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 7x/7S

Honor 7x

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.

Recently, a new budget phone, the Honor 7S, was released in Europe. It costs only £99 in the UK and about 133€ in Germany. It has a smaller 5.45-inch display and uses a MediaTek MT6739 processor running at 1.5GHz. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera and a 3,020mAh battery. It’s unknown if this phone will be released in the US.

Specs

Honor 7x

  • 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

Honor 7S

  • 5.45-inch LCD 18:9 display 1,440 x 720 resolution
  • MediaTek MT6739 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage
  • 13MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,020 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 7.1 x 0.8 x 14.3 cm, 145 g

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Honor 9 Lite

Honor 9 Lite Best Honor phones NDTV

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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Honorable Mention – Honor 7A and 7C

The Honor 7C.

In India, Honor recently launched the Honor 7A and 7C phones, Both phones share many features, such as a dual 13MP and 2MP rear camera setup, an 8MP front-facing camera with face unlock capabilities, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a 3,000mAh battery. Both also have 18:9, 1,440 x 720 displays, with the 7C  getting a 6-inch screen and the 7A claiming a 5.7-inch display.  The Honor 7A has the the Oualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and the Honor 7C, has the newer and faster Snapdragon 450 chip.

The price for the phones is 8,999 rupees (~$132) for the Honor 7A and Honor 7C starts at 9,999 rupees (~$147), both with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You can also get the Honor 7C with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for 11,999 rupees (~$176). There’s no word on when these phones will be released in the US.

Best mid-range Honor phones

Honor View 10 (V10)

Honor View 10 (V10)

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 8Honor 8

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 Huawei flagship Honor phones

Honor 10

Honor 10 front no notch

The Honor 10 is the latest high-end flagship phone for the Honor brand. It has a 5.84-inch FullView LCD display with a 2,280 x 1080 resolution, a 19:9 aspect ratio, and a notch which holds it a 24MP selfie camera (the notch can be hidden in the phone’s settings. The Honor 10 also has 2.5D glass on both its front and rear sides over an aluminum frame, along with a fingerprint sensor on the front, at the bottom of the display.

The Honor 10 also features an “AI Camera” suite made possible by the Kirin 970 SoC’s NPU capabilities and the 24MP and 16MP dual-camera on the rear. According to Honor, this “AI 2.0” technology enables better portrait selfies, enhanced face detection and other camera features.

The phone is being sold with  6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and a model with the same amount of RAM but 128GB of storage will be sold in China. Both models are outfitted with a non-removable 3,400mAh battery with quick charge support and run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with the latest EMUI skin on top. It also sports a USB Type-C port and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Pricing for the Honor 10 will be at  ¥2,599 (~$414) for the 64GB model, and ¥2,999 (~$478) for the 128GB version. The phone will be sold in Asia and Europe but is not expected to be sold in the US.

Specs

  • 5.84-inch LCD display 2,280 x 1080 resolution
  • Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 16MP rear cameras; 24 MP on front
  • Non-removable 3,400 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm, 153 g

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Honor 9

Honor 9

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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Honorable Mention – Honor Play

 
Recently, the Honor brand entered the small but growing gaming smartphone trend with the Honor Play. Available only in China at the moment, it has a big 6.3-inch, 2,340 x 1,080 LCD screen. Inside is Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 3,750mAh battery. It also has a dual 16MP and 2MP rear camera setup, and a 16MP front camera. It also includes gaming-themed features such as 4D” haptic feedback when playing certain games, along with a “GPU Turbo” feature to boost game performance. It’s on sale in China for 1,999 yuan (~$312) for the 4GB+64GB version, increasing to 2,399 yuan (~$375) for the 6GB+64GB variant. The phone will go on sale globally in August.

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Honorable Mention – Honor Note 10

 
 
The most recently launched phone in the Honor brand is the Honor Note 10, and it’s also its biggest phone yet, with a massive 6.95-inch full HD+ AMOLED display with a 18.5:9 aspect ratio. It also has a huge 5,000mAh battery, with fast charging that allows it to fully charge up inside of 2 hours. Inside, there’s a Kirin 970 chipset, either 6GB to 8GB of RAM, and either 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage.There’s dual rear camera setup with a 24MP monochrome sensor and a 16MP RGB camera along with a 13MP front-facing selfie shooter. It’s only available in China at the moment, with a price of  2,799 yuan (~$410) for the 6GB/64GB model, 3,199 yuan (~$468) for the 6GB/128GB variant, and 3,599 yuan (~$527) for the 8GB/128GB version. There’s no word on if it will be released globally.
 

Best Huawei Honor phones – Conclusion

Best Honor phones

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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