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Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G vs Nova 5T: What’s the difference?

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Huawei has some of the most value-oriented midrange smartphones in the market today.

Just recently, they released the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G in the Philippines. It’s the first 5G midrange phone in the country and the cheapest smartphone to have this connectivity feature.

It goes without saying that this below-Php20,000 smartphone has tons of other high-end specs, without the expensive price of a flagship one. However, how does it stacks up with Huawei’s previous releases?

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Today, we’ll be comparing it with the blockbuster Huawei Nova 5T. If you remember, this budget device became a hit thanks to its flagship processor that we only saw on Php30,000+ smartphones before it.

With that, here in our Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G versus Huawei Nova 5T specifications and features comparison, we’ll check out the difference between the two to see if the newer model is really worth getting, or going with the now-cheaper older device is still the best way to go.

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Huawei Nova 7 SE 5GHuawei Nova 5T
Operating SystemAndroid 10
EMUI 10.1
HMS
Android 9 Pie
EMUI 9.1
GMS
(upgradeable to Android 10)
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.5-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
~405ppi
HDR10
96% NTSC
90.3% screen-to-body ratio
6.26-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~412ppi
NTSC 96%
90.3% screen-to-body ratio
Processor2.36GHz Kirin 820 5G octa-core2.6GHz Kirin 980 octa-core
RAM8GB8GB
GPUMali-G57Mali-G76 MP10
Storage128GB
UFS 2.1
expandable via NM card
128GB
UFS 2.1
non-expandable
Front Camera16-megapixel
Punch-hole
32-megapixel
Punch-hole
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra wide)
2-megapixel (depth)
2-megapixel (macro)
PDAF
LED flash
Night Mode
AI Scene Detection
up to 4K video
up to [email protected] slow-mo
Dual video
48-megapixel (Sony IMX 586, f/1.8)
16-megapixel (ultra wide)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
Night Mode
AI Scene Detection
up to 4K video
up to [email protected] slow-mo
AudioHeadphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Single loudspeaker
No headphone jack
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity5G
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB Type-C
4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
Dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS, QZSS
NFC
USB Type-C
Dimensions162.3 x 75 x 8.6mm154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87mm
Weight189g174g
ColorsPurple
Crush Green
Space Silver
Midsummer Purple
Crush Blue
Black
Battery4,000mAh
40W Huawei SuperCharge
3,750mAh
22.5W Huawei SuperCharge
PricePhp19,990Php15,990

Design

As we always say, the design is subjective and differs from different people. But in this case, it really doesn’t matter since both the Nova 7 SE 5G and Nova 5T look pretty identical.

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Huawei Nova 5T

The two are sandwiched by glass with a metal chassis. But in typical Huawei fashion, the actual glass used were never mentioned.

You can get the Nova 7 SE 5G in Purple, newer Crush Green option, and a cleaner Space Silver model. On the other hand, the Nova 5T comes in Midsummer Purple, Crush Blue, Crush Green and Black colorways.

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Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G

They also come with a punch-hole on the top left for the selfie camera. Creating a much cleaner look with thinner bezels.

However, it’s worth noting that the Nova 5T is more compact with its 7.87mm thickness and 174g of weight, versus the 8.6mm and 189g of the former.

Display

The new Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G obviously takes the win on this one. For starters, it has a larger 6.5-inch panel, versus the 6.26-inch on the Nova 5T.

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They do have the same FHD+ resolution, but the Nova 7 SE takes another one-up with its HDR10 support, something the Nova 5T lacks.

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Processor

With its flagship status, you’d think the Kirin 980 is miles ahead of the Kirin 820 5G in terms of performance. But as per a couple of benchmark tests and performance reviews, the difference is almost negligible.

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For a perspective, the Kirin 980 averages at about 405,000 in AnTuTu, while the Kirin 820 5G is at around 380,000. The slight difference in performance can be forgiveable since you’re getting a 5G and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity out of the Nova 7 SE.

The Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G also has an NM card slot for storage expansion, while the Nova 5T is stuck at 128GB.

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But if raw performance is what you’re after, the Kirin 980’s higher clock speed and more powerful GPU can crunch more frames on games.

Camera

The Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G also takes home the trophy on this round. It has a sharper 64-megapixel main shooter, while the Nova 5T only has a 48-megapixel camera.

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But to the Nova 5T’s credit, it does have a sharper 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, while the newer model only has 8-megapixel.

Personally, we’d go with the one that has a better primary camera — the camera that you’d be using most of the time. What’s more, the Nova 7 SE 5G also has a dual video feature, which can use the front and rear camera on the same video.

Battery

The Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G is a clear winner here. As you just saw on the specs comparison table above, this thing has a 4,000mAh battery that’s obviously bigger than the 3,750mAh capacity of the Nova 5T.

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If that’s not enough, the Nova 7 SE 5G also has a flagship-level 40W Huawei SuperCharge. That’s the same fast charger found on the high-end Huawei P40 Pro.

On the other hand, the Huawei Nova 5T only has 22.4W. It’s still fast enough, but not as fast as what the Nova 7 SE 5G has.

Others

The Nova 7 SE 5G might have some of the newer and more impressive hardware, but it suffers from the main disadvantages of newer Huawei smartphones — the software.

The lack of Google Mobile Service is really hurting its usability. But as you can see on our video above, we were still able to download most apps we use on a normal basis — like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube — using Huawei’s own App Gallery and third-party app stores.

However, there’s no denying that downloading apps directly from the Google Play Store, which the Nova 7 SE 5G lacks, is more convenient and easier to update.

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To the Nova 7 SE 5G’s credit, it does have the aforementioned modern connectivity features like 5G and Bluetooth 5.1, making it more futureproof than the Nova 5T.

But, it’s worth noting that the Nova 5T has NFC for those who actually use it.

Conclusion

Bottom line is, if you want the best value out of your money — the Huawei Nova 5T is still worth getting. It has a reliable flagship processor, decent cameras and battery, and more importantly, GMS support.

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But if you want something more modern and futureproof, you can go with the Nova 7 SE 5G, but you have to spend Php4,000 more as it costs Php19,990, compared to the 5T’s Php15,990 price tag.

Although, you have to settle with the fact that you’ll be downloading most of your apps using third-party app stores until they become available on the Huawei App Gallery.

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