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Honor View 30 in hand with display and punch hole camera

Honor is arguably the original sub-brand, coming as an off-shoot of Huawei back in 2013/2014. The brand offers plenty of phones at a variety of price-points, ranging from entry-level to the flagship segment.

Fan of the brand or just intrigued by their offerings? We’ve got you covered with a look at the best Honor phones worth buying.

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 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

Honor 20 Pro specs:

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

2. Honor View 30 series

Honor View 30 in hand profile

The Honor View 30 series is probably the closest to Huawei’s flagship line, featuring a top-flight Kirin 990 chipset, 5G connectivity, and big batteries with 40W fast charging. So far, so high-end.

Honor’s View 30 phones also offer 40MP RYYB main cameras for superior low-light performance, 8MP 3X telephoto shooters, and a pair of selfie cameras (32MP and 8MP ultra-wide). 

The View 30 Pro and standard model differ in a few other areas though, such as the ultra-wide rear camera (12MP vs 8MP), battery size (4,100mAh vs 4,200mAh), and wireless charging (27W vs no wireless charging). 

There is one caveat though, and that’s the fact that these devices lack Google Play Services. So that means no Play Store and several other Google apps you might take for granted. Nevertheless, these are among the best Honor phones in terms of specs alone.

Honor View 30 specs:

  • Display: 6.57-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 40MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 32MP main and 8MP ultra-wide
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Honor View 30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.57-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 40MP main, 12MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 32MP main and 8MP ultra-wide
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Honor Magic 2

The Honor Magic 2 isn’t the newest phone on the list, launching back in December 2018. But it’s still a very capable smartphone for the most part, featuring a Kirin 980 processor, Google support, and a rather interesting camera setup.

You’ve got a triple rear camera layout (main, wide, and monochrome) as well as a triple selfie camera setup (main and two depth sensors). That means you’ve got six cameras in total, although you don’t get a telephoto rear camera or ultra-wide selfie shooter, oddly enough.

Honor’s phone doesn’t have the biggest battery at 3,500mAh, but 40W charging means it can hit 50% in 15 minutes and 85% in 30 minutes. It’s also worth noting that this is a slider phone, being one of the few slider devices on the market in recent years. 

Honor Magic 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 16MP main, 16MP ultra-wide, and 24MP monochrome
  • Front camera: 16MP main, 2MP depth, and 2MP depth
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. Honor 9X 

Honor 9X front

The Honor 9X earns a spot on our list by virtue of being one of the last Honor devices 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 last year.

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. 

Honor 9X specs:

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

5. Honor 20 Lite

Picture of the Honor 20 Lite 6

In the market for something a little cheaper? 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 one of the best budget Honor phones around for ~$220 on the likes of Gearbest.

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

honor 8s amazon composite

In the market for an entry-level smartphone? Well, whether you need a backup phone or just want a no-frills device, the Honor 8S is a solid pick.

Between the low-end internals (Helio A22 chip, 2GB to 3GB of RAM), 3,020mAh battery, and single 13MP rear camera, nothing really stands out about the device. But the phone can be had for ~$150 and under, so you’re pretty much getting what you pay for.

Honor 8S specs:

  • Display: 5.71-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio A22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 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. Looking for more best lists? Then check out our bullet list below.