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Huawei Nova 8i mini Review

Here’s my Huawei Nova 8i review from Huawei and currently available for just P13,999 on Shopee, Lazada and mobile stores nationwide!

Check out my quick Huawei Nova 8i unboxing below:

Huawei nova 8i specs:
6.67-inch FHD+ (2376 x 1080) IPS Huawei Edgeless display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 2.0GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 610 GPU
128GB storage
Quad-rear cameras:
• 64MP F1.9 main
• 8MP F2.4 ultrawide
• 2MP F2.4 macro
• 2MP F2.4 depth
16MP F2.0 front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
3.5mm audio jack
Fingerprint scanner (side)
EMUI 11 (Android 10)
4,300mAh battery w/ 66W Huawei SuperCharge
161.85 x 74.7 x 8.58mm
Moonlight Silver, Interstellar Blue, Starry Black



This product from Huawei continues the design for Huawei smartphones and it works. Its a tad heavier and thicker than the previous model which was the Huawei Nova 7i. For this one, it features 161.85 x 74.7 x 8.58mm and weighs 190g, 7 grams heavier than the Nova 7i which weighed 183 g.

The Nova 8i comes with a plastic finish with nice curves that is just fun to hold.

It also comes with a very unique camera module which will just remind you of the Huawei Mate series phones. It helps to convince people that you have in your hand Huawei royalty in your hands or inside your pocket.

Meanwhile the phone’s front part also utilizes a different shape to house the selfie camera with a horizontal

Because its polycarbonate, you have to be careful with smudges and leaving smudges or prints. Its nothing you can’t take care of if you’re a little OC over these little things it could be very irksome.

The usual stuff we can expect are here on the phone with the big change here is that the fingerprint scanner can be found on the side. It has a good enough size that even users with big fingers can still experience the fast fingerprint sensor installed in this phone.

Sadly the phone is designed to have expandable memory. The SIM tray can only hold two SIM cards and that’s it.

I also enjoyed using the review unit Huawei sent over because its BARELY got any bezels. Its nice to have a phone that ALMOST gotten rid of the bezels. Not saying that its bad to have bezels but with this thin amount, it’s really nice.



Performance wise its a good phone that’s capable of all the necessary stuff like calls, basic gaming and social media browsing. But if you are looking to push your gaming experience with this phone, that might be tough especially since the smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. But don’t worry, most of the games out there are still playable. But just don’t push these games to Ultra settings because its a one-way trip to crashville. If you lower the settings, you’re good.


The Nova 8i comes with a quad camera set up which features 64MP F1.9 main camera, 8MP F2.4 ultrawide camera, 2MP F2.4 macro camera and a 2MP F2.4 depth. Here are some of the shots using the phone’s main camera. Selfies are also pretty good thanks to the 16MP F2.0 front camera.

If you’re a content creator that’s on a budget and looking at the Huawei Nova 8i, then you are looking at a good choice. The smartphone can shoot 1080p footage at 30 fps/ frames per second. Other basic stuff to expect for the Nova 8i’s camera includes the Portrait, Aperture, Night, Super Macro, and High-res modes. In a nutshell the other functions are good and competent. Nothing to really go wow. But for the price point, it does have good output.


Huawei claims that the Nova 8i can hit fully charge status in under 38 minutes when its plugged. Additionally, you get to 68% charge in only 20 minutes. Had to try it myself to see whether this is true or not. And this actually comes in handy if you consider that the Nova 8i only has a 4300mAh battery which isn’t much considering the products from competitors.

Final Thoughts

Definitely considering the Huawei as a good smartphone especially if you’re on the look out for a smartphone that’s a cut above the rest.

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