MANILA - Huawei's Nova 2i goes on sale this weekend, the latest entrant in the market for mid-priced handsets that offer near bezel-less displays. Here's how it stacks up against the competition.
The Nova 2i and the Vivo V7+ both offer 5.99-inch displays that occupy almost the entire front of the device. LG's Q6 has a smaller 5.5-inch display. All panels are in full HD.
There are 4 cameras on the Nova 2i, a 16MP lens on the back and a 13MP shooter on the front, each paired with a 2MP lens that captures depth of field. Vivo's V7+ has a 24MP front camera for clearer selfies and a 16MP rear camera. The Q6 has a 13MP rear camera and its front camera allows face recognition to unlock the device.
The Nova 2i retails for P14,990, less expensive compared to the P17,990 V7+ but pricier than the Q6 at P12,990.
The Nova 2i and the V7+ have nearly identical battery capacities at 3,240 mAh and 3,225mAh, respectively. The Q6 has a 3,000 mAh cell.
The Huawei and Vivo phones have rear mounted fingerprint sensors.
Samsung brought the near bezel-less design to the mainstream earlier this year with its Galaxy S8 and S8+, as it sought to rebuild its reputation after it recalled the Galaxy Note 7 in late 2016 due to faulty batteries.
The Korean electronics giant followed it up with the Galaxy Note 8. Apple will release its own full screen phone later in the year, the iPhone X.