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
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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 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 128GB
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 February 18th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
6.53
2244 x 1080
128GB
4,000
6.39
3120 x 1440
128GB
4,200
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 20 X
7.2
2244 x 1080
128GB
5,000
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
6.3
2340 x 1080
64GB
3,750
6.3
2340 x 1080
128GB
3,340
5.8
2280 x 1080
64GB
3,000
6.1
2240 x 1080
128GB
4,000
6
2160 x 1080
128GB
4,000
5.9
2560 x 1440
64GB
4,000
5.9
2160 x 1080
64GB
3,340
5.1
1920 x 1080
64GB
3,200
5.9
1920 x 1080
64GB
4,000
Huawei Y6 2018
Huawei Y6 2018
5.7
1440x720
16GB
3,000

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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