The mid-range Android smartphone segment, once dominated by OnePlus, Xiaomi, Samsung and a few other companies, now has several more competitors. Companies like Huawei and its majorly online sub-brand Honor, are clearly attempting to convince Indian smartphone buyers to seriously consider upgrading their handsets.
The recently launched Honor V20 sports a surprisingly aggressive price tag. The powerful Android smartphone benefits from several Huawei technologies. Meanwhile, Samsung revealed the Samsung Galaxy A8s. Competing against these handsets is the Huawei Nova 4. Interestingly, all the three smartphones sport the Punch-Hole display design. Moreover, none of the handsets have officially arrived in India. But the companies would surely announce the availability soon. Today we compare these three capable Android smartphones that attempt to offer top-notch specifications and interesting features at an attractive price.
Honor V20 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s vs Huawei Nova 4: Price in India
The Honor V20 launched yesterday in China. The device could launch in India soon. Honor is asking CNY 2,999 (INR 30,400 approx.) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant. The higher-end 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant of Honor V20 is available at CNY 3,499 (INR 35,500 approx.). Honor has also launched Moschcino Edition of the handset with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage that retails at CNY 3,999 (INR 40,600 approx.)
The Samsung Galaxy A8s also sports the same starting price of CNY 2,999 (INR 30,400 approx.) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant. The Korean tech giant hasn’t revealed the pricing of the 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage variant. The Galaxy A8s is listed for pre-orders on Samsung’s online store in China and JD.com.
The Huawei Nova 4 is the slightly costlier Android smartphone amongst the trio. Huawei is asking CNY 3,399 (INR 35,300 approx.) for the 48MP rear camera variant, and CNY 3,099 (INR 32,200 approx.) for the 20MP variant. This device too, is available for pre-orders in China.
Honor V20 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s vs Huawei Nova 4: Design, Display
The Honor V20 features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ TFT LCD display with 1080×2310 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the Punch-Hole display design, the latest Honor smartphone boasts of an impressive 91.82 percent screen to body ratio.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s has a very similar 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD Infinity-O display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, and display resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Surprisingly, despite the Infinity-O display that attempts to boost screen real estate, the Galaxy A8s has a screen to body ratio of 84.7 percent.
The Huawei Nova 4 appears to be the sleekest device among the three. It has an identical 6.4-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2310 pixels. Owing to a small but visible chin at the bottom, the Nova 4 has a screen to body ratio of 86 percent.
All the three smartphones have adopted the Punch-Hole design, which could be considered as one of the important smartphone trends of 2019.
Honor V20 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s vs Huawei Nova 4: Performance, Software
The Honor V20 packs the powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset that is based on the 7nm fabrication process. The processor has two 2.6GHz Cortex-A76 cores, two 1.92GHz Cortex-A76 cores, and four 1.8GHz Cortex-A55 cores. The SoC works with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. The powerful Android phone comes in 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB memory configurations. The onboard storage is non-expandable due to lack of a microSD card slot. The Honor V20 benefits from several Huawei technologies including the GPU Turbo 2.0, ‘NINE’ thermal dissipation, and Link Turbo.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. The SoC, clocked at 2.2GHz and built on the 10nm fabrication process, works with Adreno 616 GPU. The Samsung smartphone is available in 6GB+128GB and 8GB+128GB memory configurations. Moreover, the onboard storage can be expanded up to 512GB using a microSD card. The phone runs the Samsung Experience 9.5 on top of Android 8.1.0. Incidentally, the device could soon have the recently announced One UI.
The Huawei Nova 4 packs the HiSilicon 970 processor, which is quite powerful, but happens to be last year’s flagship SoC. The octa-core 64-Bit SoC, clocked at 2.4GHz, works with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. The device is available in a single memory configuration of 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage that’s expandable up to 512GB. The Nova 4 runs Android 9 Pie-based EMUI 9.0.1 software.
Honor V20 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s vs Huawei Nova 4: Camera
The just launched Honor V20 sports a dual-camera setup on the back. The device has a powerful 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor backed by f/1.8 aperture, auto-focus, AI HDR, and LED flash. There is a 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for the secondary sensor that is integrated for capturing the depth of an image. The Honor V20 has a 25MP front-facing camera with a f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus that comes with time-lapse photography, night scene, AI photo, Portrait, Fun AR and slow-motion support.
The Galaxy A8s features a triple-camera system. The sensors include a 24MP main camera with an aperture of ƒ/I.7, a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom, and a 5MP depth sensor with an aperture of ƒ/2.2. The Infinity-O display has a small hole in the top left corner that houses the 24MP front-facing camera.
The Huawei Nova 4 outshines the other two by packing a powerful triple-camera which comprises of 48MP (Sony IMX586), 16MP, and 2MP sensors. The 48MP backside illuminated sensor features ƒ/1.7 aperture and PDAF. It can also record 4K videos at 30fps with EIS. The 16MP camera sensor has an ultra-wide-angle lens and ƒ/2.2 aperture. The 2MP depth sensor has ƒ/2.4 aperture. There’s a single LED flash at the rear.
The device has an equally impressive 25MP front-facing camera with ƒ/2.0 aperture, EIS, and 1080p video recording. Interestingly, there’s a slightly cheaper version of the Nova 4 with a 20MP primary camera sensor.
Honor V20 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s vs Huawei Nova 4: Battery, Connectivity
The Honor V20 has a large 4000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. The Android smartphone also has ‘Link Turbo’ technology that allows the handset to quickly switch between mobile data and Wi-Fi automatically depending on the strength of the signal. Connectivity options on the device include dual-SIM, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, USB Type-C, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and more.
The Samsung Galaxy A8s has a rather humble 3400mAh battery with Fast Charging support. The dual SIM smartphone also has the 3.5mm headphone jack, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, dual-band Wi-Fi, and other features.
The Huawei Nova 4 packs a 3750mAh battery. Although, a little less, it benefits from the 18.5W Fast Charging technology. The Nova 4 features a dual-nano-SIM card slot with 4G LTE, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 (with aptX, aptX HD, BLE, and HWA), and a USB Type-C port.
Honor V20 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s vs Huawei Nova 4: Conclusion
All the three mid-range Android smartphones have a lot of appealing features and great hardware. Still, with the larger battery, better and newer Kirin 980 SoC, ample RAM and internal storage, powerful 48MP primary camera, the Honor V20 appears to be a clear winner. The pricing of the smartphone too, makes it a very attractive purchase.
Huawei Nova 4, on the other hand, is a very similar handset as its Honor counterpart. But it packs last year’s Kirin 970 SoC. Still, with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage that can be further expanded, triple-rear camera setup and other features, the device is a strong contender in the mid-range segment. Needless to mention, Samsung needs to work a lot harder for such devices.