Huawei Nova 3 takes mid-rangers to a new level: Bring 3D Face Unlock, GPU Turbo, & Kirin 970!

by Joel 0

Huawei has finally taken the wraps off the Huawei Nova 3 and Nova 3i smartphones in China today. Unlike the earlier smartphones in this series which were essentially mid-rangers, the company has boosted the new Nova 3 model with the flagship AI enabled Kirin 970 chipset inside. Not just that, the phone supports the recently announced GPU Turbo technology as well, making it a power packed smartphone for a pretty aggressive price tag.

Nova 3 01

The Huawei Nova series has always focused on the camera experience. The same applies with the new Nova 3 as well. Like the Nova 2S that was announced back in December 2017, the new model features 4 cameras in total, two on the front and two on the back. This will ensure that you’ll be able to capture good quality selfies with bokeh from both the ends.


Huawei Nova 3 Design

nova 3 primrose gold

Huawei has decided to stick with glass on the new model, like its recent releases. So, the Huawei Nova 3 comes with 3D double curved glass on both the sides. The glass at the back features high refractive index and comes in four color options: Black, light blue, primrose gold, and blue-violet (similar to the shade on the gradient Aurora P20 pro).

nova 3 aurora

Up front, you have a notch which houses a number of sensors like ambient light, proximity, IR light sensor for 3D face recognition, dual cameras (on either sides) and earpiece. So, its bigger than some notch phones like the OnePlus 6.


Huawei Nova 3 Specs

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The Huawei Nova 3 is quite loaded in terms of specs. The phone features a large 6.3-inch display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340 x 1080p resolution. The phone supports IR face unlocks and even 3D face recognition payments. Note that there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back as well. The front camera is made up of a 24MP f/2.0 sensor along with a secondary 2MP sensor. The front camera supports AI features as well as an enhanced beauty mode.

nova 3 front camera selfie

The rear camera is composed of a 16MP +24MP dual camera setup (Color + B/W sensors) with f/1.8 aperture lens, PDAF, contrast AF, AI scene recognition (22 categories and 500 different scenes), short video effects via AI and even HDR Pro at the hardware level. This is said to bring HDR mode in the preview window as well as while shooting videos.

nova 3 rear camera shot


As for the hardware inside, the Nova 3 boasts of the flagship Kirin 970 AI chipset inside with 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage options. The storage can be further expanded up to 256GB via MicroSD. There’s a pretty decent 3750mAh battery inside that should last up to a day as well as a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack. Note that the phone comes with support for GPU Turbo which should ensure smooth gaming experience on its large screen.

Other notable features of the Nova 3 include 3D Emoji AR support, Android 8.1 based EMUI 8.2 UI, USB Type-C, and dual SIM support. It’s worth mentioning that some of the features like 3D face recognition payments and AI short video effects will not be available at launch. Instead, these features will rollout in future updates.


Huawei Nova 3 Price & Availability

The Nova 3 is priced at 2999 Yuan for the 6+128GB edition for all the four colors. Note that the Primrose Gold is a special edition model, but the pricing remains the same. It could be a limited edition model.

The phone goes on sale on July 19 (tomorrow) at 10:08AM via Vmall.