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Huawei P20 Lite vs Nokia 7 Plus Overall Comparison in Detail

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Both, Nokia and Huawei, have been making phones over the last two decades but we never got a chance to compare their phones with each other as they had a huge price difference. But now, finally, we have Huawei P20 Lite which is a mid-range smartphone and maybe a good rival of Nokia 7 Plus. So, we are putting these two handsets against each other to see which one will prove to be a better choice.

I have been using both smartphones for more than 3 weeks and I can definitely say that I liked them. Both smartphones are good mid-rangers. The Nokia 7 Plus costs ₹25,999 whereas the Huawei P20 Lite is priced at ₹19,999.

Nokia 7 Plus Specifications and Features

Display 6 inch IPS LCD, 1080x2160px HD+, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor & GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | Adreno 512
OS & RAM Android 8.1 Oreo | 4GB RAM
Storage 64GB ROM | Expandable up to 256GB (No Dedicated Slot)
Primary Camera Dual 12MP (f/1.8) + 12MP (f/2.6), Gyro EIS, Dual Pixel PDAF, 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss Optics, Dual LED Dual Tone Flash
Secondary Camera 16MP (f/2.0), Carl Zeiss Optics
Battery Li-lon 3,800 mAh Battery with Fast Charging (18W, 9V/2A)

 

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

  • Both smartphones are beautifully crafted. The Nokia 7 Plus a metal body made out of Aluminum 6000 series whereas the P20 Lite is entirely made of glass.
  • While the Nokia 7 Plus is sturdy and strong, the P20 Lite is fragile but beautiful.
  • The P20 has notched display which makes it even more beautiful. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, doesn’t have a notch.

In this section, you will need to choose yourself whether you want a beautiful phone or the sturdy one.

 Huawei P20 Lite vs Nokia 7 Plus design and display

Display, UI and OS

  • Both have IPS LCD display however Nokia 7 Plus’ display size is a bit bigger.
  • Both smartphones’ display is bright, sharp and shows realistic colors.
  • With full HD resolution, both smartphones’ display does reflect under direct sunlight.
  • What’s the major difference between their displays is that the P20 Lite has notch and that’s why it has 19:9 aspect ratio display. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, has 18:9 display.
  • Talking about OS, both run on Android Oreo however, the Nokia 7 Plus has stock Android so it gets updates faster than the P20 Lite.
  • In terms of UI, the Nokia 7 Plus is simple. The P20 Lite, on the other hand, has customizes skin which might be confusing for few people.
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In this section, the winner is Huawei P20 Lite in terms of display and Nokia 7 Plus is winner in terms of UI and OS.

Huawei P20 Lite vsNokia 7 Plus comparison

Gaming and Performance

  • Both smartphones have different processors with different graphics setup.
  • Starting with benchmark scores, the Nokia 7 Plus left the P20 Lite behind with flying colors.
  • On 3DMark benchmark, the score of Nokia 7 Plus was 3 times greater than the P20 Lite’s.
  • Even on the GeekBench, the Nokia 7 Plus scored almost double of that on P20 Lite.
  • Both smartphones work smoothly if you’re doing multi-tasking or using normal social media apps but when it comes to switch between heavy apps, the P20 Lite stuttered here and there.
  • There were no issues whatsoever while playing Shadow Fight 3, PUBG Mobile, Asphalt Nitro and FZ9: Timeshift – Legacy of War on both handsets.
  • But in terms of graphics, I am not happy with P20 Lite. Graphics rendering is just average and I often saw frame drops. The Nokia 7 Plus, in contrast, is way better than the P20 Lite and handles the graphics well.
  • Both smartphones heat very quickly. The temperature rose several degrees up while 30 minutes of gaming.
  • 30 minutes of continuous gaming took 14% of battery on P20 Lite while it took just 10 percent on Nokia 7 Plus, thanks to its BIG.LITTLE technology.

In this section, the winner is Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus vs Huawei P20 Lite gaming and performance Nokia 7 Plus vs Huawei P20 Lite Performance Comparison

Camera

  • In terms of daylight photography, both smartphones are good. Both capture photos with good color accuracy, details and sharpness.
  • But as soon as you turn the HDR mode on, you will start seeing differences between them. While the HDR Mode on Nokia 7 Plus brings more details and color accuracy, it doesn’t do much on P20 Lite other than sharpening the images.
  • And now comes the bokeh mode where both smartphones perform more or less similar. They effectively blur the background while keeping the primary object in focus.
  • Coming to the lowlight performance, the Nokia 7 Plus is definitely better than the P20 Lite. Samples taken from Nokia 7 Plus have better sharpness, details and color accuracy than those on P20 Lite.
  • Even HDR mode in lowlight condition doesn’t help P20 Lite that much. HDR samples from P20 Lite with bright but lacks details and light part is overexposed. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, maintains sharpness, details and color accuracy.

In this section, the winner is Nokia 7 Plus.

Battery

  • While the Huawei P20 Lite packs 3000 mAh battery, the Nokia 7 Plus has a bigger 3,800 mAh battery.
  • Both smartphones support fast charging however, the Nokia 7 Plus’ fast charging seems to be working better than that on P20 Lite.
  • It took me few minutes over 2 hours to completely charge battery of P20 Lite whereas the Nokia 7 Plus just takes few minutes over 1 hour to fully charge the battery.
  • Talking about usage, the P20 Lite easily lasts a day during normal usage. The Nokia 7 Plus, on the other hand, stays alive for more than 36 hours.
  • During moderate usage, the P20 Lite doesn’t last more than 14-15 hours whereas the Nokia 7 Plus lasts 24 hours.
  • But when you are doing heavy usage, the lasting time reduces to 4-5 hours on P20 Lite. The Nokia 7 Plus, in contrast, stays alive for up to 7 hours.

Much like the previous section, the Nokia 7 Plus is winner.

 Nokia 7 Plus vs Huawei P20 Lite battery Comparison

Our Verdict

First of all, I would like to say that both smartphones worth their price. They are simply the best in their price segment. But in this comparison, the winner is Nokia 7 Plus. It has been dominating the P20 Lite in almost every section. Whether we talk about camera, performance or battery, the Nokia 7 Plus defeats the P20 Lite.

Now, as I have already said above, the Huawei P20 Lite does worth its price. For a price of ₹19,999, the P20 Lite offers you pretty much everything. So if your budget is 20k, you can go for it but if your budget is higher; the Nokia 7 Plus is your toy.

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