Honor launched their Honor Holly 2 Plus in an event in New Delhi in January, and it went on sale on 15th February. While Samsung launched a phone in the budget category in November last year and called it the Samsung Galaxy On7. These both phones stack against each other pretty well based on their performance and specs, and here I am comparing both these phones with each other.
Key Specs Honor Holly 2 Plus Samsung Galaxy On7
Display 5 inches IPS 5.5 inches TFT
Screen Resolution HD (1280 x 720) HD (1280 x 720)
Operating System Android Lollipop 5.1 Android Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
1.2 GHz Quad-Core
Chipset Mediatek MT6735P Snapdragon 410
Memory 2 GB RAM 1.5GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB 8 GB
Storage Upgrade Yes, upto 128 GB via microSD Yes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera 13 MP with LED flash 13 MP with LED flash
Video recording 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera 5 MP 5 MP
Battery 4000 mAh 3000 mAh
Fingerprint Sensor No No
NFC No No
4G ready Yes Yes
SIM card type Dual SIM Dual SIM
Waterproof No No
Weight 160 gms 172 gms
Price INR 8,499 INR 10,190
Pros and Cons
Honor Holly 2 Plus Pros
- Massive 4000mAh battery
- Support for Fast Charging
- 16GB internal storage
Honor Holly 2 Plus Cons
- Non-Removable battery
- The build does not look as sturdy as Samsung Galaxy On7
- Less Bright Display
Samsung Galaxy On7 Pros
- Removable battery
- Larger 5.5-inch display
- Much Brighter Display
Samsung Galaxy On7 Cons
- Only 8GB Internal Storage
- No support for fast charging
- Heavier than the Holly 2 Plus by 12 grams.
Display & Processor
The Honor Holly 2 Plus features a 5.0-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, whereas the Samsung Galaxy On7 features a 5.5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. In the terms of display quality, the Honor Holly 2 Plus features an IPS LCD display, whereas the Galaxy On7 features a TFT display. The brightness of both the displays is different as the Galaxy On7 is much brighter, with a mode for outdoor viewing and the Holly 2 Plus is not that bright. Also, there was a noticeable yellow tinge in the Holly 2 Plus when viewed together with the Galaxy On7.
Coming to the processor, the Honor Holly 2 Plus features a MediaTek MT6735P processor, clocked at 1.3GHz whereas the Samsung Galaxy On7 is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor, clocked at 1.2GHz. Processor wise, they both are pretty much the same as both the processors are Quad-Core. But the RAM on both the smartphones is different. The Holly 2 Plus features 2GB of RAM, whereas the Samsung Galaxy On7 features only 1.5GB of RAM.
User Interface & Operating System
Both the smartphones run on Android Lollipop 5.1 based custom roms build by the respective manufacturers. The Holly 2 Plus runs on the EMUI 3.1 built by Holly, which is actually a toned down version of the EMUI 3.1 and the OS runs buttery smooth on the device. The Samsung Galaxy On7 runs on the ever so popular Samsung TouchWiz, with a few modifications to make it run smoothly on the device. The operating system and the user interface on both the phones are not stock, and it basically comes down to personal preference on which one you prefer.
Camera & Storage
The camera on the Holly 2 Plus and the Galaxy On7 is the same megapixel wise as both the smartphones feature a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear with autofocus and LED Flash. The aperture on the phones is a bit different, though. The Holly 2 Plus has a f/2.0 aperture, whereas the Galaxy On7 has a f/2.1 aperture. The secondary front-facing camera on both the devices is a 5-megapixel shooter with an aperture of f/2.2. The pictures from both the cameras on both the devices look comparable, though, and it is hard to distinguish which one is which.
The storage on the device is where the things differ. The Samsung Galaxy On7 has an internal storage of only 8GB, with a microSD card slot that can accept cards up to 128GB. On the other hand, the Honor Holly 2 Plus has 16GB internal storage and along with that, it also features a microSD card slot that can hold cards up to 128GB in size.
Battery & Other Features
The battery on the devices takes a huge difference. The Honor Holly 2 Plus features a non-removable 4000mAh battery, whereas the Samsung Galaxy On7 features a removable 3000mAh battery. Some people would prefer buying extra batteries for their smartphones, but some people would prefer it to be sealed inside and have a better capacity.
Other than all this, the Holly 2 Plus also features Fast Battery charging, which the Samsung Galaxy On7 omits. Also, the Holly 2 plus has a dedicated microphone for active noise cancelation that the Galaxy On7 does not have.
Pricing & Availability
The pricing of these phones does differ much, as the Honor Holly 2 Plus is available for INR 8,499 whereas the Samsung Galaxy On7 is available for INR 10,190, which was launched at INR 10,990. As of writing this post, the Honor Holly 2 Plus is available on Flipkart and Amazon India both, whereas the Galaxy On7 is available only on Flipkart.
Luckily, none of these phones sport a flash-sale model which can be annoying if you want to purchase a smartphone right now.
Overall, going by the experience of using these smartphones and the specifications on paper, the Honor Holly 2 Plus looks like a more powerful phone with a cheaper price tag. As far as the company and the service options go, Honor has also come up with their service centers all over the country and they are becoming popular in India. Out of these two smartphones, if I have to choose one, I would personally go with the Honor Holly 2 Plus because of the low price tag and better specifications in some areas, and same in others as the Galaxy On7.