The Honor 7 was launched ahead of the IFA 2015 event and the Chinese phone is slowly reaching the global market, as its price is very affordable – around 500 dollars. The Sony Xperia Z5 is expected to be released next month, but its specs have been officially announced.
Designs and displays
The Honor 7 comes with a metal chassis, the speaker is located at the bottom and it’s drilled, the sides are also made of metal and on the back were added two horizontal plastic strips – at the top and at the bottom, making it look like HTC’s One M9 flagship. The device measures 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm, it weights 157 grams and it features a fingerprint scanner placed below the rear camera. The screen is IPS-NEO LCD, it’s sized at 5.2-inch and it supports Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with 424 ppi.
The Xperia Z5 has a lot in common with the other Z range of phones, featuring a metal frame and a frosted glass back, it’s resistant to dust and water and it’s slightly taller and slimmer, measuring 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm, which results in a total weight of 154 grams. The screen has the same size and resolution, but it’s an IPS LCD and supports a pixel density of 428ppi.
The Honor 7 is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core processor based on a HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset and it hides 3GB of RAM under the hood. It handles many demanding games and the overall performance is pretty awesome. In addition, there is a microSD card slot to expand the internal memory from 16/64 to 128GB, using the SIM 2 slot.
The Xperia Z5 is also very fast, thanks to Qualcomm’s MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor which consists of a team of two CPUs: 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and 2 GHz Cortex-A57, which are backed by 3GB of RAM. Likewise all flagships which have this hardware configuration, the Z5 seems to experience overheating, when the phone runs multiple intensive applications, simultaneously. There is only one variant of internal memory, with a capacity of 32GB, which can be expanded up to 200GB.
The Honor 7 has a rear camera with a generous resolution of 20MP, which performs quite well for the low price. It’s paired with features which include dual-LED flash, phase detection autofocus and HDR, but its recording capabilities are limited to 1080p@30fps. The front camera is 8MP and it’s accompanied by LED flash.
The Xperia Z5 has a back camera with a higher resolution of 23MP and the main features are LED flash and phase detection autofocus, but it can record 2160p videos at 30fps. Te front camera has a lower resolution of 5.1MP and it shoots with HDR.
The Honor 7 is powered by a non-removable Li-Po 3100mAh battery which, according to GSMArena, lasts 8 hours and 20 minutes when talking over 3G. The Xperia Z5 has a smaller non-removable Li-Ion 2900mAh battery which withstands up to 17 hours.