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Huawei P20 Lite vs Nokia 6 (2018) Overall Comparison

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Huawei P20 Lite and Nokia 6 (2018), both handsets’ price is nearly similar. The starting price of Nokia 6 (2018) is ₹16,999, whereas the P20 Lite is ₹3,000 costlier. While their price is nearly similar, their specifications aren’t. They are poles apart when it comes to features. In this article, we are going to do Huawei P20 Lite vs Nokia 6 (2018) overall comparison and see which one is better.

Before we start, here are few things you should know. The Nokia 6 (2018) is an upgrade over original Nokia 6 which was launched last year. As the original Nokia 6’s camera and performance were heavily criticized, the company launched a new version with better performance and better camera.

The Huawei P20 Lite, on the other hand, is the younger brother of Huawei P20 Pro. The P20 Lite comes with decent specifications and is known for its good camera performance. Plus, the design is really impressive.

Nokia 6 (2018) Specifications and Features

Display 5.5 inch IPS LCD, 1080x1920px,~403ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
SoC & GPU 2.2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 630, Adreno 508
OS & RAM Android 8.0 Oreo, 3GB or 4GB RAM
Storage 32GB or 64GB, Expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD
Rear Camera 16MP (f/2.0), PDAF, Carl Zeiss Optics, Dual LED dual-tone flash
Front Camera 8MP (f/2.0), Autofocus
Battery Li-lon 3,000 mAh, Fast Charging 50% in 30 Minutes

 

Huawei P20 Lite Specifications and Features

Display 5.84 LTPS IPS LCD, 1080x2280px, 19:9 Aspect Ratio
Processor & GPU Octa-Core HiSilicon Kirin 659 | Mali-T830 MP2
OS & RAM Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 9.5) | 4GB RAM
Storage 32GB or 64GB | Expandable up to 256GB
Primary Camera Dual 16MP (f/2.2) + 2MP, PDAF, LED Flash
Secondary Camera 24MP (f/2.0)
Battery Li-Po 3,000 mAh Battery, Fast Charging 9V/2A

 

Design and Build Quality

  1. In terms of design, both have their own perks.:
  2. While the P20 Lite goes with beautiful all-glass design, the Nokia 6 (2018) continues Nokia’s legacy of sturdy and nearly unbreakable body made of Aluminum 6000 series.
  3. What’s disturbing about Nokia 6 (2018) is its awkwardly placed fingerprint sensor. Fingers always reach to the flashlight as it is placed where the fingerprint sensor could have been placed.

In this section, the choice is yours but if you ask me, I would go with Huawei P20 Lite.

Display, User Interface and Operating System

  1. The size of display on the both handsets doesn’t have much difference and both come with full HD resolution however, as the P20 Lite has 19:9 aspect ratio, it’s resolution is a bit unusual (1080x2280px).
  2. Nokia 6 (2018) has old school 16:9 aspect ratio display which means its display isn’t going to show as much content as P20 Lite on a single page.
  3. Both smartphones reflect under direct sunlight and heat very quickly.
  4. Talking about OS and UI, the Nokia 6 comes with stock Android. Means, it will receive updates and security patches faster than those that don’t run on pure Android.
  5. The P20 Lite, in contrast, runs custom UI. Though it has a lot of features, it can’t compete with Nokia 6 (2018) when it comes to simplicity and faster UI performance.

In this section, the P20 Lite wins in terms of display and the Nokia 6 (2018) wins when it comes to OS or UI.

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Performance and Gaming

  1. While they scored nearly similar points on GeekBench 4, the Nokia 6 (2018)’s score on 3DMark was 3 times greater than the Huawei P20 Lite. But I am not going to judge theoretically. I have often seen Huawei devices scoring less points than average on 3DMark and it has nothing to do with their performance.
  2. Talking about real performance, none of them were lagging or hanging while normal operations. They are also good at normal multi-tasking.
  3. They also didn’t lag white moderate usage. I was using general social apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, normal gaming apps like Subway Surfer and Clash of Clans, online video portals like YouTube and online music.
  4. During heavy gaming, I saw random hiccups on both handsets. However, those hiccups were more frequent on Huawei P20 Lite.
  5. Another disappointing thing is Graphics Performance. The Huawei P20 Lite is below average. Often frame drops and stutter can be seen while gaming. The Nokia 6 (2018), on the other hand, is better than P20 Lite. It handles the graphics well.
  6. Another things that both phones have in common is heating issue. They start heating very quickly.

In this section, the Nokia 6 (2018) is clear winner.

Camera

  1. Normal daylight photos taken by both smartphones look good with P20 Lite taking a lead with better sharpness, details and color accuracy.
  2. Same is the case in HDR mode too. The HDR Mode on Nokia 6 (2018) doesn’t do much other than improving the details a bit. The P20 Lite, on the other hand, improves every aspect of the image.
  3. Bokeh mode is really popular these days and most of people love to buy a phone with this functionality. The Nokia 6 (2018) and P20 Lite also have this feature however, their performance is difference with P20 Lite taking a lead. The Nokia 6 (2018) does blur the background but the edges of focused object is not clear. Plus, its autofocus doesn’t work well. The P20 Lite, on the other hand, is very good at this job. Its autofocus is very impressive.
  4. Nokia was claiming to have improved Nokia 6 (2018)’s camera but it seems that those improvements were only for daylight. In lowlight scenario, the handset performs below average. The P20 Lite, on the other hand, is also not great but it is better than several smartphones in this range including Nokia 6 (2018).
  5. Same is the case with HDR mode in lowlight condition. It lacks behind P20 Lite in terms of brightness, details and color accuracy. One thing is good that it doesn’t overexpose the light unlike P20 Lite.

This section has been completely one-sided. The Huawei P20 Lite left Nokia 6 (2018) behind with flying colors.

 Battery

  1. Both smartphones come with 3,000 mAh battery and their battery performance is more or less similar. They support fast charging come bundled with fast charger.
  2. During normal usage, they last a day; whereas during moderate usage, their backup time reduces to 14-15 hours.
  3. During heavy gaming, their battery stays alive for around 4-5 hours.
  4. While their battery performance is more or less similar, charging time isn’t. The P20 Lite took few minutes over 2 hours to completely charge the battery whereas Nokia 6 (2018) was fully charge in 1 hour and few minutes.

In this section, the Nokia 6 (2018) is winner.

Our Verdict

This comparison has been interesting and both smartphones have their own perks. While the Nokia 6 (2018) can be considered for gaming, the P20 Lite is an all-rounder. Nokia 6 (2018) lacks at camera.

So which one is winner? Our answer is Huawei P20 Lite. This smartphone is an all-rounder. It offers decent performance, good battery life and very good camera experience. The Nokia 6 (2018), on the other hand, is also good at performance and battery but it won’t prove to be a good choice if you love photography.

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