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Huawei Nova 5z vs Nova 5T: What’s Different?

Huawei recently launched a new member of its Nova 5 series, the Huawei Nova 5z. Equipped with quad cameras, Kirin 810, and a 4,000mAh battery, we wanted to see how it differs from another member of the Nova 5 series, the Huawei Nova 5T. Read on and find out!

Huawei Nova 5zHuawei Nova 5T
6.26-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) LCD display6.26-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 IPS display, 412ppi
HiSilicon Kirin 810HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7nm) 2.6GHz octa-core CPU
Mali-G52 MP6Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
64GB/128GB storage128GB of storage
Expandable up to 256GB via NM cardN/A
48MP + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP depth + 2MP macro quadruple-rear cameras48MP F1.8 (main) Sony IMX586+ 16MP F2.4 (ultrawide) + 2MP F2.4 (macro) + 2MP F2.4 (depth) quad-rear cameras
32MP F2.0 front camera with night scene feature32MP F2.0 front camera
Dual-SIM (nano)Dual-SIM (nano)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
No NFC supportNFC
USB 2.0 Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-C
Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
3.5mm audio jackN/A
EMUI 9.1 (Android 9 Pie) w/ GPU Turbo 3.0EMUI 9.1 (Android 9 Pie) w/ GPU Turbo 3.0
4,000mAh battery with 20W fast charging support3,750mAh battery w/ 22.5W SuperCharge
156.1 x 73.9 x 8.3 mm154.3 x 74 x 7.9 mm
178g174 g
Black, Blue, GreenBlack, Crush Blue, Midsummer Purple

Huawei Nova 5z:

  • Two storage options
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 4,000mAh battery with 20W fast charging

Huawei Nova 5T:

  • 8GB RAM
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • NFC support
  • 22.5W SuperCharge support
  • Locally available

Both the Nova 5z and Nova 5T have the same screen size measuring at 6.26-inches. The two of them also have an FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution. The key difference between them, though, is that the 5T comes with an IPS display, while Huawei didn’t state what type of display the 5z has.

As for chipsets, the 5z is armed with Kirin 810, Huawei’s latest premium mid-range chipset. Meanwhile, the Nova 5T sports Kirin 980, Huawei’s top of the line chipset from 2018. The 5T is pretty much a flagship with its chipset, allowing it to perform most tasks very well. Though we’ve yet to see how the Kirin 810 performs, we do expect that it’ll also be excellent in gaming, seeing that it’s the latest one from Huawei. When it comes to RAM, the 5T’s 8GB trumps the 5z’s 6GB RAM.

For storage, the 5z has two options, namely 64GB and 128GB, compared to that of the 5T’s single 128GB offer. While both have 128GB storage, the 5z allows its users to expand their space up to 256GB via an NM card. Unfortunately, the 5T doesn’t have any storage expansion in it.

The 5z and 5T both have a quadruple-camera setup on the rear. The 5T possesses 48MP Sony IMX586 + 16MP ultra-wide + 2MP + 2MP cameras, while the 5Z has 48MP + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP + 2MP snappers. On the front side of things, the device also has 32MP selfie shooters, but the 5z’s selfie shooter has support for Night scene. Numbers-wise, they’re pretty much the same, except for the ultra-wide cameras. We’ve yet to compare the quality of the photos produced by either smartphone side by side, though.

When it comes to features, the 5T has support for NFC, while the 5z doesn’t have it. The handsets have fingerprint scanning for biometrics, but they differ in placement; the 5T has a side-mounted one while the 5z has a rear-mounted one. Wired headphone users would be delighted as the 5z comes equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which the 5T lacks.

Battery-wise, the 5z has a bigger capacity at 4,000mAh, in contrast to the 5T’s 3,750mAh cell. The 5T trumps the 5z in fast charging, though, as it supports 22.5W SuperCharge, compared to the 5z’s 20W fast charging support. Both devices run on EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9 Pie, with GPU Turbo 3.0.

The 5z and 5T have the following prices:

  • Nova 5T – PHP 18,990
  • Nova 5z (6GB + 64GB) – CNY 1,599
  • Nova 5z (6GB + 128GB) – CNY 1,799

Huawei recently launched the 5T in the Philippines, while the 5z has just debuted in China. There’s no word yet whether Huawei will also bring in the 5z in our shores. If you’d like a smartphone that has an IPS panel, a flagship chipset, and readily available for purchase, do cop the Nova 5T. However, if you’re up for a device that has a premium mid-range but newer chipset, night scene support for the selfie camera, expandable storage, you might want to wait and see if the Nova 5z will arrive in the Philippines.

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