Honor has become a separate mobile/telecommunication company some months back but has it come out of the Huawei influence in their products and features is what we are going to check out in our blog post along with the review of Honor 50 which landed on my desk in December 2021 for some days. I really loved the device because of its capable camera which as I already knew will be good as Huawei premium phones cameras are still awesome without the Google apps support.
Honor is now competing for the market share in the already flooded market where Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, Xiaomi, One Plus and other brands are trying hard enough with their constant launch in all price segments. Huawei already has upped their mobile game for the value segment in terms of the Y series and Nova series. Every quarter they are launching a new smartphone and keeping us busy too with the reviews and launch event invites.
Honor 50 5G comes with a motto of Wonder in One Take with 3 main features specifically mentioned in all their releases and those are 108MP vlog camera which means they are directly targeting the content creators who are looking for options to carry a small powerful device in their pockets to up their IG reels or TikTok or YT shorts game. The phone software also offers a lot of added features to introduce so many colour palettes and frames to create videos and photos for you which are Instagram ready/Tiktok ready if I can mention that. The phone is totally backing this feature and has gone the extra mile to give the content creators all the necessary tools to be at their best. The more you use the camera, the more features you will be able to identify in the Honor 50 as they have provided options in bulk like stories, switching between cameras during a live shoot, fast motion or slow-motion videos, wireless audio recording using TWS earphones and so much more.
Secondly, the 120Hz curved display brings back all the memories from the Samsung S7 and subsequent range of products where there was a curved screen going towards the edges of the aluminium side panels. The screen is bright and brilliant in Honor 50 and the touch sensitivity is really nice. It really makes playing games so good as every company has now found that this is the point to focus the younger generation of PUBG and other mobile gaming platforms. The 6.5 inches OLED display has a resolution capacity of 2340x1080 pixels and can produce 1.07 billion colours.
Lastly, 66W HonorSuperCharge technology really works wonders as it charges the phone for around 70% in 20 minutes and 100% in about 45 minutes. It really gives it an extra edge to take its 4300mAh battery to recharge almost instantly and serve you for another 10-12 hours or so based on your usage. I found this fast charging to be an added advantage as before you know it, it's fully charged. The power adapter also forms part of the package which is not the case with several other mobile manufacturers.
Coming back to the camera setup the phone takes awesome night shots (low light conditions) and great selfies too. The Honor 50 rear camera setup has 108MP Ultra clear camera, 8MP wide camera, 2MP Bokeh camera and 2MP macro camera in a unique double ring camera layout. This is the same camera layout you will find in the Huawei Nova 9 which also has the same 66W SuperCharge technology. The front camera is a 32MP selfie camera. The phone is capable of shooting 4k video recording using the rear cameras and 1080p using the front camera.
The Frost Crystal body is really stylish and brings a lot of attention as it looks really premium in just 175 grams body. The Magic UI 4.2 looks really similar to what is installed on the Huawei smartphone (EMUI) as Honor didn't change the colours etc so far. Almost all the inbuilt apps of Honor (like the Honor Club, Health etc) are exact replicas of Huawei apps when they used to have GMS is what I felt.
It's a capable smartphone in the price range of R13999 but the company needs to sort out the retail channels and after-sales service centres. I am not much aware of where these smartphones are being sold currently (other than Takealot.com) and how good are the service centres in South Africa to provide screen replacements and other repairs. I am also not aware of the costs associated with the same and time to do so too.
I totally loved the Honor 50 and wanted to have this one for my blogging and content creation journey but it went back after a review period of a month or so. I do love phones which has a powerful camera and this is definitely one after my 2020 lockdown falling in love with Vivo X50 Pro which also only came for review. Currently, I am not using any phone which has such an amazing camera in a point and shoots mode because if the software and hardware are good enough, you don't need to edit much. I believe in presenting the photos without any editing whatsoever by just applying some filters in Instagram mostly but no snapseed or vsco cam etc. If I feel the photos coming out of point and shoot mode of the smartphone camera is good then it's the way I go about it. I don't make many efforts to edit them in a post-processing session and hence I believe this Honor 50 is a good one because it takes good photos in one take.
If you want to check out the Unboxing video of the smartphone, please do check this detailed video on my Youtube channel - https://youtu.be/qeE4u0vP_bg
Let me know if you have any questions for the Honor 50 and any comparative analysis you want me to do. Though I don't have the phone available to me now I can definitely do a cost comparison based on the features with the other brand you are also deciding to buy. Honor is a brand that has had some of the great launch events in India earlier and now the same should happen in South Africa to bring the market awareness and differentiate them away from the legacy of Huawei into a world where they are allowed to have Google Mobile Services and all the apps and their subsequent updates in real-time are available to download from Google Play Store instantly.
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