The Honor 50 is the company's first smartphone since Huawei spun it off. Since it doesn't fall under US sanctions, that means it goes with Google Play, YouTube and other services popular with consumers. You'll find out what else the Honor 50 offers in the following lines.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Huawei Honor 50 specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2021, June 16
- Colors: Frost Crystal, Amber Red, Emerald Green, Midnight Black
- Dimensions: 160 x 73.8 x 7.7 mm.
- Weight: 175 g.
- Screen: 6.57" inc, 1080 x 2340, OLED
- Camera : Quad, 108MP
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6 nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (1x2.4 GHz Kryo 670 Prime & 3x2.2 GHz Kryo 670 Gold & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo 670 Silver)
- Memory: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
- Battery: 4300, Li-Po, non-removable
- Network: GSM / CDMA / HSPA / CDMA2000 / LTE / 5G
- Operating system: Android 11, Magic UI 4.2, Google Play Services (market/region dependent)
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
The smartphone's rear panel coating is a dual-textured technology. Because of this, the glass looks like frosted and has beautiful reflections. Another interesting detail on the back is the huge camera block - in shape it looks like the infinity symbol. The 108-megapixel camera is positioned at the top. The block protrudes slightly above the level of the back. Another interesting spec of the Honor 50 is that its body is only 7.78 mm thick.
The smartphone is marketed in four colours - crystal, black, red and green.
Honor 50 offers you a satisfyingly large screen with a diagonal of 6.57 inches and a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The picture refresh rate is 120 Hz. The display, based on OLED matrix, delights with bright and natural colors. The rounded edges create a "waterfall" feel. The frames around the screen are thus hardly visible.
As the display supports adaptive frame rate refresh, the picture is smooth and exciting. It's sure to appeal to anyone who plays games and watches movies. From the settings, you can turn on the vision protection mode and also the e-book reading mode. In the latter case, the screen becomes black and white.
Honor 50 is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G. This octa-core solution is implemented on a 6nm process. The chipset supports 5G networks. It is interesting to say here that this is the first smartphone to implement the GPU Turbo X technology with a processor from Qualcomm. With its help, the performance of the device in games is enhanced and the frame rate is increased.
On the market you will find Honor 50 in several modifications - with 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of storage. Since the manufacturer has not provided a memory card slot, you need to carefully consider how much memory you will need.
Factory Honor 50 runs Android 11 operating system and the company's Magic UI 4.2. From the beginning we mentioned that Google services are available, which is a very important fact for people who are used to using them. We also see support for working with 2 SIM cards and an NFC chip for contactless payments.
The Honor 50's main camera is 108-megapixel and is equivalent to 12 MP, grouping 9 adjacent pixels into one. In good light, photos come out clear and bright. Artificial Intelligence takes care of improving the colors when shooting in cloudy weather, making them juicier. The main unit is complemented by an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, a depth measurement sensor and a macro camera. The 8-megapixel camera impresses with high quality footage. It is almost inferior to the main one and captures much more space.
When shooting in portrait mode, it automatically blurs the background. You can turn this effect off from the settings.
If you like to shoot videos, the Honor 50 will win you over. It's endowed with a bunch of new features. For example, you can press the pause button. This will appeal to fans of stop-motion. You can also record in full-screen mode, switching between the rear and front cameras, changing modes, etc. The Multi-video feature lets you shoot with the front and rear cameras at the same time.
As for the selfie camera, it's 32-megapixel and supports video recording at a maximum resolution of 1080 pixels at 60 frames per second. With the main camera, you can record 4K videos.
Honor 50 has a modest battery. Its capacity is only 4300 mAh. Given the thin body, this is logical. The good news is that the charge lasts for a lot. Moreover, the manufacturer has provided a power saving mode and a medium screen brightness setting.
Games quickly consume the charge, but there is a solution for this inconvenience - it's called HONOR SuperCharge fast charging technology and a 66W adapter that comes in the package. So Honor 50 can be recharged from 0 to 100% in just 50 minutes. Ten minutes is enough to get 40% of the battery charge back.
Finally, we should clarify that Honor 50 does not support wireless or reverse charging.
This smartphone will appeal to anyone who actively uses social networks, keeps a blog, vlogs or posts videos on tic talk. The array of cameras is impressive, and their unusual design makes the Honor 50 memorable. To this we must add an excellent power level, which is enough for modern games and ease of use with various applications.
Huawei Honor 50 video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Huawei Honor 50 and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Huawei.