Huawei Nova 2i review: Huawei's best flagship features have been successfully smuggled into the mid-tier

Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Huawei Nova 2i
  • Expert Rating

    4.25 / 5

Pros

  • Fantastic design and build quality
  • A lot of phone for $500

Cons

  • Full-Vision display let down by low-quality
  • Camera sometimes inconsistent in low-light situations

Bottom Line

With the $499 price-tag in mind, there’s not a lot out there that can match the Huawei Nova 2i.

Would you buy this?

Camera

Like their flagship Huawei P10 and the newly-announced Mate 10, the Nova 2i packs dual-lens cameras onto both sides of of the device. Along with the hardware, it uses Huawei’s native camera app - with easy-to-reach buttons for a portrait/bokeh mode, wide-angle shots and panorama images.

Images taken using the Nova 2i don’t quite look as good as something you’d get from a flagship.

However, as with all aspects of this device, they definitely feel like a bargain if you keep the $500 price tag in mind.

Close ups are crisp with detail and bright colors, if a little overexposed.

Low light shots were a little more inconsistent.

In terms of filming, the Huawei Nova 2i supports filming video content in up to 4K @ 30FPS. Again, if your number is $500, you'd be hard pressed to find a better smartphone camera setup than what this device is packing.

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