Huawei Nova 2i review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Quick Verdict

The Huawei Nova 2i offers an interesting mid-range mix of features, including a full-screen 18:9 display and four cameras for photography, although they're not as flexible as you might expect.

The good

  • Large 18:9 display
  • Four onboard cameras
  • Fast fingerprint sensor

The bad

  • No NFC on board
  • Display isn't great in direct sunlight
  • Ordinary battery life for such a large handset
  • Not as flexible as other dual camera phones, even at this price point

Huawei Nova 2i at a glance
When was the Huawei Nova 2i released? 25 October 2017
What’s new about the Huawei Nova 2i? 18:9 Full HD display, 4 cameras, Kirin 659 processor
How much does the Huawei Nova 2i cost? RRP $499, but available cheaper online

The Huawei Nova 2i sells itself on the inclusion of four cameras, but that's actually not its best feature.

The Huawei Nova 2i is a phone of many names. I've honestly no idea why it's the "2i" here in Australia, what with the last member of that family being the Huawei Nova Plus. Beyond that, if you buy the exact same hardware elsewhere on the planet, it may be the Maimang 6, the Honor 9i or indeed the Huawei Mate 10 Lite – same phone, many names.

I'm not entirely sure why Huawei didn't decide to co-opt the better known branding of its Mate series for its mid-range phablet device. Still, whatever it's called, it's a phone that sells itself on a few key features, although its headline act isn't actually its best feature in use.

Design

  • The 18:9 5.9-inch display is an impressive inclusion at this price point
  • Light and easy to hold despite its large screen

Camera

  • Secondary lenses are for adjusting focus only, limiting their utility
  • Nevertheless, camera quality is solid for a mid-range smartphone

Performance

  • Delivers nothing more or less than your average mid-range smartphone
  • Completely adequate for most standard phone activities

Battery life

  • Capable of surviving a full day of typical use
  • Still, we expected more out of a 3,340mAh battery

Verdict

  • Forget the four cameras; it's the Nova 2i's massive 5.9-inch 18:9 screen that sets it apart from the competition

Pricing and availability

Huawei Nova 2i

A whole lot of screen for very little dough

See more, do more and save more with the affordable Huawei Nova 2i and its impressive 18:9 5.9-inch screen.

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  • The Huawei Nova 2i retails for $499 but is currently available for around $400 from online retailers like Catch and DWI.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.9
Display resolution (pixels) 2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 407
Processor Kirin 659
Height (mm) 156.2
Width (mm) 75.2
Depth (mm) 7.5
Weight (g) 164
Battery size (mAh) 3,340
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 16
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution 2
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 13
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution 2
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 6
NFC support Yes
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Updated November 13th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Kirin 980
6.53
2244 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 980
6.39
3120 x 1440
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 20 X
Kirin 980
7.2
2244 x 1080
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 659
5.8
2280 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 970
6.1
2240 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
6
2160 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
5.9
2560 x 1440
64GB
Kirin 659
5.9
2160 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.1
1920 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.9
1920 x 1080
64GB

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