Huawei Nova 4 vs Nova 3: What's Changed?

Huawei Nova 4 vs Nova 3: What’s Changed?

Huawei took a lot of people by surprise by launching their latest Nova series smartphone just a few months after they released the Nova 3 series. Today, we’re looking at the Nova 4 which comes with interesting innovative design and camera feats. So what has changed compared to the last model? Check it out below.

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecificationHuawei Nova 4Huawei Nova 3
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ 19.25:9 display @ 2310 x 1080px, ~398 ppi6.3-inch 19.5:9 FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080px, ~400ppi
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.8GHz) CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.8GHz) CPU
GPUMali-G72 MP12 GPU with Huawei GPU TurboMali-G72 MP12
Storage128GB internal storage128GB internal storage
SIMDual SIM (nano), Dual StandbyDual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
MicroSDn/aexpandable up to 256GB (SIM 2 slot)
Rear Camera48MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 triple rear cameras


20MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 triple rear cameras
24MP + 16MP dual rear cameras
Front Camera25MP f/2.0 front camera24MP + 2MP AI dual front cameras
4G VoLTe
WiFiDual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX and aptX HDBluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX and aptX HD
PortUSB Type-CUSB Type-C
3.5mm audio portYesYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock
- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock
OSHuawei EMUI 9.0.1 (Android 9 Pie)EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,750mAh battery, 18W fast charging3,750mah battery, 18w quick charge

So what has changed?

  • Punch-hole design
  • Slightly larger screen size
  • Slightly shorter screen aspect ratio
  • Pre-installed GPU Turbo technology
  • Larger RAM
  • No expandable storage
  • Triple rear camera setup
  • Higher main rear camera resolution (48MP variant)
  • Slightly higher front camera resolution
  • Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box

The Nova 4 completely removed the notch design and replaced it with a punch-hole design that contains the front camera. The screen size was also increased but only by a mm so there’s not a lot of improvements here..

It still sports the same Kirin 970 chipset but already has the GPU Turbo feature out of the box. Another feat for the Nova 4 is the 8GB RAM to ensure smooth multitasking, especially for heavy users.


Huawei also used a different camera configuration and instead of dual front and rear cameras, the Nova 4 has triple cameras at the back and just one on the front. What’s interesting is that it has two configurations with different main sensor resolution for price flexibility — one has a 48MP sensor while the other has a 20MP sensor.

The Nova 4 runs on Android 9 Pie based on EMUI 9.0.1 out-of-the-box which is good, although I’m slightly disappointed since it lacks an expandable storage. I mean, the Nova 3 also has 128GB storage with a microSD card slot, so why not retain it?

Overall, the Nova 4 looks a promising premium mid-range smartphone, especially with its flagship chipset and new camera capabilities. It is priced at CNY 3,399 (~PHP 26,138) for the 48MP variant while the 20MP variant is priced at CNY 3,099 (~PHP 23,831).

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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5 Responses

  1. cruizer says:

    has anybody demonstrated actual performance improvement going from 6 GB RAM to 8 GB RAM on current Android phones? I highly doubt it. If anything, 8 GB at present simply eats more power

  2. Paul says:

    Could honestly care less about the Nova 4 since they explicity said they’re not bring it here in PH.

  3. Jude says:

    Nova series is getting more expensive for every iteration.

  4. jp leb says:

    Are you saying that the NOVA 3 is a single band ( 2.4 ghz) wifi ?

  5. Jlow says:

    Im so waiting on this in Europe! Im a first ‘Nova’ user for 3 years now and wanting to upgrade as it is starting to lag.
    I guess Nova 4 with 48Mpix camera will be my choice when it gets to Europe.
    Cuz im looking in 400/450€ point. For this money i have not found better alternative.

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