Huawei nova 3e comes to the UAE with an “unmatchable price”


The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are all set to be launched next week but looks like Huawei couldn’t wait to show us a little of what’s to come. Today what looks to be a budget version of the ‘P’ series has released for pre-order in the UAE under the name of Huawei nova 3e. The company claims to be launching the device at an “unmatchable price” considering what specifications it has to offer. Well lets find out, shall we? 

Huawei nova 3e: Specifications

  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable via microSD
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo (EMUI 8.0)
  • Display: ‘FullView 2.0’ IPS LCD Display (2,280 x 1,080 resolution)
  • Rear Camera: Dual Camera (16MP+2MP, f2.2)
  • Front Camera: 24MP, f2.0
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Charging: USB Type-C, Fast charging
  • Sim: Hybrid
  • Price: Dh1,199

Huawei nova 3e: 24-hour review

We’ve had the device now for 24 hours and here’s a quick look at the mid-range device.

Huawei nova 3e: Body 

Well let’s call it what it is. The Nova 3e looks like a smaller iPhone X, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Its got a premium glass and metal body and has stellar hand feel.

Huawei nova 3e: Display

There are two striking things I noticed about this device at first glance. First, the Huawei FullView display (which is in its second itteration) and second, it has a notch! Why it has a notch I have no idea, but the rest of the display is really nice to look at. Its an IPS LCD display (would’ve loved an OLED but alas its a budget phone) with a 2,280 x 1,080 display which is the new full HD apparently.

I really have nothing bad to say about the display right now. It’s really crisp and the colour accuracy is great. You’ve also got loads of customisation options for screen resolution, colour temperature and such.

Huawei nova 3e: Internals

The Nova 3e comes with the Kirin 659 octa-core processor that seems to perform well. I didn’t notice any lag but there is a slight stutter sometimes, which can be expected from a mid-ranger. The processor is supported by 4GB of RAM and the UAE will receive the 64GB version of the device.

Huawei nova 3e specs
The device name is a pretty clear indication of what to expect from next week’s launch of the P20 and P20 Pro

Last year, Huawei updated its EMUI 8.0 to keep up with the latest Android 8.0 Oreo during the launch of the flagship Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The nova 3e (also shows as the P20 lite in the About Device section on the phone) comes with Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0 out of the box, which is great. I’m not a big fan of the bloated skin on Android but it’s definitely not a deal-breaker.

Huawei nova 3e: Camera

Huawei is building a reputation for its cameras and since its P series shows off the Chinese brand’s photography prowess, the Nova 3e (P20 Lite) does the same. The rear camera is a dual lens layout, with a 16MP + 2MP (f/2.2) set-up dooing a pretty decent job. Like all Huawei cameras, it comes with a whole load of modes such as HDR mode, PRO mode and AR mode.

Huawei nova 3e rear camera

The front-facing camera is a 16MP (f/2.0) and comes enabled with a digital Bokeh (blur) effect. When it does, it works well but need a few tries to get right. It’s nice to have the effect but can be frustrating at times.

On the overall, I found both cameras doing an average amount of work, creating decent photos and that’s what you’d expect from a mid-range device like this.

Huawei nova 3e: Battery and charging

On the battery front I did expect a little more from the device. It comes with a 3,000mAh cell and fast charging. The charging port is type-C, which is great but fast-charging means about two plus hours on the charger to get to a full 100 per cent.

The device was at 100 per cent at 8.09PM last night and was down to 14 per cent today at 1.49PM. Now this is very little usage from the device to comment of battery life but I think a few hundred extra mAh on the battery would’ve gone a long way.

Huawei nova 3e – Security

The Huawei nova 3e comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back, which is as good as can expect from Huawei. The company has excelled in fingerprint sensors since the Mate S. 

You also get facial recognition which works very well. I was sincerely impressed by how quickly it opens during well light scenarios. In low-light it did struggle but still worked very well. Maybe once out of ten times, I would go to the fingerprint sensor instead. Having both options is great, one way or another.  

Huawei nova 3e: Price and availability

The nova 3e is priced at Dh1,199 and will be available in retail stores shortly. The nova 3e will be available in two colours in our region: Midnight Black and Klein Blue.

Huawei nova 3e: 24 hours later…

While this is not my final review of the device, the nova 3e is a good mid-range device and I’ve enjoyed my 24 hours with it. If you’re looking to be one of the first to pick it up, I think you’re getting your money’s worth. The screen is great, battery and camera are decent and is absolutely up to date on its OS, so you’re fine. Go for it.