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, and sells it cheaper.
Turns out, that’s a great thing for you the consumer.
We tend to ignore Honor’s youth-focussed 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.
The best Honor phones of 2018
1. Honor 10
Continuing its run of good form, the Honor 10 is the best mid-range phone you can buy right now.
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 the current mid-range king.
Read our Honor 10 review.
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.
3. Honor 9 Lite
The Honor 9 Lite might not have all the mod cons but it’s one of the cheapest phones around to offer an 18:9 screen with a bezel-free design. It’s an attractive phone and general specs are good, including no less than four cameras. It doesn’t have flawless performance but there’s little to complain about at under £200 making it the best budget phone around.
Read our Honor 9 Lite review.
4. Honor Play
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.
5. Honor 9
The Honor 9 is an undeniably impressive phone and although the Honor 10 is out, you can still buy it even cheaper direct from Honor.
In performance terms, it’s nipping at the heels of the year’s top flagships, and only lacking flashy features like waterproofing or a bezel-less screen. It looks great, it runs fast, and it costs less than £300 now.
Read our Honor 9 review.
6. Honor 7X
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.
7. Honor 8 Pro
The Honor 8 Pro is a solid device. It represents the brand moving even closer in look and price to big bro Huawei, but it is a decent option.
Without contract options in the UK at this time, you’ll have to plump for SIM free, and at just under £500 you might be tempted to look at the Honor View 10 instead which has better specs and Android Oreo.
Read our Honor 8 Pro review.
8. Honor 6X
The Honor 6X manages to be a budget phone but not remotely feel like one. This is high praise, and while it could never hold a candle to the performance of phones three times the price, that’s not the point – the Android experience you get is still nigh-on top drawer.
As long as you can get on with Huawei’s still-not-there EMUI skin, the Honor 6X is one of the best, most affordable mid-range Android handsets going – and it’s easy to pick one up in the UK.
Read our Honor 6X review.