HUAWEI Nova 3i vs Xiaomi Mi A2 [Specs Comparison]


HUAWEI recently launched the Nova series in India with the two phones, Nova 3 and Nova 3i. The Nova 3i is a sub-20K smartphone priced at Rs 20,999 and it directly competes with the Xiaomi’s Mi A2 Android One smartphone. Both the phones offer similar specs, so we made a comparison so you can figure out which one is better over the other.


HUAWEI Nova 3i vs Xiaomi Mi A2 – Specs Comparison

SpecificationsHUAWEI Nova 3iXiaomi Mi A2
Launch26th July 2018 (India)8th August 2018 (India)
Price₹20,999 (4 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage)Rs 16,999 (4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage)
Also available in 6 GB RAM and 64 GB Storage
Display6.3-inch IPS LCD display, Full HD+ resolution (2340 x 1920), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass5.99-inch IPS LCD display, Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1920), 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass
Operating SystemEMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, AI-poweredAndroid 8.1 Oreo (upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie)
Fingerprint ScannerYes, at the backYes, at the back
CPUUp to 2.2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 + Cortex-A73 processor, Kirin 710 SoC, TSMC's 12nm FinFET, 64-bitUp to 2.2 GHz octa-core Kryo 260 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, 14nm LPP, 64-bit
GPUMali-G51 MP4Adreno 512
Storage64 GB internal, microSD support up to 256 GB (SIM2 slot)64 GB OR 128 GB internal, no microSD slot
Main CameraDual cameras 16 MP f/2.2 + 2 MP f/2.4, PDAF, EIS, AIS, AI Portrait Mode, AI Scene Detection, LED flashDual cameras 12 MP + 20 MP
12 MP Sony IMX486 (f/1.75 aperture, 1.25 μm large pixels)
20 MP Sony IMX376 (telephoto lens with f/1.75 aperture, 2.0 μm large pixels)
Portrait Mode, 2x lossless zoom, AI Scene Recognition (up to 206), AI Object Recognition, AI Real-Time Language Translation, AI Currency Conversion, 4K video at 30fps, dual-tone LED flash
Selfie Camera24 MP + 2 MP, f/2.0, AI Portrait Selfie, 3D Portrait Lighting20 MP Sony IMX376 with 2.0 μm large pixels, AI Background Bokeh, AI Scene
Cellular4G LTE network, 2x nano SIM (GSM), dual-VoLTE enabled, microSD on SIM24G LTE, 2x Nano SIM (GSM), dual VoLTE-enabled
Battery3,340 mAh, 5V, 2A charging3,010 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging support
ColorsIris Blue, BlackBlack, Gold, Rose Gold, Lake Blue

The Nova 3i is based on a glass design, both sides have a glass with polished metallic frames whereas the Mi A2 has metal unibody design.

Bigger Display

Similar to Honor Play, the Nova 3i offers a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS display (2340 x 1080 pixels) with a notch on top. On Mi A2, you get a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display (2160 x 1080 pixels) with a conventional notch-less design. The display on the Nova 3i is bigger as compared to the Mi A2.


Performance Turns Out To Be Similar

What powers on the Mi A2 is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 running at 2.2 GHz max while the HUAWEI Nova 3i uses its homegrown Kirin 710 octa-core SoC also running at 2.2 GHz.

Talking about the performance of both the phones, the Snapdragon 660 is an upper-midrange chip while the Kirin 710 is just as good as the Snapdragon 660. The performance of both the phones is expected to be similar in the benchmarks. Additional options like Bluetooth 5.0 is available on the Mi A2.

Less RAM, More Storage or More RAM, Less Storage

Both the devices are capable of offering up to 128 GB of internal storage, however, one of them has no microSD support. The Mi A2 lacks a microSD slot so you can’t expand the storage using a microSD card. The Nova 3i has a microSD slot that expands up to 256 GB and can be used on the SIM2 slot.

The Mi A2 has as much as 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM while the Nova 3i is stuck with 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM.


Android One & Stock Interface

HUAWEI Nova 3i runs on a customized Android interface EMUI 8.2 which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The EMUI 8.2 is AI-powered and offers several other features that you don’t usually see on stock Android phones. The Mi A2, on the other side, runs on a stock based Android 8.1 Oreo with stock features. The UI is pretty much cleaner and light in weight and it offers faster Android updates as it’s an Android One phone.


Conclusion – HUAWEI Nova 3i or Xiaomi Mi A2?

There’s nothing wrong picking either of the devices, there’s no complete winner, it’s more of preferred choices of the features such as the stock interface, the glass design versus the metallic, a microSD slot and less RAM versus more RAM and no microSD support.

For stock UI lovers and those who want faster Android updates and fancy the metallic design, the Mi A2 is a great option. If you do photography, want more camera features, and a design that outshines many phones, the HUAWEI Nova 3i is ideal.