Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Which has the better specs?

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Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite

DisplayHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Size:6.3 inches5.84 inches
Technology:IPS LCD with 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 2.5D Curved Edges, Rounded Corners and NotchIPS LCD with 19:9 Aspect Ratio, 2.5D Curved Edges, Rounded Corners and Notch
Resolution:FHD+ (1080 x 2340 Pixels), 409 PPIFHD+ (1080 x 2340 Pixels), 432 PPI

The Huawei Nova 3i has a bigger display compared to the Huawei P20 Lite but with the same resolution. This means that texts and graphics look sharper on the latter.

PlatformHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
OS:Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
Chipset:Huawei Kirin 710Kirin 659
CPU:2.2GHz Quad Core Cortex-A73 + 1.7GHz Quad Core Cortex-A532.36GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53 + 1.7GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53
GPU:Mali-G51Mali-T830 MP2

Clearly, the Huawei Nova 3i is the winner in terms of performance. It runs on the newer Kirin 710 chipset and EMUI 8.2 out of the box while the Huawei P20 Lite is powered by the one generation older Kirin 659 chip.

CameraHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Rear:16 + 2 Megapixels16 + 2 Megapixels
Features: - PDAF
- Dual-tone LED Flash
- f/2.2 Aperture and 1.0 µm Pixel Size
- LED Flash
Front:24 + 2 Megapixels16 Megapixels
Features: - Fixed Focus
- f/2.0 Aperture & 1.12 µm Pixel Size

Both the Huawei Nova 3i and Huawei P20 Lite are equipped with a 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera system that creates bokeh effect in Portrait mode. However, the former also has a 24MP + 2MP dual front camera system while the latter only has a single 16MP camera on the front.

StorageHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Expansion: 256GB via microSD 256GB via microSD
CellularHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
SIM:Dual SIM(Nano-SIM)Dual SIM(Nano-SIM)
Networks: 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
ConnectHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Wi-Fi:Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
Bluetooth:Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.2
USB:MicroUSB 2.0USB Type-C
AudioHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Audio Jack:3.5mm Audio Jack3.5mm Audio Jack
Audio Enhancement:NoneHUAWEI Histen 4.0
FM Radio:YesYes
SensorsHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Biometric:Face Recognition & Fingerprint SensorFace Recognition & Fingerprint Sensor
Environmental:Proximity Sensor & Ambient Light SensorProximity Sensor & Ambient Light Sensor
Orientation:Compass, Gyroscope & AccelerometerCompass, Gyroscope & Accelerometer
BatteryHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Charging:5V/2AHUAWEI Quick Charge 2.0 (9V/2A)

The Huawei Nova 3i might have a slightly larger 3340mAh battery but the Huawei P20 Lite is equipped with quick charging for its 3000mAh battery. If having a USB Type-C port is important for you, choose the latter.

DesignHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Material:Glass with Metal FrameMetal and Glass
Dimensions:157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm148.6 x 71.2 x 7.5 mm
Weight:169 g145 g
Colors:Black, White and BlueBlack, Blue, Pink and Gold
Price & AvailabilityHuawei Nova 3iHuawei P20 Lite
Launch Date:July 18, 2018April 2018
Price:15,990.00 - Official Price in the Philippines15,990.00 - Official Price in the Philippines