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Samsung was the first brand to launch a phone with an in-display camera, the Galaxy A8s while Huawei adapted this design which it features on the Huawei Nova 4. Both phones are latest additions to the range of smartphones released this year however their innovative look will attract the interest of other smartphone makers. Before the in-display feature becomes a trend let’s compare the earlier mentioned devices and see which one offers the best services.

Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s – Design & Display

Concerning the display, both devices share some similarities and differences. First, the Huawei Nova 4 comes with a 6.4-inch display with a pinhole cut-out which houses the camera placed on the left side. A centrally positioned fingerprint scanner and a triple camera setup with an LED flash lie at the rear panel.

Notably, the Samsung Galaxy A8s also has a 6.4-inch screen with the same circular cut-out and even a triple camera with a flash and finger sensor at the back of the phone.

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However, both phones vary in thickness and weight with the Nova 4 measuring at 7.8mm and 172g respectively. Alternatively, the Samsung Galaxy A8s measures at 7.4mm and weighs at 173g.

You can get the Huawei Nova 4 in red, blue, black and white while the Samsung Galaxy A8s has blue, grey and green as its available colour options.


Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s – Hardware & Software

Under this category, the Huawei Nova 4 runs on the Kirin 970 chipset alongside an octa-core processor (which clocks at 2.4GHz) and a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU.

As for the Galaxy A8s which is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC, it features an octa-core processor with a speed of 2.2 GHz and also works with an Adreno 616 GPU.

Both phones have 8GB RAM and 128GB worth of internal storage expandable to 512GB via MicroSD cards. However, the Samsung Galaxy A8s has a version that comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB of internal memory.

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The Nova 4 and the Galaxy A8s run on this year’s released Andriod 9.0 Pie based on the EMUI and Samsung Experience Skins respectively.


Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Camera

Let’s begin with the in-display camera on both products. Interestingly both phones feature a 20MP camera with f/2.0 aperture which can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps, but the back panels tell a different story.

The Huawei Nova 4 offers a triple camera setup which consists of a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a secondary 16MP camera with f/2.2 opening and 2MP depth sensor camera with a f/2.4 opening. The cameras have an LED flash and have the ability to shoot both 4k or 1080p videos at 30fps

Although the Samsung Galaxy A8s has a similar triple camera setup, it varies with the Nova 4 by including a 24MP primary shooter with a f/1.7 aperture, a secondary 10MP camera with autofocus and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The cameras have an LED flash and can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.

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With these listed facts, it’s evident that Huawei wins this round by offering a higher quality of cameras than Samsung.


Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s: Battery & Connectivity

A 3,750mAh battery embedded battery powers the Huawei Nova 4 while the Samsung Galaxy A8s has to make do with an inbuilt battery with a lesser capacity of 3400mAh. Both phones support fast charging.

Regarding connectivity, both products support 4G LTE and most WiFi standards including WiFi Direct and Wifi Hotspot. However, they have different Bluetooth versions with the Galaxy A8s featuring Bluetooth v5.0 and the Nova 4 having the Bluetooth v4.2.

Both devices feature a Micro USB 2.0 port for data transfer and charging. The Huawei Nova 4 has an audio jack while the Galaxy A8s does not have one.

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Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s – Price

As both flagship products were recently launched, we could not lay hands on their official prices. But before the end of January 2019, both brands will make the prices available as the products hit the markets.

Here is a summary of the comparison between both products.


Features Huawei Nova 4Samsung Galaxy A8s
Body Build Aluminum, Glass Aluminum, Glass
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie
Display6.4 inches6.4 inches
Resolution2310 x 1080 pixels1080 x 2340 pixels
Aspect Ratio19.3:919.5:9
GPUMali-G72 MP12Adreno 616
Dimension157 x 75.1 x 7.8 mm158.4 x 74.9 x 7.4 m
Internal Storage128GB expandable via MicroSD  to 512GB 128 expandable via MicroSD to 512GB
SIMDual Nano SIM Single/ Dual Nano SIM
ChipsetHisilicon Kirin 970 Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710
ProcessorOcta Core ProcessorOcta Core Procesor
Rear Camera48 MP, f/1.8, PDAF16 MP, f/2.2

2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor

24 MP, f/1.7, PDAF10 MP, AF

5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor

Front Camera25 MP, f/2.024 MP, f/2.0
ConnectivityBluetooth v4.2, WiFi, GPS, USBBluetooth v5.0, WiFi, GPS, USB
SensorFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity compassFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity compass
ColourAurora Blue, Red, White, BlackBlue, Gray, Black
Battery3750 mAh3400 mAh



There you have it, the Huawei Nova 4 vs Samsung Galaxy A8s, both phones share a lot in common however some specifications make one of them a better choice. In my opinion, I would recommend the Huawei Nova 4 as it has a higher camera quality and also longer battery life.

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