Huawei Nova 8i price, specs, and availability via Revu Philippines

Huawei Nova 8i, Nova 8, MatePad 11 launching Aug 5 in PH

In Phones, Tablets by Ramon Lopez1 Comment

Just weeks after the local launch of the MateView GT, MatePad Pro 12.6, Watch 3, and other premium products, Huawei Philippines has confirmed that the MatePad 11, Nova 8 5G, and Nova 8i will debut on the market next. The date to circle is August 5. At least that’s when they will be presented to the media.

(Update, August 12: The Huawei Nova 8i and Nova 8 have been priced in the Philippines! See how much they are and what the preorder freebies are here.)

(Update, 6 p.m., August 5: The Huawei Nova 8i, Huawei Nova 8 global version, and Huawei MatePad 11 have been launched in the Philippines! And the tablet will go on sale first. Details here.)

(Update, 11:15 a.m., August 5: Oops, it seems that we got it wrong. The global variant of the Nova 8 is different from the one released in China. Info here.)

We previously wrote about the Huawei Nova 8i’s imminent launch in the Philippines; apparently, it won’t be the only device coming to local stores. You might recall that the Huawei Nova 8 5G was released in China a while back, whereas the Nova 8i and MatePad 11 were made official about a month ago. 

Huawei Nova 8 and Huawei Nova 8 Pro design and colors via Revu Philippines

The Huawei Nova 8 (and Huawei Nova 8 Pro)

The Nova 8 series runs Android-based EMUI 11 out of the box. The Huawei MatePad 11, on the other hand, ships with HarmonyOS 2.0, just like the MatePad Pro 12.6. The former supports stylus input as well.

As for the specs, the Nova 8 5G and Nova 8i are equipped with HiSilicon Kirin 985 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipsets, respectively, while the Huawei tablet is built around the 5G-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip. 

Huawei MatePad 11

Impressively, the MatePad 11 also packs a 1600p display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 120Hz refresh rate, making it one of only a handful of tablets in the Philippines that is capable of high refresh rates. The Nova 8 5G, on the other hand, sports a curved OLED screen with 90Hz refresh and 240Hz touch sampling. But while the Nova 8i has a standard punch-hole LCD, it boasts a 94.7% screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive viewing experience. 

In China, the Huawei Nova 8 5G’s price starts at ¥3,299 (around P25,345 or $510 converted) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Nova 8i and MatePad 11 are listed at RM1,299 (P15,369 or $320) and RM1,999 (P23,651 or $473), respectively, in Malaysia.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 12 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.