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.
- Great design
- Headphone jack
- Fast charging
- Camera is decidedly mid-range
- Slow app performance
- Mediocre battery life
- No water resistance or robust glass
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.
- Looks far more expensive than it is.
- Incorporates the "notch" design of modern smartphones.
- Good mid-range performance.
- Beauty mode provides a wide range of enhancements and effects.
- Kirin 659 processor is getting long in the tooth.
- Below average power for a mid-range handset.
- Decent but unremarkable battery life.
- QuickCharge support makes refuelling fast and simple.
- 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.
- 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.
|Display size (inches)||5.8|
|Display resolution (pixels)||2280 x 1080|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||432|
|Battery size (mAh)||3,000|
|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|
|Network category speed||Category 6|
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