Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Bucket Tech: Huawei Nova 8i & Watch 3

Last night would have been the launch of the third device from Huawei's Nova series in South Africa, the 8i but due to bad weather and the event being an outdoors one it had to be cancelled which is really sad, apart from the many months of planning and money spent on the set up, the brand really know how to put on a show, so I'm sad that we never got to see what they had planned. Regardless there was a make-shift plan B which saw us getting to experience the new devices from the Chinese brand. Suffice to say we were not disappointed to see the new hardware up close and personal over dinner with the Huawei Execs. 

So lets get into it, the Nova 8i, Huawei classify it as a "Gen-Z" smart phone, encapsulated in a stunning metal unibody design, the device is ultra slim and surprisingly light, weighing it at just 190g. It features a 6.67" Huawei edgeless display that offers unmatched viewing experience for devices in its pricing bracket. With this great display, it makes it the perfect device for watching movies and for the avid gamers. As with most smartphones, the first thing people look at is what camera it's packing, the Nova 8i does not disappoint in this regard, as it has a 64MP AI Quad camera that photographers will love. The camera system compromises of a main camera, an ultra wide angle camera, a macro camera and a depth sensing camera which come together seamlessly to take professional-looking shots. 

The Nova 8i comes with a 4300mAh three-electrode battery which works in tandem with Huawei SuperCharge technology which allows for more battery life when in use. The SuperCharge is a 66W which means that the device can be fully charge in less than 40 minutes, or charged for two hours of gameplay within just five minutes. Internal storage on the device is 128GB which allows you to save more on the device. The Nova 8i is powered by a Snapdragon octa-core chipset which is designed to keep up with your demands,  with high-performance specs like Huawei smart memory technology and 8GB RAM, this means it gives the user a smooth experience even when running multiple background apps at once. 

Also announced was the introduction of the Huawei Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro. Both stunning smartwatches that offer convenient and smart life experiences through enhanced interaction, independent connectivity and all-scenario interconnectivity. What makes these wearables great is that they support a standalone communication system that allows you to stay connected even when you're doing outdoor activities without your smartphone. This is done by simply activating the eSIM service on your Huawei Health APP on your smartphone. This will basically clone your SIM for your watching so you have the same phone number on your watch and enjoy the same data and voice tariff plans from your phone. Battery life on the Watch 3 and Watch 3 Pro is claimed to be up to 21 days in ultra-long battery mode, this is extremely significant and much greater than its competitors. Both devices are beautiful to look at and wear with 3D curved glass and clear, vibrant display with is elegant, smooth, scratch-proof and fingerprint-resistant. The body of the Watch 3 is made up of 316L stainless steel that has undergone a cold forging and PVD coating process. The Pro is made of an aerospace-grade titanium fused with sapphire glass lens. 

Pricing of the devices are as follows. 

HUAWEI nova 8i - R6,999 

HUAWEI Watch 3 - R7,299

HUAWEI Watch 3 Pro - R7,999

All devices have specific pre-order deals with bundle gifts offered for each, more info can be found on the HUAWEI online consumer store.

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