Today not one but two Chinese manufacturers have announced new devices and both handsets are feature-rich at affordable price tags. Huawei’s e-commerce brand Honor has announced the Honor 7 while Meizu has announced the MX5, but how do these two handsets compare against each other and to the competition?

Honor 7 vs Meizu MX5

Before comparing these handsets to their rivals, let’s take a look at how they compare to each other. Both handsets adopt all-metal builds and while the Honor 7 has been influenced by the Ascend Mate 7, the MX5 is Meizu’s first switch to an all-metal design.

Last year’s Huawei phablet – the Ascend Mate 7 – certainly had an influence on the Honor 7

Both handsets offer Full HD displays but the 5.5-inch AMOLED screen on the MX5 is slightly larger than the 5.2-inch IPS display on the Honor 7, meaning it has a slightly lower display density of 401 pixels per inch (versus 424 ppi). Both handsets run on Android Lollipop, with Meizu adding Flyme 4.5 on top, while Huawei added its own Emotion UI v3.1 interface.

[related_videos title=”Huawei & Meizu in video:” align=”left” type=”custom” videos=”586544,563890,582092,574507,597827,604157″]Switching to the camera, both handsets use Sony modules; the Meizu MX5 comes equipped with an IMX220 module that offers 20.7MP resolution, laser autofocus and 4K Ultra HD video recording while the Honor 7 uses an IMX230 module with 20MP resolution, Phase Detection autofocus, optical image stabilisation and, presumably, 4K Ultra HD video recording as well.

Up front the MX5 has a 5MP front camera with Full HD video while the Honor 7 has an 8MP selfie camera with Huawei’s Beauty Level feature built-in. Beneath the rear camera is where Huawei have added the fingerprint sensor on the Honor 7, which is a feature that’s missing from Meizu’s flagship which is the same integration as on the Ascend Mate 7, while the Meizu MX5 has a fingerprint sensor inside the home button.

Under the hood, both handsets have octa-core processors with the Meizu MX5 using the MediaTek Helio X10 Turbo CPU clocked at 2.2GHz and the Honor 7 using Huawei’s own Kirin 935 processor, also clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s also 3GB RAM on both handsets and the biggest difference comes in the storage options; the MX5 is available with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage while the Honor 7 has either 16GB or 64GB storage.

The price of these handsets is where they may go on to challenge the established manufacturers: the MX5 costs roughly $290 for the 16GB model, while the 32GB costs approximately $322 and the 64GB comes in at $387. In comparison, the Honor 7 is available in three models: the lowest variant comes with 16GB internal storage and single SIM LTE for approx. $322, while the next version up offers the same storage and dual SIM 4G LTE for $354 and the top model offers 64GB storage and dual SIM LTE for $402.

The MX5 replaces Meizu’s previous flagship, the MX4

At these prices, both handsets are significantly cheaper than the competition and while it’s difficult to make in-depth comparisons until these devices arrive for review, let’s take a look at how they compare against the other major flagship handsets on the market.

Honor 7 & Meizu MX5 vs the competition

Like many Chinese companies, both Huawei and Meizu have attempted to challenge established devices by focusing on offering impressive specs with an even more impressive price tag.

they certainly have feature sets that will appeal to almost all users
Along with rival Chinese OEMs Gionee and Xiaomi, these companies have transformed the mid-range market by offering feature-rich smartphones at a price that belies belief. While they won’t have all the bells and whistles found on handsets that retail for almost double the price, they certainly have feature sets that will appeal to almost all users.

Let’s take a look at how the Meizu MX5 and Honor 7 specs compare vs the best from Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC.

DetailHonor 7Meizu MX5Sony Xperia Z3+HTC One M9Galaxy S6LG G4
Detail:

Honor 7:

Meizu MX5:

Sony Xperia Z3+:

HTC One M9:

Galaxy S6:

LG G4:

Detail:
<b>Hardware:</b>
Honor 7:
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Meizu MX5:
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Sony Xperia Z3+:
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HTC One M9:
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Galaxy S6:
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LG G4:
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Detail:
Display:
Honor 7:
5.2 inch IPS<br>Full HD (1080x1920)<br>Density: 424ppi
Meizu MX5:
5.5 inch AMOLED<br>Full HD (1080x1920)<br>Density: 401ppi
Sony Xperia Z3+:
5.2 inch IPS<br>Full HD (1080x1920)<br>Density: 424ppi
HTC One M9:
5.0 inch Super LCD3<br>Full HD (1080x1920)<br>Density: 441ppi
Galaxy S6:
5.1 inch Super AMOLED<br>Quad HD (1440x2560)<br>Density: 577ppi
LG G4:
5.5 inch IPS<br>Quad HD (1440x2560)<br>Density: 538ppi
Detail:
Processor:
Honor 7:
Octa-core Kirin 930<br>4 x 2.2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
Meizu MX5:
Octa-core Helio X10<br>8 x 2.2GHz
Sony Xperia Z3+:
octa-core Snapdragon 810<br>4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
HTC One M9:
octa-core Snapdragon 810<br>4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
Galaxy S6:
octa-core Exynos 7420<br>4 x 2.1GHz, 4 x 1.5GHz
LG G4:
hexa-core Snapdragon 808<br>2 x 1.82GHz, 4 x 1.44GHz
Detail:
Storage:
Honor 7:
16/64GB<br>
Expandable: Yes
Meizu MX5:
16/32/64GB<br>
Expandable: No
Sony Xperia Z3+:
32GB<br>
Expandable: Yes
HTC One M9:
32GB<br>
Expandable: Yes
Galaxy S6:
32/64/128GB<br>
Expandable: No
LG G4:
32GB<br>
Expandable: Yes
Detail:
RAM:
Honor 7:
3GB
Meizu MX5:
3GB
Sony Xperia Z3+:
3GB
HTC One M9:
3GB
Galaxy S6:
3GB
LG G4:
3GB
Detail:
Build Type:
Honor 7:
Metal
Meizu MX5:
Metal
Sony Xperia Z3+:
Glass
HTC One M9:
Aluminium Unibody
Galaxy S6:
Glass and metal
LG G4:
Plastic front with Plastic or Leather rear
Detail:
LTE:
Honor 7:
Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
Meizu MX5:
Cat 4 (150Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
Sony Xperia Z3+:
Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
HTC One M9:
Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
Galaxy S6:
Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
LG G4:
Cat 6 (300Mbps DL, 50Mbps UL)
Detail:
Fingerprint Sensor:
Honor 7:
Yes
Meizu MX5:
Yes
Sony Xperia Z3+:
No
HTC One M9:
No
Galaxy S6:
Yes
LG G4:
No
Detail:
SIM card
Honor 7:
Single/Dual SIM
Meizu MX5:
Single SIM
Sony Xperia Z3+:
Single SIM
HTC One M9:
Single SIM
Galaxy S6:
Single SIM
LG G4:
Single SIM
Detail:
<b>Software:</b>
Honor 7:
Android 5.1<br>Emotion UI v3.1
Meizu MX5:
Android 5.0<br>Flyme OS 4.5
Sony Xperia Z3+:
Android 5.0<br>Sony UI
HTC One M9:
Android 5.0<br>HTC Sense 7
Galaxy S6:
Android 5.0.2<br>TouchWiz UI
LG G4:
Android 5.1<br>LG G UX 4.0
Detail:
<b>Camera:</b>
Honor 7:
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Meizu MX5:
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Sony Xperia Z3+:
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HTC One M9:
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Galaxy S6:
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LG G4:
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Detail:
Sensor size:
Honor 7:
20MP
Meizu MX5:
20.7MP
Sony Xperia Z3+:
20.7MP
HTC One M9:
20MP
Galaxy S6:
16MP
LG G4:
16MP with color spectrum sensor
Detail:
Autofocus:
Honor 7:
Phase Detection
Meizu MX5:
Laser
Sony Xperia Z3+:
Yes
HTC One M9:
Yes
Galaxy S6:
Yes
LG G4:
Laser
Detail:
Optical Image Stabilisation:
Honor 7:
Yes
Meizu MX5:
No
Sony Xperia Z3+:
No
HTC One M9:
No
Galaxy S6:
Yes
LG G4:
Yes
Detail:
Video:
Honor 7:
1080p@60fps
Meizu MX5:
1080p@60fps<br>2160p@30fps
Sony Xperia Z3+:
1080p@60fps<br>2160p@30fps
HTC One M9:
1080p@60fps<br>2160p@30fps
Galaxy S6:
1080p@60fps<br>2160p@30fps
LG G4:
1080p@60fps<br>2160p@30fps
Detail:
Front camera:
Honor 7:
8MP, video TBC
Meizu MX5:
5MP, 1080p@30fps
Sony Xperia Z3+:
5.1MP, 1080p@30fps
HTC One M9:
4MP Ultrapixel<br> 1080p@30fps
Galaxy S6:
5MP, 1440p@30fps
LG G4:
8MP, 1080p@30fps
Detail:
Flash
Honor 7:
dual-LED (dual tone)
Meizu MX5:
dual-LED (dual tone)
Sony Xperia Z3+:
LED flash
HTC One M9:
dual-LED (dual tone)
Galaxy S6:
LED flash
LG G4:
LED flash
Detail:
<b>Battery:</b>
Honor 7:
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Meizu MX5:
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Sony Xperia Z3+:
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HTC One M9:
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Galaxy S6:
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LG G4:
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Detail:
Capacity:
Honor 7:
3100mAh
Meizu MX5:
3150mAh
Sony Xperia Z3+:
2930 mAh
HTC One M9:
2840 mAh
Galaxy S6:
2550mAh
LG G4:
3000 mAh
Detail:
Fast Charging:
Honor 7:
100% in 1 hour 25 mins<br>50% in 30 mins
Meizu MX5:
mCharge<br>60% in 40 mins
Sony Xperia Z3+:
Quick Charge 2.0<br>60% in 30 mins
HTC One M9:
Quick Charge 2.0<br>60% in 30 mins
Galaxy S6:
Quick Charge 2.0<br>60% in 30 mins
LG G4:
None
Detail:
Wireless Charging:
Honor 7:
No
Meizu MX5:
No
Sony Xperia Z3+:
No
HTC One M9:
No
Galaxy S6:
Yes, PMA+Qi
LG G4:
Optional

There you have it – the specs of the Honor 7 and Meizu MX5 certainly show that it’s possible to make a handset with the latest flagship specs at a price that’s anything but flagship. Of course the specs list only reveals a small part of the overall experience and we can’t comment on how good these handsets are until they arrive for review but the specs comparison certainly gives us food for thought.

What do you think of the specs of the Meizu MX5 and Honor 7 vs the competition? Which handset would you buy (if any)? Let us know your views in the comments below!