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Huawei Nova 8i

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Release Date
7-Jul-21
Market Status
Upcoming
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Specs at a Glance
Battery Capacity
4300 mAh
Battery Capacity
Operating System
Android v10 (Q)
Operating System
Screen Size
6.67 inches
Screen Size
Variants Available
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General
Announced On7-Jul-21
Market StatusUpcoming
BrandHuawei
Price StatusExpected
PriceRs. 22,990
Design
Weight190 grams
ColorsMoonlight Silver, Interstellar Blue, Starry Black
Dimensions161.9 x 74.7 x 8.6 mm
Display
Screen Size6.67 inches
Screen TypeIPS LCD
Screen Resolution1080 x 2376 pixels
Pixel Density391 ppi
Aspect Ratio20:09
Screen to Body Ratio94.70%
Screen DesignPunch hole
Screen QualityFHD
Performance
GPUAdreno 610
Operating SystemAndroid v10 (Q)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 662
CPUOcta core (2 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
Custom User InterfaceEMUI
Clock Speed2 GHz
Architecture64 bit
Process Technology11 nm
Memory & Storage
Phone Variants8GB 128GB
Expandable StorageYes
Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 256 GB
Front Camera
Front Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Front Camera SetupSingle, 16MP
Front Camera 1 Resolution16 MP
Front Camera 1 Typef/2, Wide Angle Primary Camera
Front Aperturef/2
Battery
Battery Capacity4300 mAh
Battery RemovableNo
Battery TypeLi-Polymer
Charger TypeFast, 66W
USB Type-CYes
Fast ChargingYes
Charging Time60 % in 17 minutes
Miscellaneous Features
SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
Network & Connectivity
GPSYes A-GPS
BluetoothYes
3.5mm Audio JackYes
Bluetooth Typev5.1
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Rear Camera
Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
Rear Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Rear Camera SetupQuad, 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear Camera 1 Resolution64 MP
Rear Camera 1 Typef/1.8, Wide Angle Primary Camera
Rear Camera 2 Resolution8 MP
Rear Camera 2 Typef/2.4, Wide Angle, Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
Rear Camera 3 Resolution2 MP
Rear Camera 3 Typef/2.4, Macro Camera
Rear Camera 4 Resolution2 MP
Rear Camera 4 Typef/2.4, Depth Camera
Rear Aperturef/1.8
Network
Network Support4G
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
eSIMNo
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
VoLTEYes
SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
Sensors
Fingerprint ScannerYes
Fingerprint Scanner PositionSide

About the Phone

Huawei Nova 8i Pros & Cons

The Snapdragon 662 SoC is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the Huawei Nova 8i. The display of the phone is a 6.67-inch LCD panel with a 60Hz refresh rate. The Huawei Nova 8i comes with a 4,300 mAh battery that supports 66W SuperCharge rapid charging. In terms of optics, the Nova 8i has a quad-camera system with a 64 MP main sensor.

Pros 

  • 66W fast charging 
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB storage 
  • Excellent design 
  • 64MP quad-rear camera 

Cons 

  • Standard 60Hz refresh rate 
  • Average chipset 
  • No dust and water resistance 
  • No 5G connectivity 

Huawei Nova 8i Launch in India

After being featured on the company website for a week, Huawei Nova 8i has been officially released in Malaysia. The Nova 8i has a big battery, a Snapdragon processor, capability for super-fast charging, and a large display. The Nova 8i is now available for pre-order and will be released on July 21 in the country. However, there is no information about the device’s worldwide availability. Let’s take a look at all the specs that this device has surfaced with. 

Huawei Nova 8i Price in India 

In Malaysia, Huawei Nova 8i is priced at MYR 1,299 (about Rs. 23,300) for the single 8GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone is available in three colours, which include Interstellar Blue, Moonlight Silver, and Starry Black. It includes a gift bundle of entertainment, three months of VIP access to Huawei Music, one month of 200GB Huawei Cloud Storage etc.

Huawei Nova 8i Design

In terms of appearance, the Huawei Nova 8i definitely more unique compared to all the generic kinds of smartphones that we are seeing these days. The glossy rear panel has got a circular camera module, housing the quad-rear camera setup. The rear panel features curved edges, which makes it very comfortable to hold. There is a fingerprint sensor on the right edge on top of the power button along with the volume rocker. Moving down to the bottom, there is a Type-C charging port, a single firing speaker, SIM Tray and the top side features a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Huawei Nova 8i Display

With a 6.67-inch Edgeless LCD display, the Huawei nova 8i sports a beautiful design. It’s a punch-hole screen with an FHD+ resolution. Because of its ultra-thin bezels, the “Edgeless design” stands out. It offers a touch sampling rate of 180 Hz for a better gaming experience. The display is running on a 60Hz refresh rate only that you must note here, which is a little disappointing. 

Huawei Nova 8i Processor

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor is at the heart of it, together with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Since we have so many powerful smartphones today, this chipset turns out to be less powerful.

Further, the Huawei Nova 8i is running on Android 10 based on EMUI 11, which is again disappointing. Also, you don’t have Google Play services here. As for the connectivity, the Huawei Nova 8i sports 4G networks. 

Huawei Nova 8i Camera

A quad-camera system is housed in a circular camera ring at the back. A 64MP main lens with an f/1.9 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro unit round out the package. The overall picture quality won’t be that great and you will be getting slightly darker pictures even during the day.  It has a 16MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the front.

Huawei Nova 8i Battery

Huawei Nova 8i supports 66W SuperCharge fast charging. According to the manufacturer, the smartphone can be charged up to 60% in 17 minutes and 100% in 38 minutes. With a 4300 mAh battery, the nova 8i is a perfect companion for everyday use while also allowing players to push the limits of everyday gaming experiences.

Huawei Nova 8i First Impressions

If you are a Huawei user, it won’t be difficult for you to get going with the Huawei Nova 8i since it doesn’t feature Google Play Services. Also, there is a normal refresh rate and average chipset along with the absence of 5G connectivity. Considering all these shortcomings, it is better not to wait for the Huawei Nova 8i and look for something else in the Indian market.