Specs Comparison: Huawei Nova 3i vs P20 Lite

Specs Comparison: Huawei Nova 3i vs P20 Lite

With the announcement of the new Huawei Nova 3i and its subsequent release in the market later this month, we’re checking on how it fares with the competition. You’ve seen us do a four-way comparison, but how about the phones from the same turf? Here’s how it fares with the now-available Huawei P20 Lite. Let the mid-range battle begin!

You’ve all raised this in our recently-uploaded YouTube video as well as our social media comments, so here we go!

SpecificationsHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Display6.3-inch 19.5:9 IPS LCD FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi
5.84-inches 19:9 LTPS IPS LCD display @2280 x 1080 pixels, 432ppi
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710
4x cortex a73 2.2ghz + 4x cortex a53 1.7ghz Octa-core
HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core
w/ GPU Turbo Tech
ARM Mali-T830 MP2
Storage128GB, Expandable up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)64GB, Expandable up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)
Rear camera16MP + 2MP AI dual rear cameras w/ LED Flash, Super slow mo 480fps
16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash
Front camera24MP + 2MP AI front cameras16MP + 2MP front camera, f/2.0
SIMHybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
Network4G VoLTE4G VoLTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11b/g/nWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
USB interfacemicroUSBUSB Type-C, OTG
Audio3.5mm audio port3.5mm audio port
ScannersFingerprint scanner, Face UnlockFingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)EMUI 8 (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,340mAh Li-Po battery3,000mAh Li-Po battery

Since we both have their reviews up on the website, here are their benchmarks side-by-side:

SpecificationsHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
PC Mark4,338 (Work 2.0)
5,624(Work 1.0)
4,808 (Work 2.0)
4,847 (Work 1.0)
Geekbench1,590 (Single-core)
5,594 (Multi-core)
925 (Single-Core)
3,675 (Multi-Core)
3D Mark413 (Sling Shot Extreme - OpenGL ES 3.1)
(Sling Shot Extreme - Vulkan)
223 (Sling Shot Extreme - OpenGL ES 3.1)
369 (Sling Shot Extreme - Vulkan)
Androbench308.28 MB/s (Read)
227.33 MB/s (Write)
304.74 MB/s (read)
148.57 MB/s (write)
PC Mark Battery Test8 hours and 46 minutes8 hours and 29 minutes

Summary of Advantages:


Huawei Nova 3i:

  • Larger display
  • More powerful SoC
  • Bigger internal storage
  • Dual front cameras
  • Faster read/write speeds
  • Updated Android/EMUI versions
  • Longer battery life

Huawei P20 Lite:

  • Smaller, denser display
  • Better overall camera performance
  • USB Type-C port
  • Cheaper price tag

The newer Nova 3i trumps the P20 lite in many categories since it uses newer technology. For one, the Nova 3i ships with the newer Kirin 710 SoC which will also receive the GPU Turbo update later this month. It also features a larger internal storage capacity that does not really warrant the use of the microSD card option, and its speed is a lot faster in our benchmark tests. If you’re a selfie lover, the phone’s dual camera setup is the one for you. You’d also get a more updated EMUI-Android tandem out of the box, and features longer battery life if we’re comparing it with the baby of the P20 series.

The P20 Lite, on the other hand, is one of the very few phones in the market that offers USB Type-C for its port. A lot of mid-range phones today still use microUSB due to being more common, but the P20 Lite differs by offering something that’s not much available in this segment. The display is also denser given its smaller screen size. There’s also what seems to be a better camera performance despite not bearing the Leica camera branding. Not to mention, the phone now bears a cheaper price tag at Php13,990.

Which one is the better phone for you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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11 Responses

  1. Random_Passerby says:

    Is the gpu of kirin 710 really “mp6”?, in other websites it is listed as “mp4”.
    i’m just curious how powerful really is the kirin 710

    • We referred to ARM’s technical specification of the Mali G51 GPU that’s posted on their website. Currently checking this, thank you!

  2. K L says:

    usb c anytime of the day… no to downgrade

  3. Myc says:

    TFT LCD? really? I’d go for P20 lite…

  4. JustAStranger says:

    Since the P20 lite will receive a GPU Turbo, is it safe to say that its performance will also increase? especially towards gaming? If this is correct I think would settle for the P20 lite.

  5. Zaph Castillo says:

    Is the RAM LPDDR3 or LPDDR4?

  6. Kev says:

    I want to buy the p20 lite before im confused now when huawei lunch nova 3i but a big thanks for this post I know now. . Looking forward for other phones huawei will offer .

  7. napadaan lng says:

    ill go for p20 lite for display and camera . nova 3i has tft lcd compare to ltps ips lcd.
    but in storage and processor nova 3i

  8. Doubtful says:

    Still Need feedbacks. P20 or Nova 3i, thanks !

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