Specs comparison: Huawei Nova 2 Lite and OPPO A83

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We compare two similarly priced smartphones in the Huawei Nova 2 Lite and the OPPO A83. Both are priced at PHP9,990.

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Huawei Nova 2 Lite and OPPO A83

This is a straight up specs comparison between the Huawei Nova 2 Lite and OPPO A83. Sharing a price of PHP9,990, these two phones feature 18:9 displays, 8MP front cameras, and  3GB RAM / 32GB storage combinations.

Let’s begin, shall we.


The Huawei Nova 2 Lite comes with a 5.99-inch HD+ 18:9 IPS display with a 1440 by 720 resolution and a pixel density of 258ppi. On the other hand, the OPPO A83 has a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display with a 1440 by 720 resolution and a 282 ppi.

The Nova 2 Lite has a bigger screen, while the OPPO A83 has a slightly sharper one. This is due to the latter’s smaller size, giving it a more compact display.

In real world use, both displays look good. Colors look full and vibrant, with ample brightness and decent sharpness. Choosing between the will depend on the size you’re comfortable with.

Processor, RAM, Internal Storage

The Nova 2 Lite is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor while the A83 with a 2.5GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P23 processor. Both come with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

Despite what some people think of MediaTek processors, the advantage here is with the A83. In AnTuTu Benchmark, the phone scored an average of 86,700 points, while the Nova 2 Lite’s Snapdragon 430 averaged only 60,000 points.

In actual use, both phones are responsive and have smooth animations. But if you need that extra power, the A83 has it.

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As for the cameras, the Nova 2 Lite has the upper hand. It comes with a dual rear camera setup of 13MP + 2MP with f/2.2 aperture lens. The A83 has a 13MP rear sensor with an f/2.2 lens.

Dual cameras have its advantages. The secondary sensor provides information on depth of field. It also helps in capturing more light and create creamy bokeh effects via its wide aperture mode. You can also re-focus after a shot is taken.

Both phones have 8MP front cameras with each having their own version of beauty mode. The Nova 2 Lite has a front facing LED flash, while the A83 has a screen flash. But the latter has an added advantage in the form of AI assistance for selfies.


Comparing the two smartphone batteries, the Nova 2 Lite has a 3,000 mAh, while the A83 has a 3,180 mAh. The latter has a slightly bigger battery. In actual use, both will give you a day with heavy usage. The A83 lasts a few hours longer.

OS, Other Specs

The Nova 2 Lite runs on EMUI 8.0, based on Android 8.0 Oreo, while the A83 is on Color OS 3.2, based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Oreo is the currently the latest version of Android. It brings with it better notifications handling, and performance and security improvements.

Both smartphones have some level of customization via their respective theme stores. Its a moot point though, because you can always install a third party launcher that offers a deeper level of customization.

The two devices have face unlock. But only the Nova 2 Lite comes with a fingerprint sensor.

Final Thoughts

You can’t go wrong with either phones. Both offer something the other can’t. The Nova 2 Lite has a larger display, dual rear cameras, a fingerprint scanner, and a Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The A83 has a more powerful processor, a more manageable size, an AI-assisted selfie camera, and a slightly larger battery.

Choosing between the two boils down to preference — what you want in your phone, and how you’re going to use it.

Huawei Nova 2 LiteOPPO A83
Display5.99-inch HD+ IPS 18:9 Display (1440 x 720, 268 ppi)5.7-inch HD Display 18:9 1440 x 720, 282 ppi)
Processor1.4GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Processor2.5GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T
GPUAdreno 505Mali-G71 MP2
Storage32GB Storage +microSD up to 256GB32GB Storage +microSD Slot
Front CameraDual Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP, f/2.2, AF, LED Flash13MP Rear Camera, f/2.2, LED flash
Rear Camera8MP Front Camera, Selfie Flash, Beauty Mode8MP Front Camera, f/2.2
Connectivity4G LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS
SecurityFingerprint Sensor, Face UnlockFace Unlock
Battery3,000 mAh Battery3,180 mAh Battery
OSEMUI 8.0, Android 8.0 OreoColor OS 3.2, Android 7.1 Nougat

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