Nubia Z18 Mini vs Huawei P20 Lite: Specs Comparison

by Michele Ingelido 0

With the quality-price ratio of its devices, Huawei has become one of the three most important smartphones manufacturers in the world. Huawei P20 Lite is actually its most important device in the mid-range category and one of the best choices for people with a limited budget. But yesterday Nubia Z18 Mini was launched, and we noticed that its specs are incredibly interesting if we compare them with its price. That is why we decided to compare it the Huawei 20 Lite, and through the following Nubia Z18 Mini vs Huawei P20 Lite comparison, we will try to establish if this less known company is able to offer a better product at a similar price.

nubia z18 mini vs huawei p20 lite

Nubia Z18 Mini vs Huawei P20 Lite

Nubia Z18 Mini Huawei P20 Lite
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 148 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm, 153 grams 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm, 145 grams
DISPLAY 5.7 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 424 ppi, 18:9 ratio, LTPS IPS LCD 5.84 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 432 ppi, 18:9 ratio, LTPS IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, octa-core 2.2 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 659, octa-core 2.36 GHz
MEMORY 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot 4 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot
SOFTWARE Android 8.1 Oreo, nubia UI Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA Dual 24 + 5 MP f/1.7
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 16 + 2 MP f/2.2
16 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 3450 mAh
Fast charging 5V / 2A
3000 mAh
Fast charging 9V / 2A
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Hybrid Dual SIM slot Hybrid Dual SIM slot

In order to make a choice between these handsets you need to make an important decision: do you want a notch or not? Huawei P20 Lite has a notch and narrower bezels, while Nubia Z18 has no notch but its screen-to-body ratio is lower. For the rest, both the phones have a wonderful design with a refined glass back and an aluminum frame. What makes Nubia Z18 Mini better is its hardware side, as it is composed of a SoC with higher performance (the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660) and 2 GB RAM more than its opponent. So Nubia Z18 Mini is faster and it should behave better in multi-tasking.

Both the handsets have a dual cameras on their back, but we still can not tell you which one is better in terms of photo and video quality as Z18 Mini has just been unveiled. However, the front camera should be better on the Huawei P20 Lite with its 16 MP resolution. On the other hand, Nubia Z18 Mini has a bigger battery and, given that Snapdragon 660 is usually well-optimized, it should also have a longer battery life. Huawei P20 Lite is actually available to purchase in the global market with an online street price of about €300/$371, while Nubia Z18 Mini has been launched in China with a starting price of €230/$286. In our opinion, Z18 Mini is actually a better choice and it also has a higher value for money.

Nubia Z18 Mini vs Huawei P20 Lite: PRO and CONS

Nubia Z18 Mini


  • Better hardware
  • Bigger battery
  • Great design
  • Affordable price


  • Limited availability


Huawei P20 Lite


  • High screen-to-body ratio
  • Beautiful design
  • Better selfie camera
  • Worldwide availability


  • Higher price