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Huawei Nova 2s vs Oppo R11s: two great 6-inch smartphones worth $450 for you

For that amount of money, have a look at two of the most value-for-money smartphones – Huawei Nova 2 and Oppo R11s.

First up, we will be scrutinising the Nova 2s and see what they have to offer as per below:

  • 6-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~402 ppi density
  • Fullview Display
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T830 MP2 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 16MP with f/1.8 aperture + 20MP with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • Dual 20MP + 2MP secondary camera with f/2.0 and LED flash
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3340 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Emotion UI 8.0 based on Android Oreo 8.0 operating system
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • December 2017 expected release date
  • 2,999 Chinese Yuan or ~$450 USD price tag

Who would have imagined there will be these many goodies offered for a price that is not too expensive as a flagship device? Just look at Nova 2s and you can see why.

The first thing that you will notice, is its large 6-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen with Fullview display. We are seeing more smartphones with this kind of size and it has really been complementing the Fullview technology to the fullest. There’s also a solid metal body that exudes brilliance in the look and feel department. It will also be the first among its kind to feature Facial Unlock.

Under the hood of Nova 2s will be in the medium-upper range with the Kirin 960 chipset, fast octa-core processor, great graphics and a whopping 6GB RAM. This ensures that everything gets to run fast enough.

Well then, what’s good a fast smartphone if you can’t enjoy the finer things in life right? Here’s to the Nova 2s with an amazing four cameras to the fore! Starting with the dual 16MP+20MP primary camera, it lets you take some of the most amazing photos ever in the realm of smartphone photography. Meanwhile the dual 20MP+2MP selfie camera lets you take highly capable shots, even when in the dark. Talk about having fun.

Moving on to the storage side of things, a cool 64GB internal storage is found on the Nova 2s. It can be further expanded up to a maximum of 256GB via the microSD expansion slot.

Battery-wise, a 3340 mAh battery is equipped on the Nova 2s that can easily supply enough juice to it for a full day.

Lastly, it will be running on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 upon its release.

Step aside Nova 2s, here comes the challenger R11s:

  • 6.01-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~401 ppi density
  • Fullview Display
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8956 Plus Snapdragon 660 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 20MP primary camera (f/2.6, AF) + 16MP (f/1.7, PDAF) with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2017 release date
  • 2,999 Chinese Yuan or ~$450 USD

Having a similar price tag, we can find that the R11s have lots of thing in common. But it does have a benefit of a slightly larger 6.01-inch screen and a better AMOLED technology behind it. There’s also the additional protection that the Gorilla Glass 5 provides.

In terms of performance, the R11s is able to provide a good mid-range experience with the Snapdragon 660 chipset, fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. Good enough for all your favorite apps and games.

Similarly, the R11s also provides for a great camera smartphone experience. It is equipped with an amazing dual 20MP+16MP primary camera, that lets you go ahead out there and capture some of the finest shots. You also get to play with the bokeh effect and shoot like the pros. With a 16MP selfie camera, it also benefits from a built-in AI to enhance all your selfies. This is done by collecting data points such as age, skin tone, and facial structure; which then allows the camera to automatically capture the best selfie every time.

It does have a similar 64GB of internal storage, that can also be upgraded to a maximum of 256GB via the expansion slot.

One major drawback for the R11s is the fact that it is still running on the dated Android Nougat 7.1.1. With no confirmation as to whether it will get the Oreo 8.0 update, we can only hope and pray.

As for the battery, it might have a slightly smaller 3200 mAh battery; but there’s no stopping it from being able to power up the smartphone for a full day of use.


Huawei Nova 2s is really amazing for the price. Large 6-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen with Fullview display, exquisite metal body for a great look and feel experience, great performance, an amazing four cameras with LED flash on both the primary and selfie camera, and the latest Android Oreo 8.0 OS to boot.

Huawei Nova 2s is expected to be available by December 2017 for 2,999 Chinese Yuan or ~$450 USD. There’s plenty of colours to choose from, namely Black, Gray, Red, Rose Gold and Light Blue.

Meanwhile for Oppo R11s, it does have a slightly larger and better screen with the 6.01-inch Full HD AMOLED with Fullview display, good mid-range performance, amazing dual 20MP+16MP primary camera and great 16MP selfie camera.

Oppo R11s had just been released for 2,999 Chinese Yuan or ~$450 USD and there are three colours for you to choose from: Red, Black and Champagne.

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