We have two new smartphones in the Philippines, the Huawei Nova 3 and the Xiaomi Mi 8. These two devices pack flagship-grade specs but at a price that is well below Php30K/$567. So which one looks better on paper? Let’s find out in this specs comparison.
|Huawei Nova 3||Xiaomi Mi 8|
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) 18.5:9 IPS display, 409ppi||6.21-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2248) 18.7:9 Samsung AMOLED display, 402ppi|
|Glass Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.4GHz octa-core CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core CPU|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP12 GPU||Adreno 630|
|RAM||6GB RAM||6GB RAM|
|Storage||128GB storage||64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage|
|MicroSD card support||microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2)|
|Rear camera||16MP (f/1.8) + 24MP B/W (f/1.8) PDAF rear cameras, EIS, w/ LED Flash||12MP + 12MP AI dual rear camera, dual-pixel AF, 4-axis OIS, LED flash|
|Front camera||24MP + 2MP front cameras||20MP AI front camera|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM (nano)||Dual-SIM (nano)|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||Dual-Band GPS|
|USB 2.0 Type-C||USB Type C|
|Biometrics||Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|Infrared face recognition||Infrared face recognition|
|OS||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)||MIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery||3,750mAh non-removable battery w/ Fast Charging||3,400mAh battery w/ QC4+|
|157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm||154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm|
|166 g||175 g|
|Color||Black, Blue, Purple, Gold||Black, Blue, White, Gold|
Summary of advantages
Huawei Nova 3:
* Slightly larger display w/ higher PPI count
* Higher starting storage
* Expandable storage
* Higher rear camera resolution
* Higher front camera resolution
* FM Radio
* Larger battery
* Thinner and lighter
Xiaomi Mi 8:
* Corning Gorilla Glass 5
* Higher clock speed
* Multiple storage variants
When it comes to the display, both almost have the same screen size, resolution, PPI count, and aspect ratios. Although they have different display types as the Nova 3 has an IPS display, while the Mi 8 has a Samsung AMOLED. Which one is better depends on the user’s preference but both can provide a good viewing experience. But when it comes to glass protection, the Mi 8 wins with its Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The two also have different chipsets, in this case, its the HiSilicon Kirin 970 versus the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Both are flagship chips from their respective manufacturers. While we’re yet to benchmark both devices, we can take a look at their cousins, the Huawei P20 Pro and Xiaomi Mix 2S, to have an idea how the chipsets perform. In our reviews, the P20 Pro got an AnTuTu score of 206,099 while the Mix 2S performed better at 219,131. We can expect the same level of synthetic performance, although it’s very unlikely that we’ll feel the difference in real-life scenarios.
The storage is where the Nova 3 has the most advantage as it already starts at 128GB with microSD card support. The Mi 8, on the other hand, starts at a non-expandable 64GB. It has a 128GB model, but you’ll have to shell out an extra Php2K.
L-R: Nova 3, Nova 3i
As for the cameras, the Nova 3 definitely looks better on paper with four cameras and higher resolution. However, that is not to say that the Mi 8 doesn’t shoot good photos. In fact, it scored a good 99 points on DxO Mark rankings, same as the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. We’re also hoping to see the Nova 3 in DxO Mark to see how it stacks up.
L-R: Nova 3, Nova 3i
For the battery, the Nova 3 has a higher battery capacity than the Mi 8. Both devices also have support for fast charging. Theoretically, the former could provide a longer battery life but we’ll confirm once we’ve reviewed both devices.
The Huawei Nova 3 is priced at Php25,990/$492 and will be available in Huawei authorized stores and retailers nationwide on August 11. The Xiaomi Mi 8, on the other hand, is also priced at Php25,990/$492 for the 64GB model, and Php27,990/$529 for the 128GB. It is now available for purchase in Xiaomi’s authorized stores.
Given the specs and budget, which one will you choose – the Nova 3 or the Mi 8?