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Huawei Y7A VS vivo Y20i VS Samsung Galaxy A12: Budget Phone Comparison

by John Nieves  February 11, 2021

Verdict: Huawei asserts its dominance in this comparison, with their budget Y7a easily beating the vivo Y20i and Samsung’s Galaxy A12. The phone’s superior hardware and excellent snappers make short work of its competitors, all for a reasonable price of Php 7,599.

The Y7a has recently gotten a hefty price cut, making Huawei’s budget smartphone even better value than it once was. Today we’ll be taking a look at how the Chinese giant’s budget smartphone fare against two budget phones from two rival brands to see how it stacks up value-wise in this triple comparison. Today we’ll be pitting the Huawei Y7A VS the vivo Y20i VS the Samsung Galaxy A12. Which budget phone should you buy?

Design

All phones in this comparison are technically budget phones, so it comes as no surprise that all of them have plastic backs on the rear. The implementation of that plastic back differs though – the Huawei Y7a’s Crush Green and Blush Gold colorways reflect and refract light depending on how it hits the phone, while the Galaxy A12 uses a textured finish. vivo’s Y20i meanwhile uses a plastic finish that emulates the look of glass.

All three use fingerprint scanners for secure unlock, and all three use side-mounted scanners for this.

Display

Budget phones don’t necessarily mean small displays, and that’s true for all three devices in this list. All three phones have displays that are greater than 6 inches (6.51-inch for the vivo Y20i and 6.5-inches for the Samsung Galaxy A12) but Huawei’s Y7a has the biggest screen of all, at 6.67-inches.

Huawei also wins in the resolution department, since the Y7a also has a sharper, full HD+ panel, vs the HD+ ones in both the vivo Y20i and the Galaxy Samsung A12.

Cameras

Of the trio, only one phone has a dual-camera module while the rest has quad-cameras. The vivo Y20i only has two cameras: a 13-megapixel main shooter and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.

The Huawei Y7a and the Samsung Galaxy A21s meanwhile has four cameras on their modules. The Huawei Y7a has a 48-megapixel f/1.8 main camera and accompanied by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and 2-megapixel macro camera.

The Galaxy A12 meanwhile looks to have a similar setup: 48-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture lens, 5-megapixel ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens, a 2-megapixel macro, and a 2-megapixel depth camera.

As far as photos go, the Huawei Y7a has the warmest tones of the three and has the most realistic-looking color, while the Galaxy A12 has a slightly duller tone. The vivo Y20i takes relatively good photos considering the resolution of the camera, but the Huawei Y7a still wins as far as overall image quality goes.

Performance

All three phones sport drastically different chipsets made by three different companies: the Huawei Y7a uses a Kirin 710A chipset, the Galaxy A12 has a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, while the vivo Y20i has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset.

RAM and storage vary wildly as well: the Huawei Y7a has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Galaxy A12 has 4GB/6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the vivo Y20i has  4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Our benchmark results clearly show how much of a performance lead the Y7a has over its competitors, which makes it a solid choice for mobile gaming enthusiasts looking for a powerful phone without spending too much.

Like every other phone that Huawei has released, the Y7a comes with the company’s AppGallery app store where people can find their favorite apps. If they can’t find it there, they can always use the Petal Search Widget, which gives users access to thousands of apps they can install on their phones. More than 95% of the current apps in the market can be used on Huawei phones, and most of them can be reached thru AppGallery as well as the company’s new app search portal dubbed Petal Search.

Battery

Big batteries are fast becoming the norm for even budget phones, and the three devices featured in this comparison are no exception to that rule, with all three phones sporting battery capacities of 5000mAh.

But big batteries are only part of the equation – you’ll want fast-charging tech built-in as well to top up the phone quickly. In that regard, the vivo Y20i loses out, since it doesn’t have any fast charging tech built-in.

The Galaxy A12 is only marginally better, sporting 15W fast charging.

Huawei’s Y7a wins here since it has the fastest charging technology for all three, thanks to its 22.5W SuperCharge solution.

Price

As for pricing, the Samsung Galaxy A12 is the most expensive of the three, retailing for Php Php 9,990.

With the recent price cut, Huawei’s Y7a is now at the same price point as vivo’s Y20i, with the former going for Php 7,599 VS the latter’s Php 7,499 sticker price. 

The price cut is all thanks to Huawei’s new Light Up The Moments promo sale, and aside from the price slash, customers buying the Y7a (and other products included in the promotion) also receive gifts with the purchase. In the Y7a’s case, you’re getting a freebie umbrella valued at Php 499.

You can buy the Y7a from Lazada, here, or from Shopee, here. 

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