Huawei Nova 3i vs ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018) specs comparison

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Due to insistent reader demand, we’ll be putting Huawei’s newest mid-range smartphone, the Nova 3i against the ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018). Place your bets because we’re about to begin this specs comparison!

The Huawei Nova 3i is currently one of the most hyped smartphones in the country as it sports a 6.3-inch 19.5:9 display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 710 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 24MP + 2MP dual front, and 3,340mAh battery.

The ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018) is the company’s latest mid-range device to sport a Snapdragon 636 processor. It also comes with a 6.2-inch 19:9 display with 2246 x 1080 resolution, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 12MP + 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera, and 3,300mAh battery with BoostMaster and Smart Charging technology.

Here are their detailed specs:

Specifications Huawei Nova 3i ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018)
Display 6.3-inch 19.5:9 IPS LCD FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi 6.2-inch FHD+ (2246 x 1080) IPS 19:9 display, 402ppi
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 710 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core processor
GPU Mali-G51 w/ GPU Turbo Tech Adreno 509
Storage 128GB internal storage, Expandable via microSD (hybrid) 64GB internal storage, Expandable microSD up to 2TB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Rear camera 16MP + 2MP AI dual rear cameras w/ Super slow mo 480fps 12MP + 8MP (120-degrees) dual rear camera w/ LED flash
Front camera 24MP + 2MP AI dual front cameras 8MP f/2.0 front camera
SIM Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid) Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
Network Dual 4G, Dual-VoLTE 4G LTE
WiFi WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD Bluetooth 5.0
USB interface Micro USB 2.0 USB Type-C
Audio 3.5mm audio port – Dual speakers with Smart Amp Audio Wizard
– 3.5mm audio port
Scanners Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock Fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
OS EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo) Zen UI 5.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Battery 3,340mAh Li-Po battery 3,300mAh battery with BoostMaster & Smart Charging

Here are their benchmark scores:

Specifications Huawei Nova 3i ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018)
AnTuTu 138,548 136,645 (w/ AI Boost), 124,293 (w/o AI Boost)
PC Mark 5,624(Work 1.0)
4,338 (Work 2.0)
5,749 (Work 2.0)
6,389 (Work 1.0)
Geekbench 1,590 (Single-core)
5,594 (Multi-core)
1,326 (Single-Core), 4,893 (Multi-Core)
3D Mark 943 (Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1)
1,125 (SSE – Vulkan)
949 (SSE – OpenGL ES 3.1)
760 (SSE – Vulkan)
Androbench 308.28 MB/s (Read)
227.33 MB/s (Write)
281.08 MB/s (Read), 203.73 MB/s (Write)
PC Mark Battery Test 8 hours and 46 minutes 12 hours and 9 minutes

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:

Huawei Nova 3i

  • Slightly higher screen size
  • Higher aspect ratio
  • Higher pixel density
  • Better Performing CPU
  • Better performing GPU
  • Larger internal storage
  • Higher main rear resolution
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box

ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018)

  • Higher secondary camera resolution


  • Dual Speakers w/ Smart Amp
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • Longer lasting battery life
  • Faster charging speed


Both smartphones have excellent display specs, however, the Nova 3i came out on top with only a slight lead. Having a better screen size, aspect ratio, resolution, and pixel density means that viewing experience will be a bit more enjoyable.

Nova 3i

Performance is the most demanded comparison by our readers so let’s jump right to it. The ZenFone 5 has an AI boost which increases the overall performance and management of resources. Based on the AnTuTu benchmarking app, however, the Nova 3i’s score still beats it even with the boost enabled. This simply means that in overall performance, the latter wins. If users prefer faster performance and better gaming experience, they should already know which to choose.

While it is true that a higher camera resolution is an advantage, it always doesn’t mean that it has better overall shooting performance. The ZenFone 5 proves that statement as it is listed as the top 11 best performing smartphone shooter in DxOMark . The Nova 3i, on the other hand, also produces excellent images but we’ve yet to know its placement in the camera benchmarking platform.

Moving on, the ZenFone 5 lasted longer in PC Mark’s Battery Test by a significant time compared to the Nova 3i. Those who are looking for longer battery life should put their money on ASUS’ mid-range star.

For this comparison, the Nova 3i wins in most of the key specs (see advantages), however, the ZenFone 5 does not fall far behind as it has its own perks as well. The Huawei Nova 3i is priced at Php15,990/$302 while the ASUS ZenFone 5 (2018) is priced at Php19,995/$377. It will now come down to what users are looking for — camera, performance, or battery life.




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