With the launch the Nova 3, Huawei has really pushed the limits of ‘value-for-money’ in mid-range phones, their own and the industry.
Huawei definitely hasn’t disappointed us with the design. Despite being 7.3 mm thin, the Nova 3 is built with an aluminum frame with a weight that makes it feel a lot more solid than it seems. The curved edges with the glass front and back is aesthetically pleasing, but smudges are inherent to phones of this material so slapping on a cover or skin would be improve your quality of life.
Remember when phones didn’t have notches? I do. But that’s just where phone design has evolved into right now. Huawei does give the option to cover it up in the settings for people who aren’t fond of the notch design so that will be left to your own discretion. The display itself is 6.3 inches, has vibrant colours and is bright enough to use under most conditions. As mentioned before, the display is made of glass, but not Gorilla Glass, so be mindful not to drop this phone.
Besides the flagship-worthy design, the Nova 3 also comes with the Kirin 970 processor, the same one as the P20 Pro! So you can expect great performance out of the Nova 3. General usage is smooth and it is definitely good enough for any mobile gamers out there.
As for the cameras, though the Nova 3 does not come with the triple Leica rear cameras like P20 Pro, it still holds dual 24 megapixel monochrome plus 16 megapixel cameras which is impressive all the same. The front camera is a 24 megapixel camera with an added 2 megapixel depth sensor.
Again, Huawei couples this camera setup with the Kirin 970 processor, and that’s important because of the AI features packed into the Nova 3. From landscapes to macro photography, the AI mode can intelligently enhance the photos for you by identifying the subjects and scenes being taken.
The depth sensor in the front is helpful when applying different artificial lighting effects such as split lighting, stage lighting or classic lighting to really up your selfie game. Though for classic lighting (the one that blacks out the background), the edge detection can be hit or miss so the background might not be properly concealed sometimes.
However, the Al mode makes the photos a tad bit too saturated for my taste. That would be up to personal preference so... you do you. I’m perfectly fine using it with the AI mode off and making my own edits.
To power that performance and camera, the Nova 3 utilises a 3,750 mAh battery - fast-charged through a USB-C cable. At full charge with moderate usage, the battery can definitely last you through the day and more.