Huawei Nova 3e review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Huawei Nova 3e

Huawei Nova 3e
  • Display

    5.8 inches

    1080 x 2280

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    3,000 mAh

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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'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.
Huawei Nova 3e review


  • Good mid-range performance.
  • Beauty mode provides a wide range of enhancements and effects.
Huawei Nova 3e review


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Great design
  • Headphone jack
  • Fast charging

  • 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.

Huawei Nova 3e specs



Physical dimensions


Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.8 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2280
Pixels per inch (PPI) 432
Rear camera megapixels 16MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.2 + f/2.2
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 16MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.0
Dimensions 148.6mm x 71.2mm x 7.4mm
Weight 145g
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 6
Processor Kirin 659
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage


External storage support Up to 256GB
Battery capacity 3,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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    JustinMarch 4, 2019

    Huawei nova3e can play Mobile legend and PUBG?

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      NikkiMarch 5, 2019Staff

      Hi Justin,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Yes, according to our page and other gaming reviews, you can play Mobile Legends and PUBG on the Huawei Nova 3i.
      Hope this helps!


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