An alleged ad for the Huawei Nova 3e leaked online earlier this week, having originally surfaced on Twitter this Monday. The image that can be seen above shows a handset with an 18:9 screen and a small display notch housing its front-facing camera, loudspeaker, and proximity sensor, with the overall look of the device being reminiscent of the P20 Lite. Previous rumors suggested the Nova 3e may actually be a rebranded version of the P20 Lite, a mid-ranger that Huawei is planning to launch on March 27 together with its P20 and P20 Pro Android flagships.
The Chinese original equipment manufacturer already confirmed the Nova 3e will be introduced next Tuesday, March 20, with the smartphone most likely being targeted at China, though it could also debut in select European markets under the same name, as was the case with previously released members of the Nova product family. Rumors about the smartphone have been circulating the industry since early fall, with a number of previous leaks and the newly emerged ad suggesting the Nova 3e will have a dual-camera setup accompanied by a regular LED flash, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The main imaging system of the handset has possibly been designed by Leica which has been collaborating with Huawei on mobile cameras since at least 2015.
Should the Nova 3e truly end up being a rebranded version of the P20 Lite, it's likely to be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 670 chip and boast 4GB of RAM, in addition to featuring a 5.6-inch FHD+ display panel and a 3,350mAh non-removable battery. The Shenzhen-based firm's new mobile offering will most likely become available for purchase by late April, priced at under $500. Huawei is expected to commit additional resources to promoting its offerings in Europe over the course of this year after Washington put a stop to its U.S. expansion plans.