Two months ago, we tested the one of the latest addition to Huawei’s midrange lineup which is the Huawei Nova 2 Lite. Huawei is really proving themselves in the mobile industry with a powerful lineup of smartphones. However, Xiaomi, which is also a tech giant from the same country, is also a manufacturer of many smartphones that really made its mark to the industry that in 2017 the company grew more than Samsung, Apple, and Huawei combined.

Knowing this will make a great competition between these two smartphones in our pockets. So, which one will be your choice? Is it the Huawei’s Nova 2 Lite or Xiaomi’s Redmi S2?

Huawei Nova 2 Lite and Xiaomi Redmi S2 differences

Huawei Nova 2 Lite pros over Xiaomi Redmi S2

  • 13 MP + 2MP, PDAF and LED flash

Xiaomi Redmi S2 pros over Asus Zenfone Max M1

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Adreno 506
  • Comes with more storage variants
  • 16-megapixel front camera, HDR. LED flash, AI
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9
  • Slightly higher battery capacity

Huawei Nova 2 Lite and Xiaomi Redmi S2 Similarities

  • Screen size (5.99-inch)
  • The aspect ratio (18:9 display)
  • Screen resolution (720 x 1440)
  • Security features
  • USB OTG or on the go

When it comes on the display, these two has a lot of similarities from screen size to screen resolution. The Huawei Nova 2 Lite sports the 5.99-inch display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1440 which is the same with Redmi S2. However, Redmi S2 comes with an IPS LCD while Nova 2 Lite has their very own Huawei FullView Display. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 is a little heavier weighing 170g with a dimension of 160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm compared with Nova 2 Lite’s 155g weight with dimensions of 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8 mm.

Under the hood, Xiaomi Redmi S2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 along with Adreno 506 GPU higher than Huawei Nova 2 Lite’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with Adreno 505 GPU. Both runs Qualcomm Android chipset, however, the Redmi S2 has the latest 8.1 version while Nova 2 Lite has the 8.0 version. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 carries two RAM and storage variants, 4GB of RAM / 64GB storage or 3GB of RAM / 32GB storage while Huawei Nova 2 Lite carries 3GB of RAM / 32GB which can be expanded using microSD cards.

When it comes to battery capacity, the Xiaomi Redmi S2 has a slightly bigger power with 3080 mAh compared to Huawei Nova 2 Lite with 3000 mAh battery juice, both are non-removable.

When it comes to the smartphone’s camera department, Huawei Nova 2 Lite is equipped with 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual lenses with PDAF and LED flash while Xiaomi Redmi S2’s main camera 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel with gyro-EIS, phase detection autofocus and LED flash. As for the front-facing camera, Xiaomi Redmi S2 definitely won this part with their smartphone’s megapixel doubled Nova 2 Lite’s. Redmi S2 has a 16-megapixel with HDR, LED flash and AI while Huawei Nova 2 Lite 8-megapixel with f/2.0 aperture, soft LED flash and beautification mode.

Lastly, both handsets have the same set of security features. The Xiaomi Redmi S2 and Huawei Nova 2 Lite is available here in the Philippines with Redmi S2 retail price of Php 7, 990 that has three color variants, Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver. The Huawei Nova 2 Lite is also available in three colors, Matte Black, Blue, Gold for the retail price of Php 9,990.

Now that we’ve learned Huawei Nova 2 Lite and Xiaomi Redmi S2’s differences and similarities, which do you think will be in your pockets?

SPECSHuawei Nova 2 LiteXiaomi Redmi S2
Display5.99″ 18:9 display (720 x 1440) Huawei FullView Display5.99″ 18:9 display (720 x 1440) IPS LCD
Dimensions158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8 mm, 155g160.7 x 77.3 x 8.1 mm, 170g
ColorMatte Black, Blue, GoldRose Gold, Champagne Gold, Platinum Silver
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 430Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 506
Memory3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage4GB of RAM / 64GB storage or 3GB of RAM / 32GB storage
Main Camera13 MP + 2MP, PDAF and LED flash12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25μm, PDAF) + 5 MP, gyro-EIS, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front camera8-megapixel f/2.0 aperture, Soft LED flash, Beautification mode16-megapixel front camera, HDR. LED flash, AI
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, USB 2.0, USB On-the-goWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, USB 2.0
SecurityFingerprint scanner, Face UnlockFingerprint scanner
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 3080 mAh battery
Official PricePhp 9,990Php 7,990
Availability date (Philippines)March 2018June 2018



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