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The Nova 3i does many things right, but small elements like the missing fast charging, poor loudspeaker and a microUSB port set it back somewhat. We were quite excited to experience GPU Turbo mode but it wasn’t as revolutionary as we were hoping.
Not Fast Charging
The charging speed is a little disappointing on the Nova 3i. Huawei’s 22.5W SuperCharge is not present her and, instead, it has 10W charging via micro USB. It takes around 2 hours to charge from 0-100%, which is slow considering what the competition has to offer. And with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, a lot of Android users are accustomed to fast charging.
For your average user, this will be more than enough and is fairly decent for the price, but for the gamer that needs to quickly charge between sessions, it might prove a little limiting.
Convoluted Camera UI
Huawei has used AI algorithms that are said to be “driven by learning over 100 million images”, which helps it recognise 22 categories of 500+ scenes and provides optimised shooting result. You can turn this feature off if you feel the need.
In a nutshell, the camera interface does offer fun features to play with, but some modes do little to surpass the realm of novelty. For example, the half-baked ‘Background’ and ‘Effect’ modes sometimes chops-off your ears and at times it just doesn’t register your hair.
The loudspeaker on the Nova 3i is quite underwhelming. Be it music or gaming, it just fails to provide rich output from the speaker. Keeping a pair of headphones is a wiser idea to have the best audio experience on this phone.
Weak Turbo Mode
Although many smartphone owners will either play lightweight mobile titles or ignore gaming altogether, the rise of titles such as Fortnite and PUBG on the platform has come with the demand for more powerful processing and graphical output from modern handsets.
In this case, Huawei’s GPU Turbo mode for its Nova 3i isn’t quite up to scratch with the likes of PUBG. The game often stuttered and the handset heated up considerably with a noticeably higher battery drain. This is still fairly decent for the price but just know that you may have to drop a bit more dosh on a true gaming phone.