As expected, Huawei has finally launched its first pinhole selfie camera — the Nova 4. Just also recently, Samsung outed its own take, the Galaxy A8s. But comparing the two in specs and price, it seems like one is a clear winner already.

Samsung Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 Differences

Samsung Galaxy A8s Advantages

  1. Always-on Display
  2. Samsung Pay (NFC)
  3. larger 24MP main camera(compared to the base model of Nova 4 – 20MP)

Huawei Nova 4 Advantages

  1. Kirin 970 (10nm)
  2. up to 48MP main camera
  3. up to 4k @ 30fps video recording
  4. audio jack
  5. aptX HD codec support
  6. 3750mAh battery
  7. 18W fast charging
  8. smaller pinhole camera

Samsung Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4 Similarities

  1. metal + glass build with a pinhole selfie camera
  2. IPS LCD
  3. 1080p+ resolution
  4. Android 9.0 Pie
  5. microSD up to 512GB
  6. triple main camera setup (main sensor, secondary, depth)
  7. above 20MP selfie camera
  8. Bluetooth 5.0
  9. USB Type-C
  10. rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

Which is a better buy between the Samsung Galaxy A8s and Huawei Nova 4?

Based on the official images, the Huawei Nova 4 has a significantly smaller pinhole camera setup housing the 25MP sensor. While the Galaxy A8s isn’t too far ahead with its own 24MP pinhole selfie camera. From the back of things, both are sporting reflective glass but Huawei’s midrange device has a louder design.

One aspect you should look at when choosing between these two devices is the performance. The Galaxy A8s settles for a midrange Snapdragon 710 while the Nova 4 leaves that to dust with its Kirin 970 — a one-year-old but still powerful flagship SoC.

As for the triple main camera setup, Samsung makes do with its 24MP + 10MP + 5MP combo. As for Huawei, the base model gets you a 20MP + 16MP + 2MP combo while the top model switches the 20MP for a whopping 48MP lens.

When it comes to ports, we’re happy to report that both are using USB Type-C but you’re getting that rare audio jack on the Nova 4.

Battery-wise, the Nova 4 has a larger 3750mAh capacity and comes with a faster 18W charger compared to the fast adaptive charging of the Galaxy A8s for its 3400mAh.

Samsung Galaxy A8s is expected to retail for Php26,000 (6GB/128GB) while Huawei Nova 4 is officially priced at $400 or Php21,000+ for the 20MP model and $440 or Php24,000 for the 48MP model.

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SpecsSamsung Galaxy A8sHuawei Nova 4
Display6.4-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340, 403ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, Always-on Display, pinhole camera6.4-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2310, 398ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, pinhole camera
Dimensions158.4 x 74.9 x 7.4 mm, 173g157 x 75.1 x 7.8 mm, 172g
ChipsetQualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)
GPUAdreno 616Mali-G72 MP12
Memory128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM + microSD slot up to 512GB128 GB, 8 GB RAM + microSD, up to 512 GB
Main Camera24 MP, f/1.7, PDAF
10 MP, AF
5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
20MP or 48 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
16 MP, f/2.2
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Front Camera24 MP, f/2.025 MP, f/2.0
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE, USB Type-C, NFC, Samsung PayWi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, USB Type-C
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3750 mAh battery with 18W fast charging
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie) with Samsung UIAndroid 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 9.5
Official Price$500 or Php26,000+starts at $400 or Php21,000+

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