The best Honor phones to buy in 2018

Best Honor Phones

Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei whose elegance lies in selling some of the best-designed smartphones with good cameras and impressive specs yet available at very affordable prices.

Riding on the success of the Honor 7X and Honor 8, the company has been coming up with a good number of great phones that are not only targeting the budget market but also coming in to kill the flagships, much like what OnePlus is doing. And did we tell you they are pretty good with the software updates, too, even if the software itself in the first place a bit in your face for some?

If you are in the market for a Huawei Honor phone right now, we have a picked up a handful best of all of them, that have been carefully selected by our team to fit a user’s needs, be it a specs beast or a budget handset that you want.

Best Honor phones [October 2018]

Device U.S. U.K. India
Honor Note 10 Availability not confirmed Availability not confirmed Availability not confirmed
Honor View 10 $499 £449.99 INR 29,999
Honor 10 $385 £399.99 INR 32,999
Honor Play $339 £280 INR 19,999
Honor 9 Lite $185 £199.99 INR 10,999
Honor 8X Coming soon (about $200) £230 INR 14,999
Honor 7C N.A. £169.99 INR 9,999

The list above has the best Honor phones that you can buy right now in the U.S., UK, India and a host of other markets across the globe. Note that not all of them are available in all markets, but there’s always the option to ship it even if it isn’t available locally.

If you are in the U.S., you might want to keep in mind that Honor phones are only compatible with GSM carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T. This means you can’t use them on CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.

With that out of the way, here are the best Honor phones that are worthy of your money.

Huawei Honor Note 10

At a time when every other smartphone vendor has resorted to the notch just so as to give us a huge display screen, it’s a good thing to see Huawei doing otherwise while still giving fans a massive display real estate. But is this enough to lure more buyers? That we can’t tell for now. However, what we can tell you right away are the specs, features, and pricing of the Honor Note 10.

Specs
  • 6.95-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB expandable storage
  • Dual 24MP + 16MP main camera
  • 13MP front camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

The Note10, as you can see from the specs, is a high-end device and thus boasts equally high-end features, however, being a device from Huawei’s value-focused Honor division, the price is affordable. In China, the base model of 6/64GB can be yours for CNY 2799 (about $410) while the 6/128GB variant goes for CNY 3199 (about $470). As for availability, we expect the Note 10 to see a global launch in the coming weeks, but when and where exactly remains a secret only known to Honor.

Honor View 10

Honor-View-10

Unveiled last year, the Honor View 10 is the best handset the company has to offer at the moment. In case you didn’t know, the View 10 is the successor to the Honor 8 Pro that came out in April 2017 and like its predecessor, the V10 rocks a premium glass and metal build, is powered by high-end specs and features a flagship camera with a solid battery unit, but it commands a midrange price tag, just like OnePlus 5T.


Also Read: Will my device get Android Pie?


The Honor View 10 has the same hardware specs as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, but it’s sold for about half the price of the latter.

Specs
  • 5.99-inch 18:9 LCD screen with full HD+ resolution
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of expandable storage
  • Dual 16MP + 20MP main camera and 13MP front camera
  • 3750mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, front-mounted scanner, face unlock, fast charging, NFC, etc.

Read more: Huawei Honor View 10: All you need to know


Honor 10

Well, among the Honor phones that will be the stars of 2018, there is one solid one: the Honor 10. The Honor 9 phone features a traditional bezel as it was released before the bezel-less era truly took over in the mid-range segment, but Honor 10 rectifies that and brings in an even more beautiful glass back, as shown below.

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Specs
  • 5.84-inch 18:9 LTPS IPS display with full HD+ resolution
  • Kirin 970 chipset (same as Huawei P20 and Mate 10)
  • 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of non-expandable storage
  • Dual 20MP + 24MP main camera and 24MP front camera
  • 3,320mAh non-removable battery unit
  • Android 8.1, upgradable to Android P
  • Extras: Front-mounted scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, AI Camera, etc.

Pretty solid spec-sheet and design there, right? But the question is would you buy the Honor 10 in place of Huawei P20 and save some bucks? That’s up to you!

Speaking of which, the Honor 10 is selling in the UK at £399.99 and INR 32,999 in India. We don’t have U.S. pricing yet, but we won’t be surprised if it came in priced at about $450 or maybe even cheaper. We’ll update this post when price details for the U.S. market are announced.


Read more: Honor 10: All you need to know


Honor Play

Honor-Play-side

The major highlight of the Huawei Honor Play is the flagship HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, the best the company has had until the recent introduction of the Kirin 980 that powers the Mate 20. There’s also the addition of GPU Turbo technology out of the box and with this tech, Honor is presenting the Honor Play as a budget gaming device that promises peak performance all the time.

The company has also confirmed an AI-assisted gaming feature is rolling out to offer custom haptics for various weapons and there’s also what it calls 4D Gaming Experience with Smart Shock as well as a 3D sound effect for the best gaming experience. With all these, the Honor Play is easily the best budget gaming-focused smartphone you can buy right now, but that’s not all it offers.

Specs
  • 6.3-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ LCD display
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB expandable storage
  • Dual 16MP + 2MP main camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, Fast charging, LTE, rear-mounted scanner, etc.

The Honor Play is available in multiple markets across Asia and Europe and for those in the U.S., Amazon is your friend in these times of need.

Honor 9 Lite

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If you are after a good budget phone, there’s no walking past the Honor 9 Lite. This is by far the best budget phone on the market. It rocks a premium design, the latest 18:9 display screen, runs the latest software out of the box and like the Honor 9i, you also get a quad-lens camera.

All of these goodies – and many others – have been highlighted in our full Honor 9 Lite review, which you can check out here.

Specs
  • 5.65-inch 18:9 LCD display with full HD+ resolution
  • Kirin 659 chipset
  • 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of expandable storage
  • Dual 13MP + 2MP back camera and dual 13MP + 2MP front camera
  • 3000mAh non-removable battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted scanner, face unlock, etc.

Read more: Honor 9 Lite review: Let’s just buy it!


Honor 8X

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The highly impressive Honor 7X has a successor in Honor 8X and Huawei is doubling down on the display screen with a massive 6.5-inch handset that, as you’d expect, has a notch that houses a massive 16MP front-facing camera. Like the 7X, the 8X also comes with a dual-lens camera, but the main shooter has been upgraded to 20MP. The bigger screen size also means you get a slightly bigger battery compared to the 3340mAh unit used in the 7X and despite coming in with Oreo out of the box, the Honor 8X will definitely be upgraded to Android 9 Pie, probably in Q1 or Q2 2019.

Specs
  • 6.5-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ LCD screen
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4GB or 6GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • Dual 20MP + 2MP main camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Extras: Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 and 5GHz), GPS, GLONASS, LTE, etc.

The Honor 8X has a price tag of CNY 1399 in China, £230 in the UK, €279 in Europe and INR 14,999 in India. The 8X is expected in the U.S. priced at about $200, just like its predecessor, the Honor 7X.

Honor 7A and Honor 7C

Huawei-Honor-7C

If for some reason the Honor 7X is a little too costly for you, the company added two more budget phones to its repository – the Honor 7A and Honor 7C. The two have already been confirmed for the UK market, but knowing Honor, they should also be sold in other markets, including India and probably the U.S. too.

The pair brings a number of firsts to devices at this price point, among them 18:9 display panels and Face Unlock and while the Honor 7C rocks a curved metallic finish, the Honor 7A has a metallic-like plastic covering. The Honor 7C takes this battle further by shipping with more RAM and storage as well as a dual-lens camera, but all this in a more compact body than the 7A.

Here are their specs:

Honor 7A
  • 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 430 SoC
  • 2/16GB memory
  • 13MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: MicroSD card (up to 256GB), rear-mounted scanner, Face Unlock, 3.5mm audio jack, etc
Honor 7C
  • 5.99-inch 18:9 HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 450 SoC
  • 3/32GB memory
  • 13MP + 2MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Extras: MicroSD card, rear-mounted scanner, Face Unlock, 3.5mm audio jack, etc.

The Honor 7A and Honor 7C are already selling in the UK and India, but there’s no word on if and when the pair will arrive stateside. In fact, it’s unlikely the two will be sold in the U.S., but if Honor has a change of heart, we’ll be here to let you know what is in store.

Upcoming Honor phones

Honor 10 Lite

Like last year, we expect the Honor 10 to be followed by the Honor 10 Lite. Of course, the former boasts flagship specs and on the other hand, the latter will rock a similar display design, a weaker Kirin 670 chipset mated with up to 4GB of RAM and as you may have guessed, you’ll also get dual-lens cameras on either side of the phone.

Pricing will reportedly start at 1299 yuan (about $205) for the Honor 10 Lite. While the Honor 10 is already here, the Honor 10 Lite may see daylight towards the end of the year.

Honor V series

Huawei-V-series

The Honor V series, which received an impressive handset in 2017 dubbed Honor View 10, will also be refreshed with new handsets – the Honor V10 Play and Honor V11.

As you may have guessed, the V10 Play will be a variant of the current V10. It’ll be business as usual for Huawei as the Honor V10 Play will come in with the same specs and features as the Honor 10 Lite already highlighted above, only that it will be unveiled six months early. Pricing will also be the same as the Honor 10 Lite.

Looking at the leaked Honor V11 specs, you’ll be getting a device with a 6-inch 2K display screen, a Kirin 970 SoC, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, a dual 12MP camera on the back and a single 8MP sensor for selfies. At launch, the V11 will command a price tag of 2799 yuan ($450) for the 4/64GB variant and 3299 yuan ($530) for the 6/64GB variant. As for the premium 6/128GB variant, you’ll have to part with 3699 yuan ($600).

The leaked Huawei 2018 smartphone roadmap also reveals other devices like Honor Play 7, Play 7A and Play 8X.

Note that this report isn’t official communication from Huawei, so take it with a grain of salt.


Wrapping up

Honor has a huge smartphone portfolio and like its mother company, Huawei, it’s becoming quite hard to keep track of its entire repository. If for some reason you feel your favorite Honor phone in 2018 isn’t represented on the list, feel free to let us know in your comments below.

As for those buying any of the listed Honor phones, also let us know which one and why you think it’s best for you via the comments section below.

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