The Honor 50 is billed as a smart phone for selfie-loving fashionistas.
It’s all focused around the amazing vlogging-style 108 megapixel camera, a jewellery like appearance and light, curvy design for those on a night out partying.
And this Android-driven device pretty much fits the bill if that’s you.
It feels incredibly weightless in the palm despite its 6.57 inch curved OLED screen.
The emerald green backplate design we road tested did indeed give off a jewellery vibe and night-out sheen and the bright, colourful screen itself, with a Full HD+ resolution of 2340×1080 and sublime curved edges, had the right kind of dazzle.
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The all-important camera adopts a dual ring design made up of two concentric circles which its makers say “draws inspiration from the classic ring designs of luxury jewellery brands”. The top circle featuring the main camera is polished to a high finish.
So it looks great but what about under the hood?
Well the Honor 50 carries quite a hefty computing armoury too.
It is the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s SnapdragonTM 778G Mobile Platform.
That basically means it’s got a brand new, top draw computer inside running a very smooth touch screen system performance on 5G networks with speed and gaming prowess at its core.
There’s also a single-cell dual-circuit 4,300mAh battery that easily supports a full-day of uninterrupted use. And it can be charged up to 70% within just 20 minutes using the included charger.
Ideal for those on-the-go types who can’t sit still.
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When it comes to the main camera, you’re looking at a pin-sharp 108MP main camera on the back doing the heavy lifting complemented by an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth of field camera too.
On the front there’s a 32MP camera with a 90degree viewing angle, allowing users to take selfies and vlog videos with more people and scenery in the frame.
These cameras allow users to shoot photos and videos in ultra-clarity and in beautiful detail, even at night.
And Honor is aiming this at ‘content creators’ – ie. YouTuber types – who want to film themselves and their surroundings from different angles on one fluid film day-to-day.
So you get split screen options allowing you to shoot yourself face-to-camera while also using the other half of your screen to display what the back camera is seeing.
It works really well and is ideal for uploaders wanting to video document their day.
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For those wanting to look their best on a night out there is a Beauty Mode to smooth out all the wrinkles too.
In addition, wireless headsets connected via Bluetooth can be used as wireless microphones during video capture.
The user interface itself is a little basic compared to the recent Nokia’s we’ve reviewed.
It’s all Android under the hood but here we have a simplified Magic 4.2 UI and it feels minimalist.
You won’t find tons of apps when you first switch on the device, but obviously you can soon populate your mobile using the usual Google Play Store.
The interface also offers a range of customisable modern art images that lets you personalise your Always-on-Display, effectively turning the main screen into a piece of photogenic art.
Again, this is aimed at making this phone almost jewellery-like, show-offy when out and about.
The Honor 50 comes in at £449.99 for the 6GB/128GB RAM/ROM configuration and £529.99 for the 8GB/256GB version.
It’s competitively priced and certainly speedy, sharp and changeble enough to meet the needs of an outwardly video-loving Briton.
The device doesn’t feel like it’s weighty enough to sustain a bashing, so if you’re a physical person in general and a phone-dropper this might not be the one for you.
And while more could have been done to load the Honor with a wide array of apps, the UI gives you all the basics to get going and a camera that’s up there with the very best around.
Well worth a look if you’re keen to step away from the usual iPhones and Samsung devices, particularly if you’re a wannabe vlogger and selfie queen.
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