“Both the Nova 3 and Nova 3i both come with 3D curved glass design, available in phantom colour gradient”

Huawei launched its new high-end Nova series smartphones – Nova 3 (review) and 3i on its home soil, earlier this month. While the Nova 3 is a high-end offering, the Nova 3i is a similar-looking but a toned-down variant of its sibling. The brand has now gone ahead and launched both these smartphones in India recently. If you are wondering how these two smartphones differ, then here’s a comparison between the Huawei Nova 3 and 3i.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Nova 3i: what’s different

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At the first glance, both smartphones look identical but it’s what’s inside that separates them. The Huawei Nova 3 comes powered by the top-tier HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset. The processor is backed by Mali-G72 GPU and features a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for AI-based features. The Nova 3i on the other hand, is powered by the latest HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset from the brand. The 12nm SoC is backed by Mali-G51 MP4. While the Nova 3 ships with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage, the Nova 3i offers 4GB RAM and 128GB memory onboard.

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The next major difference between these two smartphones is in terms of imaging, even though both have quad cameras. The Huawei Nova 3 flaunts a 16-megapixel camera accompanied by a 24-megapixel secondary shooter, both with f/1.8 aperture. On the contrary, the Nova 3i boasts the same primary camera but is clubbed with a 2MP snapper.

Lastly, the handsets differ in their battery capacities as the Nova 3 and Huawei Nova 3i are equipped with 3,750mAh and 3,340mAh cells, respectively.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Nova 3i: what’s the same

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To begin with, both the Huawei Nova 3 and 3i flaunt a 6.3-inch LTPS display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. The notch above the display also houses an identical 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel setup on both smartphones.

In the software department too, they both boot EMUI 8.2 based Android Oreo out of the box and include a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The Nova 3 and 3i also share the connectivity options including 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, and GPS. 

Price and availability

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Huawei has priced the Nova 3 at Rs 34,999, where the Nova 3i has been priced at Rs 20,999. These smartphones have already gone up for pre-orders in India and will be available exclusively on Amazon India. The Nova 3 has been scheduled to go on sale starting August 23rd, while the Nova 3i can be picked up from August 7th. 

Closing thoughts

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There’s no denying the fact that between the Huawei Nova 3 and 3i, the former is a loaded offering. Yet for the budget consumers, the Nova 3i makes for a compelling choice as you get a quad-camera toting smartphone, the latest chipset from the brand along with head-turning aesthetics.