Honor 70


The Honor 70 is a strong mid-range smartphone, which has an excellent screen and a great main camera. Some consumers might be put off by the fact there’s no IP rating or telephoto sensor, but overall this is still a great phone for the money.

Pros

  • Brilliant screen
  • Great main camera
  • Well-priced
  • Appealing design
Cons

  • No telephoto camera
  • No IP rating
Availability

  • UKRRP: £479.99
  • USATBC
  • EuropeTBC
  • CanadaTBC
  • AustraliaTBC
Key Features
  • Super-specced 6.67-inch OLED screenThis smartphone’s display supports over one billion colours, 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut, and has HDR10+, along with a 120Hz maximum refresh rate
  • Triple camera systemOn the rear of this device there are three photographic sensors, with resolutions of 54-megapixels, 50-megapixels, and 2-megapixels
  • 66W fast-chargingThis handset’s 4800mAh battery is bolstered by 66W fast-charging, which the manufacturer claims can go from 0-60% in just 20 minutes

Introduction

Honor has consistently impressed us in recent months, with particular highlights from the brand being the Honor Magic V, the Honor 50, and the Honor Magic 4 Pro.

This is another phone from the brand which seems to offer plenty of promising specifications, including a feature-packed screen and a high resolution set of cameras.

Is the Honor 70 a mid-range phone that offers enough to tempt you away from costlier alternatives?

Design and Screen

  • Attractive rear panel
  • Excellent screen
  • No IP rating

Honor’s smartphones are usually on the flashy side of things, with some of them even veering towards being garish. However, I feel that the Honor 70 gets the balance pretty much just right with a tastefully mild green colour and a frosted finish which still catches the light rather attractively.

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The frosted effect means that smudges don’t show up quite so much as they do on fully glossy surfaces, though it still shimmers pleasingly under the lights for a look that is bound to impress. Three other colour options are available: Midnight Black, Icelandic Frost, and Crystal Silver, the latter of which has a textured finish similar to that of the Huawei P50 Pocket.

The camera sensors are collected in two distinct round modules, which is an interesting and slightly different approach, though you may notice some dust can get collected in the slim gap between the two.

Honor 70 curved sidesImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

Despite the substantial length of the device (161.4×73.3×7.91mm) it’s actually relatively lightweight for its size, being only 178g. Nonetheless, you may well still find it difficult to use with just one hand due to that large screen; I have fairly long digits but still found it a stretch to reach the top row of apps. Though personally, I prefer a flat screen to one that creeps around the edges like this one, the 58-degree curvature is well-executed here and feels comfortable to hold around the sides.

The device supports dual SIM cards, which is a handy feature, but it doesn’t have an official IP rating so there’s no official pronouncement on what might happen if it’s sprayed with water.

Honor 70 home screenImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

The screen has plenty of specs to impress you with, and I found that these functioned just as well in practice as you’d hope in theory.

Measuring 6.67-inches, and with a 20:9 aspect ratio it’s a large and long screen, and it has a resolution of 2400x1080p which is as sharp as you need it to be. Being an OLED, it has striking contrast levels since the blacks are very pure, so that nicely offsets the display’s support of over 1 billion colours and its HDR10+ too.

This fantastic colour depth and the punchiness of the HDR when you’re watching supported content, really helps you become engrossed in your entertainment. Netflix videos look great, but it was particularly in playing games that I felt really drawn to the screen. Additionally, the phone has a dynamic refresh rate with a maximum of 120Hz, so it’s buttery smooth when you’re scrolling through social media feeds or simply zipping around the operating system.

The only real downside I found to playback here was that there’s just a single speaker at the bottom of the phone, so it didn’t have the enveloping effect offered by stereo speakers (naturally there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack either, so you’ll be best off using Bluetooth headphones with this handset.)

Camera

  • Very good overall performance
  • No telephoto sensor

Honor has got a good track record with mobile photography, and I’m pleased to say that this has only been burnished with the latest addition to its range of devices.

Housed in those two camera modules on the rear, you’ll find a total of three sensors: one 54-megapixel wide-angle snapper (dubbed a “Sper Sensing Camera” by Honor), a 50-megapixel ultrawide lens with 122-degree field of view that can double up as a macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There’s no telephoto lens for optical zoom, so instead you’ll have to count on digital zoom if you want to get closer to your subject.

Below are three photos taken of the Monument à la République in Paris, all from the same position; the first uses the ultrawide, the second the wide angle camera, and the final one is at 2x digital zoom:

Honor 70 monument a la republique ultrawideImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)Honor 70 main camera monument a la republiqueImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)Honor 70 monument a la republique digital zoomImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)

As you can see, there is a decent amount of versatility and the level of detail remains good across the three images, but the main camera is clearly the standout.

Take a look at a few more images I took with just the main camera:

Honor 70 borough high street main cameraImage Credit (Trusted Reviews)Honor 70 street art in borough main camera
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