Huawei Nova 2i vs Huawei P20 Lite Specs Comparison

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Huawei loves equipping their mid-range smartphones with the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset, starting off with the Nova 2i. Today, even their newest mid-ranger, the P20 Lite, sports almost the same internal setup as its Nova cousin. Will the newer device beat the older or will it be the other way around? Let’s find out in this episode of specs comparison!

The Huawei Nova 2i is one of our readers’ favourites when it came out last year. It has a 5.9-inch 18:9 IPS display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras with LED flash, 13MP + 2MP front cameras, and 3,340mAh battery.

The Huawei P20 Lite was released just last month and follows the Nova 2i’s internal setup with slight changes. It has a 5.84-inch 19:9 LTPS IPS display with 2280 x 1080 resolution, a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and 3,000mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

Specifications Huawei Nova 2i Huawei P20 Lite
Display 5.9-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels 5.84-inches 19:9 LTPS IPS LCD display @2280 x 1080 pixels
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core
GPU ARM Mali-T830 MP2 ARM Mali-T830 MP2
RAM 4GB RAM 4GB RAM
Storage 64GB, Expandable up to 256GB (uses SIM 2) 64GB, Expandable up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)
Rear camera 16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash 16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash
Front camera 13MP+2MP front cameras, f/2.0 16MP + 2MP front camera, f/2.0
SIM Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD) Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
Network 4G VoLTE 4G VoLTE
WiFi WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
GPS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USB interface microUSB, OTG USB Type-C, OTG
Audio 3.5mm audio port 3.5mm audio port
Scanners Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
OS EMUI 5.1 (Android 7 Nougat) EMUI 8 (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery 3,340mAh Li-Ion battery 3,000mAh Li-P battery

Here are their benchmark scores:

Specifications Huawei Nova 2i Huawei P20 Lite
PC Mark 4,886 (Work 2.0), 6,029 (Work 1.0) 4,808 (Work 2.0), 4,847 (Work 1.0)
Geekbench 920 (Single-core), 3,636 (Multi-core) 925 (Single-Core), 3,675 (Multi-Core)
3D Mark 413 (Sling Shot Extreme) 223 (Sling Shot Extreme)
PC Mark Battery Test 8 hours and 46 minutes 8 hours and 29 minutes

Note: AnTuTu benchmark scores were not included due to the app test’s version difference.

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Huawei Nova 2i

+ Slightly larger screen size
+ Better CPU performance
+ Better GPU performance (implementation)
+ Longer battery life

Huawei P20 Lite

+ Better display type
+ Slightly higher horizontal aspect ratio
+ Slightly higher horizontal screen resolution
+ Higher front camera lens
+ USB Type-C
+ Android 8 Oreo out of the box

You may have already guessed which device is better in each key aspects but let’s explain them one by one shall we?

The P20 Lite has the upper-hand in terms of display due to its type and screen resolution. The LTPS IPS setup is basically the upgraded version of IPS, with better color reproduction and accuracy. Users should get the P20 Lite if they are fond of watching or streaming videos.

Normally, identical processors and GPUs should have a close performance right? Well, it’s like that with these two devices but then, PC Mark Work 2.0 benchmark scores happened. The Work 1.0 scores are identical because it only tests Web Browsing, Video Playback, Writing, and Photo Editing. However, Work 2.0 has an improved test case with Web Browsing, Writing, Photo Editing with added features such as Video Editing and Data Manipulation for added performance accuracy score. Some major factors that could have affected the score would be the operating system used (Nova 2i uses Android 7 Nougat when we did the benchmark test) and the optimization of the smartphone overall.

Simply put, The Huawei Nova 2i is the better pick if users want to have a better overall performance in their device.

Moving on, the Nova 2i and P20 Lite didn’t change its rear camera setup but, in terms of the front shooters, the former increased its main camera’s resolution.

Both of the devices are similar in terms of battery life with the Nova 2i leading by a few minutes. With this, users can choose either device without worrying which one has a significant performance.

The Huawei Nova 2i is priced at Php12,990/$247 while the Huawei P20 Lite is priced at Php15,990/$304.11. We can say that if users want to have a good viewing experience then they should choose the latter. If performance is what they’re after, then our pick goes to the former.

(yugatech.com, http://bit.ly/2HaSvjb)

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