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Huawei Nova 3i vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specs and Features Comparison

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The Galaxy A7 (2018) is the most promising Samsung mid-range smartphone of the year. It has decent looking specs and a triple-camera setup for PHP 17,990.
Huawei Nova 3i vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specs and Features Comparison
Huawei Nova 3i vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

In this comparison, let's see if the new Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) can compete with Huawei's mid-range star, the Nova 3i.

It is one of the most balanced smartphone in terms of construction, specs, and cameras for the price.

The better value for money phone is?

2.5D glass with gradient color!
2.5D glass with gradient color!

Build Quality/Design - The Huawei Nova 3i is a premium looking phone with a mid-range price tag. Even after almost 5 months since it was first introduced, there are very few mid-range phones with the same level of craftsmanship. It is made out of 2.5D curved glass at the back and in front with curvy metal frame in the middle.
Glass back as well!
Glass back as well!

On the other hand, Galaxy A7 (2018)'s materials are not as premium as the Nova 3i. But, it is no slouch as well. The 2.5D glass panels that sandwich a polycarbonate frame made it look better than most as well. The reinforced polycarbonate almost made us think that it was metal at first glance.

We also noticed that the Nova 3i is the smaller phone despite having the bigger 6.3-inch screen compared with A7's 6-inch display. It measures at 157.6 x 75.2 mm while the A7 measures at 159.8 x 76.8 mm.

The A7 is just slightly slimmer and lighter at 7.5 mm and 169 g versus the 7.6 mm and 169 g of the Nova 3i.

The Nova 3i also has a variant with the stunning gradient design found on the high-end P20 Pro.

It has a notch, but you can hide the notch in the display settings. The A7 doesn't have a notch, but it has thicker bezels than the Nova 3i.

The Nova 3i is the better looking phone for me.
Bigger IPS screen with notch
Bigger IPS screen with notch

Display Quality - The Nova 3i and Galaxy A7 (2018) are two phones with big screens. The Nova 3i has the bigger and taller 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a notch. It also has the higher screen-to-body ratio between the two.
OR the smaller AMOLED screen with no notch
OR the smaller AMOLED screen with no notch

The 6-inch Infinity Display of Samsung doesn't have the same stunning slim bezels of the Nova 3i, but it doesn't have a notch and it has an AMOLED panel. It is the device with slightly punchier colors and deeper blacks.

But, it is either you choose the bigger screen on a smaller body or the AMOLED screen of Samsung.
Nova 3i benchmark scores
Nova 3i benchmark scores

Specs - Under the hood, the Nova 3i sports a very capable chip for the price. The AI-ready Kirin 710 SoC with Mali-G51 MP4 GPU. The Mali-G51 MP4 GPU even has the GPU Turbo technology to improve the smoothness of games like PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and more.
Scores of A7
Scores of A7

Based on the benchmark scores, the 12nm Kirin 710 chip is more capable than the 2.2GHz 14nm 64-bit Exynos 7885 octa-core processor with Mali-G71 MP2 of Samsung. GPU performance of the Galaxy A7 is a bit more powerful the Nova 3i's GPU though.

Both chips are clocked at 2.2GHz.

Both also are also equipped with 4GB RAM for steady multitasking and speedy opening of apps. The Nova 3i has 128GB of storage which is double the 64GB found on the Galaxy A7 (2018).

Battery is about the same for both phones at 3,340mAh (Nova 3i) and 3,300mAh (Galaxy A7).

Cameras - At the back, the Nova 3i has two cameras. It goes with a 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP sensors. It also has PDAF focus, contrast focus, Master AI, and an LED flash.

On the other hand, the Galaxy A7 (2018) is the cheapest with rear triple-camera setup. It goes with a 24MP f/1.7 primary shooter paired with an 8MP f/2.4 120-degree wide-angle lens and 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor. It also has the Scene Optimizer mode from the Galaxy Note9 which works like the Master AI of Nova 3i.

Based on the specs, Samsung's camera configuration is more impressive. But, it doesn't have the software of Huawei which include the very impressive Super Night Mode for handheld long exposure shots with the help of AI.

For selfies, the Nova 3i could be slightly better here. It has 24MP f/2.0 shooter paired with a 2MP w/ AF, Master AI, HDR Pro, and screen flash. The A7 has the 24MP f/2.0 shooter, but it doesn't have a secondary sensor for depth information.

The Nova 3i and Galaxy A7 also goes with AR filters and effects. But, only the Nova 3i has the 3D Qmoji feature.

How, the Nova 3i has a 3D sensor for face unlock and 3D face recognition.

Huawei Nova 3i advantages - More premium construction, bigger screen, speedier processor, larger storage, 3D face unlock, slightly newer OS version, more affordable price tag
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) advantages - Screen with punchier colors, slightly better GPU, triple-camera setup

Huawei Nova 3i vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Specs

Device
Huawei Nova 3i
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Display
6.3-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
6-inch 2.5D curved Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2220 x 1080 resolution at 408 ppi
CPU
2.2GHz 64-bit Kirin 710 octa-core processor
2.2GHz 64-bit Exynos 7885 octa-core processor
GPU
Mali-G51 MP4 w/ GPU Turbo
Mali-G71 MP2
RAM
4GB
4GB
ROM
128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 400GB (dedicated)
64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB
Back Camera
16MP f/2.2 + 2MP w/ PDAF, contrast focus, Master AI, and LED flash
24MP f/1.7 + 8MP f/2.4 120-degree wide-angle lens + 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor w/ AI and LED flash
Selfie Camera
24MP f/2.0 + 2MP w/ AF, Master AI, HDR Pro, and screen flash
24MP f/2.0 w/ screen flash
Battery
3,340mAh
3,300mAh
OS
Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.2
Android 8.0 Oreo
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 700MHz 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 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80, 4G LTE Cat 12, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
Sensors
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Others
Fingerprint sensor, 3D face unlock, Colors: classic black, white, iris purple gradient
Fingerprint sensor, Colors: blue, black, gold, pink
Dimensions
157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm
159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm
Weight
169 g
168 g
Price
PHP 15,990
PHP 17,990

Our thoughts

Both the Huawei Nova 3i vs Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) are solid mid-range phones!

I like that the Galaxy A7 (2018) arrived with an AMOLED screen and a versatile triple-camera setup.

But for me, the Nova 3i is still the better value for money device so far. The build is more premium and it has more features compared with the Galaxy A7 even if it has a more affordable price tag.


For our Huawei Nova 3i review, read here.

For our Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review, you may check it here.

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