HONOR unveils its latest Smartphone series in China – Honor 50, Honor 50 SE, and Honor 50 Pro with 120Hz displays, 108-megapixels main camera lens, up to 100W fast charging for the 50 PRO and will come with GMS support.
In over a year, HONOR phones skipped Google’s apps supports on its Smartphones, and starting with the HONOR 50 series, the company confirms that Google’s apps and services will return to its phones.
The company mentioned in a statement that its phones will thoroughly go through Google’s security review. These phones will be available for preorder starting from the 25th of June in China.
Honor also said that “Honor devices will therefore have the option to have Google Mobile Services (“GMS”) preinstalled on compatible devices, in accordance with Google’s licensing and governance models.”
TheVerge confirmed that the Honor device spotted in the company’s statement “Consumers will be able to experience Honor smartphones and tablets equipped with GMS,” is the Honor 50 series.
Honor 50 and Honor 50 Pro
These phones’ most impressive features are the rear cameras built inside the circular camera bump on the back. It starts with 108-megapixels inside the top ring with a 1/1.52-inch sensor and 9 to 1 pixel binning.
While the second ring consists of 8-megapixels ultrawide snapper, 2-megapixels macro lens, and 2-megapixels depth sensor. It comes with Vlog modes which capture video from the front and back cameras simultaneously.
On the front, the Honor 50 sports a single 32-megapixel camera, while the Honor 50 Pro sports a pair of selfie cameras, including a 32-megapixel camera with a 12-megapixel ultrawide inside its pill-shaped camera cutout.
The curved screen display on these phones is stunning with support for a 120Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch sampling rate, dynamic refresh rate to help with battery life. There is a fingerprint reader inside the screen display.
HONOR 50 Pro comes with a larger 6.72-inch and the HONOR 50 sticks to a smaller 6.57-inch panel offering the same display panel. There are also HDR-certified, 10-bit AMOLED displays with FHD+ resolution.
Both phones are also the first phones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G Mobile Platform with Kryo 670 CPU paired with an Adreno 642L GPU for graphic performance.
Available in either 8GB or 12GB of RAM up to 256GB storage. The connectivity options include Bluetooth v5.2, Wi-Fi 6, and more. These phones are available in silver, bronze, green, and black color options.
For the battery, the HONOR 50 Pro comes with a 4000mAh battery with 100W fast charging, while the original HONOR 50 sports a 4300mAh battery with support for 66W fast charging through a USB Type-C connector.
These phones run Magic UI 4.2 based on Android 11 OS, and as promised by Honor, the international version of both Honor 50 and 50 Pro units is expected to arrive with GMS support out the box.
Well, things might change slightly with the return of Google’s software to Honor’s phones and these changes won’t be noticed in China, as regular phones typically ship without the Play Store.
If you are wondering how Honor got mixed up, HUAWEI was Honor’s former parent company, and due to security issues, Huawei was placed on the US’s entity list, which in the end, forced Google to pull its Android license.
But with Huawei selling off Honor at the end of last year, Honor is now permitted to work with Google once again. Even at this time, Huawei still plans on using its own HarmonyOS as they are still unable to use Google’s software.
The Honor 50 will start at 2,699 yuan ($422), and 3,699 yuan ($578) for the Honor 50 Pro. These Smartphones will be available to go on pre-sale from June 25 in China.
Tho, Honor didn’t mention a date but confirmed both will be available internationally in over 40 regions such as France, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the UK at a later date with different pricing to be revealed.
Honor 50 SE
Alongside its flagship series, Honor also announces a cheaper variant – Honor 50 SE and will start at 2,399 yuan ($375), it will also be available for pre-order in China starting from the 2nd of July.
Since it is cheaper, instead of a curved panel of the 50 and 50 Pro, Honor uses a flat 6.78-inch LCD with a 120Hz refresh rate and a single punch hole for the 16-megapixels selfie shooter.
The circular bumped rear cameras still show up here, and also start with the same primary 108-megapixels lens, 8-megapixels ultrawide camera, and a 2-megapixels macro camera.
Unlike the other premium devices with Qualcomm’s chipset, the Honor 50 SE comes with a twist, as it is powered by Mediatek’s Dimensity 900 mobile platform paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The battery specs bring both the Honor 50 Pro’s 4000mAh battery capacity with the Honor 50’s 66W fast charging supports through a USB Type-C. Due to the LCD panel, it comes with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.