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?

Battery Life

While the exact influence and benefits of Huawei’s machine-learning is often a bit vague and elusive for the most part, the battery life aspect of the device is one area where the impact feels like it's more felt.

As someone who has used plenty of devices with comparable battery sizes, it did feel like none of them quite managed to stretch things out as well as the Nova 2i. It easily managed to roll through a day of mixed use without too much of a sweat. Sometimes I almost made it the end of a second day.

As always, your mileage is going to vary. That said, I came away pretty impressed.

The Bottom Line

Huawei aren’t the first smartphone brand to try and squeeze down a flagship offering into a lower price-point. However, when brands usually make that pitch, we're talking $600-800. With the $499 price-tag in mind, there’s not a whole lot out there that can match the Huawei Nova 2i. It’s a solid phone that borrows plenty from its more expensive and compact cousin to outstanding effect.

It’s not the best-in-class, but it doesn’t have to be, and if your number is $500, it’s a hard one to beat.


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