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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Honor 7 vs Meizu MX5 - Hardware technical spec comparison

Its 30th June and both of these Chinese manufacturer are launching their flagship on the same day and that is not where the similarity ends because both of these phone would run on overclocked ARM A53 architecture in Kirin 930/935 and Mediatek Helio X10 (MT6795T). When other high end flagship is playing with fire in Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, these two manufacturer opt to play it save with an overclocked slower A53 processor rather than using the faster A57 used in Snapdragon 810. Both of these phone sporting a metal type body shell, heat will be a big issue if it is not dealt properly.

Because these are flagship smartphone, we will look at the comparison between the specification of these two phone and help you to decide which one is better. We will focus at the internal SoC and camera hardware offering as both usually will help in deciding a purchase.

Meizu MX5 Honor 7
Processor Mediatek Helio X10
8 core (2.2GHz)
Hisilicon Kirin 935
4 x 1.5Ghz (A53) +
4 x 2.2Ghz (A53)

Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop
(FlyMe OS 4.5)
Android 5.0 Lollipop
(EMUI 3.1)
GPU PowerVR G6200 ARM Mali T768 MP4
Display 5.5” FHD (1280x720)
5.2” FHD 1080p IPS
Dimension 149.9mm x 74.7mm x 7.6mm 143.2mm x 71.9mm x 8.5mm
Weight 149grams 157grams
Memory RAM : 3GB (LPDDR3)
ROM : 16/32/64GB

ROM : 16/64GB
Expandable : MicroSD 128GB
Battery Type : Non-Replaceable
Capacity : 3150mAh
Type : Non-Replaceable
Capacity : 3100mAh
Camera Rear : 21MP / F2.2
Sony IMX220
Laser Auto Focus

Front : 5MP / F2.0
Rear : 21MP / F2.0
Sony IMX230
Phase Detection AF

Front : 8MP / F2.4
Sensors Finger print : Yes
Compass : Yes
Proximity : Yes
Accelerometer : Yes
Ambient : Yes

Finger print : Yes
Compass : Yes
Proximity : Yes
Accelerometer : Yes
Ambient : Yes

The processor
Honor 7 - Kirin 935
Honor is a sub brand of Huawei so by default it will be using their own Kirin processor and this time its the top of the line Kirin 935. Kirin 935 was unveiled together with Huawei other flagship the P8 and it is actually an 8 core ARM a-53 setup with 2 cluster configuration. One cluster is clocked lower with 4 core running 1.5Ghz and another cluster clocked higher at 2.2Ghz. It run big.LITTLE configuration system with task are mostly handle by the lower clocked cluster and would be passed to the higher clocked when required. This setup would have greater power efficiency but that might be negate by the HPC 28nm fabrication that is considered old technology.

Meizu MX5 - Mediatek Helio X10
Helio X10 was know as MT6795 in its earlier incarnation but Mediatek opt for a new naming convention for their SoC with X (extreme) and P (Performance) moniker. The earlier benchmark on MT6795 show promising score where it outpaces Snapdragon 810 by a small margin and the second MT6795T improve a little on the score. This SoC might be something to be reckon with even if all the core are only using ARM a-53 chips. Power efficiently might be an issue with this chipset configuration but 28nm HPM fabrication process could help to negate the excess power draw.

Winner : Meizu MX5

Honor 7 - IMX230 - 21MP, f2.0, sapphire glas 6P lens
The latest image sensor from Sony found its home in the recently launched Honor 7. With its 192 point PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus), the sensor would give every photo a sharp image as the auto focus might be the fastest ever created by Sony. Huawei's EMUI 3.1 photo application and software would have to be able to translate the sensor capability to really stunning photo but that still open for discussion as there is no available photo comparison available.

Meizu MX5 - IMX220 - 21MP.f2.2,6P Lense
This might be an outdated image sensor but dont take that for granted because Meizu added a Laser focus system to the camera that could work in any lighting condition. As the focusing is based on the laser, it doesnt need to have sufficient lighting for sharp image as the PDAF method. IMX 220 has the biggest sensor size (7.87mm) of all Sony Exmor RS sensor and even bigger than the one used on IMX230 (7.487mm). Sensor size is still the most important part of any digital photography as the bigger sensor would allow more light information per pixel.

Winner : inconclusive yet

Both of this phone is a flagship on its own and the only deciding factor between these two phone would be the buyer own preference. What we can say is that Meizu MX5 would be a phone that could give any Snapdragon 810 flagship phone a run for their money as the Helio X10 score are impressive for a lower priced chipset.

Both of these phone are only available in Mainland China for now and we hope we can get our hand on either one of this phone in the near future. Until then, we could just read all the review that would be coiming out in the months to come.

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