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Facial Recognition is new, and it works in most low-light conditions.


Battery 3000 mAh battery
Quick Charge 5V/2A and 9V/2A (18W)
Claimed 13-hour video playback

An HD video loop with 50% screen in aeroplane mode was eight hours. Under full load, it was empty in five hours. It should achieve 12 hours in normal use – charge it daily at least.

It will charge from 0-100% in under three hours. That is not exactly fast charging.


VoLTE and VoWi-Fi
Single Sim (second is also for microSD)
Bands: not stated

The phone supports all necessary Australian 4G bands.

Importantly it supports VoLTE and VoWi-Fi that is vital if you want to make calls in Telstra’s new small cell areas.

320/45Mbps download/upload speeds on Telstra 4G 4-bar signal strength.

Operating system

OS Android 8.0
Security Patch 1 June
AI machine learning technology

EMUI OS is Huawei’s way of avoiding everything Google as mandated in China. In Australia, we get a full suite of Google apps as well.

Over the years I have seen it go from heavy-handed to a light touch. The learning curve is easy enough. On the positive side, it offers a good suite of management tools.

This version has a new AI engine for things like translation, facial recognition, app optimisation and security.

My only advice is that it is not pure Android and updates will take longer.

Build etc

Colours Midnight Black, Klein Blue
Build Front glass over an alloy frame.
We suspect the glass back is polycarbonate.
No glass protection specified
Dimensions 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm x 145g
IP Rating Not stated, so we assume it is not rain resistant.

As much as these are lovely colours they are fingerprint magnets and can be slippery. Use the poly bumper case.

It is solid with an aluminium frame under glass.

Huawei Nova 3eIP rating is not usually in a mass market phone.

What’s missing?

Missing Qi wireless charging

It is important to remember that these features not usually in a mass-market device.


Price $399 from JB Hi-Fi, Bing Lee, and Harvey Norman