Which one of the three mid-range phones should you buy?
Huawei’s Nova 5T is already at stores, and a lot of you are already looking forward to picking up the newest superstar in the company’s roster. But before you put down cash (or swipe your card, or apply for Home Credit) you might want to see how it stacks up to two other phones in the same category: OPPO’s Reno and Samsung’s Galaxy A70.
Huawei Nova 5T specs
- Kirin 980 processor
- Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
- 8GB of RAM
- 6.26-inch Full HD+ display with punch-hole notch, 1080 x 2340 resolution display
- 128GB of storage
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- Quadruple rear cameras: 48-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX586 main camera; 16-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens; 2-megapixel depth camera; PDAF, LED Flash, AI scene detection
- 32-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock, GPU Turbo 2.0, USB-C
- 3750mAh battery with 22.5w SuperCharge
- Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1
OPPO Reno Specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor
- Adreno 616 GPU
- 6GB RAM
- 6.4-inch Full HD+ OLED display, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6
- 256GB internal storage
- 4G, LTE
- Dual SIM
- Dual rear cameras: 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX 586 main camera with OIS; 5-megapixel depth sensor; LED flash
- 16-megapixel f/2.0 pop-up front camera
- WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
- In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock
- 3765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 quick charging
- Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6
Samsung Galaxy A70 specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor
- Adreno 612 GPU
- 6GB of RAM
- 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display, 20:9 aspect ratio
- 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB)
- Triple rear cameras: 32-megapixel f/1.7 main camera, 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth camera, 8-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide camera
- 32-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- 4500mAh battery with 25W fast charging
- Android Pie with OneUI
All three have great color options, but the Nova 5T is just eye-catching
The mid-range is where brands do a majority of their sales nowadays, so it’s not surprising that midrange phones nowadays come decked with new color gradients and design treatments.
OPPO’s Reno gets a glass back and a metal frame, though the company shied away from louder colored gradients to a more refined black and jade color.
Samsung’s Galaxy A70, on the other hand, opts for more eye-catching finishes that glitter and change depending on how light hits it. It also has a glass back and a metal frame.
We’re starting to sound like a broken record, but honestly, Huawei really hit it out of the park with the design of the Nova 5T. While the black isn’t that interesting to look at, the blue variant really is a sight to behold. But if you’re lucky enough to have a choice on what color variant to get, you’d be a fool not grab the totally eye-catching Midnight Purple variant with the Nova iconography slathered on the back.
And just like its two other competitors, the Nova 5T’s back and frame are made out of glass and metal.
A mix of displays, punch holes and notches
The three phones that we have in this comparo have three very distinct ways of dealing with the front camera.
OPPO’s solution is to get rid of the notch altogether and use a motorized, shark-fin pop-up camera that only goes up when it’s needed.
Samsung surprisingly doesn’t go with a hole-punch camera cutout, and instead uses a traditional waterdrop notch.
Huawei, on the other hand, uses a hole-punch notch on their phone, tucked at the upper left side.
Three phones mean three different displays – the OPPO Reno has a full HD+, 6.4-inch OLED panel, while the Samsung Galaxy A70 has a huge 6.7-inch, full HD+ Super AMOLED panel.
Of the three, only Huawei’s Nova 5T doesn’t have an OLED-based display and is content on using a full HD+ IPS panel with a hole-punch cutout.
Since the Nova 5T doesn’t use an OLED-based display, it’s also the only one among the three that uses a regular, physical fingerprint scanner instead of an under-display one.
Mid-range performance for two, but only one has a flagship processor
Mid-range phones mean mid-range processors – though one of the three is an exception to that rule.
The Samsung Galaxy A70 comes packing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
OPPO’s Reno has a slightly higher tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Huawei’s Nova 5T is unique in that it’s the only one of the three that comes packing a flagship processor, in the form of Huawei’s home-grown Kirin 980 chipset – the same processor that’s in their P30 Pro.
It’s also the only phone of the three that has 8GB of RAM, though storage tops out at 128GB.
2, 3 and 4 rear cameras
Aside from what powers them under the hood, mid-range phones nowadays look to the number of cameras to give them an edge over their competitors.
OPPO’s Reno has two – the main shooter is equipped with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens and the secondary camera has a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 aperture.
Samsung ups the ante with the Galaxy A70 that comes with three cameras: a 32-megapixel main camera with an f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth sensor.
Of course, Huawei has these two beat if you simply consider how many cameras are in its body, as it has a 48-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX586 main camera; 16-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth camera.
Big batts for all, though Samsung rules the roost
Battery capacity has steadily increased the past few years for mid-range phones, and it’s not surprising to see devices packing more juice than usual.
But of the three phones, only Samsung’s Galaxy A70 has more than 4000mAh inside of it – thanks to its voluminous body, the Galaxy A70 has a 4500mAh battery, compared to the OPPO Reno’s 3765mAh or the Nova 5T’s 3750mAh.
All three phones have fast charging tech too – OPPO’s VOOC 3.0 allows the Reno to fast charge at 20W, while Huawei’s SuperCharge tech inside the Nova 5T allows the phone to get topped up to 22.5W.
Samsung’s Galaxy A70 is the speediest of the three when it comes to charging, thanks to 25W fast charging.
Huawei’s Nova 5T is the price king
Of course, all the specs and features that you see on a phone will all depend on the price that you get it for.
In that regard, Huawei is the undisputed winner of the triple matchup, thanks to its incredible Php 18,990 price, all things considered.
OPPO’s Reno is priced at Php 26,990, which is already in the price range of flagship killers in the market, including the OnePlus 7 and Xiaomi’s Mi 9T Pro.
Samsung’s Galaxy A70 is priced a bit better but is still a little far off the mark with a Php 22,990 price tag.