Honor is starting fresh with the release of its new Honor 50 series, which includes Honor 50, Honor 50 Pro, and Honor 50 SE. All three phones will be the first Honor devices to ship internationally with Google Mobile Services (GMS) out of the box in over a year. Also, the three smartphones bring 120Hz display, 108MP main camera, and up to 100W fast charging.
The Honor 50 and its Pro variant also become the first phones to come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G chipset, while the Honor 50 SE is more directed towards a mid-range market with MediaTek’s Dimenisty 900 platform.
Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro
Out of the two Honor 50 trims, it’s obvious that the Pro model packs more punch. It has a curved 6.72-inch 10-bit AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. The front is highlighted by a pair of 32MP main and 12MP ultrawide cameras inside a pill-shaped cutout. The display offers a 300Hz touch sampling rate, dynamic refresh rate and has HDR certification.
The vanilla Honor 50, though, subtly goes down to a 6.57-inch panel with the same specs as the Pro model but misses out on an extra selfie shooter, leaving it with just a 32MP main one.
The back is where both phones are pretty much identical with their cameras placed inside two large circular openings. Inside it is a 108MP main camera with a 1/1.52-inch sensor and 9 to 1 pixel binning tech. Alongside the main camera is an 8MP ultrawide shooter and the remaining two are 2MP modules each for macro and depth shots. Honor also adds some extra software features known as Vlog modes which let you capture from both front and rear camera at the same time.
Both phones bring Snapdragon 778G chipset for the first time. The chipset has Kryo 670 CPU and Adreno 642L GPU, placing it around the territory of Snapdragon 780G. The processor is coupled up with 8GB or 12GB of RAM.
Out of the box, the phone boots on Magic UI 4.2 based on Android 11. And finally, these become the first Honor phones to support GMS after a tedious year-long ban. The Honor 50 Pro powers on a 4,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging, whereas the normal model has a bigger 4,300mAh cell with 66W charging.
The Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro go on pre-booking starting June 25 in China. As for the price, the Honor 50 starts at CNY 2,699 (around NPR 50,000 in Nepal), while the Honor 50 Pro costs CNY 3,699 (around NPR 80,000 in Nepal). Honor has said that both phones will be available internationally in over 40 regions, however, there’s no exact date for that.
Honor 50 SE
The Honor 50 SE has a flat 6.76-inch LCD panel with the same 120Hz refresh rate but a single punch hole camera with a downgraded 16MP selfie shooter. The rear camera though stays the same at 108MP main alongside 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro camera.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery and 66W fast charging. It also ships with Magic UI 4.2 atop Android 11. Pricing starts at CNY 2,399 (around NPR 44,000 in Nepal) with sales beginning from July 2 in China.