Huawei Nova 2i review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

5.9 inches

Display size

1080 x 2160px

64GB

Internal storage

16MP + 2MP

Rear camera

3,340 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.9 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2160px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
407 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
13MP + 2MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.2mm x 75.2mm x 7.5mm
Weight
164g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 6

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Kirin 659
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
3,340mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$499
Launch date2017-10
Huawei nova 2i

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

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
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Camera

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

Huawei Nova 2i specs

Display

Display Size
5.9 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2160px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
407 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.2
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
13MP + 2MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.2mm x 75.2mm x 7.5mm
Weight
164g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 6

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Kirin 659
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
3,340mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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