Huawei nova 8 Pro vs Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro – Review, specifications and prices

The new Huawei nova 8 Pro phone has a 4 camera setup with a main lens of 64 MP, Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 985 processor chipset and a battery of 4000 mAh. On other side, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Huawei nova 8 Pro Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.72 in (inches) 7.1 in (inches)
Processor Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 985 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Operating System EMUI 11 EMUI 11
Resolution 1236 x 2676 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 8 GB (gigabytes) or 12 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 64/8/2/2 MP 64/13/5 MP
Front Camera 32 MP 20 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 5000 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The Huawei nova 8 Pro runs on Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 985 chipset and the processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.58 GHz ARM Cortex-A76, 3 cores of 2.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 and 4 cores of 1.84 GHz ARM Cortex-A55. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2580 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture,Large-core NPU and micro-core NPU,Large Area VC Liquid Cooling,3D Graphene Cooling Film and Link Turbo. Running on EMUI 11 operating system.

The Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 985 is a less powerful chipset processor than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.

Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the second processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Kryo 585, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Kryo 585 and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Kryo 585. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2840 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture and 4th Gen liquid cooling system. And it’s running on EMUI 11 OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The Huawei nova 8 Pro is carrying a ARM Mali-G77 MP8,8 cores gpu in the interior and the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has the Qualcomm Adreno 650,587 MHz (megahertz) graphics processor.

Battery

The Huawei nova 8 Pro battery capacity is 4000 mAh which is a 25% (percent) less powerful than the 5000 mAh offered by the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro. Some features include Fast charging and Non-removable.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro battery include Fast charging, Non-removable, 2x 2500 mAh batteries and 65W fast charging.

Screen

The device is using a OLED display with 1236 x 2676 pixels and a screen size of 6.72 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro is featuring a Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 3120 pixels and a screen size of 7.1 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Huawei nova 8 Pro is a 5.6% smaller than Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Huawei nova 8 Pro Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
120 Hz refresh rate 4 pressure sensors
300 Hz touch sampling rate 500 cd/m²
3D curved glass screen 90Hz
80-degree curve 97% DCI-P3
Capacitive Active DC Dimming
Chip-on-Pi (COP) display packaging Capacitive
DCI-P3 Delta E < 1
Multi-touch HDR10+
Input latency – 24 ms
JNCD < 0.55
Master Touch 3.0
MEMC technology
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant
Touch registration rate – 240 Hz
TrueviewDisplay
TUV Certified for Eye Comfort

RAM Memory and storage

On the memory hardware side, the Huawei nova 8 Pro is carrying a ram memory of 8 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 1866 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR4X and Double channel.

The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro is coming with a 8 GB (gigabytes) or 12 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, both phones have the same ram capacity of 8 gigabytes.

The maximum ram capacity offered by the Huawei nova 8 Pro is 8 gigabytes ,which is a 50% smaller than the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro with 12 gigabytes

How much built-in storage space you can get for apps and saving photos, files and video? The Huawei nova 8 Pro comes with or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes). In the basic edition, both phones have the same storage capacity of 128 gigabytes.

At the more expensive edition, both smartphones present the same built-in storage capacity:256 gigabytes.

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro gets you or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The Huawei nova 8 Pro rear camera setup is composed by 4 lenses of 64/8/2/2 MP , the flash type is LED , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.9 f/2.4 f/2.4 f/2.4 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro rear camera comes with 3 lenses of 64/13/5 MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length (35 mm) of 20 mm , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/2.3 f/2.2 respectively.

Huawei nova 8 Pro Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
10x digital zoom 3-element lens (#3)
Angle of view – 120° (#2) 6-element lens (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#2) Aperture – f/2.2 (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Aperture size – f/2.25 (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#4) Autofocus
Autofocus Continuous shooting
Continuous shooting Digital image stabilization
Contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) Digital zoom
Digital image stabilization Exposure compensation
Digital zoom Face detection
Dual View Recording 2.0 Geotagging
Exposure compensation HDR
Face detection ISO settings
Fourth rear camera – 2 MP (macro) Macro mode
Geotagging Optical zoom
HDR Panorama
ISO settings Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Macro mode Pixel size – 1.6 m (4-in-1 pixel binning)
Panorama RAW
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Scene mode
Scene mode Secondary rear camera – 13 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Secondary rear camera – 8 MP (ultra-wide-angle) Self-timer
Self-timer Third rear camera – 5 MP (depth-sensing)
Third rear camera – 2 MP (depth-sensing) Touch focus
Touch focus White balance settings
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The Huawei nova 8 Pro comes with a 32 MP in the front.

The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has a 20 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Huawei nova 8 Pro Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
32 MP 20 MP
AIS video stabilization Aperture:f/2.2
Aperture size – f/2.0 (#2) HDR
Aperture:f/2.0.4 Pixel size:0.9 µm /0.000900 mm
Face unlock Sensor size:1/3″
HDR Wide angle lens
Secondary front camera – 16 MP (portrait)
Sensor type:CMOS BSI (backside illumination)

Data network and speed connectivity/bandwidth

The mobile networks technologies improve the communication between devices, connectivity speed and files download/upload bandwidth depending of the place.

Huawei nova 8 Pro Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
Built-in 5G modem Built-in 5G modem
EDGE EDGE
EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s) EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s)
GPRS GPRS
HSPA+ HSPA+
LTE LTE
UMTS(384 kbit/s) TD-
TD-SCDMA
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The Huawei nova 8 Pro price is $650-700 and the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro price tag is $675 (8 GB + 256 GB) or $720 (12 GB + 256 GB)

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