While Huawei Philippines is gearing up for the launch of their newest mid-range device, the Nova 3i, there’s another Nova smartphone in the market that packs more powerful specs with its Kirin 970 chipset, 6GB RAM, and up to 128GB storage, the Nova 3. In fact, it’s powerful enough to be compared to one of Huawei’s flagships, the P20. Check out the specs comparison below.
|Huawei Nova 3||Huawei P20|
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) IPS, 409ppi||5.8-inch FHD+ (2244 x 1080) IPS, 428ppi|
|CPU||Huawei Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core CPU||Huawei Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core CPU|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP12 GPU||Mali-G72 MP12 GPU|
|RAM||4GB, 6GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|Storage||128GB storage||128GB storage|
|microSD||microSD up to 256GB||n/a|
|Rear Camera||24MP mono + 16MP RGB, F/1.8, rear cameras, LED flash||20MP mono F/1.6 + 12MP RGB F/1.8, Leica rear cameras, Laser AF, LED Flash|
|Front camera||24MP + 2MP F/2.0 front cameras||24MP F2.0 front camera|
|Data Connectivity||4G LTE||4G LTE|
|WiFi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, aptX HD||Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, aptX HD|
|GPS||GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|NFC (For PAR-LX1 model only)||NFC|
|USB Type||USB 2.0 Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Headset jack||3.5mm headset jack||n/a|
|OS||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)||EMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery||3,750mAh battery||3,400mAh battery|
|Dimension||157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm||149.1 x 70.8 x 7.65 mm|
|Weight||166 g||165 g|
|Color||Airy Blue, Primrose Gold, Red, Iris Purple, Black||Black, Pink Gold, Champagne Gold, Midnight Blue, Twilight|
Summary of advantages
Huawei Nova 3:
* Larger screen
* Slightly higher resolution display
* Larger RAM
* MicroSD card support
* Larger rear camera resolution
* Secondary front camera
* 3.5mm headset jack
* Larger battery
* Higher screen PPI count
* Leica rear cameras w/ Laser AF
* 960fps video recording
Based on the summary above, the Nova 3 obviously has more advantages over the P20 on paper.
In terms of display, the Nova 3 has a larger screen with slightly higher resolution, however, the P20, with its smaller display, has a higher PPI count. When it comes to storage, both have 128GB storage, however, the Nova 3 has support for a microSD card via SIM 2 slot.
These phones both sport dual rear cameras. Although the Nova 3 has higher resolution sensors, the P20 has Leica optics with Laser AF on board. Another advantage of the Nova 3 is the 3.5mm audio jack which is good news to those who don’t like using adapters when listening to their music via their favorite wired headphones.
When it comes to performance, the two devices share the same chipset and GPU. However, the Nova 3 has an option for a 6GB RAM model. It also has a higher battery capacity for a potentially longer battery life.
The Nova 3 is yet to be a launched in the country but given that it’s a Nova smartphone, we expect it to be priced lower than the P20 which is at Php34,990/$657 as of writing. If that’s the case, it looks like the P20 is in trouble as users have more reasons to get the Nova 3.