Anyone looking for a well-equipped smartphone for under $300, will probably first look at Xiaomi. But Huawei has recently introduced the Huawei Nova 2i as a mid-range smartphone starting at $299, which in theory can easily compete with the current Redmi smartphones.
In addition, the Huawei Nova 2i in our review also offers advantages in some places. We have the Nova 2i subjected to a detailed everyday test for you while trying to uncover all the strengths and weaknesses.[coupon title=”HUAWEI nova 2i 4G Phablet Global Version” url=”https://goo.gl/rvmw2C” code=”BUY HERE:” reveal=”true” image=”http://www.awaqa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/11-1-15.jpg” theme=”base red” description=”Price: $249.99 with the coupon: HW-activity02
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What we think of the Huawei Nova 2i, you will now learn in this review. Have fun while reading!
Huawei Nova 2i: Specifications
|Xiaomi Redmi S2:||Specs|
|Display:||5.9 inches with 2160 x 1080 pixels|
|CPU:||Kirin 659 Octa Core 2.36GHz|
|GPU:||ARM Mali-T830 MP2|
|Memory extension:||TF card up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||16.0MP + 2.0MP main and 13.0 + 2.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 8.0 (EMUI 5.1)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||156.2 x 75.0 x 7.5 mm|
Huawei Nova 2i: Unboxing and Packaging
The Huawei Nova 2i in our analisis you can order in three different variants colors: blue, golden and black. The model we tested is the Nova 2i in black with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory.
The Huawei Nova 2i smartphone is delivered in the white cardboard box. The delivery package is very good:
- 1x Huawei Nova 2i
- 1x quick start guide and warranty card
- 1x SIM needle
- 1x Power supply (Chinese plug, adapter required)
- 1x MicroUSB cable
- 1x Earphone
- 1x Protective case
The power supply supports Quick Charging. Unfortunately, Huawei does not tell us which technology is used exactly here. But we’re pretty sure it’s Quick Charge 3.0. Thus, all corresponding chargers should be compatible.
Huawei Nova 2i: Design and Appearance
Here you have done a damn good job on the Huawei Nova 2i in our test. The handset does not seem like a device that costs less than $200.
The main features of the design remind us a bit of the OnePlus 6. The case is made entirely of metal and makes just in the beautiful color red visually quite a lot and has proven in the test as a real eye-catcher.
Amazingly, we find how thin the Huawei Nova 2i is built. 3.5mm case thickness is a value you rarely see in this price range.
The case, which almost tapers towards the left and right side, further enhances the impression of a very slim smartphone and ensures an unfamiliar but pleasant hand feel.
At times, it may seem a bit insecure. Here, everything depends on personal preferences.
If you like slim devices, you will love the design. If you like something in your hand and prefer a grip, you probably will not get warm with the design of the Huawei Nova 2i.
As far as the quality of workmanship is concerned, the Nova 2i in the review convinces right down the line.
Everything really fits here, including the metal hardware buttons. Also on the SIM slot shows that Huawei has paid attention to details here.
The panel of the drawer closes very clean with the rest of the housing and the drawer itself leaves a valued and very accurate impression.
All holes are set very neatly and do not show the slightest flaw. The connections were provided with plastic edges to protect the metal from damage by connectors.
The elegantly curved antenna lines blend in almost seamlessly with the metal and are virtually unnoticeable.
Immediately after first powering up, the Huawei Nova 2i has quite thin bezels compared to most other smartphones in 18: 9 format.
Specifically, the Huawei Nova 2i comes in dimensions of 156.2 x 75.0mm. This comes close (especially in height) to devices with 5.99 inches 18: 9 display, although the Huawei Nova 2i has a 5.9-inch display. Nevertheless: A monster is not the Nova 2i. The dimensions are okay
Huawei Nova 2i: Display
Huawei saved on the display. The 5.9-inch display in the Huawei Nova 2i in the test offers good sharpness thanks to its high resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and the viewing angle stability is fine, but it can not be much more.
Surprisingly, the Huawei Nova 2i has a 10-point touch screen that does a decent job. In everyday life, we never had problems with it.
The accuracy is sufficient for fast typing. There were no dropouts when playing. There is a slight input delay, but it is not strong enough to disturb. Lenovo does not provide information on the display glass used in the Nova 2i.
But it is definitely hardened because in everyday life and also in the scratch tests it was free from damage. The display glass is slightly grease repellent.
Although impressions settle down, they are easily wiped off. Slightly better could be the sliding properties of the glass.
Huawei Nova 2i: Hardware and Performance
The Kirin 659 has gotten a bit old in the meantime. Nevertheless, it does not belong to the old iron and is still used with pleasure.
For example, it is also used in the popular Mi A1 by Xiaomi. In the Antutu benchmark, the chip achieves around 86.000 points in the Huawei Nova 2i – not a bad value.
What does that mean for everyday life? Well, those who do not need high-end performance will be satisfied with the chip.
Yes, you notice a clear difference to newer midrange chips like the Snapdragon 636/660, but that does not mean the Huawei Nova 2i would be too slow.
In everyday life, there were a little longer waiting times here and there and in apps like Facebook when reloading times one or the other stuttering, but on the whole the performance in the test was satisfactory.
The one thing you notice most in everyday life is the slightly longer loading time of apps compared to devices with newer chips.
When playing it does not look much different. Challenging tracks such as Unkilled or Asphalt Xtreme may occasionally experience slight stuttering or skipped frames on the highest graphics settings, but the titles are still playable.
For memory, the Huawei Nova 2i uses either 4GB LPDDR3 of RAM. We’re testing it and somewhat surprised to see that Huawei has excellently optimized RAM management.
Nobody should be afraid of the 4GB of RAM, because here too it is easy to keep more than 10 apps open in the background.
The internal memory is quite fast even with the 64GB model and can be extended with MicroSD memory cards. The Nova 2i also offers the possibility to merge the internal memory with the SD card.
Huawei Nova 2i: Software
The Huawei Nova 2i ships with Android Custom ROM, called EMUI 5.1. The system is based on Android 8.0 Oreo and has received a very recent security patch from April 2018 with the latest OTA update.
EMUI 5.1 offers a highly customized interface with a slightly different operation but still looks very tidy and elegant.
Somewhat strange is the fact that the notification center and quick settings are separated. For quick settings, wipe the Huawei Nova 2i from the bottom of the screen to the top.
This allows a very convenient control with one hand. In the beginning, this is a bit strange, but you get used to the concept very fast.
Huawei Nova 2i: Connectivity
In the mobile reception, we found no problems with the Huawei Nova 2i in the analisis. The smartphone offers a solid reception performance and performs well in less well-covered areas.
There is support for the band 20 LTE. In plain language, this means that in the countryside in most cases LTE reception is possible and the smartphone can only use 3G.
When we looked at the WLAN performance, we were surprised. Lenovo and various shops claim that the Nova 2i supports only a / b / g / n-WLAN. Based on the achievable data rate, however, ac-WLAN is also supported.
The reception quality is quite good. One floor below the router we have reached almost 90Mbit/s throughput. The Bluetooth range of the Huawei Nova 2i is about three rooms without dropouts. No top result so, but always enough.
In the GPS test, various test apps certify the smartphone a mediocre reception performance. A GPS fix is always quite fast. GPS tracking with Runtastic worked reliably in the test and without dropouts.
Huawei Nova 2i: Sound
The Huawei Nova 2i comes with a single media speaker in the lower frame. The speaker reaches a high volume but sounds anything but pleasant.
Acceptable but even for the price range by far not perfect it sounds up to about 70% of the maximum volume.
As so often, the bass is missing. Of course, the sound is much better on the headphone jack.
Yes, you read correctly: The Huawei Nova 2i actually has the good old 3.5mm jack port on board. This delivers excellent quality without compromise.
Huawei Nova 2i: Cameras
The dual camera on the Huawei Nova 2i should actually be the big highlight. The photos are always in details.
Highlights of the camera include a manual mode and a bokeh mode. Both highlights, however, turn out to be a flop. The manual mode gives you full control including focus, but the most important feature – the shutter speed – leaves something to be desired. The maximum is 1/4 second.
You can find out original photos of Huawei Nova 2i here: Flickr
In low light or night, the camera is useful. It only creates sharp and good shots.
The front camera has also dual camera shoot neat and detailed selfies. But for this, you need mandatory bright sunlight. Even in the interior of a building, the quality decreases significantly.
The main camera can record in 1080p, providing continuous autofocus. The picture quality is acceptable and perfect.
Huawei Nova 2i: Battery
The Huawei Nova 2i in the test surprised despite the slim body with a really good battery life. A cargo has usually lasted two days with us.
Our statistics app specifies a running time of 42 hours for combined use (Screen On + Standby). The achievable standby time is about 160 hours.
Theoretically, in continuous operation, a screen-on time of 8 hours is possible. But you have to be patient when charging. From 20% to 100% pass just over two hours.
Huawei Nova 2i: Conclusions and Reviews
Huawei Nova 2i in our review has created a beautiful and, above all, sleek smartphone in the good price segment.
I would like to note about good performance and the operating system running EMUI 5.1. This is a well-balanced phone, which includes all the advantages, such as design and 18: 9 display.
Also here you will find a well-working camera with four sensors in front and back. As for the battery life, it also pleased, it will be enough for 2 days of active work.
Huawei Nova 2i: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
At the moment there is a flash sale and you can buy Huawei Nova 2i at a good and favorable price for only $249.99 with the coupon: HW-activity02. So this is a great price for which you will get a good smartphone with all the modern specifications for the mid-range phone in 2018.[coupon title=”HUAWEI nova 2i 4G Phablet Global Version” url=”https://goo.gl/rvmw2C” code=”BUY HERE:” reveal=”true” image=”http://www.awaqa.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/11-1-15.jpg” theme=”base red” description=”Price: $249.99 with the coupon: HW-activity02
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