Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Price in India, Features, Specifications Compared

We pit the three recent flagships from Huawei, Xiaomi, and Asus against each other. Let's take a look how they challenge each other.


Huawei today took the wraps off its Nova 3 smartphone in China. The phone comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with a notched display, and a 3750mAh battery. Now that Huawei has brought out a new device in the Nova series, we couldn’t help but compare it with two recent smartphones from Asus and Xiaomi. In this article, we will be comparing the Huawei Nova 3, Asus ZenFone 5Z, and the Xiaomi Mi 8. Let’s see which phone among the three emerges as the winner.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Price in India

The Huawei Nova 3 has been launched at CNY 2,999 (approx. Rs. 30,600) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB single storage variant. The Asus ZenFone 5Z is priced at Rs. 29,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, Rs. 32,999 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model, and Rs. 36,999 for the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant. The Xiaomi Mi 8 is priced at CNY 2,699 (approx. Rs. 28,600) for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant, CNY 2,999 (approx. Rs. 31,600) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, and CNY 3,299 (approx. Rs. 34,800) for the 6GB RAM + 256GB storage variant.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Display

The Huawei Nova 3 comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with 1080×2340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Asus ZenFone 5Z, on the other hand, features a 6.2-inch screen Super IPS+ display bearing an 18.7:9 aspect ratio and 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution. The Xiaomi Mi 8 sports a 6.12-inch AMOLED panel with 1080 x 2248 pixels resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio.

All these three smartphones come with notched displays and similar resolutions. However, the Mi 8 has an AMOLED panel that is better than the screen on the other two handsets.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Performance, Camera, Battery

The Huawei Nova 3 comes powered by an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC paired with Mali-G72 GPU and 6GB of RAM. It has 64GB/128GB storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The phone 24MP+16MP dual camera setup at the rear and 24MP+2MP dual camera setup at the front for selfies. The rear camera also supports AI scene recognition and 3D Qmoji, which is Huawei’s version of Apple’s Animoji. The phone is backed by a 3750mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 OS.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z (review), on the contrary, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clubbed with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, which can be further expanded up to 2TB via microSD card. It packs 12MP+8MP rear dual cameras at the rear with support for OIS, LED flash, and an 8MP front camera with support for Face Unlock. A 3300mAh battery backs the device with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology. On the software side, the phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0 and is upgradable to Android P.

Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi 8 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB/ 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, with 8GB RAM for the Explorer Edition exclusively. It has 64GB/ 128GB/ 256GB of internal storage. Xiaomi offers a 20MP front camera with 3D Face Recognition, AI portrait selfies, and beautify mode. There is a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup at the rear with four-axis OIS. A 3000mAh battery backs the Mi 8 with support for Quick Charge 4.0+ technology. The phone runs MIUI 10.

In this segment, the Nova 3 wins when it comes to camera setup while both the Asus ZenFone 5Z and Xiaomi Mi 8 take the lead with their powerful chipsets.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus ZenFone 5Z vs Xiaomi Mi 8: Verdict

All the three phones are quite power-packed, however, if you are looking for a phone with the best camera setup among the three, then the Huawei Nova 3 should be your pick. But if you are someone who cares more about performance, then we think both Asus’s ZenFone 5Z is a better option. Besides, the ZenFone 5Z is the only smartphone among the three that is available in India.