Huawei Nova 3, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Vivo NEX: Three Latest Flagship Phones Compared for Price, Specifications

We compare the Huawei Nova 3, Asus Zenfone 5Z, and the Vivo NEX to find out which one is the best.


Huawei recently launched the Nova 3 smartphone in China. The device is powered by Huawei’s proprietary HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor. It falls in the mid-range smartphone is backed by a 3750mAh battery and features an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. If and when the device launches in India, it will face tough competition form the Asus ZenFone 5Z and Vivo NEX. In this article, we will be pitting these three devices against each other to gauge which one excels.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z vs Vivo NEX: Price in India

The Huawei Nova 3 is priced at CNY 2,999 (approx. Rs. 30,600) for the single 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. The Asus ZenFone 5Z, on the other hand, 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 Vivo NEX has been priced at Rs. 44,990 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z vs Vivo NEX: Display

The Huawei Nova 3 features a 6.3-inch full HD+ notched screen bearing 1080×2340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Asus ZenFone 5Z comes with a 6.2-inch Super IPS+ notched display at 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Vivo NEX sports a 6.59-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED ‘Ultra FullView’ display with 1080 x 2316 pixels resolution and 19.3:9 aspect ratio.

Both the Zenfone 5Z and the Nova 3 bear notched displays while the Vivo NEX denies the notch trend. Additionally, the Vivo NEX has an Super AMOLED panel, which is better than screens on the other two phones. Unless you are a fan of notch, the Vivo NEX excels in this segment with its almost full-screen design.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z vs Vivo NEX: Performance, Camera, Battery

The Huawei Nova 3 is powered by an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC coupled with Mali-G72 GPU and 6GB of RAM. The phone includes 64GB/128GB storage options that can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. Concerning optics, the phone sports  24MP+16MP dual camera setup at the rear and 24MP+2MP dual camera setup at the front for perfect selfies. Additionally, the rear camera also includes AI scene recognition and Huawei’s version of Apple’s Animoji known as Qmoji. It is backed by a 3750mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 OS to complete software needs.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z (review), on the other hand, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB storage options. The internal storage on the handset can be further expanded up to 2TB via microSD card. In the imaging department, the phone features 12MP+8MP dual cameras at the rear with LED flash, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), and an 8MP camera on the front with support for Face Unlock. A 3300mAh battery backs the device with Quick Charge 3.0 support. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0 and is upgradable to Android P.

Lastly, the Vivo NEX (review) comes powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable internal storage. Vivo offers a 8MP of pop-up selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and other features like Portrait Bokeh, AR Stickers, and Face Beauty. On the rear, there is a 12MP+5MP dual camera setup with four-axis OIS and and dual-core technology for giving an output of 24 million picture elements. It is backed by a 2990mAh battery backs the Vivo NEX. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.0. Another highlighted feature in the device is its in-display fingerprint sensor.

In this segment, both the Asus Zenfone 5Z and the Vivo NEX have strong processors in the form of Snapdragon 845, but the Nova 3 takes lead when it comes to camera specs and battery capacity.

Huawei Nova 3 vs Asus Zenfone 5Z vs Vivo NEX: Verdict

The verdicts is based on which feature is most important to you. If you are someone who needs a better camera and battery, then the Huawei Nova 3 should be your ultimate choice, However, if you are someone who wants a stronger processor, then you can choose any phone between the Asus Zenfone 5Z and the Vivo NEX, wherein the latter has a new-age camera setup and fingerprint sensor integration; it also does not conform to the notch trend that most of the Chinese manufacturers have picked. We think that the Vivo NEX seems to be a better pick but its motorised front camera could be a turn off concerning durability, we do have our fair share of doubts. The Zenfone 5Z eventually turn out to be a better option when it comes to taking a risk with new tech. It has a normal camera and fingerprint setup.

It all boils down to whether you want to experiment by getting a new-age smartphone like the Vivo NEX or sticking to the norms with the conventional yet powerful Asus Zenfone 5Z.

Moreover, the Nova 3 is yet to lauch in India while both the Zenfone 5Z and Vivo NEX are already up for purchase in India.