A lot of affordable midrange smartphones have came out in the last two months. But if you want something more premium, then check out these sub-Php20k smartphones that we’ll be comparing today.

Starting with the brand new Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G. This device has the bragging right of being the first 5G-enabled midrange smartphone in the Philippines.

Along with 5G are a couple of high-end specs that aims to justify its price tag. But, the question is, how does this newcomer compare to the devices that are already here in the market?


Today, we’ll be comparing Huawei’s latest to the Samsung Galaxy A71, an enormous and feature-packed midranger from the prominent tech brand.

Here in our Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G versus Samsung Galaxy A71 specifications and features comparison, we’ll see which between these phones is worth your time and money. Let’s start.

Huawei Nova 7 SE 5GSamsung Galaxy A71
Operating SystemAndroid 10
EMUI 10.1
Android 10
One UI 2.0
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.5-inch FHD+ IPS
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
96% NTSC
90.3% screen-to-body ratio
6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor2.36GHz Kirin 820 5G octa-core2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core
GPUMali-G57Adreno 618
expandable via NM card
UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front Camera16-megapixel
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8)
8-megapixel (ultra wide)
2-megapixel (depth)
2-megapixel (macro)
LED flash
Night Mode
AI Scene Detection
up to 4K video
up to 720p@960fps slow-mo
Dual video
64-megapixel (f/1.8)
12-megapixel (f/2.2)
5-megapixel (macro)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
Night Mode
AI Scene Detection
up to 4K@30fps
up to 720p@240fps slow-mo
LED Flash
AudioHeadphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Single Loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.1
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Dimensions162.3 x 75 x 8.6 mm163.6 x 76 x 7.7mm
Crush Green
Space Silver
Prism Crush Black
Prism Crush Blue
Prism Crush Silver
Prism Crush Pink
40W Huawei SuperCharge
25W Super Fast Charging


Different people have different design preferences, so it’s up to you to decide which between the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G and Samsung Galaxy A71 looks better.


Personally, we prefer the options given by the Nova 7 SE. There’s the flamboyant Purple and Crush Green color options. But if you want a cleaner look, go with the Space Silver.


On the other hand, the Galaxy A71 has the same geometric design that only differ in colors. You can get it in Black, Blue, Silver, and Pink.

The overall build quality should be the same since the two shares a plastic back panel.


The Galaxy A71 sure is a stunner with its large 6.7-inch FHD+ screen that’s great for multitasking and gaming. It uses a Super AMOLED panel that provides vibrant colors and deep contrast.


It may be slightly smaller and only uses an IPS panel, but the Nova 7 SE do have HDR10 support. A feature that’s oddly missing on the Galaxy A71.



This is an easy win for the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G. It’s powered by a Kirin 810 5G processor, which is said to outperform the Snapdragon 730G of the Samsung Galaxy A71 in the recent AnTuTu top 10 list.


Both devices come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, pretty standard for smartphones at this price. However, the storage expansion on the Galaxy A71 would be easier since it accepts a standard microSD card, while the former uses Huawei’s NM cards.


The Samsung Galaxy A71 triumphs in this department primarily thanks to its sharper 32-megapixel selfie camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and macro and depth sensors. We have a full Galaxy A71 camera review of this device that you can check out.


Other than that, they share the same 64-megapixel main camera that should take decent photos for the price.

But to Huawei’s credit, the Nova 7 SE does come with 960fps of slow-mo video recording. And based on our experience, the Huawei camera app handles night mode shots better. It also has dual video functionality, which lets you use the front and back cameras at the same time.


The Samsung Galaxy A71 comes with a 4,500mAh battery, which is only slightly bigger than the 4,000mAh capacity of the former.

To make up for it, the Nova 7 SE comes with a 40W Huawei SuperCharge, a feature we only saw on their flagship releases. That’s almost two times faster than the 25W charger that comes with the Samsung Galaxy A71.


The main selling point of the Huawei Nova 7 SE is its 5G connectivity, which makes it the first 5G midrange phone in the country. You’d be ready once 5G coverage becomes widely available in the Philippines.


However, the lack of Google Mobile Services is still the main concern for most buyers. But if you really don’t want to pass its great hardware, you can watch our video detailing how we were able to download and use all the apps we use on a daily basis using the Huawei App Gallery and third-party app stores.

But if you don’t want to go through the hassle, then you might be better off settling with the Samsung Galaxy A71 that has GMS.


The new Kirin 810 5G processor also allowed the Nova 7 SE to have the newer Bluetooth 5.1 that is more battery efficient an reliable.

We also prefer the reliability of a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. But most people might go with the futuristic in-display biometrics of the Galaxy A71.


If it’s all about specs and hardware, Huawei Nova 7 SE easily takes the win in this battle. Owners of this device will have the privilege of owning the first 5G-enabled midrange phone in the Philippines.


There’s also the powerful Kirin 820 5G processor, which is said to be the fastest in the midrange space. Plus, a flagship-level 40W charging support.

Still, the lack of GMS support can be a bummer to most people. So if you don’t wanna bother tinkering, then you might be better off settling with the Samsung Galaxy A71 that has a more workable software.

On the downside, the Samsung Galaxy A71 is actually more expensive than the former. This thing costs Php22,990, while the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G retails for only Php19,990. That’s a Php3,000 price difference and in this case, that’s probably the cost of having GMS. But in case you have a little more budget, the Huawei Nova 7 5G is also available for Php23,990.

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