Honor is only a few years old - launched as a sub-brand of Chinese manufacturer Huawei in 2014 - but is quickly becoming a brand to be reckoned with. Good value for money, good build quality and some of the latest hardware combines in these handsets.
There are a wide range of numbers and letters, with models changing so frequently, it's often hard to know where Honor has got to and which model is the right one for you.
But don't panic: we've done the hard work and here we have Honor's complete current line-up of phones, so you can pick the best model for you. Note, we've arranged this comparison from the selection available in the UK at the time of writing.
Which is the best Honor phone?
Rather than making you read the whole thing, we're putting the conclusions at the start, so you can instantly see what's what.
- The Honor View 10 is the big flagship device. It's priced very competitively against other flagships, but offers camera prowess and core power with a massive display.
- The Honor 10 is the best looking. Smaller and more affordable than the View 10 but a flagship-level phone, a great choice for those looking for power without spending big.
- The Honor 10 Play is the newest device. Significantly cheaper than the Honor 10 and View 10, it is the best affordable phone out there with plenty of power, an accomplished design and an outstanding battery life.
- The Honor 9 is a generation older than the View 10, again with power and camera skills, but has a 16:9 display which is now a little dated. The glass back looks stunning though and you get a lot of phone for your money. The Honor 10 is a natural replacement.
- The Honor 7X basically makes the Honor 9 Lite redundant, unless you want NFC and the dual cameras; that said the 9 Lite is a good deal more affordable than the Honor 7X.
- The Honor 7A replaces the older and redundant 6A; the Honor 6X is supplanted by the Honor 7X. We'd take the newer devices, although the price jumps at the Honor 7X level. The gap in the middle is sort of filled by the Honor 7C - although this is an entry-level handset with dual camera and we'd rather have a little more power.
- The Honor 7S is the cheapest device, coming in at just under £100. It brings a dual-camera and a 5.5-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display but you don't get the power, even if its design doesn't look budget.
Honor design compared
All of Honor's phones offer a build quality that belies the price. There are no plastic handsets here, with Honor choosing a metal unibody design for most of the range. From the aging Honor 6X to the latest Honor 10 Play, metal is the main material of choice.
The Honor 9 and Honor 9 Lite bust out of this, offering a glass design instead, as does the Honor 10. The best looking overall is easily the Honor 10 with a glass back that's loaded with colour - it looks stunning.
Fingerprint scanners are prevalent, only the Honor 7S misses out, although the position varies from front or back depending on whether it's a 16:9 or 18:9 display - which we'll talk about in the next section. The Honor 10 has a seamless under-glass scanner on the front.
With all that said, Honor uses Micro-USB on all its phones apart from the three Honor 10 models and Honor 9. Standard 3.5mm headphone sockets are on all the models, but NFC isn't until you hit the Honor 9 and Honor 10 models, meaning no payments on lower-level handsets.
Here are the weights and measurements for reference:
- Honor 6X: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2mm, 162 g
- Honor 7A: 152.4 x 73 x 7.8mm, 150g
- Honor 7C: 158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm, 164g
- Honor 7S: 146.5 x 70.9 x 8.3mm, 142g
- Honor 7X: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm, 165g
- Honor 9: 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.45mm, 155g
- Honor 9 Lite: 151 x 71.9 x 7.6mm, 149g
- Honor 10 Play: 157.9 x 74.2 x 7.5mm, 176g
- Honor 10: 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm, 153g
- Honor View 10: 157 x 74.98 x 6.97mm, 172g
You'll note that all are slim, the View 10 especially, but with 8mm thickness the average. The Honor 7C is the largest phone overall, the Honor 10 the best looking.
Honor display comparison: Different aspects
Honor's phones all use LCD displays. There are really two divisions - those with a 720p display - the 7A, 7C, 7S. Of these, the large 7C has the lowest pixel density - this is a low resolution for the size of device. The remaining devices are all 1080p.
Then there are 18:9 devices: the new Honor 7 models are all 18:9, the Honor 9 Lite is and so is the Honor View 10. The Honor 10 and Honor 10 Play move into 19:9 (or thereabouts) territory. Both ratios give you reduced bezels and more display on the front of your handset thanks to the switch in aspect. Even more so on the new Honor 10 and Honor 10 Play - these displays fill more of the front than all the other phones. The Honor 10 is also the sharpest.
Here's how all the display specs compare:
- Honor 6X: 5.5in, 16:9 1920 x 1080 pixels, 400ppi
- Honor 7A: 5.7in, 18:9 1440 x 720, 282ppi
- Honor 7C: 5.99in, 18:9 1440 x 720 pixels, 269ppi
- Honor 7S: 5.45in, 18:9 1440 x 720 pixels, 295ppi
- Honor 7X: 5.93in, 18:9 2160 x 1080 pixels, 407ppi
- Honor 9: 5.15in, 16:9 1920 x 1080 pixels, 428ppi
- Honor 9 Lite: 5.65in, 18:9 2160 x 1080 pixels, 428ppi
- Honor 10 Play: 6.3in, 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixels, 400ppi
- Honor 10: 5.84in, 19:9 2280 x 1080 pixels, 432ppi
- Honor View 10: 5.99in, 18:9 2160 x 1080 pixels, 403ppi
The largest display is on the Honor 10 Play with the Honor 10 View and Honor 7C following closely behind. In reality, if it's bang for your buck in the display department, then the Honor 9 Lite is the cheapest big-screen phone but the Honor 10 Play is seriously worth consideration if you have a little extra cash.
Honor hardware specs compared
When it comes to the hardware, all Honor phones offer microSD storage expansion, which is a good starting point.
There are a few Qualcomm phones - the lower end models, the 7A and 7C. But most of the other devices all use Kirin processors, except the 7S that uses MediaTek. We've found the Kirin devices to be good, especially at the top end.
Here's how the hardware breaks down, then we'll tell you what it means.
- Honor 6X: 2.1GHz Hisilicon Kirin 655, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD up to 128GB, 3340mAh battery
- Honor 7A: 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD up to 256GB, 3000mAh battery
- Honor 7C: 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD up to 256GB, 3000mAh battery
- Honor 7S: 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD, 3020mAh battery
- Honor 7X: 2.36GHz Hisilicon Kirin 659, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD up to 256GB, 3340mAh battery
- Honor 9: 2.4GHz Hisilicon Kirin 960, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD up to 256GB, 3200mAh battery
- Honor 9 Lite: 2.36GHz Hisilicon Kirin 659, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD up to 256GB, 3000mAh battery
- Honor 10 Play: 2.4GHz Hisilicon Kirin 970, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD, 3750mAh battery
- Honor View 10: 2.4GHz Hisilicon Kirin 970, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, microSD, 3750mAh battery
- Honor 10: 2.4Ghz Hisilicon Kirin 970, 4GB RAM, 128GB strorage, 3400mAh battery
The Honor View 10 and the Honor 10 are the flagship-level devices with the powerful Kirin 970 - the same as the Huawei P20. If you're looking for a premium experience, this is where you'll find it. The Honor 10 Play also packs in this chipset. The Honor 10 misses out on microSD, an advantage offered by the bigger View 10 and cheaper Honor 10 Play. The View 10 and 10 Play also have the biggest batteries of all the devices.
The next tier of devices is occupied by 6X, 7X and 9 Lite, which broadly have comparable hardware, although the Honor 7X has a slight bump in RAM and storage. That's also reflected in the price - again the Honor 9 Lite looks like a bit of a bargain here as a mid-range device here.
Honor, camera, action
Honor offers one of the cheapest dual camera phones around in the Honor 7C, but has a range of different configurations across its portfolio.
The Honor 7A is the only single camera model in the range, which is one reason it is one of the cheapest.
There's also a dual front camera model. Again, the Honor 9 Lite rears its head as something a little different here.
- Honor 6X: 12MP + 2MP rear (PDAF), 8MP front
- Honor 7A: 13MP rear (PDAF), 8MP front
- Honor 7C: 13MP + 2MP rear (PDAF), 8MP front
- Honor 7S: 16MP + 2MP rear, 8MP front
- Honor 7X: 16MP + 2MP rear (PDAF), 8MP front
- Honor 9: 12MP + 20MP rear (12MP RGB, 20MP monochrome, PDAF, 4K video), 8MP front
- Honor 9 Lite: 13MP + 2MP rear (PDAF), 13MP + 2MP front
- Honor 10 Play: 16MP + 2MP rear , 16MP front
- Honor View 10: 16MP + 20MP rear (16MP RGB, 20MP monochrome, f/1.8, PDAF, 4K video), 13MP front
- Honor 10: 16MP + 24MP rear (16MP RGB, 24MP monochrome, f/1.8, PDAF, 4K video), 24MP front
The dual camera sertup is generally used for depth mapping, with the pairing of a 12 or 13-megapixel main camera with a 2-megapixel sensor. This will allow the 6X, 7C, 7S, 7X and Honor 9 Lite to create better bokeh or portrait effects. The Honor 10 Play also fits into this category despite offering a higher resolution main camera.
The Honor 9, Honor 10 and the Honor View 10 have a more sophisticated arrangement with a main sensor and second monochrome sensor. The result is that they can also create those portrait effects, but are much better overall cameras, higher quality, with better low-light performance, so remember that not all dual camera systems are created equal.
Software on Honor phones
On the software front newer Honor models ship with Android Oreo and EMUI 8.0, while the older models would have launched on Android Nougat.
- Honor 6X: Android Nougat + EMUI 5.0
- Honor 7A: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.0
- Honor 7C: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.0
- Honor 7S: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.0
- Honor 7X: Android Nougat + EMUI 5.1
- Honor 9: Android Nougat + EMUI 5.1
- Honor 9 Lite: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.0
- Honor 10 Play: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.1
- Honor View 10: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.0
- Honor 10: Android Oreo + EMUI 8.1
Some will need updating to Oreo and there's confirmation that most of these models will be getting the update. No confirmation on which will get Android Pie though.
All carry Huawei's EMUI skin over the top, offering a full range of features. At a base level the experience is very much the same, but some devices, like the View 10 and 10 Play, get enhancements from AI in the camera. Generally speaking EMUI gives you a range of control options from battery management to device customisation.
The Honor 10 and Honor 10 Play are the most up-to-date phone.
Honor phone prices
- Honor 6X: £149.99
- Honor 7A: £129.99
- Honor 7C: £169.99
- Honor 7S: £99.99
- Honor 7X: £229.99
- Honor 9: £289.99
- Honor 9 Lite: £179.99
- Honor 10 Play: £279.99
- Honor View 10: £449.99
- Honor 10: £399.99