Honor Play, Nova 3i, P20 Lite: Which Huawei Mid-Ranger Should You Buy?

A battle of the Huawei devices has an unsurprising winner.

If you’re in the market for a new device then Huawei has got you hooked up. With no less than three new devices that are easy on the pocket, there’s no shortage of options. But how do they compare when stacked up against each other? We take a look at the Honor Play and how it compares to the Huawei Nova 3i and Huawei P20 Lite.

Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Price in India

The devices all come in at relatively the same cost with very little to separate them. The Huawei Honor Play will set you back Rs.19,999 for the 64GB version as will the P20 Lite, whereas the Nova 3i is slightly higher at Rs.20,990 but will come in a 128GB configuration.

While P20 Lite is already on sale in India, the Nova 3i is available for sale from today, i.e August 7, 2018. The Huawei Nova 3i comes in multiple color options such as Blue, Black, Grey, and Gold, which are all priced the same. The Honor Play was on sale on the day of the launch with limited stock and the phone will be again available for sale on tomorrow

Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Design, Display

In terms of design, the Honor Play has a profile that fits 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm that fits a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2340 pixel 19.5:9 aspect ratio display that offers 409 pixels-per-inch and 83-percent screen-to-body ratio. The Dual SIM device weighs in at just 176g. Compare that to the Huawei Nova 3i that sees an overall weight of 169g and houses a similar 6.3-inch display. This has a slightly lower 82.2% screen-to-body ratio meaning you can expect a little bit more bezel on the Nova 3i but also has a 1080 x 2340 pixel 19.5:9 aspect ratio display that offers 409 pixels-per-inch. Finally, the Huawei P20 Lite offers the smallest screen of the lineup that sees a 5.84-inch 1080 x 2280 display with 19:9 aspect ratio and 80.5% screen-to-body encased in a 48.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm chassis weighing 145g.

Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Performance, Hardware Specifications

Performance is where we see the biggest differentiator. The Honor Play packs a Hisilicon Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU and 4/6GB of RAM depending on configuration. You’ll get a slighter slower processor in the Huawei Nova 3i with a Hisilicon Kirin 710 Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) processor with Mali-G51 MP4 GPU and again 4 or 6GB of RAM depending on configuration. The P20 Lite sees a HiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) processor with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU with only 4GB of RAM. All devices come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor while the P20 Lite is the only device that supports NFC.

Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Camera Features

All devices offer a dual-camera setup, which has almost become the standard at this point unless you’re Google and can do in software what others need hardware to do. The Honor Play has dual 16+2-megapixel rear sensors which are complemented with dual autofocus and AI scene recognition which the company claims can identify 22 categories among 500 scenes. The front-facing shooter is a 16-megapixel lens which is coupled with the AI portrait feature. The rear shooters are also assisted with an LED flash to handle low-light shots. The Nova 3i packs a 16-megapixel f/2.2 lens paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor on the rear, and a 24-megapixel setup paired with a 2-megapixel depth sensor on the front. Unlike the P20, the P20 Lite ships with a dual 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel array and a massive 24-megapixel sensor on the front that will be sure to help in post-editing.

Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Battery Life, Operating System

While all devices should get decent battery life, the clear winner in this category is the Honor Play that sees a 3750mAh battery and ships with Android 8.1 Oreo. The Huawei Nova 3i has a smaller 3340mAh battery with Android 8.1 Oreo that still should be pretty decent and last a day of use. Coming in last is the P20 Lite that sees a dismal 3000mAh battery and Android 8.0 Oreo.

Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Huawei P20 Lite: Verdict

With the better battery and better processor, the clear winner here is the Honor Play. Given it is also the same price as the P20 Lite and cheaper than the price of the Nova 3i, the Honor Play looks to be a heck of a device. But if you prefer a better camera phone then you can choose Nova 3i.

Which one wins it for you? Leave us a comment below.

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