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GadgetGuy’s take. Huawei Nova 3e is great for a mass-market phone

Don’t let the outcome of some of the tests put you off. We need to report independently and accurately.

I doubt many mass-market phones could come close (except the Nokia 6 2018 and perhaps the Moto e5).

It looks like a million dollars. Yet it is a mass-market device that delivers more mid-market specifications. It is good value and a good buy


  • 84” display and a very high Screen-to-Body-Ratio
  • Good screen for the money
  • Thin and good feel in the hand
  • Youthful coloured chassis
  • 5mm audio jack
  • Easy to good photos in good light
  • Great selfie camera
  • 4/64GB is unusual for mass-market


  • Really would have liked OIS/EIS on the main camera but that makes for a thicker device
  • microSD can’t act as app install internal storage
  • Battery life can be much shorter under heavy use
  • EMUI 8.0 is not pure Android
  • The camera struggles with low light
  • No IP rating
  • No NFC (P20 Lite has it)

Ratings –

Huawei Nova 3e

Remember his is a $399 phone. On that basis it is excellent value.

  • Overall: 3.9 out of 5
  • Features: 4 out of 5 – fully featured with some mid-market characteristics. Lost a point due to no IP rating
  • Value for Money: 4 out of 5 – Good value
  • Performance: 3.5 out of 5 – The Kirin has adequate power for all bar photo post-processing tasks
  • Ease of Use: 4 out of 5 – You need to learn EMIU UI
  • Design: 4 out of 5 – Looks a million dollars, but again lack of IP rating is an issue

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Huawei Nova 3e premium without the price (Australian Review)
Price (RRP): $399 Manufacturer: Huawei
Great value for a mass-market phone
No IP rating
Value for money
Ease of Use
3.9Overall Score
Reader Rating 4 Votes