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 budget Honor phones

Honor 7C and 7A

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Honor is one of the few companies to bring dual rear cameras to the ultra-affordable price range, with both the Honor 7A and 7C smartphones coming with a 13MP + 2MP setup. Like all the new smartphones being released, both the Honor 7A and 7C also feature displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Both phones also come with 32GB of built-in storage, 3GB of RAM, and 3,000mAh batteries. There is also a 4GB of RAM iteration of the Honor 7C.

There are a few key differences between the two though. The Honor 7C features a larger 5.99-inch display, while the 7A comes with a 5.7-inch screen. It may not seem like a big difference, but users may appreciate the slightly more comfortable handling experience that is available with the latter.

The Honor 7C is not only bigger but also more powerful, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor under the hood. On the other hand, the Honor 7A features the Snapdragon 430 processor. A version of the Honor 7C with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage has also been announced.

While unavailable in the U.S., the Honor 7A and 7C can be bought in most European markets, the Middle East, and India, priced at around $120 and $150 respectively. (Prices may vary depending on the market).

Specs

Honor 7C

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm, 164grams

Honor 7A

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with a 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB storage, further expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera with LED flash
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 152.4 x 73 x 7.8mm, 150grams

Honor 8X

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Honor brings its bezel-less but notched design language from its more expensive flagships to the budget-friendly category with the Honor 8X. While its predecessors ruled the roost in the affordable range in the past, more intense competition in this space has resulted in Honor pushing the envelope and offering something unique.

The Honor 8X is a super-sized phablet with a premium design that stands out in the crowd. Despite its mid-range specifications, the Honor 8x includes support for the company’s new GPU Turbo technology. This feature should offer a better and smoother gaming experience by boosting the GPU and allowing for higher frame rates and reduced power consumption.

You also get a dual rear camera setup, with a 20MP primary sensor that a f/1.8 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus, and a 2MP secondary sensor for depth information. AI-based camera features are all the rage, and the 8X is no different. The front-facing selfie camera is no slouch either, with a 16MP sensor and a f/2.0 aperture.

Depending on the market, multiple iterations of the Honor 8X are available, with combinations of 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of built-in storage. With its enhanced features and capabilities, the Honor 8X isn’t as cheap as its predecessors when they were launched.

However, priced starting at around $200 (market dependent), the Honor 8X remains one of the best budget-friendly Honor smartphones out there. The Honor 8X is available in various European, Asian, and African markets.

Specs

  • 6.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor
  • Mali-G51 MP4 GPU
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, further expandable via microSD up to 400GB
  • 20MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 3,750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8mm, 175grams

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Best mid-range Honor phones

Honor 10 / Honor View 10

Honor 10

Honor 10

Honor made a name for itself in the entry-level and mid-range markets, and the company is hoping to continue that success in the affordable flagship category with the Honor 10 and the Honor View 10.

Both phones feature the same processing package, RAM, and built-in storage as the Huawei P20 Pro, so expect great performance. There are obvious differences between the Honor devices and the Huawei flagship of course. If performance is what you’re looking for though, the Honor 10 and View 10 deliver a flagship level at half the price.

The Honor 10 features a beautiful notched display, with the now expected dual rear camera setup of 16MP and 24MP shooters. Up front is an impressive 24MP unit as well. The Honor View 10 features a standard design (no notch) and while a lot of its features and capabilities are the same as the 10, the cameras aren’t as good, at least on paper. Granted, the 16MP and 20MP rear shooters and 13MP front-facing camera definitely get the job done.

Honor View 10

Honor View 10

In markets where both smartphones are available, the Honor View 10 is priced slightly cheaper than the Honor 10. The View 10 though is the only Honor smartphone on this list that is also officially available in the U.S., priced at around $450. Both phones have also been launched in various European and Asian markets.

Specs

Honor 10

  • 5.84-inch IPS LCD display with 2280 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, not expandable
  • 16MP and 24MP rear cameras, 24MP front-facing camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm, 155grams

Honor View 10

  • 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • Dual 16MP and 20MP rear cameras, 13MP front-facing camera
  • 3,750mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 157 x 75 x 7mm , 172 grams

Honor Play

The Honor Play on a table.

Gaming phones are powerful smartphones built to offer optimal performance when playing high-end, graphics-intensive games. Futuristic designs and optimized performance features aside, the one thing these devices usually have in common is a high price.

Honor is hoping to buck that trend with its first gaming smartphone, the Honor Play, which features flagship specs at a mid-range price. The Honor Play comes with the Kirin 970 processing package, which also powers the far more expensive Huawei P20 Pro. You also get the company’s new GPU Turbo technology to increase processing efficiency and reduce power consumption when playing games.

If you’re looking for flagship power and a smartphone that can handle gaming easily on a budget, the Honor Play is one the best smartphones you can buy. Depending on the market, there are multiple variants of the Honor Play available with 4GB or 6GB of RAM to choose between.

The “standard” model is priced starting at around $275 (market dependent). There is also a more expensive special edition “Player” model priced at around $400 that brings a cool design on the back that you’d expect from a gaming phone. The Honor Play has been officially launched in various Asian and European markets.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.4GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
  • 16MP and 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (dual standby) hybrid slot
  • 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm, 176grams

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Best high-end Honor phones

Honor Magic 2

The front of the Honor Magic 2.

After showing off the phone at IFA 2018, Honor officially launched its latest flagship smartphone – the Honor Magic 2 – in China. Seemingly every smartphone manufacturer is fighting towards a truly bezel-less design, and the Honor Magic 2 provides an excellent solution to getting rid of the notch. It’s not just about the design either.

Much like the also recently-announced Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Honor Magic 2 also comes with the new Kirin 980 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of storage. This all powers a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen (2,340 x 1,080) notch-less display.

The phone also packs six cameras, with three on the back and three on the front. The Honor Magic 2 comes with a 24MP f/1.8 monochrome camera, a 16MP f/1.8 standard shooter, and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera (17mm) on the back.

The front cameras aren’t quite as spectacular as the main cameras, featuring a 16MP f/2.0 shooter and two 2MP f/2.4 snappers. However, this setup enables high-level 3D facial recognition for 3D Qmoji and face unlock. What is nice is the slider mechanism that has been implemented. This lets you slide the front-facing camera up manually when you need it. Rounding out the “futuristic” elements is an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Honor Magic 2 goes on sale in China on November 6 and is available in Black, Red, or Blue. Pricing starts at 3,799 yuan (~$545) for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model and goes all the way up to 4,799 yuan (~$690) for the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage version. Unfortunately, Honor has confirmed that the device will not be launched in other markets.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch IPS LCD display with 2340 x 1080 resolution
  • 2.6GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 980 processor
  • Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of built-in storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
  • 16MP, 16MP, and 24MP triple rear cameras, 16MP, 2MP, and 2MP triple front-facing cameras
  • Dual SIM (dual standby) hybrid slot
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.3 x 75.1 x 8.3mm, 206grams

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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!

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