How the Huawei Nova 3 turns you into a Selfie Superstar


The Huawei Nova 3 has introduced various improvements such as Huawei’s very own HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, 2 front-facing selfie cameras and 2 rear facing cameras. In this review, we’ll be taking a look at the cameras to see how well this device performs and see How the Huawei Nova 3 turns you into a Selfie Superstar.

To give a brief overview of the camera specs the Huawei Nova 3 is equipped with, the front of the device comes with a 24MP f/2.0 + 2MP depth sensor which handles low light situations well due to the high megapixel count of the sensor. Not only that, but the high megapixel count also allows us to take a much higher quality pictures along with well exposed HDR photos.

Selfie in a well exposed scene

Selfie with bokeh in the background, notice the blur?


NPU in action softening the skin and blurring the background

The bokeh effects on the Huawei Nova 3 also looked very natural due to the NPU (Neural-network Processing Unit) built into the Kirin 970, which uses artificial intelligence to help detect a person’s facial features and blur the area around the subject.

The NPU is not limited to only bokeh, it is also capable of detecting various scenes and instantly applies tweaks to improve the colour tones of the image. It is definitely fast enough for you not to notice as you take hundreds upon hundreds of photos for your social media account.

The Huawei Nova 3 also comes with a myriad of effects for you to play around with to make your picture look more interesting. As of now, the Huawei Nova 3 currently has effects such as monochrome, Cinematic Portrait Mode, as well as AR Lens mode.


Monochrome effect example


Portrait Monochrome Mode

The Monochrome Mode comes with 3 different sub-modes that works differently compared to one another. For example, the Normal Mode uniformly applies the black and white monochrome effect throughout the entire photo. Aperture mode, on the other hand, applies the same monochrome effect, but with an additional bokeh effect applied.

The last mode applies the Monochrome effect to the existing portrait mode. Next, the Cinematic Portrait mode allows the user to take a cinema-like picture that has a aspect ratio of around 21:9, which is great for group selfies.


Cinematic Portrait Mode


Group selfie with Cinematic Portrait Mode


AR Lens with Gesture detection

Last but not least, the AR Lens mode lets the user apply motion tracking masks which tracks the user’s face and apply an effect on to them. There is also a new Gesture effect on the AR lens, which will show different effects based on the gestures your subject is performing.

The Huawei Nova 3 performed well in our tests thanks to the HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. Those who are interested in owning the device can head over to Huawei’s official website to purchase it for the price of RM1699. For more updates and tech articles like this, stay tuned to

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