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Huawei nova 7i vs realme 7 Specs Comparison

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WIth the realme 7 arriving in the Philippines, a new value-packed handset enters the market. Let's see how it fares against the bang-for-the-buck Huawei nova 7i.
Huawei nova 7i vs realme 7 Specs Comparison
Huawei nova 7i vs realme 7

realme 7 vs Huawei nova 7i Specs Comparison

DeviceHuawei nova 7irealme 7
Display6.4-inch 2.5D curved LCD (LTPS) screen w/ FHD+ 2310 x 1080 resolution at 398 ppi6.5-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass protected LCD screen w/ 90Hz refresh rate, FHD+ 2400 x 1080 resolution at 405 ppi
CPU
2.27GHz 7nm Kirin 810 octa-core processor w/ DaVinci NPU
2.05GHz 12nm MediaTek Helio G95 octa-core processor
GPUMali-G52 MP6 w/ GPU TurboMali-G76 3EEMC4 (900MHz)
RAM8GB LPDDR4X8GB LPDDR4X
ROM128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via NM card slot up to 256GB128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB (dedicated)
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/1.7 Sony IMX682 w/ EIS + 8MP f/2.3 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash
Selfie Camera16MP f/2.016MP f/2.0 Sony IMX471
Battery
4,200mAh w/ 40W SuperCharge
5,000mAh w/ 30W Dart Charge
OSAndroid 10 w/ EMUI 10.0.1
Android 10.0 w/ realme UI
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 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM
SensorsAccelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others
Fingerprint sensor, USB-C, dual-mic, Colors: Sakura Pink, Midnight Black, Crush Green
Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Dolby Atmos, dual-mic, USB-C, Colors: Mirror White, Mirror Blue
Dimensions159.2 x 76.3 x 8.7 mm162.3 x 74.8 x 9.4 mm
Weight
183 g
196.5 g
PricePHP 13,990PHP 14,990

Which provides better value for money?

Build/Design - Both nova 7i and realme 7 are equipped with 3D curved glass-like back designs, polycarbonate frames, and real glass front panels. But, only the realme 7 has  TÜV Rheinland Reliability Verification with 22 major and 38 minor reliability tests. It is certified to withstand everyday bumps, drops, scratches, and harsh temperatures.
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.
realme 7 screen with punch-hole
realme 7 screen with punch-hole

The realme 7 has a 6.5-inch 2.5D curved LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 2400 x 1080 FHD+ resolution, 405 ppi pixel density, and Gorilla Glass protection.

The realme 7 takes the lead here with a 90Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass protection.

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.

realme 7 has the 12nm 2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G95 octa=core processor, 900MHz Mali-G76 3EEMC4, 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB UFS 2.1 expandable storage, and 5,000mAh with 30W Dart Charge.

Huawei nova 7i has a faster CPU and GPU especially with its DaVinci NPU and GPU Turbo technology. They have similar RAM and storage specs. In terms of battery size, realme 7 wins but nova 7i has a faster charging tech at 40W.

realme 7 may have an advantage in terms of connectivity while playing games due to MediaTek's HyperEngine technology.
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.
realme 7 quad-cameras
realme 7 quad-cameras

realme 7 has a quad-camera setup with a combo of 64MP f/1.7 Sony IMX682 w/ EIS + 8MP f/2.3 119-degree ultra-wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 4cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 mono + LED flash. It also has a 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX471R sensor for selfies.

In terms of main camera specs, realme 7 takes the lead with a better 64MP quad-camera system. However, both devices have a variety of sensors for different scenarios.

For selfies, both have 16MP sensors.

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

The realme 7 has dual-band WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, OTG, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, face unlock, Dolby Atmos, and USB-C.

Both loads up with Android 10 out of the box.

Huawei nova 7i advantages - Faster CPU and GPU, 40W SuperCharge, slightly cheaper
realme 7 advantages - TÜV Rheinland Reliability Verification, 90Hz screen, expandable storage, 64MP quad-cameras, bigger battery, Dolby Atmos

Our thoughts

Based on specs, for PHP 1,000 more, realme 7 offers some substantial improvements such as a 90Hz screen, 64MP quad-cameras, bigger battery, splash resistance, and Dolby Atmos support.

But at PHP 13,990, the Huawei nova 7i can definitely hold its ground. It has a more capable chipset and GPU as well as a faster charging tech.

Both look good on paper.

What do you guys think?
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