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Huawei nova 7i vs POCO X3 NFC Specs Comparison

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The POCO X3 NFC is making a lot of buzz in the under PHP 13K price range. On paper, it appears to be a good match to the slightly more expensive Huawei nova 7i.
Huawei Nova 7i vs POCO X3 NFC Specs Comparison
Team POCO or Huawei?

So, let's find who comes out on top in terms of specs in this price range.

Huawei nova 7i vs POCO X3 NFCSpecs Comparison

DeviceHuawei nova 7iPOCO X3 NFC
Display6.4-inch 2.5D curved LCD (LTPS) screen w/ FHD+ 2310 x 1080 resolution at 398 ppi6.67-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protected LCD (LTPS) screen w/ 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 395 ppi
CPU
2.27GHz 7nm Kirin 810 octa-core processor w/ DaVinci NPU
2.3GHz 8nm Snapdragon 732G octa-core processor
GPUMali-G52 MP6 w/ GPU TurboAdreno 618
RAM8GB LPDDR4X6GB LPDDR4X
ROM128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via NM card slot up to 256GB64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera48MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF, CAF,  + 8MP f/2.4 120-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth + LED flash64MP f/1.89 Sony IMX682 w/ PDAF + 13MP f/2.2 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth + LED flash
Selfie Camera16MP f/2.020MP f/2.2 
Battery
4,200mAh w/ 40W SuperCharge
5,160mAh w/ 33W fast charging
OSAndroid 10 w/ EMUI 10.0.1
Android 10 w/ MIUI 12
Connectivity
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, Galileo, dual SIM (nano)
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz) 2x2 MIMO, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, FM Radio, NFC, GPS, NavIC, dual SIM (hybrid)
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Others
Fingerprint sensor, USB-C, dual-mic, Colors: sakura pink, midnight black, crush green
Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR Blaster, IP54 water splash resistance, stereo speakers, Hi-Res Audio, dual-mic, USB-C, Z-axis linear vibration motor, LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus, Shadow Gray, Cobalt Blue
Dimensions159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm165.3 x 76.8 x 9.4 mm
Weight
183 g
215 g
PricePHP 13,990PHP 10,990 (6GB/64GB), PHP 12,990 (6GB/128GB)

Beastly entry-mid-range phones!

Nova 7i with a 3D curved body
nova 7i with a 3D curved body

Huawei nova 7i has a 3D curved glasstic material at the back with a metal frame and a polycarbonate layer to hold the 2.5D curved glass display. There is no water-resistance or Gorilla Glass protection mentioned, but Huawei mentioned a special manufacturing process for scratch resistance. It also has a red rubber ring indicating that it has protection against water splashes.
POCO X3 NFC unique device
POCO X3 NFC unique device

The new POCO X3 NFC features a unique-looking 3D curved back design with distinct patterns and camera island. It also has am aluminum frame and IP53 water splash resistance.

In the looks department, they both look great with similar shiny and vibrant color choices.
Nova 7i punch-hole
Nova 7i punch-hole

Display - The Huawei nova 7i has a 6.4-inch 2.5D LTPS screen with 2310 x 1080 FHD+ at 398 ppi.
POCO X3 NFC screen
POCO X3 NFC screen

POCO X3 NFC has a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD screen with a cinematic 20:9 aspect ratio, extra smooth 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10, Widevine L1, and TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certification.
nova 7i's screen
nova 7i's screen

POCO X3 NFC has a better screen overall with a 20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support.
Huawei Nova 7i benchmarks
Huawei Nova 7i benchmarks

Specs - For performance, Huawei nova 7i has the 7nm 2.27GHz Kirin 810 octa-core processor with DaVinci NPU, Mali-G52 MP6 GPU with GPU Turbo, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB expandable UFS 2.1 storage, and 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge.
POCO X3 NFC features great performance for the price
POCO X3 NFC features great performance for the price


POCO X3 NFC is the first smartphone in the world with the .23GHz 8nm Snapdragon 732G octa-core processor with Adreno 618, 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, up to 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable storage, and a 5,160mAh battery with USB-C 33W fast charging that can charge the phone to 100 percent in 65 minutes.

nova 7i is clearly ahead in the chipset department as it has a more powerful 7nm SoC solution. It also has a bigger RAM size and faster-charging speeds. Meanwhile, POCO X3 NFC has a bigger battery capacity.
nova 7i quad-cam
nova 7i quad-cam

Cameras - The Huawei Nova 7i has a quad-camera setup with 48MP f/1.8 w/ PDAF, CAF, + 8MP f /2.4 120-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth with LED flash. It also has a 16MP f/2.0 selfie sensor.
POCO X3 NFC quad-cameras
POCO X3 NFC quad-cameras

The POCO X3 NFC has a quad-camera setup with a 64MP f/1.8 Sony IMX682 main cam, 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 2MP f/2.4 macro camera, and 2MP depth camera. It also has a 20MP f/2.2 selfie camera.

In terms of main camera specs, POCO X3 NFC takes the lead with a better quad-camera system. It also has a bigger 64MP main camera sensor. Both devices have a variety of sensors for different scenarios.

For selfies, 20MP is still higher than the nova 7i's 16MP sensor.
nova 7i with Huawei's own app store, the fast-growing AppGallery
nova 7i with Huawei's own app store, the fast-growing AppGallery

Other features - Huawei nova 7i has dual-band WiFi, 700MHz 4G LTE, 3.5mm headphone jack slot, fingerprint sensor, and USB-C port.

The POCO X3 NFC has dual-band WiFi, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.1, FM Radio, NFC, GPS, NavIC, fingerprint sensor, face unlock, IR Blaster, IP54 water splash resistance, stereo speakers, Hi-Res audio, dual-mic, USB-C, Z-axis linear vibration motor, and LiquidCool Technology 1.0 Plus.

Huawei nova 7i advantages - Superior 7nm SoC, larger RAM size, faster-charging speeds
POCO X3 NFC advantages - IP54 certification, Bigger and faster display, 64MP Sony quad-cam, better selfie sensor, bigger battery capacity, NFC, more affordable price tag

Our thoughts

As expected, it is a good match between the two phones. Based on specs, the Huawei nova 7i is still a very formidable foe several months after its March 2020 PH release. In fact, the speed advantage still goes to the nova 7i.

But, the POCO X3 NFC is more feature-rich for less. It's the most affordable with a 120Hz display and 64MP Sony cam. SD732G is no slough either especially at its lower asking price. 

What do you guys think?
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