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HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: budget smartphones with a premium processor

HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: budget smartphones with a premium processor

By  GB Blog Official 2018-08-07 13787 1

We guess that after competing with some of the world's top smartphone manufacturers and even winning several rounds well we finally got bored and decided to go into competition with themselves. At least this seems the most probable reason for the release of the Huawei Nova 3, a premium yet budget friendly smartphone rivaling the company’s previous bestseller — the famous Huawei Honor 10. In this post, we take a look at the two phones side by side and see who comes out a winner.


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HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: specs

First, let's have a quick look at the specs of the HUAWEI Nova 3 and HUAWEI Honor 10 side by side.


Product name HUAWEI nova 3 4G Phablet HUAWEI Honor 10 4G Phablet
Display 6.3 inch 2340 x 1080 Pixel Screen 5.84 inch 2280 x 1080 pixels screen
Kirin 970 Octa Core 2.36GHz
Android 8.1
Storage 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM
External Memory Not supported Supports expandable storage up to 256GB
Battery 3750mAh Built-in, Li-ion 3400mAh,Lithium-ion Polymer
Camera 24.0MP + 2.0MP front camera;
16.0MP + 24.0MP dual back cameras
24.0MP front camera;
20.0MP + 16.0MP rear camera
Features GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Nano SIM card + Nano SIM card GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS,dual Nano SIM, dual Standby


HUAWEI nova 3 4G Phablet - BLACK

HUAWEI nova 3 4G Phablet - BLACK


HUAWEI Honor 10 4G Phablet - Global Version - BLACK

HUAWEI Honor 10 4G Phablet - Global Version - BLACK
$507 $409.99    


HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: the looks

At the first glance, the two phones are very much similar. Both feature  slick glass bodies with an aluminum frame and come in beautiful gradient color schemes. You will see the infamous notch on both devices — a generous tribute to the iPhone X. Note (if that makes any difference) that Nova's notch is slightly longer than that on the Honor 10 and houses a dual front-facing camera (compared to a single front-facing camera on the Honor 10).

HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: design

Size-wise, the two phones are more similar than different. The Honor 10 measures 5.89 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches while the Nova 3 is 6.18 x 2.9 x 0.29 inches.

On the back, you will find a horizontally positioned dual rear facing camera on the Honor 10, while the Nova 3's dual cam is placed vertically. The Huawei Nova 3 also sports a rear fingerprint sensor — as for the Huawei Honor 10 has its fingerprint sensor right on its hoe button

HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: back camera location

As we've mentioned above, the phones take a gradient approach to color. The Honor 10 is available in green, blue, midnight grey and glacier grey. The Nova 3 comes in a brighter selection of blue, purple, gold, red and black.

HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: HD bezel-less screens

The notch at the top of both phones' screens hints at the fact that they favor a bezel-less look — with all the benefits one has to offer. The Huawei Nova 3 comes with a slightly large 6.3 inch display with 1080 x 2340 resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 409 pixels per inch density.

HUAWEI Nova 3 HD bezel-less screens


The  Honor 10 sports a  2280 x 1080 5.84 inch screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 432 pixels per inch.

The little differences are there, but, in general, both displays do a great job with media: watching videos, browsing the web, playing games, etc. is very convenient on a larger screen and the HD resolution plays well into the mix adding quality to quantity. The high pixel density ensures smooth color gradients, clear imagery and sharp text. Screen brightness, even under strong sunlight, is quite good as well. The one drawback is the absence of any screen protection for such large displays like Gorilla Glass — so don't delay getting a screen protector.

HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: Kirin 970 chipset and performance

The key thing that the Huawei Nova 3 and the Huawei Honor 10 have in common is the high performing Kirin 970 chipset, a new-generation chipset sporting ultra-fast connection, smart computing capability, HD audio-visual effects and great battery efficiency. The processor is clocked at 2.4GHz and there is the Mali-G72 MP12 graphics processing unit to accompany your gaming.

the Kirin 970 chipset of HUAWEI Nova 3 

The Huawei Nova 3 also comes with something called GPU Turbo technology — a software enhancement meant to boost your mobile gaming experience.

the GPU Turbo technology of Huawei Nova 3 

The fact that Huawei have chosen the same processor for both smartphones is a bit peculiar — but then again, in this case, too much of a good thing actually works quite well.

When it comes to memory and storage, you can get the Honor 10 with 4GB or 6GB and 64GB or 128GB; the Honor 10GT comes with 8GB RAM. As for the Huawei Nova 3, the phone is available with one memory option — 6GB and two internal storage variations: 64GB or 128GB.

Battery-wise, things are also more similar than different. You get a 3750 mAh battery on the Nova 3 and a slightly smaller 3400 mAh battery on the Honor 10.

 the battery of the HUAWEI Nova 3

A difference of note is that while the Honor 10 does come with NFC support, the feature has been omitted on the Nova 3.


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HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: camera game

The Nova 3 has received a number of upgrades in the camera field. Namely, there is a dual camera on the front (compared to a single front cam for the Honor 10) and a number of AI features. Both phones get a 16-megapixel primary rear sensor and a 24-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The Nova 3 complements this setup with enhanced AI functionality: the phone's cam can recognize objects and scenes, enhance colors and adjust exposure. You can shoot videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second — but there is no digital image stabilization so make sure to hold the camera steady.

the back camera of HUAWEI Nova 3 

On the front, the HUAWEI Nova 3  has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter with a 2-megapixel sensor for depth. The AI feature works with selfies as well — and does very well for Portrait Mode. Another fun features is the HDR Pro Toggle which adjusts exposure for your selfies preventing them from looking over-exposed.

the front camera of HUAWEI nova 3

HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: the verdict

Choosing between the Nova 3 and the Honor 10 is no easy task. But not because it would take you hours to compare features and specs, but because you would do equally well with both devices — they are simply not that different. The Nova 3 does bring a stronger camera setup and you get a slightly larger screen. With that, there is no NFC support, which you do get on the Honor 10. Then, there is the price difference. You will need $500 to get the shiny new Nova 3, while the Honor 10 can be yours for under $400.




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