Smartphone Review: Run in Blazing Speed with the Huawei Nova 7i
Posted by Yuri Mangahas July 21, 2020

Truth be told, Huawei phones were known for packing amazing specs amid their competitive price tags. The company seeks to replicate the success of its previous offerings with the release of the Nova 7i, a powerful mid-range phone at a very affordable price. Would the unit provide the same winning experience we’ve had with its predecessors?

Let’s find out in our review.


A Smartphone for the Sleek Creative


The Nova 7i features a sleek, glossy two-tone design augmented by a metallic body frame. Its 6.4-inch LTPS IPS screen easily dwarfs other smartphones in comparison, and while larger sizes equate to a bulky user experience, the unit is surprisingly comfortable to hold. 


The punch-hole camera introduced in Nova 5T makes a comeback for the 7i, albeit it sports a lower resolution than its predecessor. The same thing cannot be said for the quad rear cameras, however. The cameras are tucked in a square-shaped configuration with an LED flash placed underneath. The configuration houses a 48MP f/1.8 main lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP portrait lens.



The quad-camera setup produces great photos with vibrant colors and sharp details. The portrait mode does a good job of separating the subject from the background, exuding a sense of depth with the images. Despite that, the cameras tend to suffer in low-light areas. While settings can be adjusted to conform to darker environments, the details suffer a bit and the photos become somewhat softer.


A Smartphone That Packs a Punch

The Nova 7i utilizes a mid-range configuration punctuated by a Kirin 810 chipset with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB expandable storage. While not as powerful as other units, the phone manages to run multiple tasks in blazing speed without any issues. We have tested the phone in benchmark tests to assess its capacity to run demanding apps, and the results are shown below.



If anything, the benchmark scores prove that the Nova 7i can handle even the most strenuous tasks, including gaming applications. 

The battery life is also commendable. Unlike other mid-range phones, the Nova 7i’s battery features fast-charging and can last up to three days in full-capacity, leaving you with plenty of time for playing and browsing.


A Smartphone for Gaming

Despite the amazing results it yielded from our benchmark tests, the Huawei AppGallery only features a few known games, and titles such as Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Call of Duty Mobile are yet to appear in the application. Fortunately, games like Asphalt Legacy and Naruto Slugfest are available in the gallery.

We had the phone run Naruto Slugfest to see how it fares in terms of rendering 3D assets and movement. The controls play very well, and the 3D assets are displayed evenly. The unit also managed to handle the game’s various features including its rotating camera splits and varying skill effects.



For our next test, we used Sniper Honor to check how the unit can handle first-person shooters. The app consistently ran at 60 FPS and the controls didn’t show any hitches. Shooting targets from above sure felt surreal and exciting. Now if only we can play CODM on it.



For its price tag, the Huawei Nova 7i delivers a solid performance and a plethora of amazing features to boot. The lack of supporting games proves to be a concern, however we’re looking forward to seeing how it fares once known titles make their appearance onto the Huawei App Gallery.


Disclosure: Huawei provided us a Nova 7i unit for review purposes and we receive compensation from companies we review. However, our reviews and opinions remain unbiased and factual.

Now Reading: Smartphone Review: Run in Blazing Speed with the Huawei Nova 7i
You might like these...
ArkAngel crowned MPL Season 3 champions!
ArkAngel are your MPL-Philippines Season 3 champions!
Web Comic Artists Are Fighting in War for Rayuba Using Their Own OCs
War… War Has Changed
More from GG Network
One-Man Project Bright Memory Scheduled for A Full Release This Year
From gun combat to hack-and-slash gameplay, to superpowers and stealth mechanics, Bright Memory Infinite seems to have it all.
World of Warcraft Patch 9.1 Chains of Domination Releases on June 29th
New raids, new dungeons, new zones, and a new season!
Fruits Basket Island Is Officially On Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
And it’s every bit as adorable as you would expect.
FF7 Remake Intergrade Update: PS5 Improvements, New Character, And More
Final Fantasy VII on Playstation continues to get a makeover, and the remake is looking better than ever, thanks to the Intergrade update.
The Most Promising Indie Games of E3 2021
We found all the best Indie games of E3 and put it all in one place!
AcadArena Unveils Qualifiers for National Campus Open: MLBB Tourney
MLBB teams from the senior high level are set to compete in the qualifiers of the NCO: MLBB tourney.
Three Months Later—Is the OPPO A94 a Worthy Midranger?
It’s been three months since the A94 entered the market. Can it still go toe-to-toe with other midrangers?
ROG Announces New Zephyrus and TUF Gaming Line-ups with Intel 11th Gen CPUs
Bring your workflow and gaming experience to the next level with ROG’s new laptops.
ASUS Lifts the Curtain on Their New Roster of Gaming Laptops in CES 2021
ROG joins the 2-in-1 fray with their new slim laptop.
Lenovo Legion Duel Review: Savage Gaming Experience at Your Fingertips
With a slew of amazing features, the Lenovo Legion Duel is the best gaming smartphone yet in the market.
Live Streamers, Rejoice! Legion Phone Duel Is Coming to the Philippines
Savvy, yet savage. The “Beast” of gaming smartphones is here.