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Huawei Nova 5T vs OPPO Reno vs Samsung Galaxy A70 Specs Comparison

Huawei recently launched the Nova 5T with a PHP 18,990 price tag. In our review, we said that it is a mid-range phone with flagship worthy features. But, can it really compete with phones with higher price tags?
Huawei Nova 5T vs OPPO Reno vs Samsung Galaxy A70 Specs Comparison
Specs fight!

Today, let's pit it against two mainstream phones in the over PHP 20K range, the OPPO Reno and Samsung Galaxy A70 and see which phone has the best specs on paper. 

Let's start!

Huawei Nova 5T vs OPPO Reno vs Samsung Galaxy A70 Specs Comparison

DeviceHuawei Nova 5TOPPO RenoSamsung Galaxy A70
Display 6.26-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 412 ppi 6.4-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 6 protected AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 403 ppi6.7-inch 2.5D curved Super AMOLED screen w/ FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 393 ppi
CPU 2.6GHz 64-bit Kirin 980 octa-core processor w/ Dual-NPU 2.2GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 710 AIE octa-core processor2.0GHz Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 w/ GPU Turbo Adreno 616Adreno 612
ROM 128GB UFS 2.1 256GB UFS 2.1128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 512GB
Back Camera 48MP f/1.8 Sony IMX586 w/ PDAF, CAF + 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle sensor + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth w/ LED flash 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 w/ PDAF, CAF + 5MP f/2.4, and LED flash32MP f/1.7 + 8MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle lens + 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera 32MP f/2.0 w/ AI HDR
16MP f/2.0
32MP f/2.0
Battery 3,750mAh w/ 22.5W SuperCharge 3,765mAh w/ VOOC 3.0 flash charge4,500mAh w/ 25W Super Fast Charging
OS Android 9.0 Pie w/ EMUI 9.1Android 9.0 Pie w/ ColorOS 6.0Android 9.0 Pie w/ One UI
Connectivity WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), 4G LTE Cat 21, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, NFC, GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual-band), QZZS (L1 + L5 dual-band), dual SIM (hybrid)WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, A2DP, LE, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM (nano)WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM
Sensors Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magneticAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Fingerprint sensor, USB-C, dual-mic, Colors: black, crush blue, midsummer purple
In-Display fingerprint sensor, Hi-Res audio, Dolby Atmos, dual mic, Colors: ocean green, extreme night black, nebula purple, pink mistIn-Display fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB-C, Colors: black, blue, coral, white
Dimensions 154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 mm 156.6 x 74.3 x 9.0 mm164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 190 g 185 g183 g
Price PHP 18,990
PHP 26,990
PHP 22,990 (PHP 20,990 new SRP)

Affordable premium phone specs fight

Nova 5T glass back
Nova 5T glass back

Build Quality/Design - All three phones are equipped with pretty good build and designs. Nova 5T has more striking colors especially the crush blue and midsummer purple colorways. I also like that it is made out of real metal and glass. It also has a large screen-to-body, thanks to its punch-hole display.
Reno back
Reno back

OPPO Reno has the nicest build and design for me due to its matte Gorilla Glass 5 protected glass back in ocean green and Gorilla Glass all-screen front panel.
Galaxy A70 back
Galaxy A70 back

Galaxy A70 has the cheapest looking build among the three since it is using a glasstic back cover.
Punch-hole Nova 5T

Display - Samsung seems to be ahead in the screen department due to its massive 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a 20:9 cinematic screen aspect ratio.
No notch Reno
No notch Reno

But, if you find it too big and you want a more immersive all-screen view, the Reno with a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen could appeal to you.
Big screen A70
Big screen A70

Those who do not want pop-up camera, a notch, and a super large display could love the 6.26-inch punch-hole IPS display of Nova 5T.

Specs - On paper, it is a clear win for Huawei Nova 5T in the speed department. It has the most powerful chip among the three, the 7nm Kirin 980 flagship processor with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU and Dual NPU for AI tasks. It even has 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and ample 128GB storage.

OPPO Reno has an advantage in the storage department as it has a HUGE 256GB internal storage.

Only Galaxy A70 has expandable memory though. It also has the largest battery capacity at 4,500mAh and the speedier 25W charger.
5T quad-cam goodness
5T quad-cam goodness

- Nova 5T has a total of four cameras at the back and one more camera in front. It even has the 48MP 
f/1.8 Sony IMX586 sensor w/ PDAF and CAF. Its wide-angle sensor is at 16MP. It has two more 2MP cameras for 4cm macro shots and depth effect.
Reno dual-cam
Reno dual-cam

Reno uses a 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 w/ PDAF and CAF main shooter paired with a 5MP f/2.4 depth camera. Its main shooter is slightly higher than the 5T since it is a brighter f/1.7 lens versus f/1.8.
A70 triple-cam
A70 triple-cam

Galaxy A70 has a 32MP f/1.7 main shooter paired with an 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and 5MP depth sensor.

For selfies, both the Nova 5T and Galaxy A70 are packed with a 32MP camera. Reno uses a 16MP module.

5T has the most versatile camera system among the three.

Other features - Only the OPPO Reno has an In-Display fingerprint reader and Hi-Res audio certification. Nova 5T has a side-mounted fingerprint reader. A70 is packed with a rear-facing fingerprint reader. All three phones have face unlock.

The highest 4G LTE category belongs to Nova 5T, thanks to its high-end chipset versus the mid-range chips of Reno and A70.

Huawei Nova 5T advantages - Speediest chipset among the three, largest RAM size at 8GB, versatile quad-camera system, pocket-friendly PHP 18,990 price tag
OPPO Reno advantages - Large 256GB storage, Hi-Res audio
Samsung Galaxy A70 advantages - Massive AMOLED panel with In-Display fingerprint sensor, large 4,500mAh battery capacity, speedy 25W charger

Our thoughts

Both OPPO Reno and Samsung Galaxy A70 are pretty good mid-rangers in the around PHP 23 to 27K.

But, Huawei Nova 5T clearly bested them in this specs comparison. It has the highest overall specs among the three despite its much lower PHP 18,990 price tag.

There is a good chance that it is the best pick versus Reno and A70 if you want a phone loaded with flagship-worthy specs for less.

See also: Huawei Nova 5T vs more expensive Samsung and OPPO phones - Can it win?
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