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Huawei Nova 3 vs Huawei P20 specs comparison

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 3Huawei P20
Display6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) IPS, 409ppi5.8-inch FHD+ (2244 x 1080) IPS, 428ppi
CPUHuawei Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core CPUHuawei Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core CPU
GPUMali-G72 MP12 GPUMali-G72 MP12 GPU
RAM4GB, 6GB RAM4GB RAM
Storage128GB storage128GB storage
microSDmicroSD up to 256GBn/a
Rear Camera24MP mono + 16MP RGB, F/1.8, rear cameras, LED flash20MP mono F/1.6 + 12MP RGB F/1.8, Leica rear cameras, Laser AF, LED Flash
Front camera24MP + 2MP F/2.0 front cameras24MP F2.0 front camera
SIMDual-SIMDual-SIM
Data Connectivity4G LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, aptX HDBluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, aptX HD
GPSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDouGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC (For PAR-LX1 model only)NFC
USB TypeUSB 2.0 Type-CUSB Type-C
Headset jack3.5mm headset jackn/a
Fingerprint scannerRearFront
GyroscopeGyroscope
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)EMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,750mAh battery3,400mAh battery
Dimension157 x 73.7 x 7.3 mm149.1 x 70.8 x 7.65 mm
Weight166 g165 g
ColorAiry Blue, Primrose Gold, Red, Iris Purple, BlackBlack, 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

Huawei P20:
* 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 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.

What do you guys think: Is it better to get the Nova 3 or the P20? Let us know in the comments below.


This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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2 Responses

  1. Bri says:

    Any word 9n the desktop mode?

  2. Ed says:

    How about the tripodless night mode option for p20? Will nova 3 have that feature as well?

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