Huawei Nova 3e

VERY IM­PRES­SIVE FEA­TURES FOR THE PRICE. IT’S JUST A LIT­TLE SLUG­GISH AT TIMES

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - NICK ROSS

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.

KEY SPECS

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/

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