The Honor 50 series is the first time since the blacklisting to have Google Mobile Services

The Honor 50 series is the first phone from Honor to have Google Services since their blacklisting from the US Government. Huawei, then-parent of Honor has sold the company so that they can continue services and get a chance for them to be taken off the blacklist (which worked surprisingly). There are two models, the vanilla and the Pro version

Honor 50, and 50 Pro

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Honor 50 (right) Honor 50 Pro (left)

The Honor 50 has a 6.57in. FHD+ OLED panel with 120Hz refresh rate, the Pro uses an identical but a slightly larger display of 6.72in. Unlike the Pro variant, there’s only one selfie camera with a resolution of 32mp located in the middle. Both phones will ship with a 108mp camera at the rear with a large ring design. The 108mp camera is the large one located on top, and has a sensor size of 1/1.52″ and a 9:1 pixel binning solution. The other cameras located on the second bottom ring are just auxiliaries (yes applies for both phones), which are a single 8mp ultrawide and 2mp macro and depth cameras, both of which are useless.

While the name sound and feel like a flagship, it’s still an upper midrange phone, unlike the similarly-designed P50 Pro. Both will don the Snapdragon 778G processor and they will be the first phones to have that chipset. The Snapdragon 778G is an octa-core 5G processor bringing in a Kryo 670 CPU and Adreno 642L GPU. It’s essentially a slight “downgrade” to the Snapdragon 780G. Both phones will be shipped with MagicUI 4.2 based on Android 11 and with Google Mobile Services. Since they are no longer part of Huawei, they can do business with US and western companies again, including Google, ARM and Qualcomm.

The Honor 50 Pro will come with a 4000mAh battery with 100W fast charging (yes you read that right), while the Honor 50 will be packing in a slightly larger 4300mAh battery but a lower-rate 66W fast charging.

These two phones will first be available in China with the following prices:

  • Honor 50 8/128: CNY 2699 (~20.3K php)
  • Honor 50 Pro 8/128: CNY 3699 (~27.8K php)
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Honor 50 series availability

While the Honor 50 and 50 Pro are available in over 40 regions, Philippines is not included in the list. However, we still hope that Honor brings the device her as the phone packs some juicy specs at a fair price point.

Honor 50 SE

The Honor 50 SE is the third phone of the Honor 50 series. The phone has compromises compared to its siblings. Instead of an OLED panel, it uses regular IPS LCD, with a size of 6.78in. however, it kept the same 120Hz refresh rate. This model also kept the same 108mp camera and its auxiliaries from its more expensive siblings, but also, a lower resolution of 16mp for its front camera.

The SoC is different too. Instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset, the phone uses Mediatek’s Dimensity 900. It’s still a 5G chipset however. Like the other two, it’s paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone packs a 4000mAh battery with 66W fast wired charging.

Prices start at CNY 2399 (~18.1K php) and is first available in China starting 2nd July. Which, unlike the Honor 50 and 50 Pro, has a set date for its availability. We expect that the Honor 50 and 50 Pro to be launched first though.

Source: GSMArena