A new premium midrange phone just arrived in the Philippines.

The Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G was just launched as the cheapest and first midrange 5G smartphone in the country.

It goes without saying that the Nova 7 SE has a couple more high-end features. From a powerful processor, fast charging, great cameras, and so on.


Sitting at the sub-Php20,000 price segment, Huawei’s latest go head-to-head with the new Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite. Just like the former, this thing has a couple of high-end features that make it a great value for the price.


They might be premium and high-end, but at the end of the day, all everyone wants is to get the most out of their money. So, here in our Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G versus Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite specifications and features comparison, we’ll see which between the two offers the best value for your hard-earned money.

Huawei Nova 7 SE 5GXiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Operating SystemAndroid 10
EMUI 10.1
Android 10
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.5-inch LTPS IPS LCD display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
96% NTSC
90.3% screen-to-body ratio
6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification
91.4% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.36GHz Kirin 820 5G octa-core2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core
GPUMali-G57Adreno 618
expandable via NM card
UFS 2.1
Front Camera16-megapixel
Waterdrop notch
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)
8-megapixel (ultra-wide)
5-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
Quad LED flash
Night Mode
AI Scene Detection
Laser autofocus
up to 4K@30fps
up to 720p@960fps slow-mo
AudioHeadphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Hi-Res Audio
Ultra linear speakers
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
IR blaster
USB Type-C
Dimensions162.3 x 75 x 8.6 mm157.8 x 74.2 x 9.7mm
Crush Green
Space Silver
Midnight Black
Glacier White
Nebula Purple
40W Huawei SuperCharge
30W fast charging
PricePhp19,9906GB/64GB: Php16,990
8GB/128GB: Php18,990


As we always say, design is subjective and differs from everyone’s personal taste.


But if you want to go for a more premium feel, then go with the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite. This thing is sandwiched with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 in front and back. Plus, a curved screen that really gives a high-end touch. It’s available in elegant Midnight Black, Glacier White, and Nebula Purple color options.


On the other hand, the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G offers a more flashy and eye-catching look. It features a textured 3D glass panel on the back, with striking Nova stylized logo. You can get it in Huawei’s signature Purple color with small Nova logo stripes, Crush Green with a large Nova logo, and a new and cleaner Space Silver with hints of pink and blue. All of which are color gradients, as expected.


The table above clearly shows that the Mi Note 10 Lite won this round. For starters, it uses an AMOLED panel, which is more vibrant and has deeper contrast than the IPS panel of the latter.


It also has a tough and curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that looks really sleek and keeps the screen safe from accidental scratches. The Note 10 Lite also managed to have a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio despite sticking to a traditional notch, unlike the Nova 7 SE 5G that already has a punch-hole screen.


This is where the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G dominates. Recently, AnTuTu hailed the Kirin 810-powered Nova 7i as the most powerful midrange Android phone on the market. A couple of Snapdragon 730G devices also made in the list, but not until the sixth spot.

The interesting part is, the Kirin 810 5G model found on the Nova 7 SE has a higher clock speed of 2.36GHz, versus the 2.27GHz on the non-5G model. With that, we expect the Nova 7 SE to outperform the Snapdragon 730G on the Mi Note 10 Lite.

Although, if you don’t need that much power, you can get the Mi Note 10 Lite and save money by going with the 6GB/64GB model. Expanding storage via a more traditional microSD card is also more convenient than Huawei’s NM cards.


Well, if you’re into mobile photography, you can’t go wrong with either of the two. As you can see, both devices have the same 64-megapixel main cameras, and the usual 8-megapixel ultra-wide, macro, and depth sensor. Although, it’s worth noting that the macro shooter on the Mi Note 10 Lite has a sharper 5-megapixel sensor (versus 2-megapixels, for those who actually use it.


If you’re serious in video recording, the duo can shoot 4K videos and 960fps ultra slow-mo.

Both devices also use the same 16-megapixel selfie camera. For the price, it would have been nice to see an ultra-wide front camera and telephoto on these devices, just like what we have on the Realme 6 Pro.


We have a mixed bag result on this one. In terms of battery capacity, the 5,260mAh of the Mi Note 10 Lite clearly dominates the 4,000 of the Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G.


But in terms of charging, the 40W Huawei SuperCharge, partnered with its smaller battery, means that you can charge the Huawei device faster than the 30W charger of the Mi Note 10 Lite can fill up its 5,260mAh battery.


Obviously, the main highlight of the Huawei Nova 7 SE is its 5G connecitivty. And sitting in the below-Php20k price segment, it’s the cheapest 5G smartphone in the country.


Huawei is really spearheading the 5G era in the Philippines, with the Mate 30 Pro 5G as the first-ever 5G-equipped smartphone to arrive in the country.

Although the 5G coverage is still very limited in the country, it’s nice to have a phone that’s futureproofed when more 5G towers are built in the Philippines.


The Nova 7 SE also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which we personally find more convenient to use than the fancy but sometimes unreliable in-display fingerprint scanner on the Mi Note 10 Lite.

However, the latter do come with NFC for wireless payments and an IR blaster to help you control your non-smart appliences.


The Huawei Nova 7 SE clearly takes the lead over the Mi Note 10 Lite with its more powerful processor and futureproof 5G connectivity.


However, there’s still the issue of GMS support. We recently made a video showing that it’s possible to install all your apps on the Huawei App Gallery and third-party app stores, although it’s not as easy as it was before. But if you don’t want to go through the hassle, then you might be better off going with the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite.

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It may be behind the benchmark ranking, it’s still one of the most reliable processors around. In addition, its premium design, great display, large battery, and cheaper price make up for the lack of 5G connectivity.

Speaking of which, the Huawei Nova 7 SE has a price of Php19,990. For the same 8GB/128GB configuration, you can get the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite Php1,000 cheaper for Php18,990. You can also go with the 6GB/64GB for Php16,990 and expand the storage later.

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