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Huawei Nova 3i vs Nokia 6.1 Specs Comparison

With the Nokia 6.1 entering the mid-range price range, we thought it is only right to compare it with the similarly priced Huawei Nova 3i and see how it fairs.
Huawei Nova 3i vs Nokia 6.1 Specs Comparison
Nokia 6.1 vs Huawei Nova 3i

Huawei Nova 3i vs Nokia 6.1 Specs Comparison

DeviceHuawei Nova 3i SpecsNokia 6.1 Specs
Display6.3-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi5.5-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 protected IPS screen w/ FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 401 ppi
2.2GHz 64-bit Kirin 710 octa-core processor
2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor
GPUMali-G51 MP4 w/ GPU TurboAdreno 508
ROM128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 128GB
Back Camera16MP f/2.2 + 2MP w/ PDAF, contrast focus, Master AI, and LED flash16MP f/2.0 ZEISS optics w/ PDAF and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera24MP f/2.0+ 2MP w/ AF, Master AI, HDR Pro, and screen flash8MP f/2.0 w/ 84-degree wide-angle
3,000mAh w/ fast charging
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2
Android 8.0 Oreo
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11b/g/n, dual 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM (hybrid)WiFi 802.11 ac, 4G LTE Cat 4, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, aptX, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, dual SIM (hybrid)
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Fingerprint sensor, 3D face unlock, Colors: classic black, white, iris purple gradient
Fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C, dual mic, Colors: black copper, blue gold, white iron
Dimensions157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm148.8 x 75.8 x 8.6 mm
169 g
PricePHP 15,990 (PHP 14,990 sale price)
PHP 15,990

Quick Analysis

The Huawei Nova 3i and Nokia 6.1 are mid-rangers that share the same price point at PHP 15,990. They both have great specs and design that brings more value to your money. 
Huawei Nova 3i
Huawei Nova 3i

Build/Design - The Nova 3i has the modern 2018 design with near flagship grade metal and glass construction. It also has the screen with better screen-to-body ratio and way smaller notch. The construction of the Nokia 6.1 is solid though.

Display - The Nova 3i has a tall and notched 6.3-inch 2.5D curved IPS display that runs at 2340 x 1080 resolution. On the other hand the Nokia 6.1 has a 5.5-inch curved IPS display running at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Nokia 6.1 also has Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The winner here is the Nova 3i with a taller and sharper display overall. You gotta give props to Nokia 6.1 for still have an FHD display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection to boot.

Specs - First up, the Huawei Nova 3i has a Kirin 710 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, Mali-G51 MP4 with GPU Turbo, 4GB of RAM with 128GB of expandable storage and a 3,340mAh battery.
Nokia 6.1
Nokia 6.1

The Nokia 6.1 has a Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor, Adreno 508, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities.

The Nova 3i wins out in the specs department. The Kirin 710 is faster than the Snapdragon 630 in terms of performance. Even the GPU battle goes to the Nova 3i as well as it just pushes out more performance with the Mali-G51 MP4 GPU especially with GPU Turbo.

The internal storage size goes to Nova 3i with 128GB over Nokia 6.1's 64GB. The battery also goes to the Nova 3i in terms of size but the Nokia 6.1 has fast charging.

Cameras - The Nova 3i has a rear camera consisting of 2 sensors with a 16MP f/2.2 sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor with PDAF, Master AI and LED flash. In terms of selfies, it has a 24MP f/2.0 sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor with AF, Master AI, HDR Pro and screen flash.

The Nokia 6.1 has a 16MP f/2.0 ZEISS optics with PDAF and dual tone LED flash. Up front, it has an 8MP f/2.0 sensor with an 84-degree wide angle lens.

The Nova 3i takes this one. It has a better set of sensors with more features packed into it such as AI assistance. The Nokia 6.1 still has a decent rear camera with its ZEISS optics.

Other features - The Nova 3i's notable features include dual 4G LTE connectivity, 3D face unlock, OTG connectivity, and FM Radio.

The Nokia 6.1 has 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity, USB Type-C port, dual mic and fast charging.

Huawei Nova 3i advantages - Better display, way faster processor, bigger internal storage, better cameras, 3D face unlock
Nokia 6.1 advantages - USB Type-C port, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, fast charging capable, Android One device

Our thoughts

We still need to do an actual test before we can determine a winner. Based on specs and features alone, the Huawei Nova 3i looks to have an advantage in this match up. It packs more than what the Nokia 6.1 offers. In short, the Huawei Nova 3i still offers more bang for your buck.

However, the Nokia 6.1 is not a bad choice in any way. It still a decent smartphone for the price range and if you are a Nokia fan and a fan of stock Android experience then you can pick this up as well.

What do you guys think?
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