Since the new Huawei Nova 2 Lite shares the name of the impressive Huawei Nova 2i, it’s just right to compare and contrast the two smartphones.

Both have sleek designs thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio displays and equipped with cameras engineered to produce great selfies. Let’s see which one is the better choice.


Comparison Table of Specifications

FeaturesHuawei Nova 2iHuawei Nova 2 Lite
Display5.9-inch FHD+ IPS Display w/ 18:9 Aspect Ratio5.99-inch HD+ IPS Display w/ 18:9 Aspect Ratio
Front Camera13 + 2 Megapixels (Dual Camera) with Soft LED Flash8 Megapixels with
Soft LED Flash (Variable Brightness)
Rear Camera16 + 2 Megapixels (Dual Camera) with LED Flash13 + 2 Megapixels (Dual Camera) with LED Flash
Processor2.36 GHz Octa Core Kirin 6591.4 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 430
OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat w/ EMUI 5.1Android 8.0 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.0
Storage64 GB with microSD32 GB with microSD
Connectivity4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
USBmicroUSB 2.0 w/ USB OTGmicroUSB 2.0 w/ USB OTG
SecurityFingerprint and Face RecognitionFingerprint and Face Recognition
Official Price₱14,990.00 ₱13,990.00₱9,990.00



Display and Cameras

The Huawei Nova 2i and Nova 2 Lite have similarly sized displays but the latter has lower screen resolution. It does come with newer software versions, Android Oreo and EMUI 8.0, but an update for the Nova 2i is already in the works.

Quad cameras is still one of the defining feature of the Nova 2i while the Nova 2 Lite only has three cameras – two at the back and one on the front. Thankfully, it can still produce good-looking selfies.


Performance and Connectivity

Huawei’s own Kirin 659 chipset is powering the Nova 2i while a Snapdragon 430 is at the heart of the Nova 2 Lite. Both phones run smoothly in day to day tasks with minor hiccups when a lot of apps are open.

There’s no issue when it comes to connectivity too. Browsing the internet via mobile data on 4G LTE networks or Wi-Fi is fast as long as the signal is strong.


Battery, Security and Sensors

A bigger 3340mAh battery keeps the Nova 2i alive while the Nova 2 Lite has a 3000mAh battery. Both are long lasting thanks to EMUI’s battery optimizations.

Charging time is almost the same at a little over two hours since the smaller battery of the Nova 2 Lite also comes with a slower 5V/1A charger compared to the bundled 5V/2A charger of the Nova 2i.

Both smartphones can also be unlocked via a fingerprint sensor or face recognition. However, the Nova 2 Lite lacks one sensor that may be important for gamers – a gyroscope.


Price and Freebies

It’s easy to give this to the Huawei Nova 2 Lite with its sub-10k official price. However, the Huawei Nova 2i is now available for a lower price tag of ₱13,990.00.

Both also come with freebies – a Bluetooth speaker for the Nova 2i and a Bluetooth headset for the Nova 2 Lite.


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Huawei Nova 2 Lite vs Huawei Nova 2i — which would you pick?
Posted by Pinoy Techno Guide on Wednesday, March 21, 2018


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Huawei Nova 2 Lite specs:

Average rating of 3.5 stars from 120 users.
  • 5.99-inch HD+ IPS LCD Display (720 x 1440 Pixels), 269 ppi
  • Android 8.0 Oreo Operating System
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Chipset
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 13 + 2 Megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash
  • 8.0 Megapixel Front Camera with Soft LED Flash
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 256 via microSD
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • 158 x 77 x 7.8 mm @ 155 g
  • 9,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines
  • ₱8,990.00 - Price drop on August 10, 2018