The best Honor phones 2022on September 14, 2022 at 15:28 Tech Advisor

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Honor made a name for itself for years as the cheaper, youth-oriented division of Huawei, but now that it’s been sold by the Chinese giant Honor has to strike off on its own as an independent company.

That brings both challenges – forming its own R&D, manufacture, and distribution channels – and benefits, as Honor is finally free from the US trade restrictions that have crippled Huawei’s ability to make phones, and so from now on Honor devices can ship globally with full Google software.

The result is that the phones on this chart are a mixed bag. The Honor 50 and Magic 4 series are the first to ship worldwide with Google, as does the most recent Honor 70.

The other phones in this chart released during the ban, and so while the hardware is still relatively recent, they won’t let you use Google apps or access the Google Play Store, limiting you to the apps available through the Huawei App Gallery or downloaded as .apk files using Huawei’s Petal Search tool (unless you’re brave enough to
side-load Google). These are still good phones, but with big limitations, so make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Best Honor phones 2022

1. Honor Magic 4 Pro – Best Honor phone

Pros

Powerful performance

Beautiful display

Excellent camera

Full Google support

Cons

No waterproofing

Unreliable with 3rd-party chargers

The Magic 4 Pro is a full-on flagship, with top specs in almost every respect.

That means a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, a 120Hz LTPO OLED display, and incredibly fast charging: 100W wired and wireless. The camera is committed too, with a triple lens setup including a powerful 64Mp periscope lens.

Still, this isn’t a perfect phone. There’s no IP rating, unlike some similarly priced rivals, and small flaws frustrate, like unreliable performance with unofficial chargers. Compared to other flagships, Honor’s commitment to only two years of software updates can’t quite compete either.

This is the most impressive phone Honor makes though, and with strong specs and a competitive price it’s well worth considering.

Read our full
Honor Magic 4 Proreview

2. Honor 70 – Best mid-range

Pros

Lovely design

Strong camera performance

Good battery life

Curved OLED 120Hz screen

Cons

Poor software update promise

No waterproofing

The Honor 70 is an accomplished mid-range phone, a confident step forward for the company after its breakaway from Huawei. With Google services and apps, a thoughtful and attractive design, strong performance, and good battery life, this is one of the better phones in this price range in the UK and Europe – sorry US friends.

It’s up against stiff competition from the likes of the Pixel 6a, Nothing Phone (1), and OnePlus Nord 2T, which are all a little bit cheaper and sometimes have an edge on hardware. Crucially, all three also run on slicker software, with better long-term support promised too.

But with a 120Hz display and very good main camera, the Honor 70 is still a solid choice.

Read our full
Honor 70review

3. Honor 50 – Best value

Pros

Slim and light

Beautiful display

Full Google support

Cons

No waterproofing

Mixed camera performance

RRP:



£449.99 (6+128GB) | £529.99 (8+256GB)

The Honor 50 was the company’s first phone to get a global release since going independent, and also the first to feature Google support. It was a great buy at launch, and is even better now that it’s dropped significantly in price.

The design and display are the biggest selling points here – the Honor 50 looks and feels great, and it’s both slim (7.8mm) and light (175g). The curved 120Hz OLED display is also one of the best you’ll find in any phone at this price.

The 108Mp rear camera is pretty strong, though the other rear lenses disappoint a bit. The selfie camera is still good though, and at 32Mp it’s one of the higher-resolution front-facing cameras around.

Read our full
Honor 50review

4. Honor Magic 4 Lite 5G – Best budget

Pros

66W charging

Big 120Hz display

Cheap 5G

Cons

Android 11

Inconsistent cameras

LCD screen

RRP:



Unavailable in the UK

The Honor Magic 4 Lite 5G – also known as the X9 5G in some markets – is an impressive 5G device when it comes to performance.

There’s a lot to like. The battery life is good, the screen is huge, and it offers solid performance alongside its 5G connectivity.

It’s a shame that huge screen is LCD rather than OLED, but at this prices compromises have to come somewhere, and that’s the trade-off made for a 120Hz refresh rate. Inconsistent cameras hold it back a little further, as does the choice to ship the phone with the now-old Android 11, but overall this is still a capable cheap mid-ranger.

Read our full
Honor Magic 4 Litereview

5. Honor 50 Lite – Best 4G phone

Pros

66W charging

Big display

Cons

No 5G

60Hz screen

RRP:



£249.99

Best Prices Today:


£249.99 at Honor

The Honor 50 Lite is a chunk cheaper than the regular Honor 50. If you can afford the upgrade it’s worthwhile, but if not then the 50 Lite isn’t a bad option.

The large 6.67in display is welcome at this price point (even if it only has a 60Hz refresh rate), and you’re also getting a decent 64Mp main rear camera and really fast 66W charging – genuinely impressive at this price point.

There’s no 5G support, and the design isn’t a match for its sibling, but for the price this really isn’t too shabby.

Read our full
Honor 50 Litereview

6. Honor 9A – Best without Google

Pros

Huge battery

Very affordable

Cons

No Google support

Weak camera

RRP:



£129.99

Best Prices Today:


£129.99 at Honor

The best thing about the Honor 9A is undoubtedly its battery life – getting a 5000mAh battery at such a low price is a real plus. The striking exterior design is also rather appealing.

The budget price does mean that the camera is hit-and-miss, and it’s another Honor phone that lacks Google Mobile Services.

If you’re looking for a basic phone for your day-to-day tasks and aren’t too bothered by no Google integration, then it’s still worth considering the Honor 9A.

Read our full
Honor 9Areview

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