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Honor 70 smartphone is a sharp-shooting mobile vlogging star that won’t break the bank

The Honor 70 smartphone with its raised camera assembly

Meet the Honor 70, a mid-range smartphone and wannabe movie star. It sports a punchy OLED screen for devouring TV, boasts helpful video making modes for vloggers, and the price is a steal.

The latest addition to the brand’s N Series smartphone range, we’ve been touting one about town for a few weeks now, and it’s been quite the centre of attention. With its curved screen, luxe finish and figure eight camera assembly, it looks cool and feels great in the hand.

Honor has tried hard to carve a niche for itself amongst fashionistas and millennials, releasing a raft of attractively-specified smartphones at competitive prices, and this 5G model keeps to the brief.

With its curved screen, luxe finish and figure eight camera, it looks cool and feels great in the hand…

A close-up of cameras on the Honor 70

Sporting a powerful Sony IMX800 image sensor and a host of cute video features, it’ll hold specific appeal for Insta and TikTok creators.

For the rest of us, design and hand-feel are the big attraction. We love the tactility of this phone. The mobile is just 7.91mm thick (not including the lens assembly, which is raised), and it weighs a pleasingly light 178g.

The lustrous gloss finish is lovely. Our review sample was elegant Emerald Green, but it’s also available in Midnight Black and Crystal Silver. This smartphone is not water resistant though, so take care around the pool, and there’s no Optical Image Stabiliser either.

The thin bezel on the Honor 70 screen

The 6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) 120Hz OLED screen is very nice indeed. Colour rich and dynamic, it claims to cover the full DCI-P3 colour space, and supports HDR10+, making it ideal for streaming and catch-up during the daily commute. The bezel is whisper thin. 

The Honor 70 runs Android 12 with the Honor Magic UI 6.1, so will feel familiar to most Android users. Doing the heavy lifting is Qualcomm’s stalwart Snapdragon 778G processor.  

When it comes to photography, there’s a lot of new AI at play here (presented under the Honor Image Engine umbrella), and it gives impressive results.  All the shots in our image gallery below were taken on the Honor 70 and are presented without editing.

We used the Honor 70 on a wide variety of subjects, from night scenes in Seoul to nosh at Nobu, and it never failed to give colourful, sharp results. Ultra wide shots display some edge distortion (as evidenced on the wide-angle shot from our LP bar), but nevertheless can look dramatic.

There are multiple video features, which may or may not clinch the deal. Multi-Video modes allow various dual screen video shooting options. A typical use might be a content creator being featured in one half of the screen, with subject matter in the other; there’s also a split screen zoom mode, which is cool.

Then there’s a Solo Cut video mode which uses AI tracking to lock focus to a specific person, as they move in and out of the frame.

A simple Focus Switch allows users to change the focus point of their videos at the touch of a finger. Video can be shot up to 4k at 30fps, but filters (like Beauty) are only supported up to 1080p 30fps.

The Honor 70 at the London launch event

The Honor 70 features a 54MP Sony IMX800 main camera with f/1.9 aperture, and 1/1.49-inch IMX800 Sensor.  There’s also a 50MP wide angle and macro camera, plus a 32MP front facing lens for selfies.

The phone sports a single mono speaker, but delivers decent Bluetooth stereo audio. There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Stamina is good. The Honor 70 utilises a 4800mAh battery, with support for 66W wired SuperCharging. It’s possible to recharge in about 45 minutes. We found it sailed through a typical day’s use, without any need for an emergency top up.

TLR Verdict: the Honor 70 skips a few features (OIS, an IP rating) but looks and feels more premium than the price tag might suggest. It also exhibits solid battery life and delivers consistently good images.

The Honor 70 lists at £479.99 (8GB RAM+128GB), with the 256GB version priced at £529.99, but canny shoppers should find it for less.

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About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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