10 October 2017

The Huawei nova 2i: a four-camera mid-range phone

Source: Huawei website. The nova 2i has a 5.9" FullView display.
Source: Huawei website. The nova 2i has a 5.9" FullView display. 

Huawei has launched the Huawei nova 2i, a 4G LTE midrange phone targeted at selfie-loving consumers that comes with four cameras, two in front and two at the rear.

Four-camera phones are unusual for the mid-range tier, said Clement Wong, Director of Global Product Marketing for the Huawei Consumer Business Group, explaining that Huawei wants to put its innovative technologies into the hands of more consumers. "The focus is on the battery consumption, the camera.. to have a great experience," he said.

The phone, running on a 16nm octacore Kirin 659 chipset, offers both performance and style, and includes a "pretty borderless" bezel-less 5.9" FHD display in a body meant for a 5.5" screen. Dual front cameras of 13 megapixels (f/2.0) and 2 megapixels respectively, as well as rear cameras of 16 megapixels and 2 megapixels respectively offer more versatility for photographers.

A portrait mode produces natural bokeh effects - just tap anywhere on the screen to assign the focus and blur the background. A "live" photo feature - available for both selfies and the rear camera- enriches images with 2 seconds of video. Huawei's camera technology also allows users to "refocus", changing the focus for an image after they have shot the image, resulting in different depth-of-field effects.

Algorithms ensure that selfies in poor lighting look better. There is even a selfie toning flash with a light intensity control to give a uniform, soft lighting for ideal selfies, and Snapchat-style overlays for images.


The nova 2i is available in the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, in Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold. It has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM, and runs on the Android 7-based Emotion UI (EMUI) 5.1 operating system. The ROM can be expanded to 128GB through a microSD card.

Watch the video introducing the Nova 2i

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Note: This report includes information provided under embargo during a Huawei-hosted visit to China. The company sponsored accommodation and travel costs.