Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is expected to launch two new Nova series smartphones in its home country later this month – Nova 3 and Nova 3i. While the company has so far kept its Nova line outside India, a new report from The Indian Express claims both the new Nova series smartphones will be launched in India by the end of this month.
Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3i: India Launch Reportedly Happening by July-End
According to the report from The Indian Express, Huawei will be launching the Nova 3 and Nova 3i smartphones in India in the last week of this month, July 26 to be specific. It should be noted that if the report is accurate, the Nova 3 and Nova 3i would be the first Nova series smartphones to be launched in India. However, it remains to be seen if the smartphones will debut in India as the Nova 3 and Nova 3i or if Huawei plans to launch them in the country with different names. While the Nova 3 is set to be made official in China on the 18th of July, the Nova 3i is expected to be unveiled in the Philippines on the 28th of July.
Huawei Nova 3, Nova 3i: Specifications, Features
Even though the Nova 3 hasn’t been made official yet, the company has partnered with VMall in China to make the device available for pre-order. The listing on VMall reveals pretty much everything about the Nova 3, so we don’t have to wait until July 18th to find out more about it. According to the listing, Huawei Nova 3 will arrive with a 6.3-inch LCD notched display offering Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Powering the Nova 3 is Huawei’s in-house developed Kirin 970 flagship chipset, which happens to power the company’s current flagship line as well as the Honor 10 and Honor View 10 smartphones that were launched in India earlier this year. The Kirin 970 chipset is clocked at up to 2.36 GHz and includes a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU with the company’s GPU Turbo technology for superior graphics performance while bringing some efficiency improvements as well. In the memory department, Nova 3 features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. Further expansion is supported up to 256GB.
The Nova 3 is quite an impressive device when it comes to optics. There is a 16MP + 24MP setup on the back, similar to the setup seen on the Honor 10. For selfies and video calls, the Nova 3 has a 24MP + 2MP dual-camera setup housed inside the notch at the top. Thanks to the two sensors on the front, you will be able to take Portrait shots using the front-facing cameras as well. In the connectivity department, we expect the Nova 3 to be identical to the Honor 10 with support for Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on will be a 3750mAh unit with Huawei’s Super Charge fast charging technology. The smartphone also features a fingerprint sensor, mounted on the back. In terms of physical dimensions, the Honor 10 measures 157 x 73.7 x 7.3mm and weighs in at 166 grams. Moving on to software, the Nova 3 runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 with the GPU Turbo feature and 3D Qmoji. It also boasts several AI-powered features, just like some of the other recent high-end Huawei smartphones.
While the key specifications and features of the Nova 3 have been revealed, there is no info yet on the spec sheet of the Nova 3i. However, it is confirmed that the Nova 3i will also come with the GPU Turbo technology.
Huawei Nova 3, 3i: Expected Price in India
Since the Huawei Nova 3 is more or less similar to the Honor 10 in terms of specs, we expect the Nova 3 to be priced just under the Rs.35,000 mark in India. The only key differences between the two smartphones include the larger display, bigger battery, and a microSD card slot. Since the key specifications of the Nova 3i are not known yet, we cannot speculate on the possible pricing of the handset at this point.