Honor has a number of great offerings out there that cover all ranges of phones and budgets. From low-end phones, to flagships that make your mouth water, Honor is killing it. There’s also a little confusion among the models of phones, since 8 came before 7, and 9 is better than 10, so we put together a breakdown of the best Honor phones out there to help you sort through them.

From spec beasts to perhaps the new king of budget phones, let’s break it down:

Best Honor phones: budget

Honor 7x

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Arguably, one of the kings of the budget phone, the Honor 7X is Honor’s follow up to its equally good 6X from 2017. This phone has a premium look and feel. The all-aluminum body, 18:9 aspect ratio, fast fingerprint scanner, and dual cameras all scream premium experience. Which is this phone’s superpower. And it’s only $199. That’s a wildly low price point for this screen, build, and camera setup.

The camera is a decent shooter, capturing a lot of detail in good lighting conditions. The dual camera setup allows you to capture depth of field information, allowing you to change focus on a shot — even after the fact. This also gives you a sort of portrait mode in the front and rear cameras, something generally only seen on higher tiered phones.

The processor keeps things smooth and responsive and the battery easily gets you through the day with about 4.5 to five hours of screen-on time. The software is easy to work with, allowing multiple copies of the same app to be logged in, and allowing for customizable navigation buttons. Missing, is NFC for Android mobile payments, but there is a headphone jack for the win. It’s certainly one of the Best Honor phones currently on sale.

 

 

Specs

  • 5.93-inch LCD 18:9 display 1,080 x 2,160 resolution, 407 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 16 and 2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm, 165 g

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Honor 6X

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The Honor 6X is Honor’s budget phone, introduced in late 2016. Even then it caused a stir as to how good a budget phone could be. The phone has an aluminum backplate while the rest of the phone is a polycarbonate. It looks and feels great to hold in the hand.

The phone is missing UBS Type-C and NFC, so there won’t be any mobile payment systems used here. The fingerprint reader is fast and accurate, plus gives you a variety of options in terms of controls. You can use it to swipe down the notification shade, or swipe left to right between photos. All of these make the phone a lot easier to use with one hand, which is always great.

The battery life is great, lasting all day with ease. The processor and 3 GB of RAM handle the most difficult tasks with ease. You won’t be editing video on this phone, but anything else you care to throw at it won’t be a problem. Finally, the dual camera setup is one of the first to come to a phone in this price range. The second sensor affects in-depth effects, allowing you to change the focus of a shot after the fact. Overall, this is a great phone to take home for $179.99.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD display 1,080 x 1,920 resolution, 407 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 12 and 2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0, upgradable to Nougat
  • 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm, 162 g

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Honor 9 Lite

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At the end of 2017, we all thought Honor was ready to kick back and ring in the New Year quietly. But no, just in time for the holidays, Honor gave us one last budget phone to take with us to our New Years Eve parties. Like the Honor 7x, the Honor 9 Lite features the 18:9 aspect ratio common in higher end phones. The dual camera setup kicks it up a notch with a 13 MP camera along with the 2 MP depth sensor. You’ll find that same combination on the front of the phone too.

The phone itself is available in several different configurations — variations on 3 or 4 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage. Construction of the phone is a glass sandwich — front and back. The phone also ships with Android 8.0 Oreo, so you’re getting the latest and greatest Google has to offer.

The best thing about this phone is the price, which starts at $182. Unfortunately for Americans, this phone is available in China, and will roll out in 14 other countries later. In the US, the Honor 7X might be the alternative. But it’s still a great option for part of the world.

Specs

  • 5.65-inch LCD display 18:9 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 428 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual front and back camera setups — 13 and 2 MP
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
    Android 8.0
    151 x 71.9 x 7.6 mm, 162 g

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best Honor phones: mid-range

Honor View 10 (V10)

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The Honor V10 is a powerhouse mid-range Honor phone. This phone packs a lot of goodies into one package. You have the 18:9 aspect ratio, which has become a favorite in the last year. Also, you have a front facing fingerprint sensor — almost unheard of along an 18:9 screen. You have a headphone jack and USB Type-C — there is a lot to like about this phone.

The dual camera and front-facing cameras also have a lot going for them. The rear-facing camera allows for a wide range of aperture settings, which could differentiate it from other mid-range offerings. Honor has always been really great with cameras, so it’s hard not to think that this camera setup will be excellent as well. As of this writing, we haven’t spent enough time with the camera to make a full judgement, but we’re optimistic.

Worldwide pricing and availability isn’t available yet, but stay tuned to this post. We also have some additional details here and you can preorder in select markets here.

Specs

  • 5.99-inch LCD display 18:9 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 403 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage
  • 16 MP + 20 MP rear cameras; 13 MP on front
  • Non-removable 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0
  • 157 x 75 x 7 mm, 172 g

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Honor 8Best Honor phones

The Honor 8 is arguably one of the most beautiful phones ever. Honor really outdid itself with 15 layers of light-refracting glass that let the light play across the back of the device in an almost hypnotic way. This is truly one of the only devices that will make you spend as much time looking at the back of the phone as the front of the phone. But beyond that, the phone is pretty sweet in and of itself.

The camera on the phone is incredible. It sports a color sensor and black and white sensor in order to pick up extremely fine details in your subjects. The 5.2-inch screen is a great size for one-handed use. Plus the fingerprint sensor on the back has the same tricks as the honor 6X above — swiping down for the notification shade, making one-handed use even more awesome.

The Honor 8 is almost 18 months old, but it’s still a great phone in its own right. It will stand toe to toe with most mid range phones these days, and for just over $300, it’s a pretty good deal too.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch LCD display 1,080 x 1,920 resolution, 423 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras; 8 MP on front
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0
  • 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm, 153 g

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best Honor phones: flagship

Honor 9

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The Honor 9 is the follow-up to the Honor 8. It sports the same type of glass on the back of the phone as its predecessor and has same kinds of light reflections. The Honor 9 moved the fingerprint reader to the front of the device. but kept the IR Blaster for controlling TV’s and other home equipment. The display is a Full HD LCD panel and is super bright.

The internals feature a Kirin 960 processor, 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 to 128 GB of on-board storage. Honor has a lot of great options for sound, including various tweaks for different headphone setups. Battery life is great, even for the 3,200 mAh battery, giving you up to 5 hours of screen-on time. Honor has always been aggressive in battery management.

The real star of the show is the dual camera setup, including the option to add variable aperture settings. This allows you a sort of portrait mode with bokeh effects that can be applied after shooting a photo. All this combines to make the Honor 9 one of the best flagships of 2017 and one of the best Honor phones.

Specs

  • 5.15-inch LCD display 1,080 x 1,920 resolution, 428 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage
  • 12 MP + 20 MP rear cameras; 8 MP on front
  • Non-removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0
  • 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5 mm, 155 g

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Honor 8 Pro

The Honor 8 Pro bears a lot of flagship-level specifications. The next level specs are a good step above the Honor 8. From the Kirin 960 processor, to the 6 GB of RAM, to the 4,000 mAh battery, this is a phone that packs a punch. The 5.7-inch display is bright and beautiful and ready for the VR viewer built into the box.

The dual camera is great and also offers the fun aperture adjustment found in other Huawei and Honor phones. Another fun addition is the inclusion of the headphone jack, a rapidly disappearing phenomenon in the flagship category. Overall, from a design standpoint, the phone is very thin, despite the larger battery. It makes the phone pleasant to hold and to use.

This is a flagship phone with a mid-range price. It’s hard to compete when you put that pair together. This might be the game changing phone that Honor needs to get its flagships into the hands of consumers. While it is on our best Honor phones list, its not available in the US, although you can get it in India via Amazon.

Specs

  • 5.15-inch LCD display 1,080 x 1,920 resolution, 428 ppi
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras; 8 MP on front
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0
  • 157 x 77.5 x 7 mm, 184 g

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Best Honor phones – Conclusion

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That’s our look at the best Honor phones that are currently available. Honor is really bringing it in all three price categories. It has solid offerings starting as low as sub-$200 and going all the way up to proper flagship levels. Plus, it has phones in all categories all around the world. Honor is no up-and-coming brand — it’s here and bringing its A game. Honor has already made your perfect phone. Now it’s up to you to go pick it up.

Which of the best Honor phones on our list is your favorite and why? Let us know in the comments!