Smartphone manufacturers today are stopping at nothing to give consumers a device with features they need and want, and Huawei is a brand that keeps users’ needs at the centre of its business, as the brand makes sure to offer a smartphone for every budget. One good example is its popular entry-level smartphone line-up, the HUAWEI nova Y series

The newly launched HUAWEI nova Y90, dubbed the Powerful Star with Massive Display, is the latest addition to the series that brings a host of solid features in an attractively priced smartphone. To put this into perspective, let us compare it to Samsung’s similarly priced Galaxy A33 5G and Galaxy A23 to get an idea of how the HUAWEI nova Y90 fares better.

HUAWEI nova Y90

HUAWEI nova Y90 vs Samsung Galaxy A33 5G vs Galaxy A23

Display Quality and Features

HUAWEI nova Y90 is equipped with a 6.7-inch HUAWEI Edgeless FullView Display. The screen’s ultra-narrow bezels measure only 1.05mm, bringing a high screen-to-body ratio of 94%. This provides more screen area for an immersive visual experience, especially when it comes to movies and games. 

As the screen has a high refresh rate of up to 90Hz and 270Hz touch sampling rate, navigating menus, scrolling through social media pages, and gaming will be buttery smooth. The display supports smooth screen dimming control, automatically adjusting the screen’s brightness according to the ambient light, providing a comfortable reading experience and features eye comfort mode and e-book mode to protect users’ eye health.

HUAWEI nova Y90 6.7-inch HUAWEI Edgeless FullView Display

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G is comparatively smaller at 6.4-inch. Likewise, the bezels around the screen are thicker, especially the top and bottom bezels, and the resultant screen-to-body ratio of about 84% is lower than HUAWEI nova Y90. However, being a 90Hz high refresh rate display, it offers smooth scrolling and gaming.

Samsung Galaxy A23 shares a lot in common with Samsung Galaxy A33 5G and the rest of the Samsung Galaxy A series. However, there are some differences, like the bigger 6.6-inch screen size. But apart from the size, the display has a high refresh rate of 90Hz, and a screen-to-body ratio of 83%, which is only slightly lower than that of the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G. 

Battery Charging Speed and Technology

HUAWEI nova Y90 comes with the 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which can intelligently coordinate the charging voltage and electric current according to the smartphone’s battery life, as well as control its charging capacity. Users can charge HUAWEI nova Y90 up by 50% in just 30 minutes. Meanwhile, HUAWEI nova Y90 can visualise battery health and reminds users when it’s time for battery replacement or maintenance. It also goes through eight layers of fast charging protection, thirteen layers of charging protection, and a layer of USB port overheating protection, making charging fast, smart and safe.

HUAWEI nova Y90 5000mAh Battery

Samsung Galaxy A33 5G features fast charging; however, it is only 25W. With 25W charging speed, it will take about 1.5 hours to charge the battery from zero to full. Likewise, Samsung Galaxy A23 also supports 25W fast charging. But both phones only come with 15W chargers in the box. So, in order to get the 25W charging speed, you will have to buy a 25W charger separately.

Battery Performance

A large battery is always the simplest and most effective solution to guarantee battery life. HUAWEI nova Y90 inherits the long-lasting battery life of the HUAWEI nova Y series. It is equipped with a 5000mAh (typical value) large battery, offering longer battery life compared to other smartphones in the same price range in the market, which eases the worry of all-day heavy use. The batteries powering the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G and Galaxy A23 have a capacity of 5000mAh, the same as the HUAWEI nova Y90.


While the competition manages to measure up to HUAWEI nova Y90 in some aspects, HUAWEI nova Y90 far outshines them all in all other aspects, which makes it a solid entry-level phone.