The Huawei nova 7i is powered by a Kirin 810 chipset with a 2.27GHz octa-core CPU, Mali-G52 GPU, and 8GB of RAM.
I tested its gaming performance by playing some of the most popular mobile games and measuring the average frame rate using GameBench Pro. These games can be installed using the Huawei AppGallery, APKPure, and Phone Clone.
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
|Smartphone||Average Frame Rate in ML|
|Huawei nova 7i||60 fps|
|realme 6 Pro||60 fps|
|Samsung Galaxy A20||30 fps|
|OPPO A9 2020||60 fps|
The Huawei nova 7i supports up to Ultra graphics quality on the Huawei nova 7i. As usual, I also turned on the HFR mode, character outlines, and shadows during the test.
After 10 minutes of playing, GameBench Pro measured an average frame rate of 59 fps. The game feels smooth with occasional frame drops during clashes.
Lowering the graphics quality to High instead of Ultra yields a perfect 60 fps average frame rate. Frame drops become virtually absent even during clashes. However, take note that internet speed is a huge factor in the overall gaming experience.
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends is one of the popular games now available for direct download from the Huawei AppGallery. I set its graphics quality to High during the test.
The game felt smooth with awesome animations and particle effects. However, the average frame rate is 30 fps only.
This is because the game doesn’t support 60 fps or higher. It’s not an issue with the device since this is also the resulting average frame rate for flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20 or Huawei P40 Pro.
Unfortunately, NBA 2K20 doesn’t work on the Huawei nova 7i. I tried re-installing the game and installing its prerequisites to no avail.
Call of Duty Mobile
Call of Duty Mobile on the Huawei nova 7i is set to Medium graphics quality and frame rate preset by default. I changed both to High for the test but it can even be set to Very High.
The resulting average frame rate is a near-perfect 59 fps! The game felt buttery smooth while I played a Frontline match in the Highjacked map.
In comparison, other smartphones in this price range usually need Call of Duty to be set at Low graphics quality in order to achieve near-60 fps of average frame rate.
|Smartphone||Average Frame Rate in PUBG|
|Huawei nova 7i||40 fps|
|realme 6 Pro||40 fps|
|Samsung Galaxy A20||24 fps|
|OPPO A9 2020||39 fps|
Unlike NBA 2K20, PUBG Mobile works well on the Huawei nova 7i. It’s set to Balanced graphics quality by default but I changed it to HD graphics quality. It achieved an average frame rate of 30 fps according to GameBench Pro.
Meanwhile, changing the graphics quality back to Balanced lets the user increase the frame rate preset to Ultra. This results in an average frame rate of 40 fps and virtually eliminates frame drops during clashes.
However, setting the graphics quality to Smooth doesn’t enable the Extreme frame rate preset. Hence, it’s impossible for the device to achieve 60 fps on PUBG Mobile without tweaks.
Huawei nova 7i Gaming Test Results
Here are all the results of my gaming tests on the Huawei nova 7i:
|Game||Graphics Quality||Frame Rate|
|Mobile Legends||High||60 fps|
|Mobile Legends||Ultra||59 fps|
|Asphalt 9||High||30 fps|
|Call of Duty||High||59 fps|
|PUBG Mobile||Balanced||40 fps|
|PUBG Mobile||HD||30 fps|
The Huawei nova 7i is a powerful mid-range gaming smartphone that can run many popular games smoothly at High graphics quality.
I recommend setting the graphics quality of Mobile Legends, Asphalt 9, Call of Duty, and PUBG Mobile to high for casual gaming and medium for more competitive gameplays.
However, some games are not compatible with the device. This is usually an issue with paid games like NBA 2K20 that needs Google Play for purchase verification.
UP NEXT: Huawei nova 7i Full Review!
- 6.4-inch FHD+ IPS LCD Display (1080 x 2316 Pixels), 398 ppi
- Android 10 Operating System
- Huawei Kirin 810 Chipset
- 8 GB of RAM
- Quad Cameras (48+8+2+2 MP) with LED Flash
- 16 Megapixel Front Camera
- Dual SIM
- 128GB UFS Internal Storage
- Expandable Up to 256 via microSD
- 4G LTE (with VoLTE), 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
- Bluetooth 5.0
- USB Type-C
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 4200mAh Battery
- 40W Fast Charging (Huawei SuperCharge, 70% in 30 minutes)
- ₱ 13,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines