Huawei Nova 3e review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Huawei Nova 3e
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Quick Verdict

If you don't want a handset that looks like it's a budget phone, the Huawei Nova 3e is an easy recommendation. Its application and camera performance can't quite live up to its looks, but it's still a good value smartphone.

The good

  • Great design
  • Headphone jack
  • Fast charging

The bad

  • Camera is decidedly mid-range
  • Slow app performance
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No water resistance or robust glass

Huawei Nova 3e at a glance
When was the Huawei Nova 3e released? July 2018.
What’s new about the Huawei Nova 3e? Dual cameras, notch display, Kirin 659 processor.
How much does the Huawei Nova 3e cost? $399.

Huawei's budget Huawei Nova 3e, also known as the Huawei P20 Lite, offers a premium design to help it stand out from the mid-range pack, but it's not a terribly powerful device.

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has been making a lot of noise in the premium space, thanks to the exceptional Huawei P20 Pro, currently our favourite camera phone of 2018.

The Huawei Nova 3e, which is also sold in a number of markets as the Huawei P20 Lite, looks at first glance to simply be the Huawei P20 Pro at around a third of the price. At which point you've got to wonder what Huawei is chopping out to make this remarkable feat possible.

Design

  • Looks far more expensive than it is.
  • Incorporates the "notch" design of modern smartphones.

Camera

  • Good mid-range performance.
  • Beauty mode provides a wide range of enhancements and effects.

Performance

  • Kirin 659 processor is getting long in the tooth.
  • Below average power for a mid-range handset.

Battery life

  • Decent but unremarkable battery life.
  • QuickCharge support makes refuelling fast and simple.

Verdict

  • If you want a phone that looks expensive but won't leave you pinching pennies, the Huawei Nova 3e has you covered.

Pricing and availability

Huawei Nova 3e

Premium style on a mid-range budget

A slick and sleek design gives the Huawei Nova 3e all the glamour of a high-end smartphone without the steep price tag.

Promoted
  • You can find the Huawei Nova 3e selling online through Amazon and Catch as well as at physical stores like Big W and JB Hi-Fi.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.8
Display resolution (pixels) 2280 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 432
Processor Kirin 659
Height (mm) 148.6
Width (mm) 71.2
Depth (mm) 7.4
Weight (g) 145
Battery size (mAh) 3,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4GB
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 f/2.2
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 16
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 6
NFC support No
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Updated December 11th, 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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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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