Huawei started the sale of Nova 3 and Nova 3i just a day ago, we also could get the device in our hands finally. For now, we got a chance to get our hands on the Huawei Nova 3. At first look, the device looks damn gorgeous. After using it for a few hours, here’s our Nova 3 initial impressions and experience.
First of all, its slippery, glass on the front and rear, the device is slippery. A transparent cover comes along with the device, which will make it easy to hold. However, if you want a real protection, you need to buy the separate cover, highly recommended. Besides the slippery design, overall looks and the feel of the device is fantastic.
In front, the company ditched the Huawei Branding so that they can add a thin and rounded bezel, a positive trade-off though. Being only the IPS display, it is still pretty vibrant with a variable scale of brightness level. So, if you watch videos on YouTube or gaming, you won’t be disappointed.
Of course, the notch, talking personally, I am not many fans of notches. Still, there is quite a large population, who love the notch. In the Nova 3, the notch packs the dual camera, earpiece, and other sensors. If you are like me, you can hide the notch from inside the setting options.
Nova 3 initial impressions is fantastic, the design, premium feel, performance, battery life, camera, etc. is quite impressive.
At the back, there is also a couple cameras, stacked vertically on the top right corner and LED flash just below and fingerprint sensor on the top middle. Also, the Huawei branding on the bottom left, the rest of the body is pretty neat.
Besides the fingerprint sensor, the phone can be unlocked with the face too. The fingerprint sensor is quick, totally satisfied with it. However, you need to have a clean finger though, otherwise, it won’t recognize. The Face Unlock uses a new 3D mapping technique. It is also quick but I have seen other phones which are quicker.
After the initial body check and sensor checks, I moved to the optics department. Similar to its predecessors it has a couple of cameras on either side, with AI support. One of the most interesting features of this camera was the new 3D Qmoji. Although it does not have a real-life usage, it can be fun sometimes. Besides the Qmoji, the AI feature also helps in many ways, like suitable mode selection, photo correction, etc. However, I haven’t used the camera much, I will cover the camera in my full in-depth review.
Now let’s talk about the overall performance, after using for a day or so I have no complains at all. Every task I threw on, it served quite well. With HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, it’s a phone to perform and it did. Besides, the phone will also get the GPU Turbo update, which should save the power by 30% and boost performance by 60%.
To check the performance of the device, I played PUBG Mobile game (Squad Mode) for 4-5 hours at Graphics HD and Frame Rate High, with not much disturbance. However, as the Graphics is set to HDR and frame rate to Ultra, glitches were seen. Battery back up is also quite good, I was able to use it for a whole day.
Let’s move to the UI and software, the User Interface is very neat and clean. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, with EMUI 8.2 skin on the top. There is something new on the UI, the Party Mode. This mode enables the user to sync up their music, to create a louder and party like music output. This mode comes handy at a small gathering.
Nova 3 Initial Impressions Verdict
The successor of Nova 2i and 3e, it has something to offer. With quad-camera and AI, clean UI and smooth performance, it’s something to keep an eye on. Right now, we are at Nova 3 initial impressions, the real story will take time to be revealed. So, stay tuned for an in-depth review soon.