Huawei Nova 3e
VERY IMPRESSIVE FEATURES FOR THE PRICE. IT’S JUST A LITTLE SLUGGISH AT TIMES
Huawei’s agship P20 Pro is a leading candidate for best phone of the year. Now here’s its stripped-down baby brother, the P20 Lite (called the Nova 3e in Australia) which comes in at just $399.
The 5.8-inch IPS screen is bright, colourful and has great viewing angles, belying its budget nature. Its 1,080 x 2,880 Ultra HD resolution maintains a good balance of providing ne detail in images while leaving text large enough to read. The classy glass chassis with its thin bezels and 7mm thinness are features we expect from more-expensive models and Huawei bundles a clear, silicon case to protect it without hiding its looks.
A key feature is face-unlock (unique at this price) which isn’t as instant as its siblings but is faster than expensive Android rivals. This comes at the expense of a notch in the screen which reduces the noti cation area but, on the plus side, makes the phone look more expensive.
The octa-core processor is generally quick although, when multitasking it could get rather sluggish. This wasn’t a deal-breaker but it was a frequent reminder of the phone’s low price. Nonetheless, the GPU handled the toughest games without breaking a sweat.
The primary cameras performed very well in good lighting and very impressively in low light. While things got soft as darkness approached, its performance still trounces much-pricier models. The dual cameras also allow for Bokeh (depth-of- eld) focusing effects which are very effective in making portraits particularly punchy. Handling was a bit hit and miss in that rapid- re shots were sometimes accurate but, on other occasions, suffered from focus and shutterlag issues. The Full HD video was smooth and captured sound was good too. The sel e cam was sharp and excellent in low light too.
Elsewhere, the speaker got surprisingly loud: punchy for music and clear for conference calls. The battery consistently lasted a full day.
Ultimately, it’s a very-well featured phone, with only occasional performance issues reminding you of its budget price tag.
5.8in, 1080 x 2880 screen • 64GB/4GB RAM • 2.4GHz octa-core Cortex A53 CPU • Mali-T830 GPU • 16MP/2MP rear cameras • 16MP front camera • microSD • USB-C • 3.5mm jack • Android 8 • 3000mAh battery • 149 x 71 x 7mm • 145g
$399 • www.huawei.com/au/