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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, mostly due to the US sanctions against Huawei. The brand is still dedicated to offering quality smartphones, though. They have plenty of phones at a variety of 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.

The best Honor phones:

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

1. Honor V40 5G

Honor V40 5G smartphone render

The Honor V40 5G is the brand’s first release after splitting from Huawei. It was mostly developed under Huawei’s wing, though, and you can tell by the phone’s looks, as well as its value. It’s definitely among the best Honor phones around, as well as the newest.

Performance is powerful thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset and 8GB of RAM it carries. It also comes with a gorgeous 6.72 OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. Then there are special features like dual speakers, a massive 1/1.56 inch 50MP main camera, and 66W charging.

That’s a hell of a phone for its 3,599 yuan (about $550 USD) price. The only sad part is that it’s hard to get it outside China.

Honor V40 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.72-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek Dimensity 1000+
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Honor 20 Pro

Honor 20 Pro rear glass

Looking for a high-powered Honor device with Google Mobile Services? Then the Honor 20 series is your best bet, and the Honor 20 Pro is the most capable device in the family.

The Honor 20 Pro packs a Kirin 980 processor (also seen in the Mate 20 and P30 series), plenty of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. You’re also getting a flexible quad camera setup, featuring a 48MP main shooter, 16MP ultra-wide camera, 8MP telephoto sensor, and 2MP macro camera.

Honor’s device isn’t perfect though, using an LCD screen rather than an OLED panel, and going without an IP rating or wireless charging. Regardless, it’s one of the best Honor phones you can find.

Honor 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.26-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Honor 30 Pro Plus

honor 30 pro plus review rear in hand

The Honor 30 Pro Plus might be the phone to get if you liked the idea of the Huawei P40 but wanted a little more bang for your buck. Between the 90Hz OLED screen, 4,000mAh battery with 40W charging, and dual selfie cameras that are actually useful, there’s a lot to enjoy here.

Honor’s high-end phone also delivers a versatile triple rear camera setup, featuring a 50MP RYYB main camera, 5x 8MP periscope camera, and 16MP ultra-wide shooter. Otherwise, we also have extra features like 27W wireless charging, IP54 splash resistance, and 256GB of storage. Don’t expect Google Mobile Services, unfortunately, as is the case with other recent Huawei flagships.

Honor 30 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.57-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 16, and 8MP
  • Front cameras: 32MP and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Honor 9X

Honor 9X front

The Honor 9X earns a spot on our list by virtue of being one of the best Honor devices that still came with Google Play Services. You’re getting a Kirin 710F processor, 64GB to 128GB of storage, and a triple rear camera layout (48MP main, 8MP wide, 2MP depth). This is pretty much in line with Huawei’s budget wares from 2019.

Honor’s phone stands out from the pack thanks to its pop-up selfie camera too (16MP), resulting in a notch-free screen. You’re also getting a 4,000mAh battery, and we found that it easily gave us a full day of usage. So this is worth considering if you can find a good deal on it.

Honor 9X specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 710F
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

5. Honor 20 Lite

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In the market for something a little cheaper and want one of the best Honor phones on a budget? Then you can do far worse than the Honor 20 Lite, essentially being Honor’s take on the P30 Lite in many ways.

The Honor device packs a Kirin 710 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,400mAh battery. So it’s definitely a mid-tier phone in terms of core specs, but you shouldn’t have issues with everyday performance. Other notable specs include a triple rear camera (24MP main, 8MP wide, 2MP depth), and a 32MP selfie camera.

If anything, the biggest weaknesses are the old microUSB port instead of USB-C, as well as the lack of fast charging. But it’s still one of the few Google-toting choices in Honor’s budget portfolio.

Honor 20 Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.21-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 710
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 24, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

6. Honor 8S 2020

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The Honor 8S 2020 is literally the same phone as the 2019 device, with the sole difference being that the 2020 model is only available in a 3GB/64GB variant (as opposed to 2GB/32GB and 3GB/64GB). Nevertheless, the phone is still an okay option for those looking for a backup device with Google support.

The low-end power means even lightweight 3D games might be a struggle here, while multitasking might be a bit of a problem due to the amount of RAM. Other notable if ho-hum specs include a single 13MP rear camera and a 3,020mAh battery. So unless you absolutely must have a cheap Honor phone, we’d recommend you look at devices from the likes of Samsung, Realme, and Xiaomi.

Honor 8S 2020 specs:

  • Display: 5.71-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio A22
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,020mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

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.