced at Rs 20,990. Both the phones will be available in Iris Purple and Black colour.

The phones will go up for pre-booking on Amazon India at 2PM IST today. Pre-booking offers for both phones include a Rs. 1,000 cashback. Launch offers for both include an additional Rs. 2,000 exchange discount, no-cost EMIs, and Rs. 1,200 cashback from Jio with 100GB additional data. 

The Huawei Nova 3 will go on sale starting August 23, while the Nova 3i will go on sale on August 7.