The Huawei Nova 2 Lite black and gold color options are now available in stores all across the Philippines. Starting April 7, the blue variant will be offered as well.
We think the phone is a good bargain option at P9,990 (around $992), especially if you’re after a large display and cameras that can add some depth of field to your shots. It’s also running the latest version of Android, so it’s up to date with regard to OS features and security patches.
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If you’ve settled into the idea of getting the handset sooner than later, you can do so through a carrier plan. Locally, it is currently being offered on Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, two of the biggest network providers in the archipelago.
That said, the cheapest way to a Huawei Nova 2 Lite without paying upfront for the device is through both carriers’ P999 ($19) postpaid plans. Specifically, Globe’s Plan 999 and Smart’s GigaX Plan 999. But which of the two delivers more value for your money? We compare both offers to find out.
For casual users who don’t stream a ton of videos or play games online, we think that both telecom providers offer a respectable amount of data each month. However, Smart users will enjoy a much bigger allocation for watching videos. Additionally, Smart will extend the validity of all unused data until the next month, an attractive bonus to heavy data users and a great-to-have feature for the rest of the masses.
Those who like listening to music on the commute, on the other hand, might appreciate Globe’s tie-up with Spotify, which grants subscribers three months of premium (read: ad-free) service for free.
Call and SMS
This is where things get a bit more gray and complicated. Globe allows users to call or text anyone within the carrier’s network to their heart’s content. Additional fees, of course, will be incurred for voice calls and text messages to other networks.
Smart’s GigaX Plan 999 will allow you to send unlimited texts to all operators in the Philippines, and that may or may not save you some money depending on which network your favorite contacts are signed up with. Calls to any local mobile number are limited to 50 minutes each month.
Other things worth knowing
Both plans have a 24-month or two-year contract period, which is standard on most postpaid plans. A month of accidental-damage insurance is likewise included in these offers.
For customers who can’t make the trip to a Globe retail store to pick up the Huawei Nova 2 Lite, they can have the phone shipped to their doorstep free of charge. Smart doesn’t seem to have that option available on its website.
Refer to this comparison chart for an easier-to-read breakdown of the carrier deals.
Huawei Nova 2 Lite specs
- Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
- Dual SIM, dual standby
- 5.99-inch HD+ IPS 18:9 display, 1440 x 720 pixel resolution
- 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
- Adreno 505 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
- Face unlock, fingerprint scanner
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
- HSPA+, 4G, LTE
- 13-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash
- 2-megapixel secondary rear camera
- 8-megapixel front camera with toning flash
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
- Proximity sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor
- Matte black, blue, gold
- 3,000mAh non-removable battery
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