Huawei Mate 20 Lite vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play specs comparison
Just recently, Huawei finally unveiled their newest Lite smartphone in the form of the Mate 20 Lite. In this specs comparison, we will check how it fares with two of the company’s popular smartphones — the Huawei Nova 3i and the Honor Play. Which do you think will come out on top? Let’s begin!
The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is the Lite version of the upcoming flagship Mate smartphone of the company. It sports a 6.3-inch LTPS IPS display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 710 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 20MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 24MP + 2MP dual front cameras, and 3,750mAh w/ Huawei Quick Charge technology.
The Huawei Nova 3i launched a few months ago which turned the heads of many consumers. It comes with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 710 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 24MP + 2MP front cameras, and 3,340mAh battery.
The Honor Play made people very confused due to its flagship-level performance capabilities. It has a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 970 processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and 3,750mAh battery with fast charge technology.
Here are their detailed specs:
|Specs||Huawei Mate 20 Lite||Huawei Nova 3i||Honor Play|
|Display||6.3-inch 19.5:9 LTPS IPS FHD+ display @2340 x 1080px, 409ppi||6.3-inch 19.5:9 IPS LCD FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi||6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 IPS LCD display, 409ppi|
|CPU||HiSilicon Kirin 710 4x cortex a73 2.2ghz + 4x cortex a53 1.7ghz Octa-core Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 710 4x cortex a73 2.2ghz + 4x cortex a53 1.7ghz Octa-core Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core|
|GPU||Mali-G51 MP4 GPU||Mali-G51 MP4 w/ GPU Turbo Tech||Mali-G72 MP12|
|RAM||4GB RAM||4GB RAM||4GB/6GB|
|Storage||64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage||128GB internal storage||64GB internal storage|
|Expandable Storage||Expandable up to 256GB (hybrid)||Expandable via microSD (hybrid)||expandable via microSD up to 256GB (hybrid)|
|Rear Camera||20MP f/1.8 + 2MP dual rear cameras w/ Super slow mo 480fps||16MP + 2MP AI dual rear cameras w/ Super slow mo 480fps||16MP + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash|
|Front Camera||24MP Fusion Pixel f/2.0 + 2MP dual front cameras||24MP + 2MP AI dual front cameras||16MP front camera|
|Connectivity||Dual 4G LTE||Dual 4G, Dual-VoLTE||4G LTE|
|SIM||Single/Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)||Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)||Dual SIM (nano, hybrid)|
|Wi-Fi||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD||Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD||Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, aptX HD, HWA|
|Biometrics||- Fingerprint scanner|
- Face Unlock (?)
|- Fingerprint scanner|
- 360 face unlock
|- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock
|GPS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, A-GPS||GPS, A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS|
|USB||USB Type-C||Micro USB 2.0||USB 2.0 Type-C|
|Audio Port||3.5mm audio port||3.5mm audio port||3.5mm audio port|
|OS||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Battery||3,750mAH battery w/ Huawei Quick Charge (9V 2A charger)||3,340mAh Li-Po battery||3,750mAh battery (Fast Charge 9V/2A)|
Here are the advantages of each smartphone:
- LTPS IPS display
- UFS 2.1 internal storage
- Highest main rear camera resolution
- Highest internal storage
- Best performing CPU
- Best performing GPU
- Largest maximum RAM capacity
Let’s tackle each key aspects one by one, shall we?
First off, the display configurations of the three smartphones are almost identical except for one thing. The Mate 20 Lite is equipped with an LTPS IPS panel which is more power efficient than the normal IPS LCD. All smartphones give an excellent viewing experience but the Mate 20 Lite has a slight edge over the other two.
The Honor Play’s flagship chipset, the Kirin 970, is definitely the winner in terms of overall performance. This is the same chipset used by most of Huawei’s early 2018 and late 2017 flagships (see the list of Kirin 970 smartphones here).
In terms of camera performance, we’re not yet sure which one is the clear winner since we don’t have sample shots yet from the Mate 20 Lite. On paper, however, it has the highest main rear resolution and has an equal front resolution with the Nova 3i. Check out the sample shots that we took here (Nova 3i and Honor Play).
Author’s note: The Mate 20 Lite does not have Leica lenses which means that we can’t determine yet which one wins in the camera aspect.
The Huawei Mate 20 Lite and Honor Play both have the same 3,750mAh battery and fast charging capabilities. This doesn’t mean that the Nova 3i is the least capable battery performer. Based on our reviews, it lasted longer than the Honor Play on both PC Mark battery test and video loop test. We’ve yet to know, however, how the Mate 20 Lite fares in this aspect.
Here are their prices:
- Huawei Mate 20 Lite – £379 (SIM-free) (~Php26,244)
- Huawei Nova 3i – Php15,990 (see listing here)
- Honor Play – Php15,990 (see listing here)
In summary, we’ll be picking the Honor Play as our number one choice due to its CPU and GPU performance. Next is the Nova 3i for the internal storage and last will be the Mate 20 Lite for the viewing experience.
Author’s Note: This verdict is subject to change once we get a local pricing for the Mate 20 Lite since we’re also looking at the value-for-money perspective.
What do you guys think of this specs comparison? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.