Honor is making a great name for itself in the global smartphone market. Owned by Huawei, it’s a separate brand that often takes the exact same specs of a Huawei phone, repackages it in some typically snazzy designs, and sells it cheaper.
Turns out, that’s a great thing for you the consumer.
We tend to ignore Honor’s youth-focused branding, as these often affordable smartphones are great for everyone (particularly if you like the colour blue, though other colours are available).
They often have dual cameras, attractive designs and AI software features that Huawei phones have for often hundred of pounds or dollars more.
Honor smartphones range from the premium to the extremely affordable - but debatably the former can stray into the latter. This is what makes the large range slightly confusing sometimes.
Here is our rundown of our favourite Honor phones currently on sale to help you pick which is best for you. Do note that the Honor 8X will be replaced by the Honor 9X and 9X Pro imminently, with UK and European availability announced at IFA on 6 September.
Best Honor phones 2019
- Reviewed on: 23 January 2019
The Honor View 20 is stunning to look at - from just about any angle, thanks to the one-two punch of the pinhole camera on the front and the genuinely unique holographic V effect on the glass rear. The photos look great, but don't really do this thing justice - it's properly gorgeous.
With a Kirin 980 and 6/8GB RAM the specs are plenty powerful to match, and comfortably rival much more expensive flagship phones (including Huawei's own Mate 20 Pro). And perhaps for the first time, Honor deserves to be in the same conversation as the big names when it comes to camera quality. Touting a 48MP lens is meaningless, but it's hard to argue with the results, especially from the AI Ultra Clarity mode.
At just £499 for the base model, and £579 for one with extra RAM and storage, this is genuinely affordable too. Honor's flagships have always offered serious specs and slick design while undercutting rivals on price, but it usually feels like there are a couple of compromises along the way.
For perhaps the first time, the View 20 doesn't feel that way. Sure, premium features like wireless charging and waterproofing are still missing, but for most people those remain nice-to-haves - whereas with the core features here Honor is firing on all cylinders.
Read our Honor View 20 review.
2. Honor 20
- Reviewed on: 30 July 2019
The Honor 20 is a great-value phone that offers a lot for your money. It's cheaper than the View 20 was when it launched and even though both phones now cost roughly the same, the Honor 20's better cameras make it the better choice, despite the absence of a headphone jack.
It's more powerful than the similarly priced Google Pixel 3a, but the trade-off is that you don't get stock Android or the guarantee of fast updates to new versions.
Read our Honor 20 review.
3. Honor 10
- Reviewed on: 16 July 2019
The Honor 10 is a solid phone.
Battery life might not be anything to write home about but that's not unusual and there's so much to like here. Much of what the Honor 10 offers, like display, cameras and build quality are at the level you'd expect from a phone twice the price.
The software is better than ever and you get a whopping 128GB of storage as standard. Add in smooth performance, a headphone jack, dual-SIM and attractive design and you can see why this is a mid-range king.
Read our Honor 10 review.
- Reviewed on: 7 January 2019
Honor has done it again with the 10 Lite, one of the best budget smartphones you can buy. For just £200 it has the best battery life of a phone in its price range, a large screen and dual cameras.
Those cameras fall down in low light and it's a very clearly a plastic phone but the performance is excellent. It's up there alongside the Moto G range as the best cheap phone about.
Read our Honor 10 Lite review.
5. Honor 20 Pro
- Reviewed on: 19 August 2019
With flagship phones costing around a grand these days, the option of a much cheaper phone with cameras that are just as good is pretty tempting. You miss out on some high-end features: no wireless charging, no OLED screen and no water-resistance, but in just about every other area the Honor 20 Pro is top notch.
Read our Honor 20 Pro review.
6. Honor Play
- Reviewed on: 15 November 2018
At £279, it's very easy to recommend the Honor Play. The display is no match for rival gaming phones like the Razer Phone or Asus ROG, but the Play offers top notch performance at a far lower price than either of those, which might make it the ideal phone for gamers on a budget.
The specs are almost identical to the pricier Honor 10 and even the much pricier Huawei P20, though it's worth noting that it's got a metal chassis rather than a glass back, and the camera isn't a patch on the ones in those phones.
Still, even if you're not a gamer, this is one of the best value phones on the market, offering flagship performance at a fraction of the price, so long as you don't mind missing out on the best photography features.
Read our Honor Play review.
7. Honor 8X
- Reviewed on: 15 July 2019
Though it only costs £229.99 in the UK, the Honor 8X looks, feels and performs like a high-end smartphone in most respects. It features a gorgeous shimmering glass back and a stunning 6.5in FHD+ bezel-less display on the front, complete with a Notch housing a 20Mp camera.
It offers advanced features including facial recognition that works well in most environments, and although performance isn't perfect when running demanding apps, it should be more than enough for casual browsing and gaming.
Read our Honor 8X review.
- Reviewed on: 3 May 2019
It's a bit of a stretch to call this a budget phone, but it's a quarter of the price of an iPhone XS. Given that perspective, the 20 Lite offers solid value with decent cameras and performance.
It's still built to a price and is no flagship rival, but if you have this much to spend it's very good indeed.
Read our Honor 20 Lite review.
- Reviewed on: 16 July 2018
Another great mid-range option from Honor is the View 10 that's high on specs, low on price. It's similar in style to the Honor 8 Pro rather than the recent Honor 9.
Instead of a glass back, the View 10 favours AI software and Android Oreo. It's a sweet deal, especially if you want dual cameras and a large screen. We wouldn't be surprised if you were tempted by one of Honor's cheaper devices, though.
Read our Honor View 10 review.
10. Honor 7X
- Reviewed on: 27 November 2018
Honor does pretty much everything right with the 7X. It looks like a much more expensive phone than it is, has a headphone jack and offers a choice of dual-SIM or expandable memory.
The 18:9 screen is great to use, and most apps work ok when forced to fill it. Battery life is good and cameras are acceptable, but not excellent.
The bottom line is that Honor has put together a decent phone that gives you an 18:9 screen which looks like a flagship for far less than flagship prices.
Read our Honor 7X review.
11. Honor Note 10
- Reviewed on: 8 October 2018
Although you'll have to import it if you live outside of China, the Honor Note 10 has proven excellent in our testing. It is all screen, and if you want a phone with the biggest one around, this is it.
Performance is great and video and games looks stunning on one of the biggest OLED panels you can find without a notch. As with most Honor phones, it's also pretty affordable.
If you want a phone with flagship specs to replace a tablet the Honor Note 10 fits the bill.
Read our Honor Note 10 review.