Honor 50 evaluate: A stable midrange cellphone designed for content material creators


  • Google Cellular Companies
  • Selfie digital camera
  • 66W bundled charger
  • Battery life

Do not Like

  • Superfluous rear cameras
  • No IP ranking for water and mud resistance
  • Not accessible in US

The Honor 50 cellphone lineup revealed Wednesday has a compelling motive to be thought-about after years of being written off outdoors of the Chinese language market. In brief, it is among the many first within the collection to have entry to Google Cellular Companies (GMS) after dropping entry in 2019 as a consequence of sweeping sanctions leveled by Donald Trump’s administration at then-parent firm Huawei. That modified with Huawei’s sale of Honor to an impartial group of consumers final 12 months, which now lets Honor telephones regain entry to GMS, letting these telephones entry the Google Play Retailer, Gmail and Google Maps. 

So with the political drama out of Honor’s manner (a minimum of in the interim), I started testing the Honor 50 for a couple of week and have discovered it to be a midrange 5G cellphone with numerous options that work properly for its value. The cellphone has a 6.57-inch OLED show with a 120Hz excessive refresh charge, a formidable selfie digital camera, an ultra-fast 66W charger and stereo audio system. To get these options at a value that is decrease than comparable rivals like Samsung’s Galaxy line, the Honor 50 lacks an IP ranking for water and mud resistance nor wi-fi charging. The Honor 50 can be powered by the extra midrange Snapdragon 778G processor, but it surely’s hardly a perceptible distinction in day-to-day use from one thing just like the Galaxy S21 Extremely, which runs on the flagship Snapdragon 888.

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With a 32-megapixels selfie digital camera, Honor designed this for individuals who wish to create content material on a finances. And it comes amid the meteoric rise of TikTok and its China-equivalent Douyin. However even in the event you do not see your self partaking in TikTok’s dry scooping problem anytime quickly (or ever), this cellphone is price contemplating in the event you’re in search of an reasonably priced 5G Android cellphone that covers the fundamentals or in the event you soar on numerous Zoom conferences in your cellphone because it has that spectacular selfie digital camera backed up respectable battery life in addition to a improbable warp-like cost velocity akin to OnePlus. The audio system had been loud sufficient too. 

The Honor 50’s base mannequin contains 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to begin. A stepup mannequin can be accessible with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Pricing for the telephones begin at 529 euro for the 6GB mannequin, which roughly converts to £445, AU$820 and $610 and 599 euro for the 8GB. Each telephones are set to launch in Europe earlier than getting a wider international rollout, however there are not any plans to launch the cellphone within the US. 

And along with the Honor 50 that I’m reviewing right here, a stepdown Honor 50 Lite cellphone can be deliberate for launch that ought to are available a bit cheaper, however pricing is not but accessible. 


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Honor 50 design: Enterprise within the entrance, celebration on the again

With its modern construct and fashionable aesthetic, the Honor 50 very a lot seems to be like a premium cellphone. It is also refreshingly light-weight in comparison with the iPhone 12 Professional Max, which is likely to be partly as a result of Honor 50’s plastic body. Honor says the again is fabricated from glass, and my mannequin got here in a white and silver coloration. This cellphone incorporates a holographic-like Honor brand on the again, together with a dual-circle digital camera bump. 

Although maybe not as elegant as Huawei’s P50 Professional, the design of the digital camera seems to be uncannily like that cellphone regardless of every firm stressing Honor is an impartial unit. 

The remainder of the cellphone contains acquainted options like the quantity rockers and energy button on the correct. The underside of the cellphone features a USB-C connector on the underside together with one of many stereo audio system.But with the colour scheme, the Honor 50 is something however refined. If that louder white and grey is not to your liking, you can too take a look at different coloration choices.

Honor 50 show: Stable all-around

The Honor 50 incorporates a 6.57-inch OLED show with Full HD Plus decision ( 2340 x 1080 pixels) and a zippy 120Hz show. Although it is change into extra commonplace in midrange telephones, it is nonetheless good to see easily scrolling net pages and breezy app transitions made potential with the 120Hz refresh charge. That’s the identical refresh charge because the Galaxy S21 and the Pixel 6 Professional, together with Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 11. Just like the Galaxy S21 and the iPhone 13 Professional, the Honor 50 makes use of an adaptive display screen refresh charge which might intelligently change to a decrease charge if you find yourself doing an exercise that would not profit from it, comparable to a nonetheless picture.

Honor 50 digital camera: 108-megapixel lens leads pack

Honor boasts a revamped digital camera bump, taking the type of a “dual-circle” and a reshuffled digital camera array consisting of 4 rear lenses:a 108-megapixel foremost shooter, 8-megapixel (wide-angle), 2-megapixel (bokeh), 2-megapixel (macro). The primary digital camera depends on a 1/1.52″ massive sensor and a f/1.9 vast aperture, and took largely stable photographs. However the macro photographs weren’t something particular, and it received me questioning why Honor bothered to place a macro lens to be start with. Other than the digital camera setup, a slew of digital camera modes are at your disposal letting you do issues like “image in image,” which helps you to overlay the view of the entrance digital camera onto the larger view of the rear digital camera or vice versa. Whilst somebody who enjoys creating content material, these modes are a bit gimmicky to me, however I can see how others would possibly respect having all these content material creating instruments simply accessible from the digital camera’s viewfinder.


Screenshot of multi-camera mode.

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Honor 50 digital camera: Highlight on selfies

Honor put numerous emphasis on its selfie digital camera — one more signal Honor needs you to create content material with this system. The front-facing digital camera makes use of a 32-megapixel front-facing lens housed in a round notch on the top-center of the show. It additionally comes with a 90 diploma viewing angle, permitting you to suit a bit extra surroundings than normal in your selfies. I used to be impressed with the selfie digital camera. Pictures turned out to be fairly life like and detailed. After I in contrast selfies to the a lot pricier iPhone 12 Professional Max I used to be impressed by the way it stacked up. I additionally found that the Honor 50 picture had whitened my face barely, however I did not look unnatural to me. Very similar to how Apple, Google and Samsung telephones appear to have their very own model of photo-taking, whether or not or not you want Honor’s model will doubtless come down to private desire.  


Taken with the wonder filter on. I used to be in a position to toggle it to resolve how a lot of a filter I wished. 

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Selfie taken in a darkish room at evening with low visibility.

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Taken on tremendous macro mode. I couldnt get a lot nearer than this and nonetheless seize a transparent sufficient picture.

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One other instance of a macro picture.

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Taken with the primary digital camera.

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Broad angle instance.


Taken on default settings (1x)

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5x zoom instance. 

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10x zoom picture taken on a cloudy day.

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Panorama instance

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As you simply noticed, the pictures had been crisp and detail-filled with at occasions a tad sharper than I’d have preferred because of the AI processing. The 10x digital zoom allowed me to seize photographs — even on foggy days — of faraway objects, although their photographs turned out to be blurry. Nonetheless they’re topics that weren’t seen with my bare eye, significantly on cloudy days. Total, I believe the cameras took respectable sufficient footage for the worth level.

Honor 50 Software program: Magic UI 4.2 runs on Android 11

I did not discover a ton of modifications on Magic UI, although it was a useful consumer expertise. There have been a bunch of additional settings to discover comparable to battery settings and always-on-display settings, and general it was clear and user-friendly with out feeling bloated, besides possibly within the aforementioned digital camera app’s many modes and instruments.

Honor 50 battery & efficiency: Reliable

The battery lasted me a couple of day and half with very delicate use. Which means I made a couple of calls, despatched some emails, watched a few YouTube movies and browsed the web. Even whenever you finally run out of juice, refilling the Honor’s 4,300 mAh battery is fast work thanks partly to the 66-watt wired charger. Honor says that you’re going to get a 70% cost in simply 20 minutes — and for essentially the most half that declare proved to be true. Based mostly on my exams, the battery juiced up greater than 50% in simply quarter-hour and it took about an hour to recharge fully. Even with out together with wi-fi charging, it is secure to say that battery nervousness will probably be a factor of the previous whenever you’re utilizing the Honor 50.

The Honor 50 runs on a Snapdragon 778G, which is respectable for a midrange cellphone. In everyday use, the cellphone sailed by means of duties and I didnt discover any sluggishness or lags even once I examined out some video games or watched YouTube movies.

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