HUAWEI nova 2i
Hello, Folks! Welcome back, today I’m going to take a look at Huawei nova 2i review. The Huawei nova 2i is making mid-range competition pretty interesting. The growing popularity of smartphones with large near bezel-less display has certainly excited a lot of users. In this full review of the Huawei nova 2i, I looked at all the aspects of the phone. So, let’s start-
Design & Build: –
The Huawei nova 2i is a good looking smartphone. Somewhat, similar to the Huawei P10 but simpler in more subtle. The Nova 2i comes with an all-metal unibody design and a slim profile despite the humongous 5.9-inch screen. It’s still quite manageable because the 83% screen to body ratio.
The Nova 2i is only 7.5mm thin and 164 grams in weight which is pretty nice for the display size. The metal body feels solid and sturdy on the hands and the matte finish gives it that premium look which is similar to the Huawei P10 Plus.
The volume rocker and power keys are on the right side of the device. The 3.5mm headphone jack, Loudspeaker grille and micro USB 2.0 port are at the bottom along with the primary microphone. On the top, there is a noise cancelling mic. On the left side of the phone, you have the SIM card slot. At the rear panel, you have fingerprint scanner where it is normally found in Huawei devices. There is a single dual-tone LED flash located on the top of camera bump. The top corner houses the earpiece and the two front-facing cameras while the bottom corner only shows the Huawei logo.
The Nova 2i has a smooth matte finish, the rounded edges and the solid build quality. It’s pretty close to the design and builds quality of the Huawei P10. And as for its size, it’s really going to be subjective but I think it’s not meant for single-handed use.
The fingerprint sensor at the back is located just below the camera which is the best in most ergonomic placement on the scanner in my opinion. It is easy to access and unlock the phone. It’s fast, very accurate and supports up to 5 unique fingerprints.
The Huawei nova 2i comes with a huge 5.9 inch IPS LCD display. It nearly competes with the likes of the 5.8-inch display of the Galaxy S8 and the 5.99-inch display of the Vivo V7 Plus. The Nova 2i has an almost bezel-less display at the front with a glass slightly curving out around the edges.
The 18 by 9 aspect ratio is becoming the norm this year and the Huawei nova 2i follows that convention. While the majority of the applications in the Play Store do not conform with the new aspect ratio. The phone can actually adjust or stretch them to fit the entire screen or you will be prompted to do this to every app individually.
The Nova 2i display is bright and crisp which is great for watching videos or streaming on YouTube despite the large display 2160 by 1080p resolution looks very nice. The 401 pixel per inch gives it more than enough pixel density to produce accurate and detailed photos. The colours are vibrant and contrast is good as you would expect an IPS panel. Although there are a lot of tweaks in the display settings that you can change to adjust this to your liking. It’s also very refreshing that you get an almost immersive experience for a device size where the Huawei nova 2i shaved off much of the front panel is at the top and the bottom bezels.
The Nova 2i is the first smartphone from Huawei to sport a Quad camera setup. There’s basically dual main cameras and dual front-facing cameras.
The main camera can also capture pictures in RAW format but you have to switch to the Pro Mode in order to do that. The second rear camera is used to provide depth of field and simulate very good aperture which is as wide as f/1.6. There’s really no practical imaging use for it, except for the fact that it’s a supported camera which is perhaps the reason why it’s just a 2-megapixel sensor.
In terms of camera quality, I can say it’s really good but not that very impressive. Day-light images are great but the camera suffers in low-light conditions with an aperture f/2.2, it’s a bit hard to get a nutso blurry shot when shooting in low-light environments.
Video recording maximum out at Full HD at 30fps. There’s no 4K support but fancy features such as Slow-motion, time-lapse and light painting are present.
The selfie shooter also comes with an LED soft light for better selfies. The primary main front camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with an aperture f/2.0 a bit larger compared to the one on the rear. The second 2-megapixel camera is basically a supported camera for bokeh effects.
It’s clear that Huawei supports the pair of dual cameras at the rear panel and the front panel is for shooting fancy portrait photos and selfie photos with bokeh effects. It relies a lot on software tweaks to produce appealing results. It need not be a great camera, it just needs to produce the best looking version of the subject.
Performance & Memory: –
The Nova 2i is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core processor. The Kirin 659 has a clock speed of 2.30GHz for the set of four Cores and another low-power Cortex-A53 running at 1.4GHz. This is paired with Mali T830 MP2 GPU which is the same as the one found in the Huawei GR5 2017 and the Galaxy J7 Pro.
Synthetic benchmarks give the Huawei nova 2i fairly good score with a high of over 62,000 in AnTuTu, graphics intensive games play well on the Nova 2i from Asphalt 8, NBA 2016 and Gods of ROME. The game experience is short of excellent, I did not even notice the phone getting any warmer than usual even at extended playing time.
The Huawei nova 2i runs on Google Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 interface that’s customized by Huawei. It’s a flat User Interface with multiple home screens and folder based grouping of applications but there’s an option in the settings to enable the app drawer for those who prefer it. Since this is a larger display there’s also an option to set the grids of the home layout to either 4 by 6, 5 by 5 or 5 by 6 apps per screen.
This smartphone has a single speaker at the bottom just on the left side of the micro USB port. Sound quality is good and maximum volume is pretty loud. The earphones that came with also a decent sound and works just fine with the audio quality on the average side.
The Huawei nova 2i has 3340 milliamp-hours battery. The battery life of this phone is pretty good, above average compared to the most smartphone in this category. It can last more than a day on a single full charge with moderate use but even heavy users will find the capacity enough for an entire day.
The only disappointing factor with the Huawei nova 2i is that the Huawei still used an older slower micro USB port instead of the more modern USB type-C. As such the charging is quite slow using the 2amp power that came with it the Huawei nova 2i can go from 0 to 100% in 2 and a half hours.
The Huawei was to put the Nova 2i as its semi-experimental device. The full view display and the Quad cameras are its main unique features introduced way ahead of the flagship Huawei Mate 10. I could not find any major fault with the Nova 2i. If there’s one and I think its just a minor annoyance, it would be the use of the micro USB port and the slow charging. The use of the pair of dual cameras can be somewhat gimmicky to others. But it does the job well if the people main concern is just taking really great portraits and surface. Otherwise, the Huawei nova 2i is an excellent mid-range smartphone that packs the best feature for its price range.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Huawei nova 2i||Coming Soon||Rs 30,000|
|Huawei nova 2i||Coming Soon||$ 465.00|
|Technology||GSM / WCDMA / LTE|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1080 x 2160p (407 PPI)|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP + 2-MP), Dual Tone LED flash|
|Front||Dual (13-MP + 2-MP), Soft LED flash|
|Features||touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat + EMUI 5.1|
|Chip||Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659|
|CPU||Octa-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.36GHz|
|GPU||ARM Mali T830 MP2|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 128GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Compass, Ambient Light, Proximity Light, Accelerometer, Status Indicator, SAR sensor|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, Hotspot|
|USB||micro USB 2.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, Radio & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3340 mAh|