HUAWEI NOVA 7i
The Huawei Nova 7i goes for Ksh. 28,000 in Kenya. It is also known as Huawei P40 Lite. The phone comes with a 4200 mAh battery, 128 GB of internal storage, and a large 6.4 inches display. It also has a 48 MP quad-camera and 8GB of RAM. The Nova 7i comes in colors Midnight Black, Crush Green, and Sakura Pink.
Huawei Nova 7i price in Kenya and key features
|Price||Approx KSh 28,000|
|Chipset||Hi-silicon Kirin 810|
|Front Cameras||5 MP|
Huawei has had a long-standing reputation for cheap budget phones, and considering how much the competition has intensified with the entry of the likes of Xiaomi and Oppo, every new offering should be a better disposition than the last. One of the budget series in this stable, the Huawei Nova series got a new kid on the block, the Huawei Nova 7i, available from February 2020, very much a budget offering with a new design and an upgraded camera. So what makes it a formidable device in a forest of budget phones? Let’s take a look at the review.
Design and Display
The new Huawei Nova 7i comes with an IPS LCD screen, 6.4 inches in size, with a screen to body ratio of about 83.5%. It has a punch hole design with the camera tucked in the top left corner. This design has become very popular with new upcoming phones as it is considered non-intrusive when it comes to watching content, as opposed to a teardrop notch or center punch out.
It has narrow bezels but the chin at the bottom is a little outspoken. It is a plastic build, both frame, and back, with a quad-camera layout and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. We have a 3.5mm head jack and fortunately a USB-type C connector.
Performance and Storage
The Huawei Nova 7i comes with the in-house Hi-silicon Kirin 810, a very popular in-house midrange processor. It is well optimized and great in power management. It runs a 2.27 GHz Cortex A76/A55 CPU combo alongside a Mali G52 MP6. The SoC has improved on graphics and multitasking, making one forget that it’s a midrange level budget device. It won’t top the midrange awards but it will certainly get the work done and some more, especially on multi-tasking.
Onboard is a generous 8GB of RAM and 128GB of mass storage, besides a hybrid microSDXC expandable memory card that shares a slot with the sim card. That should most certainly more than suffice for most as the memory can be extended by an extra 256GB.
Huawei Nova 7i Cameras
Despite being a budget phone, the Huawei Nova 7i shines with the cameras. It has a 48mp primary, certainly a big sensor in the entry-level segment. That in addition to 8mp ultrawide, a 2mp depth sensor, and a dedicated 2mp macro camera. For a budget, the photos certainly punch above its peers, with decent and well-detailed images, especially in well-lighted environments. It takes some of the best budget level low light images too, on top of usable bokeh and portrait pictures due to its depth sensor.
The wide-angle and macro lens is certainly a welcome addition, especially for those landscapes and closeup photos. It can shoot video in 1080p at 30fps. Upfront is a good 16mp shooter capable of 1080 video at 30fps.
Huawei Nova 7i comes with the above industry standard 4200mah battery, certainly a massive battery for such budget level specifications. It can even last 2 days on average use so breezing through the day is piecemeal to this device. That means lots of hours on the internet, consuming content and photography without worry about it falling on you. It has the type C connector, so get 40W fast charging which gets us 70% in 30 mins, unrivaled in this price segment. The battery management is great, and including charging times, this makes for an impeccable record.
Software (Android 10)
As with many of the devices in the Huawei stable, the software has become a very worrying development over the last few months, and the Huawei Nova 7i is no different. After being kicked out of Android core GMS, Huawei has been trying to fill in the gap for its users outside china, through HMS and optimizing their software. It comes with EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie straight off the box, but the Android 10 update should be on the way.
Installing Android apps on Huawei Nova 7i
Instead of Playstore, you get AppGallery, but without GMS, some Android stock apps like YouTube, Gmail, Docs, and those that need the GMS to operate like the location for Uber, are not compatible. Nonetheless, one can also side-load apps from APK resources all over the internet. The EMUI still works like a charm though, light, fluid, and reliable so it’s easy to forget the woes that bedevil it.
The Huawei Nova 7i is a great device, in terms of hardware at least. The screen design is very modern, the camera huge at this price point and a big battery. It is easy to recommend, once you get past the Android-related misgivings. It easily one of the more powerful budget midrange phones and that should mean something to most, especially those who have already used Huawei devices.
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