With the Huawei Nova 3i officially out on the market, its higher spec’d brother—the Nova 3—makes its debut alongside it. The Nova 3 is also a quad camera-toting smartphone but packs in a more powerful processor and bigger RAM. What else can you expect from this P25,990 device?

For starters, you get the eye-catching double curved 3D glass on both the front and back of the phone. It features the color-shifting Iris Purple shade, which reminds us a bit of the Honor 10 but also the earlier released P20 flagships. But if this shade isn’t for you, Huawei is also offering the Nova 3 in Black and Red.

Like the Nova 3i, it sports a 6.3-inch FullView Display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. You also get dual SIM support (with a hybrid SIM tray) and 128GB internal storage (which is expandable via microSD). Both also have the front 24-megapixel and 2-megapixel combo. The latter is a depth sensor to help with portrait mode and produce better photos with that bokeh effect. At the rear you get a 16-megapixel main camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture. This monochrome sensor is similar to what we’ve seen in Huawei’s Mate and P series devices.

Another thing the Nova 3 shares with those devices is the Kirin 970 processor powering this phone. It also runs on 6GB of RAM and has a 3,750mAh battery. Huawei boasts that this Kirin processor comes with the company’s GPU Turbo graphics processing technology to make sure you get a smooth, high-quality gaming experience.

The Nova 3’s pre-order will start on August 4 to 10 and will be out in stores by August 11. Home Credit is supporting the pre-order, making the phone available for 0% over six and nine months. If you pre-order the phone, you’re entitled to get a free Huawei Bluetooth speaker worth P2,990.

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Now, if you’re trying to decide which new Nova device to get, we’ll do a quick rundown of the specs below.

 Huawei Nova 3iHuawei Nova 3
Display6.3" FullView 19.5:9 FHD+, 2,340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi6.3" FullView 19.5:9 FHD+, 2,340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi, 3D glass
SIMDual SIM (hybrid)Dual SIM (hybrid)
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 with EMUI 8.2Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
ProcessorKirin 710 octa-core (4 x Cortex A73 2.2GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.7GHz)Kirin 970 octa-core (4 x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz) + i7 microprocessor
GPUMali-G51Mali-G72 MP12
Memory4GB RAM6GB RAM
Storage128GB internal, expandable via microSD (uses second SIM slot)128GB internal, expandable via microSD (uses second SIM slot)
Cameras16MP + 2MP rear with f/2.2 aperture, AF (phase focus, contrast focus), AI photography, 480fps video; 24MP + 2MP front with f/2.0 aperture24MP mono + 16MP color rear with f/1.8 aperture, AF (deep focus, phase focus, contrast focus), AI photography, BSI, dual camera zoom, 4K video, AR lens; 24MP + 2MP front with f/2.0 aperture
Connectivity & I/O portsWi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX + aptX HD; microUSB, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jackWi-Fi 2.4GHz + 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX + aptX HD; USB Type-C, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
Battery3,340mAh, 5V/2 A charger3,750mAh, 9V/2 A charger
Dimensions & weight157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6mm, 169g157 x 73.7 x 7.3mm, 166g
ColorIris Purple, BlackIris Purple, Black, Red
PriceP15,990P25,990

The Nova 3i is definitely more bang for your buck but if you can spare the extra P10k and need that extra power, you might not go wrong with the Nova 3.

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Nicole Batac
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Nicole calls herself an accidental techie that has learned to love all things consumer tech since she started with this line of work around seven years ago. In her spare time, she devours books, TV shows, movies, and a large amount of Japan-related entertainment.