Huawei Nova 2i Review: Mid-Range/Budget Smartphone of the Year 2017?
Huawei looks to shake-up the smartphone market with the introduction of the new Nova 2i. It’s official hashtag #OOOO represents its four (4) cameras! – two (2) for each, (selfies and for its rear camera). On the spec sheet, the Huawei Nova 2i looks pretty amazing but does it really apply based on real usage? Read-on our full review:
For a smartphone that is priced under Php20,000.00, the Nova 2i is definitely a steal. Its entire build are made up of metal unibody design with curved edges. I had no problem gripping it with one hand, it is not that slippery, minimal fingerprint smudges and can be used freely with either one or two hands. Looking at its back is where you can locate its main dual camera shooter, single LED flash and fingerprint scanner. The positioning of the LED flash is kind of awkward because the antenna lines goes through it, Huawei should have placed it on the left side of the camera instead to make it look better in my opinion.
On the left side of the device is its sim and micro SD card tray while on the right are its volume rockers and power button. At the bottom is where you can find the micro USB charging port, 3.5mm audio jack and speaker grill.
The cameras and its price are not the only bright points of the Nova 2i. As matter of fact, it is one of the first 18:9 aspect ratio smartphone that Huawei has to offer. Measuring 5.93-inch IPS FHD+ (2160×1080) resolution, people can take advantage of this great smartphone display without hurting their pockets. However, it doesn’t fully support other apps, we tried watching videos on Youtube and we cannot stretch the whole screen like what the Samsung Note8 does which leaves a black part on both sides but this can still be fixed by a software update. On the good note, Netflix maximizes all the display area.
When using it for gaming, it notifies you if you want to use all the display area or just the standard 5.5-inch. Take note that if you choose the 18:9 aspect ratio the game needs to restart, either way it doesn’t affect the overall gaming performance of the Huawei Nova 2i.
Inside is a Kirin 659 Octa Core processor, Mali T830 GPU and 4GB of RAM. I’ve tried playing Mobile Legends and the new Overwatch rip-off, Heroes of Warfare in HIGH settings and to my surprise, everything went smoothly. No lags with only minimal frame skips. Take a look at the video below:
#OOOO lives up to its name as the cameras of the Huawei Nova 2i produces great outdoor photos and selfies but suffers in low lit areas. The dual camera set-up is not just a gimmick as it takes decent portrait shots that doesn’t looked forced by software tweaks. See the sample shots below: (Click to Enlarge Image)
The Nova 2i sports a 3,340mAh Li-Po battery that is good enough to last more than day for me which is pretty impressive although it doesn’t have fast charging capability so you need the full 2 hours to fill the tank but that is acceptable since the price is affordable.
We consider the Huawei Nova 2i as the smartphone to beat in under Php20,000.00 segment. Considering the cameras, battery and display, the Nova 2i deserves all the hype that is getting now. You can purchase this device at any INTOGADGETS STORE and score freebies such as a FREE JBL speaker and a chance to win a mini drone when you order order on the date of its availability on October 21st, 2017.
- Great Display
- Impressive Pricing
- Decent Portrait Shots
- Build Quality
- Good Battery Life
- Sound is Okay
- Awkward LED Flash Placement
- Doesn’t have a Gorilla Glass Coating
|Huawei Nova 2i|
|CPU||Kirin 659 Octa Core processor|
|Storage||64GB expandable via Micro SD Card|
|Battery||3340 mAh, Li-Po non-removable|
|Rear Camera||16-Megapixel and 2-Megapixel, 4K recording at 30FPS|
|Front Camera||13-Megapixel and 2-Megapixel|
|Sim/LTE/WiFi||Dual Hybrid Sim|