This specs comparison, we’ll be checking out two budget entry-level smartphones to see which one has the upper hand. Which one will you pick? The Nokia 2.1 or the Huawei Y6 2018? Let’s begin.
Nokia 2.1 initially launched in Moscow and is now available in the country. It has a 5.5-inch 16:9 display with 1280 x 720 resolution with Oleophobic coating, Snapdragon 425 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front, and 4,000mAh battery.
Huawei Y6 2018 is the company’s top contender for the budget segment ever since last year. It comes with a 5.7-inch IPS display with 1440 x 720 resolution, Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front, and 3,000mAh battery.
Here are their detailed specs:
|Nokia 2.1||Huawei Y6 2018|
|Display||5.5-inch 16:9 HD display @ 1280 x 720 pixels w/ Oleophobic coating||5.7-inch HD+ IPS LCD display @ 1440x720px|
|Glass||2.5D curved glass||–|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-core|
|GPU||Adreno 308||Adreno 308|
|RAM||1GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|Storage||8GB||16GB internal storage|
|SD Card slot||expandable up to 128GB via dedicated micro SD card slot||Expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot|
|Rear camera||8MP AF rear camera w/ LED flash||13MP rear camera with LED flash|
|Front camera||5MP front camera||5MP front camera with LED flash|
|SIM||Dual-SIM (nano,nano)||Dual-SIM (nano,nano)|
|LTE||4G LTE Cat. 4||4G LTE|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 4.2|
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||micro USB||micro USB|
|OS||Android Go (Android 8.1 Oreo)||EMUI 8 (Android 8.0 Oreo)|
|Battery||4,000mAh battery||3,000mAh Li-Ion battery|
|Dimensions||153.6 x 77.6 x 9.67||152.4 x 73 x 7.8 mm|
Here are the advantages of each smartphone:
- Oleophobic coating
- Updated Android version
- Larger battery capacity
Huawei Y6 2018
- Larger screen size
- Higher aspect ratio
- Higher horizontal screen resolution
- Larger RAM
- Larger internal storage
- Higher rear camera resolution
- Face Unlock
The Y6 2018 offers a better viewing experience which makes it a better pick when it comes to watching videos. However, the Nokia 2.1’s Oleophobic coating, which reduces fingerprint marks and smudges, is still a good addition to its display.
On paper, both performances should be almost the same as they have the same chipset. However, the OS can play a big role as the Nokia 2.1 has the Go Edition which is optimized for smartphones with 1GB RAM or less. On the other hand, the Y6 2018 has a 2GB RAM with EMUI 8. In our review, we didn’t experience problems when it comes to daily usage (except when opening the Google Play Store) but if you’re running apps, it’s good to have the largest RAM as possible.
The Y6 2018 dominated the rear camera in terms of resolution but it doesn’t mean it’s better. We’re yet to take photos on the Nokia 2.1 so in the meantime.
The Nokia 2.1 highlight is its 4,000mAh battery capacity which is 1,000mAh larger than the Y6 2018. At this point, we can say the former has the biggest advantage.
To summarize, in terms of viewing experience, larger internal storage, and face unlock, my money goes to the Y6 2018 but in terms of UI optimization, and battery capacity, the Nokia 2.1 wins.
The Nokia 2.1 and Huawei Y6 2018 are both priced at Php5,990/$111.26 and are available in their respective authorized stores nationwide.