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Meizu Pro 7 vs Huawei Honor 9: two great flagships with great dual primary camera for under $440

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For those who have that extra cash and wouldn’t mind spending more on a smartphone, here’s Meizu Pro 7 and Huawei Honor 9 that you can seriously consider. With both having a great dual primary camera, one has a nifty secondary screen while the other has a whopping storage capacity.

or those who have that extra cash and wouldn’t mind spending more on a smartphone, here’s Meizu Pro 7 and Huawei Honor 9 that you can seriously consider. With both having a great dual primary camera, one has a nifty secondary screen while the other has a whopping storage capacity.

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We begin with the Pro 7 which has the following specs:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (~423 ppi pixel density)
  • Secondary 2" AMOLED display, 240 x 536 pixels
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6757T Helio P25 chipset, Octa-core (4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.6 GHz Cortex-A35) processor, Mali-T880MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage with no expansion slot
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (mCharge 3.0)
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 expected release date
  • $429 USD estimated price tag

As always, Meizu has never stopped short of coming out with a smartphone that is all about beauty. The design concept and pursuit of perfection can be seen throughout the highly-detailed brushed texture, the enhanced edge processing of the antenna, and the new sensor and receiver design. It has refined the essence of existing products with breathtaking and elaborate detail.

Aside from its beauty, the Pro 7 will be sporting a 5.2-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen with metal body and fingerprint sensor. And one thing that will catch your attention for sure, is its revolutionary secondary 2-inch AMOLED screen that stands out from the crowd. The rear secondary display can be used to display notifications that free you up from the hassle of managing all your notifications. Ignore unwanted reminders while at work, and never miss out on important messages. It will take some time to get used to it before you can take full advantage of this feature.

Regarding performance, it is somewhere up there in the medium-high range with the Helio P25 chipset, a decently fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM. There’s nothing that this smartphone can’t run quick and smooth enough.

Camera-wise, the Pro 7 comes with a dual 12MP primary camera which is the norm these days for a lot of smartphones. It comes with an enhanced night image quality, richer detail, and an all-new blurring mode so that each shot is a work of art. Then there’s the 16MP selfie camera to cater for all your selfies. Due to the secondary display, it gets more interesting as you can now perform precise tuning of beautification algorithms. It allows you to see yourself on the rear display in real-time, making capturing that perfect smile a breeze.

But when it comes to capturing lots of photos in the highest resolution available, be wary that its storage won't hold up, with just 64GB of internal storage available. It should get filled up in no time at all, and with no expansion slot – the need to depend on cloud storage or USB on-the-go is a necessity.

With 3000 mAh battery supplying the necessary juice – it should be more than enough to power up the smartphone for at least a full day. The fast battery charging feature will get it filled up in minimal time.

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Moving on to Honor 9, the Honor series has always been at the forefront for Huawei to showcase its flagship range of smartphones. Here you go then with its specs:

  • 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G71 MP8 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 20MP+12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 16th, 2017 release date
  • ~$439 USD price tag

Sporting a slightly smaller 5.15-inch Full HD LTPS IPS screen, it also has a metal body and fingerprint sensor that you have come to expect at this price range.

Similarly, the performance is somewhere in the medium-high range with the Kirin 960 chipset, a fast octa-core processor, good graphics and 4GB RAM combining well.

But things start to go better with the dual 20MP+12MP primary camera setup that also comes with all the bells and whistles of a high-end smartphone camera. It lets you take some of the most breathtaking photos with just a smartphone. Then there’s the 8MP selfie camera for you take great selfies with it.

In terms of storage, Honor 9 pulls apart with double the amount to 128GB of internal storage. Not only that, but there’s also a microSD expansion slot that allows for easy upgrade of space.

With a 3200 mAh battery supplying juice to Honor 9, there shouldn’t be an issue to power up the device for at least a day.

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Conclusion:

Meizu Pro 7 introduces a revolutionary concept with a second screen at the back, rather than the front like most other smartphones. This means you get to look at selfies in a whole new way, receive notifications without much distraction, listening to songs on your playlist and so much more. That, and having great hardware and a great primary camera. But no expansion slot might turn off some people from getting this smartphone.

Meizu Pro 7 is set to be released this month August 2017 for ~$429 USD. It will be available in Black, Gold and Red.

On the other hand, the Huawei Honor 9 does not have any glaring weaknesses. Great hardware, great dual primary camera and huge storage are just some of the things that make it a winner.

Huawei Honor 9 had just been released last June 2017 for ~$439 USD. It is available in Amber Gold, Seagull Grey and Charm Sea Blue colours.

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