Honor is doing what Huawei used to do best… One level above the rest!
Three phones… The Honor 80 Pro, Honor 80 SE, and the Honor 80. They are beautifully designed smartphones and the 80 SE looks the most unique among them. We also like the infinity-shaped camera island of the Pro. Honor has adopted these ideas from Huawei and is now using them to make them a character in Honor’s storyline.
Honor 80 Pro
The Honor 80 Pro follows the Xiaomi CIVI 2 in terms of its design. It looks feminine, flamboyant and 100% definitely inspired, not copied, from the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. The large slab features a curved 6.67″ OLED with 120Hz refresh rate and 2400x1080px resolution.
It packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flagship chip. Although Honor has lowered its clocks slightly, with the prime Cortex-X2 prime core running at 3.0GHz instead of the usual 3.2GHz. The performance Cortex-A710 Gold is also lowered to 2.5GHz instead of the usual 2.75GHz speeds. This is paired with 8 or 12GB RAM and up to 512GB internal storage.
The camera cutout here is located in the middle and it houses the 50MP selfie camera and an additional depth sensor. We’re not entirely sure if it uses a FaceID-like integration or if that’s just for blurring purposes, either way, the second camera looks gimmicky.
108MP cameras are so three years ago, and 200MP cameras just don’t cut it. So Honor here is the middleman, bringing a 160MP rear camera to the game. Just like the Honor 70’s IMX800, this one stands out from the competition and is the only one currently to have this resolution. This is a 1/1.56″ sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and can partake in a 16-in-1 pixel binning with 0.75µm pixels so that it duplicates 10MP images 16 times. According to Honor, the software suite comes packed with AI scene recognition improvements including skin texture detection and RAW algorithms.
Alongside the 160MP camera is the 50MP ultrawide and a 2MP depth module but we don’t talk about that one. Inside is a 4800mAh battery with 66W fast charging, both of these are Honor’s signature flavours.
Prices start at CNY 3,499 (~Php 27.8K) for the 8/256 trim and the highest 12/512 trim is priced at CNY 4,099 (~Php 32.6K).
The Honor 80 is a watered-down version of the Honor 80 Pro, coming with the newly-announced Snapdragon 782G chipset and the same 160MP camera. The complementary cameras are reduced to an 8MP+2MP setup. Meanwhile, the 6.67in. OLED now gets a slightly weaker, yet still very capable, 32MP front camera without any helper.
It retained the same battery and charging rates, and is equipped with Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, and 5G services. It uses a USB-C port to charge as well, and its colours are pastel-based so they don’t hurt your eyes.
In China, the Honor 80 starts at CNY 2,699 (~Php 21.5K) for the 8/256 version, and the highest trim, 12/512, is priced at CNY 3,299 (~Php 26.2K). Let’s wait for Honor Philippines to make these available as they only arrived, and the Honor 70 is still pretty much capable.
Honor 80 SE
Among those designed for the Honor 80 series, the Honor 80 SE is the most unique among them. And if “SE” stands for “Special Edition” then indeed this phone does feel pretty special. It shares the same curved OLED as the other two, even coming with the same 120Hz refresh rate. What differs here are the camera modules used as well as the chipset. It’s on the cheaper end of the bargain.
The punch-hole screen houses the same 32MP camera as the Honor 80. The rear camera is a little different. Instead of the 160MP camera of its siblings, it instead gets a usual 64MP module along with the usual 5MP ultrawide + 2MP macro. Also, instead of a Qualcomm chip, this phone right here is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset. It also has a slightly smaller battery at 4600mAh but retained the 66W fast charging.
Open sales in China starts December 9th while pre-orders are on-going. Prices start at CNY 2,399 (~Php 19.1K) for the 8/256 trim while the highest trim, 12/256, is priced at CNY 2,699 (~Php 21.5K).
All three phones run MagicOS 7.0 based on Android 12.
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