Decent show from the nova 3e

lifestyle July 14, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

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Huawei’s new Bt11,000 phone comes with amazing camera trickery



HUAWEI NOVA 3e is a sleek smartphone featuring beautiful selfie camera with 24 megapixel resolution and outstanding bokeh effect.

The smartphone comes in a sleek metal frame with glass backside body on which are 11 layers of nano coating and the phone is only 7.4mm thin.

The nova 3e comes with an outstanding Huawei FullView 2.0 Display that has 2280x1080 pixels resolution in a large 5.84-inch size in 19:9 aspect ratio.

The display looks crisp and it is good for watching HD clips and viewing photos as well as playing games. 

On the performance, although the nova 3e is not powered by Huawei’s flagship processor, its performance is okay. I don’t feel that it suffered from performance hiccups during the test.

It is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 659 octa-core processor with four cores running at 2.36GHz and four others at 1.7GHZ. It comes with four gigabytes of working memory or RAM and best of all, Huawei gives a generous 128GB storage for the nova 3e, which can also be expanded with a microSD by up to 256GB.

During the test, I found that apps ran fast on the nova 3e and its menus and touchscreen were responsive.

The nova 3e also supports playing High-Resolution Audio in FLAC 24bit/192kHz. I tested it on Sony MDR-1ABT Hi-Res Audio headphones and the nova 3e played the files smoothly with good details of musical sounds and powerful bass. Moreover, its equaliser setting allows you to boost the bass sounds and select 3D sound settings as well.

The nova 3e also supports LTE 4G. I tested it on TrueMove H’s LTE network and found that it had fast connection. Apps were downloaded fast and my snapshots were backed up to my Google Photos cloud storage in no time.

I used Ookla Speedtest app to measure the connection speed and found that it achieved the download speed of 65.1Mbps and upload speed of 30.7Mbps.

Again, Huawei makes uses of its good dual-camera technology and experience to allow nova 3e to capture beautiful shots with its main camera.

The nova 3e features 16 MP+2MP rear camera. The 16MP is the main camera’s resolution while the 2MP resolution is used for creating professional Bokeh effects.

Like Huawei’s other dual-camera phones, nova 3e provides Wide aperture mode that allows you adjust the aperture value to achieve the blurred background – the less aperture value, the more background blurred.

There is also Portrait mode that allows you to achieve blurred background to make the face of your subject more outstanding. But a plus for this mode is that you can apply a beautification effect to make your subject’s face look smoother and younger. There is a bokeh toggle switch in this mode for turning on and off the effect in this mode.

You can also use Moving picture mode to capture short video clips along with a still shot.

The Wide aperture, Portrait and Moving picture modes are sub-modes of the auto mode, which Huawei calls “Photo”. There are other modes that you can choose, including Pro photo, AR lens, HDR, Night sight, Panorama, Light painting and Time-lapse. These modes can be selected by slighting the viewfinder screen to the light.

The Pro photo is a mode for experienced photographers as this mode allows you to change types of lighter metering, ISO value, shutter speed, exposure compensation, focus type, and white balance.

The AR lens is fun as it allows you to superimpose fun stickers on the face of your subject while taking the shot.

The nova 3e’s front camera is outstanding as it allows you to capture your selfie shots in 24 megapixel resolution with bokeh effect and beautification effect. 

Although it has one lens, Huawei manages to use software to allow you to achieve a bokeh effect for the front camera. It provides a bokeh effect toggle button when the front camera is used.

Huawei says the 24MP front camera with bright f/2.0 aperture lens works in conjunction with Nude Makeup Algorithm, including 3D Facial Mapping that uses 96 facial recognition points, to capture sharp, beautiful and naturally-looking selfie shots.

It also uses Light Fusion Portrait and Smart Screen Flash technologies to provide intelligent lighting based on colour temperature, resulting in beautiful selfie shots in even in low-light environments.

The front camera also lets you have fun using the AR lens. For the front camera, the AR lens mode provides more than fun stickers. You can select one of several backgrounds to put yourself on without having to be there. In one background, you could shoot yourself on a beach and in others you put yourself on famous landmarks around the world. The beach AR lens amazingly gives a real-life photo result while other AR lens background effects give painting-like results.

The nova 3e comes with good security functions, wit a fingerprint sensor and Face unlock technology. During the test, I found that the Face Unlock let me unlock the phone simply by picking it up to look at the screen. Huawei says the process is done in just 800 milliseconds.

The nova 3e has a good battery life. Its 3,000mAh battery can comfortably survive a day. And it also supports Huawei Fast Charge 2.0.

Hauwei nova 3e in available in Klein Blue, Midnight Black and Sakura Pink for Bt10,990.

Key Specs

Network: 4G (LTE FDD), |3G (WCDMA), 2G (GSM)

OS: Android 8.0

CPU: Huawei Kirin 659 |(4 x Cortex-A53 2.36GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7GHz)

Memory: 4GB

Storage: 128GB, expandable using microSD card by up to 256GB

Display: 5.84-inch TFT LCD (IPS) with 2280x1080 pixels, 432 PPI

Cameras: Rear dual 16MP+2MP camera with f/2.2 lens, Front 24MP with f/2.0 lens

SIM slot: Dual nano SIM, second SIM supports only |2G and shares with |microSD

Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2

Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Digital compass, Gravity sensor

GPS: AGPS / GLONASS

Battery: 3000mAh

Dimensions: 148.6x71.2x7.4mm

Weight: 145g