Huawei Nova 8i, Nova 8: Prices, preorder freebies in PH

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A week ago, Huawei formally introduced the new Nova 8i, Nova 8 (global version), and MatePad 11 in the Philippines, though pricing and availability for the company’s latest midrange handsets were not disclosed during the launch. That changes today, as we now know how much the phones will retail for and what the introductory offers are.

(Update, October 8: This time, our Huawei Nova 8 video is up!)

(Update, August 30: Our Huawei Nova 8i review is finally up!)

Locally, the Huawei Nova 8i has a suggested retail price of P13,999, or around $278 converted, whereas the Huawei Nova 8 will set you back P19,999 ($397). Both devices are already available for preorder until August 26 and offer 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You can purchase them from any of the Huawei Experience Stores nationwide. It will also go on sale at the official Huawei Store and the brand’s flagship shops on Lazada and Shopee.

Early buyers of the Nova 8i will receive a bundle worth P6,427 ($128), including a free Huawei Band 4, Wireless Charging Lamp, and exclusive Huawei Cloud benefits. Those who pick up the Nova 8 during the presale will get a 40-watt SuperCharge power bank and Huawei Cloud benefits. The freebie bundle is valued at P6,028 ($120).

Click on any of the links to preorder the Nova of your choice. We have both smartphones, so please stay tuned for more on them — especially our review — here on the site

Built for the young, stylish, and social-media savvy crowd who loves taking pictures and videos, the Huawei Nova 8i and Huawei Nova 8 impress with a 64-megapixel camera with a sizable CMOS sensor and a raft of software features, such as the ability to capture HDR portraits, bright night shots, and detailed high-res photos.

More impressively, the two are equipped with Huawei’s 66-watt SuperCharge technology to top up their respective batteries in under an hour. The Nova 8i is the first phone at its price level to enjoy such a blazingly fast charging speed. For perspective, last year’s Mate 40 Pro and the newly launched P50 Pro top up at 66 watts over a USB-C connection, same as the Nova 8i and Nova 8, while the older P40 Pro maxes out at 40 watts.

Besides the processor, the most notable difference between the two Nova 8 series handsets is the screen. The more affordable Nova 8i has a flat 6.67-inch LCD with a 60Hz refresh rate. The Nova 8, on the other hand, flaunts a curved OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh and 240Hz touch sampling. The latter also sports a 32-megapixel selfie camera in a punch hole and Huawei’s latest EMUI 12 Android skin.

Huawei Nova 8i specs

  • 6.67-inch LCD with punch-hole, edgeless display; 2376 x 1080 resolution; 94.7% screen-to-body ratio
  • 11nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Quad rear cameras: 64-megapixel, f/1.9 main; 8-megapixel, f/2.4 ultra-wide; 2-megapixel, f/2.4 macro; and 2-megapixel, f/2.4 depth
  • 16-megapixel, f/2.0 front camera
  • Side-mounted fingerprint reader
  • 4,300mAh battery with 66-watt fast charging
  • EMUI 11.1 based on Android 11; Huawei Mobile Services; AppGallery
  • Colors: Interstellar Blue, Moonlight Silver, and Starry Black

Huawei Nova 8 specs

  • 6.57-inch curved OLED with punch-hole display, 2,340 x 1,080 resolution , 90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch-sampling rate
  • Hexa-core HiSilicon Kirin 820E processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Quad 64-megapixel, f/1.9 main; 8-megapixel, f/2.4 ultra-wide; 2-megapixel macro; and 2-megapixel (depth) rear cameras
  • 32-megapixel, f/2.0 front camera
  • Under-display fingerprint reader
  • 3,800mAh battery with 66-watt fast charging
  • EMUI 12
  • Color: Blush Green

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 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.