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Huawei's budget Nova 3i shows off its premium looks

Budget doesn't mean it has to be ugly, as this Huawei phone proves.

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Huawei's Nova 3i is a budget phone with better performance that you'd expect from its sub-$300 price. The Nova 3i uses Huawei's new Kirin 710 octa-core processor. It's going on sale in China and Singapore, and you can expect to see it roll out to more countries in Asia.

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The Huawei Nova 3i is pretty much all-screen with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display with a 2,340x1,080 pixels resolution.

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Depending on the color, the Nova 3i's rear may feature a gradient hue that's similar to the Huawei P20 Pro.

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The rear dual 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras can take pretty good shots, with the 2-megapixel shooter used for depth sensing.

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There's a notch on this phone. Hooray -- not.

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The phone uses a micro-USB port, unlike more flagship phones that sport USB Type-C.

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There's also a 3.5mm audio jack, and you can also see just how thin the phone is. 

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The dual rear cameras do pop out of the phone though.

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The AI-powered camera can identify objects in your shot and adjusts the camera settings accordingly to get the best shot. 

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