We compare two popular midrange devices in the Huawei P20 Lite and the OPPO F7. Both phones have compelling offerings at affordable prices.
Huawei P20 Lite and OPPO F7
This is a straight up specs comparison. We’re going to look at the hardware and software differences between these two devices, relative to their selling prices.
Just a quick introduction on the two devices. The Huawei P20 Lite is the company’s midrange P-series smartphone. It features dual rear cameras, a large display, and a sleek design. The OPPO F7 is the latest Selfie Expert, and boasts a 25MP front camera with AI, and a large display.
The Huawei P20 Lite comes with a 5.84-inch FullView full HD+ display with a 2280 by 1080 resolution, a 19:9 aspect ratio, and a pixel density of 432 ppi. The OPPO F7 has a 6.23-inch display, also with a 2280 by 1080 and 19:9 aspect ratio, but with a pixel density 405 ppi.
Both displays have a notch that houses the earpiece, a couple of sensors, and the front camera.
The P20 Lite has a smaller, but sharper display. The larger screen of the F7 gives it a less dense 405 ppi. Both displays still look good, however, exhibiting decent color saturation and adequate sharpness.
The larger display of the F7 also made the phone bigger. It has dimensions of 6.14 x 2.96 x 0.31 inches, versus the P20 Lite’s 5.85 x 2.80 x 0.29 inches. The former is also heavier at 158 grams to the latter’s 145 grams.
Processor, RAM, Internal Storage
The OPPO F7 sports a MediaTek Helio P60 processor, with 4GB RAM and a Mali-G72 MP3 graphics unit. The Huawei P20 Lite features a Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM, and a Mali-T830 MP2 graphics chip.
The F7 has a clear lead on this one. It’s MediaTek Helio P60 is newer, and it is more powerful. It is built on a 12nm architecture and features a faster clock speed on all cores. The older Kirin 659 is built on a 16nm architecture, with a slower but still decent clock speed.
In AnTuTu Benchmark, the F7 got a score of 140,498 points with a GPU score of 29,856. While the P20 Lite only managed a score of 88,494 and a GPU score of 13,270.
In general use though, both phones are fast, responsive, and smooth.
The P20 Lite features a dual 16MP (f/2.2) + 2MP rear camera, with PDAF and an LED flash. Its front camera has a 16MP sensor. The OPPO F7 packs a 16MP rear camera with a bright f/1.8 lens, and a 25MP front shooter with an f/2.0 lens. Both cameras of the latter are both AI-enhanced.
The P20 Lite’s dual sensors allow for improved depth of field with improved background blurring. The F7’s single sensor is paired with a brighter lens. It can also simulate bokeh. It has an added advantage with AI at its side. Both have AR stickers, which are admittedly gimmicky, but fun.
When it comes to selfies, the OPPO F7 boasts a 25MP front camera. While the P20 Lite has a 16MP sensor. Both are capable, but the former has an edge with a brighter lens and AI beauty enhancements on its side.
The P20 Lite has an added bonus of changing the background of a selfie, as opposed to just overlaying a stickers on the face.
The OPPO F7 has a larger 3,400 mAh battery. It lasts a whole day, and takes a bit more than 2 hours to charge. In contrast, the Huawei P20 Lite has a 3,000 mAh battery. In today’s standards, that is not enough as it lasted a bit over 8 hours with moderate to heavy usage. It does make up for it though with fast charging support. It takes less than 2 hours to get a full charge.
OS, Other Specs
Both devices run their own OS based on Android Oreo. The Huawei P20 Lite is running on EMUI 8.0, while the OPPO F7 is on Color OS 5.0. Both enjoy the benefits that come with Oreo, including performance improvements as well updated security features.
Both of these OS look similar and started out as an homage to iOS. But they eventually grew into their own and have now matured. Between the two, though, I feel EMUI took it further and is more refined. But the gap is not that big.
Both devices have fast fingerprint sensors and face unlock. The P20 Lite, though, comes with a USB Type-C port, while the F7 is still on microUSB.
Price and Availability
The OPPO F7 is priced at PHP17,990, and it is now available in stores. The Huawei P20 Lite comes with a slightly cheaper PHP15,990 price tag. It will debut locally on April 28, 2018.
To wrap things up, both the Huawei P20 Lite and the OPPO F7 are great devices. Each offers something the other does not. The former is backed by excellent imaging experience resulting in a great dual camera system, a sharp display, an efficient processor, and a sleek package. While the former has revolutionized taking selfies and came up with a 25MP selfie camera, matched by a powerful chipset, and a larger battery.
In the end, choosing between the two is a matter of preference.
|Huawei P20 Lite||OPPO F7|
|Display||5.84-inch FullView Full HD+ IPS 19:9 Display (2280 x 1080, 432 ppi)||6.23-inch Super Full Screen Full HD+ Display 19:9 (2280 x 1080, 405 ppi)|
|Processor||Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 659||Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P60|
|GPU||Mali-T830 MP2||Mali-G72 MP3|
|RAM||4GB RAM||4GB RAM|
|Storage||64GB Storage +microSD||64GB Storage +microSD|
|Front Camera||Dual Rear Camera 16MP + 2MP, f/2.2, PDAF, LED Flash||16MP Rear Camera, f/1.8, PDAF, AI, LED flash|
|Rear Camera||16MP Front Camera, Screen Flash, Beauty Mode||25MP Front Camera, f/2.0, AI Beauty Technology|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS||4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS|
|Security||Fingerprint Sensor, Face Unlock||Face Unlock, Fingerprint Sensor|
|Others||USB Type-C, AR stickers||Micro USB, AR Stickers|
|Battery||3,000 mAh Battery, Fast Charging||3,400 mAh Battery|
|OS||EMUI 8.0, Android 8.0 Oreo||Color OS 5.0, Android 8.1 Oreo|
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