Affordable 18:9 Display Phones Comparo: Huawei Nova 2 Lite Vs. ASUS ZenFone Max M1

Affordable 18:9 Display Phones Comparo: Huawei Nova 2 Lite Vs. ASUS ZenFone Max M1

Affordable 18:9 display phones, anyone?

Following the reveal of the Huawei Nova 2 Lite, it is just right to compare this new model to the ASUS ZenFone Max M1, a model that was silently unveiled at MWC 2018 together with the ZenFone 5 family. Both the Nova 2 Lite and ZenFone Max M1 have near-identical specs, as both use a Snapdragon 430 processor, along with an 18:9 display. However, both have slightly different features. Let’s compare the two!

Nova 2 lite specs

  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.99-inch HD+ display, 18:9 display aspect ratio, 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 32GB of storage, expandable via dedicated microSD
  • 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture lens, 2-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, PDAF, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 front cameras with selfie toning flash
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0

ZenFone Max M1 (ZB555KL) Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch 18:9 Full HD+ IPS Display
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • 13-Megapixel primary rear camera with LED Flash, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture
  • 8-Megapixel secondary rear camera with 120-degree wide-angle lens
  • 13-megapixel/8-Megapixel front camera with 85° field of view, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo (ZenUI 5.0)

Internals: The same basically

Like we mentioned early in this article, both the ZenFone Max M1 and Nova 2 Lite use a Snapdragon 430 processor. In addition, they both have 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which is no slouch either. Do note, however, that the ZenFone Max M1 has a cheaper version with a Snapdragon 425, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage.


Display: Full HD+ any day

While the Nova 2 Lite has a bigger display, the ZenFone Max M1 has an advantage as its smaller panel is a Full HD+ variety.


Camera: Almost the same ground

In terms of the primary rear camera, there’s not that much to compare as both the Nova 2 Lite and ZenFone Max M1 have a 13-megapixel snapper. The differences are seen with the secondary rear camera, as the Nova 2 Lite uses a 2-megapixel depth sensor camera while the ZenFone Max M1 has an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera.

There’s also a notable difference with the front camera as well, as the Nova 2 Lite has an 8-megapixel front cam while the Snapdragon 430 version of the ZenFone Max M1 uses a 13-megapixel snapper instead. As usual, we will have to do our usual tests before giving the final verdict on this department

Battery: The ZenFone Max M1 is a “battery king” for a reason

Being part of the Max line, the ZenFone Max M1 has a bigger battery at 4000mAh compared to the Nova 2 Lite. As to power efficiency, there are many factors that can affect how both devices can last within a day (or two) so we have to do our usual tests before giving our final say on this.


Extras: Hooray for Oreo!

While both models are meant for those looking for a phone that will not burn a hole in one’s pocket, both the Nova 2 Lite and ZenFone Max M1 have the latest Android version, along with their latest overlay. The Nova 2 Lite gets a little bonus though as it comes with face unlock, though we think it is possible for ASUS to add this feature to the ZenFone Max M1 via software update.

Verdict: Almost even

Even with their slight differences in terms of features, the ZenFone Max M1 and Nova 2 Lite have their own set of advantages. The Nova 2 Lite offers a bigger screen and face unlock, while the ZenFone Max M1 offers a wide-angle secondary camera and a bigger battery. It all boils down to what the user really prefers, as both models are pretty good for what they offer.


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