Huawei nova 11i Review: A fitting phone for young professionals on the go

Always determined and pushing through, Huawei has yet again pushed the limits of its boundaries towards perfection. Even with hurdles and obstacles in its way, Huawei does not stop churning out high-quality devices left and right. So, will the Huawei nova 11i get the job done?

Huawei’s nova series is known for offering superb quality without denting your wallet. With the nova 11i being the latest addition to the series, does this impression hold true?

What does the Huawei nova 11i have in store for us? Does it fully realize Huawei’s passion? Well, let’s all find out here. But first, check out the specs for this phone right here:

First off, we should talk about the box design:

The box art displays the standard Huawei nova 11i box art, which includes the phone’s name, back and front designs, and AppGallery.

The Huawei nova 11i is viewed as being straightforward and simple, relying instead on its quality rather than showy looks or other frills.

Let’s hop on for the Quick Unboxing!

The Huawei nova 11i comes with the usual package components, including a phone, jelly case, charging cable, and manual.

With the unboxing out of the way, let us check the phone itself:


he back design of the Huawei nova 11i is pretty unique. The two star orbit rings embedded in the shimmering frosted texture of the exquisite body help create an iconic look while the sweat-proof and fingerprint-resistant coating guarantee a fantastic tactile experience.

The two star orbit rings are a subtle but eye-catching design element. They add a touch of personality to the phone without being too over-the-top. The frosted texture also gives the phone a premium feel.

The sweat-proof and fingerprint-resistant coating is a practical addition. It means that you don’t have to worry about your phone getting dirty or smudged.

The camera bump is somewhat noticeable, as it is with all mid-range phones. Additionally, the speaker grill, microphone, and USB Type-C connector are all set below the phone, while the sim tray is situated above it.

On the right side of the phone, there is a fingerprint scanner positioned on the side and a volume button.


The Huawei nova 11i display is a bright 6.67-inch IPS LCD display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. It has a 90Hz refresh rate and a 270Hz touch sampling rate. Also, it is quite sturdy as the display is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3.

The Huawei nova 11i has a good display because of the aforementioned specs. It is large, bright, and has a smooth refresh rate. It is also somewhat safe from scratches and cracks.


Generally speaking, the Huawei nova 11i takes nice pictures. In excellent daylight, the primary 48MP camera produces clear, detailed images. Even yet, the ultrawide-angle camera sometimes have trouble focusing in dim light.

The Huawei Nova 11i’s low-light image quality isn’t as excellent as its picture quality in bright illumination. In dim lighting, the primary 48MP camera may struggle to capture detail, resulting in grainy or fuzzy images.

The selfie quality of the Huawei Nova 11i is generally good. The 16MP front-facing camera takes clear and well-lit selfies in good lighting conditions.

The Huawei nova 11i has good video recording quality. It offers several capabilities to assist improve the quality of recordings and can record video in up to 1080p at 30fps. Low light, however, might lead to variable video quality and loss of detail when zooming close.

Performance (Gaming + Battery)

The phone should handle the majority of applications and games very well thanks to its 8+256GB storage combination and Snapdragon 680 4G CPU. Also, a 200779 AnTuTu score is enough to warrant the notion that the phone can play easily run casual games. So, let’s use our gaming tests to evaluate how well this phone performs in those areas.


GameGraphics settings
Mobile Legends: Bang BangHigh, Ultra framerate
Call of Duty: MobileVery High, Medium framerate
Genshin ImpactLow, 60 fps

The Snapdragon 680 will have no trouble running most games, but because it doesn’t have a particularly strong CPU, it will struggle with more demanding games. Because Mobile Legends is not a very difficult game, it plays smoothly. But because Call of Duty: Mobile is quite demanding, the framerate is only set to Medium. Additionally, the phone became warm throughout our tests. Genshin Impact is the last. Genshin Impact has taken a toll; hey, even the most powerful phones suffer from it. Even with its low graphics settings, the Huawei nova 11i struggles to handle it.


For its battery, the Huawei nova 11i has a 5000mAh battery, which is fairly large for a mid-range phone. The phone also supports 40W fast charging, which can charge the battery from 0 to 100% in about 63 minutes.

In terms of battery life, the Huawei nova 11i can easily last for a full day on a single charge with moderate use. If you use the phone more heavily, you may need to charge it once in the middle of the day. The battery life of the Huawei nova 11i is good and even if It is not the best on the market, it should be more than enough for most users.

User Interface

The Huawei nova 11i runs on EMUI 13, which is Huawei’s custom user interface based on Android. EMUI 13 has a clean and modern design with a focus on simplicity and usability. EMUI 13 is also optimized for performance and battery life, and we certainly enjoyed a smooth and responsive experience while using the phone.

Overall, the EMUI 13 user interface is slick, contemporary, and welcoming, which will undoubtedly make life easier for consumers when using the phone.

What we like:

  • Frosted back design
  • 40W fast charging
  • Decent picture taking quality
  • Good video recording quality
  • Splash and dust resistant

What we don’t like:

  • Relatively weak processor for its pricepoint
  • No 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Only has loudspeakers
  • Only has IPS LCD as its display


Huawei is undoubtedly attempting to step up their game even further with new smartphone launches as they want to create waves with their mid-range lineups. But concentrating on the appearance, display, and charging speed is undoubtedly insufficient to attract the market’s attention, which is more concerned with the performance of the phone.


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