• Operating System: EMUI 8.2
  • System on Chip: Kirin 970
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 IPS
  • Camera: 24+16MP (rear), 24+2MP (front)
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 157 x 73.7 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 166g
  • Pros:
  • Amazing cameras
  • Smooth performance
  • Cons:
  • None

Star Power In Your Palm

HUAWEI just keeps the smartphones coming, and they’re back again with the HUAWEI nova 3 – promising flagship performance, an upgrade to their face unlocking and many other new features. HUAWEI has really been taking their camera technology seriously, so we’ll probably see something special from the nova 3’s camera.

First to get the specs out of the way, the phone houses a Kirin 970 octa-core processor, together with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For the OS, HUAWEI is using their EMUI 8.2, which lacks the GPU Turbo 2 technology available in EMUI 9.0. There hasn’t been any news whether it’ll be coming to the nova 3, but even without GPU Turbo 2, the phone already has the performance to play the latest mobile games smoothly.

HUAWEI never forgets to add style with their high performance smartphones, not cutting any corners when it comes to aesthetics. The body is light at only 166g with nice curved edges that make the fit comfortable. It uses an IPS LCD display for great colour reproduction and wide viewing angles, and measures at 6.3-inches for an 84.2% screen-to-body ratio. The display covers most of the front surface, giving users an incredibly wide area of screen utilisation.

HUAWEI’s facial recognition unlock technology has been upgraded and now works in many lighting conditions. The phone also comes with a 3,750mAh battery with fast-charging capabilities that allows you to quickly charge your phone to full capacity from zero in the duration of about 2 hours. Of course, the pièce de résistance is the phone’s camera, which was heavily marketed by HUAWEI, so we had to find out if the camera is truly that great.

The phones comes with a total of four cameras, two up front for selfies and another two at the back. What makes the nova 3’s cameras different is the use of AI-technology on all four cameras, allowing them to be capable of recognising scenes and optimise picture taking in real-time. Combine that with the exposure control from HDR Pro, and we got really great pictures throughout our test period. You’ll be pleased by the quality of photos taken by the nova, whenever or wherever you are.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A stylish and powerful phone from HUAWEI that easily caters to those who love photography

(to be published in issue October 2018)