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Huawei Nova 3e review

Huawei’s budget Huawei Nova 3e, also known as the Huawei P20 Lite, offers a premium design to help it stand out from the mid-range pack, but it’s not a terribly powerful device.

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has been making a lot of noise in the premium space, thanks to the exceptional Huawei P20 Pro, currently our favourite camera phone of 2018.

The Huawei Nova 3e, which is also sold in a number of markets as the Huawei P20 Lite, looks at first glance to simply be the Huawei P20 Pro at around a third of the price. At which point you’ve got to wonder what Huawei is chopping out to make this remarkable feat possible.

Quick verdict

The good

  • Great design.
  • Headphone jack.
  • Fast charging.

The bad

  • Camera is decidedly mid-range.
  • Slow app performance.
  • Mediocre battery life.
  • No water resistance or robust glass.


  • Looks far more expensive than it is.
  • Incorporates the “notch” design of modern smartphones.
Huawei Nova 3e review


  • Good mid-range performance.
  • Beauty mode provides a wide range of enhancements and effects.
Huawei Nova 3e review


  • Kirin 659 processor is getting long in the tooth.
  • Below average power for a mid-range handset.

Battery life

  • Decent but unremarkable battery life.
  • QuickCharge support makes refuelling fast and simple.


  • If you want a phone that looks expensive but won’t leave you pinching pennies, the Huawei Nova 3e has you covered.

Huawei Nova 3e specs

Huawei Nova 3e
OSAndroid 8
Display size (inches)5.8
Display resolution (pixels)2280 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI)432
ProcessorKirin 659
Height (mm)148.6
Width (mm)71.2
Depth (mm)7.4
Weight (g)145
Battery size (mAh)3,000
Wireless chargingNo
Internal storage64GB
MicroSD expansion256GB
Fingerprint scannerYes
Water resistanceN/A
Huawei Nova 3e
Rear camera (1) resolution16
Rear camera (1) aperturef/2.2
Rear camera (2) resolution2
Rear camera (2) aperturef/2.2
Front camera (1) resolution16
Front camera (1) aperturef/2.0
Huawei Nova 3e
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speedCategory 6
NFC supportNo

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