Huawei Honor Review – A Google Compliant Chinese Smartphone

The Honor 50 is the first phone outside its parent company   Huawei and includes its phone’s Google apps and services despite the Huawei phone presence on the US entity list.

Having to google play, google maps, and YouTube means that Honor 50 is the first phone outside China that customers may find viable at a starting price of $ 616.

This, even though Huawei Honor 50 on its own, has no backing of one of the most advanced technology companies, Huawei. The phone is not bad but may feel challenged by better handsets in the same price range.


  • 120Hz OLED screen
  • Good Battery Life
  • Sharp performance


  • Average camera performance
  • Plenty of bloatware
  • Not available everywhere

For 128 GB storage and 6GB RAM, the Honor 50 is priced at $ 616.  At $698, one can get 8GB and 256 GB of storage. Both the options have a 4300 mAh battery and Snapdragon 778G processor.

Specifications and design

The Honor 50 comes in loud designs, with colors available in shiny white, silver, green, and black.  It has a dual ring camera bump at the back, which is attractive compared to the usual rectangles found on most devices’ backs.

There is a 6.57-inch 1080p OLED display in the front and aspect ratio of 19.5: 5.9- and 32-inch megapixel selfie camera. The fingerprint sensor is responsive and fast, and the curved screen may not be to everyone’s liking though many users may like the camera bump.

The phone’s screen has a refresh rate of 120Hz, which makes it look smooth and feel fast, and the screens roll quickly through visually intensive apps.

Wireless charging and IP rating

There is no wireless charging and IP rating for water and dust resistance. The audio is essential with its downward-firing speaker. The inclusion of a pair of USB-C headphones in the box is a welcome surprise as rarely anyone gives.

The magic UI software, which runs Android 11, is okay though many users would like to change its default settings.  Most users who are familiar with the keypads are the Microsoft SwiftKey, rather than the Google Gboard.  The phone has four cameras in the rear.

The battery life is good, averaging over seven hours of screen time without charging. The phone supports 66W fast charging with a charger included with the phone as Honor’s own “SuperCharge,” and it is not compatible with third-party chargers.  The company claims to charge from zero to a hundred percent in 45 minutes.

The camera with its 108-megapixel four-camera array is average, with no telephoto camera.  The primary sensor apart, the three additional cameras have a low resolution at 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro.

The cameras don’t get off to a good start, especially the primary camera. The colors are vibrant, a little oversaturated, and faces appear bright and textureless.  However, the white balance is natural, and the selfies are okay.

The performance of Honor 50 in low light leaves a lot to be desired, and the shots come out dark and muddy.  In low lights, it also takes too long to take photographs.

A hard to fault display

The price of Honor 50 is a comfortable mid-range price.  However, many other smartphones are available in the same range. The OnePlus Nord2 for around $ 581 for 12 GB RAM and 256 GB storage or the iPhone SE for $ 628 for its 128 GB variant are excellent smartphones that offer a more all-round experience than Honor 50.  The Google Pixel 6 is about $ 58 more than the Honor 50 and has better features.

The smartphone market is crowded and highly competitive, with plenty of choices. Having access to Google apps and services will not be enough for Honor 50 to stand out. Also, the fast-charging Speedy 66W and the 129Hz slick display are not enough as there are other weak points such as a sluggish camera, bloated software, and lacking further details.

Huawei Honor review – Final takeaway

Overall, the Honor smartphone is value for money for a good display, a good selfie camera, a decent main camera, speedy performance, and excellent battery life.  They are all packed in a slim handset, though not perfect. This, however, is one of those good Android phones one can buy if one does not want to spend too much.

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