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The best Honor phones to get in 2022

From flagship to low-end, these are the Honor phones worth buying.
July 25, 2022
Honor Magic 4 Pro wireless charging dock
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Honor is arguably the original sub-brand, coming as an off-shoot of Huawei back in 2013/2014. Honor was sold to Zhixin New Information Technology in late 2020, primarily due to the US sanctions against Huawei. The brand is still dedicated to offering quality smartphones, though. They have plenty of phones at various price points, ranging from entry-level to the flagship segment. Today we’re here to show you the best Honor phones around, so let’s jump right in.

Keep in mind that while there are a number of Honor phones available, we’ll be focusing on the ones that are on sale in Western markets and support Google Mobile Services (GMS).

The best Honor phones:

  1. Honor Magic 4 Pro
  2. Honor Magic 4 Lite
  3. Honor 50
  4. Honor X8
  5. Honor X7

Editor’s note: We will regularly update this list of the best Honor phones as more devices hit the market.

1. Honor Magic 4 Pro

Honor Magic 4 Pro back in hand 3
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The first model on our list of the best Honor phones is the Magic 4 Pro, which has a lot going for it. It offers great performance, a massive 6.81-inch display, and extremely fast 100W charging. You can get the phone from zero to 100% in just 30 minutes.

The handset offers 3D face unlock, but it also sports an in-display fingerprint scanner. You also get wireless charging, stereo speakers, and a 120Hz display refresh rate. The phone runs Android 12 out of the box and is promised to get two years of OS updates. That’s far less than the likes of Google and Samsung, unfortunately.

The cameras do their job and excel at selfies and portraits, but overall, they aren’t the best ones out there. The other problem is the price, which is quite high. But all things considered, this is a great phone.

Honor Magic 4 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 5, and 50MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP + ToF
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 12

2. Honor Magic 4 Lite

Honor Magic 4 Lite

Although it has a similar name and looks as the Magic 4 Pro, the Magic 4 Lite is a very different phone. It offers a lot less, but it costs less as well.

The display is of the same size at 6.81 inches, but the chipset that hides under it is less powerful — Snapdragon 695. There’s also less base RAM and storage. You’ll find three cameras at the back and one on the front, so you’re not getting 3D facial recognition with this device. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the side and the battery supports 66W fast charging.

It’s a great mid-range overall, although it’s a shame it ships with Android 11 considering it was announced back in March.

Honor Magic 4 Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 695
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Honor 50

Honor 50 back lying on tree stump
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This is the first GMS-equipped phone from Honor since it gained its independence from Huawei. It’s a mid-range device that packs plenty of punch thanks to its Snapdragon 778G chipset and as much as 12GB RAM. It stands out due to its design (see image above), which some will love while others not so much.

Read next: Honor 50 hands-on

The display comes in at 6.57 inches and is curved on the sides. It has a 120Hz refresh rate which is dynamic, meaning it can automatically switch down to 60Hz when needed to save power. You also get four rear cameras, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and 66W fast charging.

There’s no wireless charging, though, and no IP rating either. Regardless, this is still one of the best Honor phones you can get.

Honor 50 specs:

  • Display: 6.57-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Honor X8

Honor X8

If you’re looking for something even cheaper than the models listed below, the Honor X8 may be up your alley. Coming ain’t around £200, it offers a large Full HD+ display, a mid-range Snapdragon 680 chipset, and 6GB of RAM. That’s enough for everyday tasks like checking social media and surfing the web, but don’t expect to play demanding games on this device.

There are four cameras on the back of the phone and on up front for selfies. The battery comes in at 4,000mAh and supports 22.5W charging, which isn’t all that fast. Then there’s the side-mounted fingerprint scanner, a 90Hz panel, and — surprisingly — a headphone jack.

You’re obviously missing out on features like wireless charging and an IP rating for protection against water and dust, but that’s to be expected at its price point.

Honor X8 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 680
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 5, 2, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Honor X7

Honor 7x

No, this isn’t the predecessor to the Honor X7 listed above. It was actually released a few months after the X8 made its debut. But as the number in its name suggests, the Honor X7 offers a bit less than the X8.

Although its display is slightly bigger at 6.74 inches, the resolution is lower at HD+. The main camera is of a lower resolution as well compare to the one of the X8, coming in at 48MP. The other three rear sensors are the same on both phones, though. The chipset — the Snapdragon 680 — is also the same.

The phone also has less base RAM at 4GB but surprisingly comes with a larger 5,000mAh battery. It comes in at around £160, making it approximately £40 cheaper than the X8. While it’s not the best Honor phone you can get overall, it is the best one on a budget.

Honor X7 specs:

  • Display: 6.74-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Snapdagon 680
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 5, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

That’s our look at the best Honor phones on the market right now, and there’s pretty much a device for every price segment here.