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Unboxing & First Impressions of the Middle Range King, HUAWEI nova 8i

By August 12, 2021 , , , , , , , , , ,

The king is back! It's in the building! It has arrived! It's here! Cheers here and there for the arrival of the HUAWEI nova 8 and nova 8i. We were able to get a hold of the newest mid-range beast from Huawei and we somehow know why it's still king in this segment. Let's go!

Coming in hot, in true Huawei fashion the box looks clean and you can see the nova logo on top, and the model in the middle and at the bottom what is usually just the explore it on AppGallery now has a sticker that helps guide people and users on how to find the apps for your new Huawei device.
The QR/link should lead you here. If you're a fan of the brand that you know that it's not that hard to get the apps you need to function for work and school. I've been using my Huawei P40 Pro for 2 years now getting apps from the AppGallery and Petal search and it works just fine.

Alright moving on, inside the box, you will get what one might/should expect when they purchase a new smartphone. FREE case, check! charging cable, headphones, (wait in the box?), yes inside the box. (Well, you don't see that often) Yes, you don't. 
You also get the sim ejector pin and the charging brick. But not just any wall charger, this one right here that comes with the Huawei nova 8i inside the box is a 66W fast Huawei SuperCharge. Here's a close look at the earphones and the charger. (Type-C yey!)

Also inside is another reminder and guide on how you can easily get the apps you need. Not if you still don't know, I suggest you read up on it or go to this link.


Let's start with the design. The design adopts the stunning design of the unique look of the Huawei P Series. It is slim, compact, and definitely stylish. If you have the HUAWEI nova 7i, this is definitely thinner. The smartphone packs a lot of delicate details which can be seen in the rear panel where the camera is.
While it may look like a lot, the camera part is not bulky at all. The curved edges also add to that exquisite design and style that Huawei has been known for.
There's no fingerprint scanner in front and at the back, because let's face it, it's better on the sides anyways. This supports Huawei’s second-generation fingerprint sensor technology. Whether for unlocking or mobile payment, you can gently place your finger on the key, and it can instantly read your fingerprint to proceed. On the right side is also where you can find the volume rocker. No other buttons on the other side of the phone.

At the bottom, you have the speaker grills, the type-C port, microphone, and also the sim slot. The Huawei nova 8i can accommodate two sims. On top you get the 3.5mm headphone jack, speaker grill & earpiece and also the microphone

Now go and take a look at that beauty. The Huawei nova 8i promises to deliver incredible camera capabilities with its 64MP quad-camera packed with some intelligent features. So that is the quad-camera setup you ask?
64MP Main Camera
8MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera
2MP Depth Camera
2MP Macro Camera
This quad-camera setup with give you great results in various scenarios such as night photography, still photo shooting, macro photos, wide-aperture portraits, wide angle shots and more. The 64MP Main Camera is fitted with a remarkable 1/1.7-inch sensor, which is capable to get more light intake than a small-sized sensor. A larger sensor helps you capture crystal-clear photos with details. Under High-Res mode, you’ll get the direct output of high-res (9216 x 6912) photos which are not achieved by software. Even you can also print them out into posters with a size of up to 3.2m x 2.4m.

The display is something that's worth noting also. The Super Display gives immersive and vibrant visuals. It also sports HUAWEI Edgeless Display with ultra-narrow bezels at the top, left and right sides. It gets a superb screen-to-body ratio of 94.7%2, which lets you immerse yourself in the content when browsing the webpage or watching shows. In addition to the immersive viewing experience, the 6.67-inch FHD+ screen supports a resolution of 2376 x 1080 resolution and a wide DCI-P3 color gamut. This means HUAWEI nova 8i is capable of rendering rich, vibrant colors and fine detail, allowing for a better visual experience.

Aside from the beautiful display, you also get a front-facing camera great for online classes or video calls. with 16MP at f/2.0 aperture, you're assured that you get amazing selfie portraits and shots.


The Huawei nova 8i is the world's first smartphone to support this 66W supercharge in its price range. The advanced fast charging of Huawei can get your phone fully charged in just 38 minutes. Time is always of the essence and may it be coffee breaks, breakfast of during a bathroom routine, you'd get 68% battery back in just just 20 minutes of charge.
Having a fast charging feature of course also means you have a superior battery. The Huawei nova 8i is also packed with Huawei's power-saving AI algorithms to optimize battery management to last you throughout the day with its built-in 4300 mAh battery.

The Huawei nova 8i runs on the latest EMU 11.0 OS which is based on Android 10.  Available in 6GB  & 8GB ram, the phone is equipped with large storage of 128GB ROM.

Now, I know I've mentioned this already in the post. The HUAWEI nova 8 and nova 8i will come pre-installed with AppGallery, this is Huawei’s official app marketplace that offers a wealth of quality apps to users. Taking full advantage of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), AppGallery offers cross-platform apps that make the most out of all Huawei products, from PC to tablets and smartphones, delivering an all-scenario experience that is exclusive to Huawei device users. 
Right now, there are more than 1.4 million registered Huawei Developers worldwide and more and more apps are added to the AppGallery daily. A lot of top apps are usable on Huawei smartphones like GCash, Shopee, TikTok, Mobile Legends, Zoom, Facebook, Messenger, Kumu, Telegram, PayMaya, Netflix, ZOOM and so much more covering banking, entertainment, education, productivity, and more! Now, if the app you’re looking for is not on AppGallery yet, you may find them via Petal Search Widget.

Standby for a more in-depth review and test run of the Huawei nova 8i on this blog. The nova 8 and 8i are available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei Experience Stores.

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