Review of smartphone Huawei nova 3: enhanced edition
Huawei nova since last year have a characteristic feature — the ground under self, which is expressed in a high-quality front camera. And this is in addition to the unusually powerful for a smartphone in this class characteristics. nova 3 adds to these values is also a new trump card Huawei — artificial intelligence.
His “maturity” and a significant status nova 3 Huawei shows several things: a larger display, a slot for memory cards, dual front-facing camera and IR for face recognition. Will it be enough nova 3 to win their own separate niche and become a really popular smartphone?
|Huawei nova 3||Honor 10||Xiaomi Mi 8||OnePlus 6||Nokia 7 Plus|
|Display||6.3 inch, IPS,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 409 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.84 inch, IPS,
2280 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.21 inches, AMOLED, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch||Of 6.28 inches, AMOLED,
2280 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6 inch, IPS,
2160 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||No information||Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown)||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 3|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI||HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 660: eight cores Kryo 260, 2.2 GHz|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz||ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 630, 710 MHz||Adreno 512, 850 MHz|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||6/8 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||128 GB||64/128 GB||64/128/256 GB||64/128/256 GB||64 GB|
|Memory card support||There||No||No||No||There|
|Connectors||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS 850/900/1900/2100||800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 38, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 70||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||4.2 (aptX HD)||4.2 (aptX HD)||5.0||5.0||5.0|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|Face recognition||IR camera||Front camera||Front camera with IR led||Front camera||Front camera|
|The main camera||Dual module, 24 + 16 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Dual module, 24 + 16 MP, ƒ/1,8, phase detection autofocus, led flash||Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera)||Double module, 16 MP, ƒ/1,7 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,7, hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/1,75 + 13 MP, ƒ/2.6, the phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||24+2 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||24 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash||20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus|
|Food||Removable battery: 14,25 WH (3750 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12,54 WH (3300 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 14.44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||157 × 73,7 × 7.3 mm||149,6 × 71,2 × 7.7 mm||154,9 × 74,8 × 7.6 mm||155,7 × 75,4 × 7,75 mm||158,4 × 75,6 × 9,55 mm|
|Weight||166 grams||153 grams||175 grams||177 grams||183 grams|
|Operating system||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell EMUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell EMUI||Android 8.1.0 Oreo, shell MIUI||Android 8.1 Oreo, shell OxygenOS||Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One)|
|Current price||29 990 rubles||26 990 rubles for the version 4/64 GB or 29 990 rubles for the version 4/128 GB||29 990 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 32 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 39 950 rubles for the version 6/256 GB||34 500 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 38 800 rubles for the version 8/128 GB 46 990 rubles for the version 8/256 GB||27 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
Design smartphone Huawei code sample 2018 seems pretty well-defined: glass, “the unibrow”, pearlescent sheen back. Huawei nova 3 should be all the formal criteria of belonging to the family. And selects the model with respect to Huawei P20/P20 Pro, for example, a fingerprint scanner, moved in front on its “legitimate” place on the back. The only way to use this scanner here much more comfortable than these (very good) devices.
If past Huawei nova was characterized by a certain severity of morals – metal, quiet tones, then the third version keeps much more relaxed. Are four color variations, and in addition to the mandatory black is blue, lemon yellow and gradient with overflow from blue to purple. It is this and went to us for testing.
Due to the minimal thickness and the very neckline a 6.3-inch display managed to fit in a relatively small enclosure. Nova 3 thickness is 7.3 mm. the weight is 166 grams. In fact, the feeling of using nova 3 Huawei remind those that were a year or two ago from work with smartphones with a standard 5.5-inch screen. In leptobrachella, despite the increased screen, the new “Nova” is not added.
The cut here is quite large, albeit less than the founder of fashion iPhone X. Huawei took place two front camera lens and an additional IR-sensor for face detection in low light – in addition to the earpiece and light sensor. If you want you can hide the cut already in the traditional way, with the black fill of the status bar. This is done carefully, pixel by pixel relative to the “monobrow”, and the whole operating system shell is normally friends with this design element.
The back cover is made of mirrored glass, which looks great when you only got a smartphone out of the box or carefully wiped it off, but quickly zalamyvayutsya. To solve this problem, Huawei directly in carton boxes transparent silicone back case, slightly increase the size, but overall comfortable and unobtrusive. At the same time eliminates the nova 3 is another problems of its glass case is much less slippery in hand or on a surface.
Stated dust and moisture protection is not – and hidden (as in OnePlus 6) while no one was found. But there is a mini-Jack located on the bottom edge. And overall, no surprises in terms of layout elements not nova 3 behaves as a traditional Android smartphone.
About the scanner of prints I said at the beginning of this section. It is well located, using high-quality capacitive sensor – it works quickly and without problems with recognition accuracy.
The facial recognition system requires more attention. It is based on the normal front camera, without the use of advanced sensors like the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note9. But for this to work in difficult lighting conditions and more rapid recognition of an additional infrared sensor. As a result, the reliability of this method is no different (cheat nova 3 you can use pictures), but good speed. More quickly face to recognize now is that the same “iPhone”. For example, Note9, which I was parallel testing with greater reliability is inferior in speed. Although with the scanner of prints is still in the plan does not compare.
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Software platform Huawei nova 3 – Android 8.1 Oreo shell EMUI 8.2. I have already talked about it in the review Huawei P20 Pro. Some are specific to nova 3 features – except the “Party” is noteworthy. It can be used to synchronize the sounding of several smartphones to create a more loud and surround sound. And other phones are not required to have on Board this app. nova 3 acts as a host – all the others are connecting or using NFC, or by reading the QR-code.
On the smartphone pre-installed set of both branded and local (the savings Bank.Online, services of “Yandex”, a set of different games, and so on) software. This is both good (for users accustomed to use the gadget out of the box), and bad (for the users who love the freedom to configure everything yourself). For my taste, with preinstalled applications came out some much.
Overall the shell is very smart, logical and has long been devoid of inherent early EMUI coarseness. Because Kirin 970, not Snapdragon 845 speed Huawei nova 3 is inferior to the same 6 OnePlus or Xiaomi Mi 8, but not critical. However, you need to make another amendment – in the test mobile was the original firmware, no effect on the process of working with him, but forbids to put a number of benchmarks or applications that are “studying” his inner world (like CPU-Z). So part of the tests to carry out, alas, failed.
Display and sound
Huawei in nova 3 with an LCD display diagonal of 6.3 inches with IPS-matrix resolution 2340 × 1080 pixels. The pixel density is not a record (409 ppi), but more than sufficient to ensure that the picture seemed to the naked eye smooth and clear. OLED is left exclusive to the flagship model (Huawei P20 Pro).
Its diagonal and format (19:9) screen Huawei nova 3 is fully consistent with the latest trends – here in front of him none of the direct competitors (Nokia, 7 Plus, 8 Mi Xiaomi, OnePlus 6, ASUS Zenfone 5) no benefits. The display is not devoid of oleophobic coating, but by default it is pasted protective film, to remove which there is no need.
Behaves like the classic IPS screen – good viewing angles without inverting colors, with mediocre contrast. However, compared with other IPS, this shows itself from the best side. The measured contrast level is 1531:1. nova 3 is superior to all competitors, but the Xiaomi Mi and OnePlus 8 6 – but they come with a matrix-based organic light-emitting diodes.
However, high contrast in this case may be associated with a low brightness. The maximum that was achieved during the measurements, – 435 CD/m2. Given the adhesive film is not gives you enough comfort when using your smartphone in bright sunlight, the picture is readable, but pretty faded.
In the settings menu display you how to “hide” the cut and adjust the size of the display elements, and to set the permission. Manually – allows you to choose between HD+ (1560 × 720) and Full HD+ (2340 × 1080) — and you can afford to do a smartphone and independently. Just want to say that watching the video is not of very high resolution (e.g. Youtube) this leads to a significant power saving. Also in the display settings can slightly change color: how choosing between the two preset (“normal” and “bright” colors), and directly adjusting the color temperature.
By default, the smartphone has a “bright” color mode, with expanded color profile (much nedotyagivaet to DCI-P3). The average gamma value is 2.01 with a serious dispersion curves, color temperature varies from 8 000 to 10 500 K, and the average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is of 6.69. Colors too cold and distant from the norm.
Everything comes back to normal in the “normal” colors. Gamma is about the same – of 1.98, but the color gamut is almost identical to the sRGB palette is narrower, but more accurate. Color temperature varies with a median of 7 500 K, the average deviation of Delta E according to the table Color Checker already is 4.18, which is not very far from normal (3,00). In General, you can call the display setting of the nova 3 is not bad.
In the Arsenal of Huawei nova 3 has a mini-Jack. Very cool to bother with adapters or mandatory to buy wireless headphones is not necessary (although all the necessary for transmission “over the air” high-resolution audio standards there). The sound quality is normal, to say something special about it. One external speaker located on the bottom face, is moderately loud and moderately high quality. Watch a clip from the net with his participation possible, but a movie without headphones to watch will be already sad.