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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 vs Huawei Nova 3i: Specs Comparison

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Redmi has finally introduced the Note 7, the device that marks their separation from Xiaomi as a sub-brand.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is already gaining a lot of attention as it offers impressive features for the price. It sports an attractive design, capable processor, and a killer set of cameras — a lot of really surprising feat for the price. Without a doubt, the Redmi sub-brand is off to a good start.

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While its official launch in the Philippines is yet to be determined, we’re actually curious to see how it stacks up with some of the top-caliber midrange smartphones in the market today. For one, there’s the Huawei Nova 3i, a device from a company that is currently on top of their game.

Just like the former, the Nova 3i is also a looker, a great performer, and an impressive image taker.

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In our Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 versus Huawei Nova 3i specifications and features comparison, we ought to determine if you really have to wait for Xiaomi’s latest to arrive in the country or you could just pull the trigger now and get the Nova 3i. Let’s start!

 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7Huawei Nova 3i
Operating SystemAndroid 8 Oreo
MIUI 9
Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Hybrid
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution,
~409ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~409ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass (unnamed version)
Processor2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core2.2GHz HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core
RAM3GB/4GB/6GB4GB
GPUAdreno 512Mali-G51
GPU Turbo Technology
Storage32GB/64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
128GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera13-megapixel
AI Portrait Mode
24-megapixel +
2-megapixel
f/2.0
AR Lens/ 3D Qmoji
Rear Camera48-megapixel +
5-megapixel
PDAF
f/1.8
AI scene detection
LED flash
16-megapixel +
2-megapixel
f/2.2
PDAF
AI scene detection
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM Radio
IR Blaster
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
Dimensions159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1mm157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6mm
Weight186g169g
ColorsRed
Blue
Black
Iris Purple
Pearl White
Black
Battery4,000mAh
non-removable
Quick Charge 4.0
3,340mAh
non-removable
Price3GB/32GB: CNY999 (~Php7,700)
4GB/64GB: CNY1,199 (~Php9,200)
6GB/64GB: CNY1,399 (~Php10,800)
Php15,990

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I’ll say this right away. Going with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is a no-brainer. And as what you’ve seen in the table above, the reason is pretty obvious. Both phones have a few things in common, but it’s pretty evident that the Redmi Note 7 dominated the Nova 3i.

For starters, there’s the 48-megapixel primary camera. A rare find on any smartphone today, especially on a device at this price point. It’s then partnered with a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera.

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On the other hand, the Nova 3i only has a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual rear cameras. However, Huawei takes pride on the Nova 3i’s 24-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual front cameras. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 7 only has a 13-megapixel sensor for selfies.

Xiaomi’s offering steals back the show with its enormous 4,000mAh battery equipped with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology. Huawei Nova 3i settles for a 3,340mAh battery, microUSB, and no fast charging support.

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As for anything else, these two are pretty much similar. Both devices have 6.3-inch Full HD+ screens, a shiny design on the back, and a slightly outdated operating system.

But knowing both companies, expect these two devices to be updated to the latest Android 9 Pie in the near feature.

In addition, the Redmi Note 7 and Nova 3i are powered by processors that have identical performance. Xiaomi used the Snapdragon 660, while the latter utilized their own Kirin 710 chipset.

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But then again, it’s still a landslide win for the Redmi Note 7 — especially when you consider the price. This handset has a starting price of CNY999 in China, while the top-of-the-line model costs CNY1,399.

That’s only Php10,800 when directly converted Philippine pesos. We do expect that price estimation to go up when it gets here, due to local taxes and other fees. In any case, we still think that it will still be cheaper than the Nova 3i, which is priced at Php15,990.

Sure, Huawei’s offering has twice the storage capacity. But considering all the other better things that you’d be getting with Xiaomi’s bet, I suggest that you just get a microSD card if you really want that much storage.

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