The Xperia Z3+ is one of Sony’s higher-end models that boasts of an Octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, has a 5.2 inches LCD display (1080p), runs on Android Lollipop and is 4G ready. But then, so is the Honor 7 from Huawei that has, more or less, the same specifications albeit with some differences that would make your job of choosing between the two devices easy enough.

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Key features of the Huawei Honor 7

  • Has a Fingerprint sensor
  • Front Facing camera is a 8 Megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Comes with a 3100 mAh battery

Key features of the Sony Xperia Z3+

  • Rear camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps
  • Front camera can record 1080p videos at 30 fps
  • Is waterproof (IP65 certified) for over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
Key SpecsHuawei Honor 7Sony Xperia Z3+
Display5.2 inches LCD5.2 inches LCD
Screen ResolutionFHD (1080 x 1920)FHD (1080 x 1920)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.0Android Lollipop 5.1
Processor Octa-core, 4*A53 2.2 GHz + 4*A53 1.5 GHzOcta-core, 4*A57 2 GHz + 4*A53 1.5 GHz
ChipsetHisilicon Kirin 935Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Memory3 GB RAM3 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB / 64 GB32 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 128 GB via microSDYes, upto 128 GB via microSD
Primary Camera20 MP with Autofocus and Dual-LED flash20.7 MP with Autofocus and LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps2160p@30fps (4K recording), 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps
Secondary Camera8 MP with LED flash
Panorama mode
5.1 MP
1080p@30fps
HDR
Battery 3100 mAh Li-Po 2930 mAh Li-Po
Fingerprint SensorYesNo
NFCYesYes
4G readyYesYes
SIM card typeOptional Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Nano-SIM
WaterproofNoIP65 certified (over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes)
Weight157 gms144 gms
Price INR 22,999INR 42,990

Let’s take a look at how the devices fare across some areas of comparisons.

Display and Processor

The display on both devices are pretty much the same – 5.2 inches LCD display with FHD screen resolution (1080 x 1920) that has great clarity and viewing angles.

The processors on both devices though are the first major difference; while both have octa-core processors, the Huawei Honor 7 combines the 2.2 GHz quad-core A53 with the 1.5 GHz quad-core A53 processors and is backed by the Hisilicon Kirin 935 powerful chipset. The Sony Xperia Z3+ on the other hand runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset with the quad-core 2 GHz A57 and the 1.5 GHz A53 processors which is known to have heating issues.

Camera and Internal Storage

The Honor 7 camera is one of the best cameras you can get compared to most flagship models at a cheaper price. Not only can it take great photos in daylight, but it also performs well in low-light conditions as opposed to the low-light performance of the Xperia Z3+. Additionally, the camera user interface on the Honor 7 also provides you with several options to enhance your photography skills.

Storage wise, the Xperia Z3+ comes with 32 GB by default as compared to the Honor 7 that offers you a choice of either 16 GB or 64 GB but at the end of the day, both devices support upto 128 GB only (via the microSD card)

Build Quality & Looks

On the build quality department, Honor 7 easily wins with its looks and build quality. It is a premium phone with metal back compared to Z3 Plus which has a glass back. However, the Xperia Z3+ does look good but the build quality is not that great.

Other Features

As you can see from the specs table, the Honor 7 has the better battery (3100 mAh) compared to the 2930 mAh battery on the Xperia Z3+, which is probably why the Honor 7 is heavier at 157 gms compared to the 144 gms of the Xperia Z3+.

The trump-card of the Honor 7 in this category though would be the Fingerprint sensor, which makes it an excellent proposition considering both phones have similar specs. 

If you’re still undecided, consider the price tag – the Huawei Honor 7 will cost you INR 22,999 whereas the Sony Xperia Z3+ is almost double at INR 42,990.

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