There was a time when Huawei, together with its sub-brand Honor, appeared to be on the verge of becoming the world’s leading smartphone manufacturer. Huawei’s fall from favor threatened to drag Honor down with it, but not before the two agreed to separate ways for the latter’s benefit. While Honor’s fate is still up in the air, it is moving forward with its own business, unveiling the Honor 50, which reintroduces Google to the fold.
Given how much the Google Play Store, apps, and services have grown ingrained in the Android experience, it may seem odd that Honor is making such a big deal about it being available on the Honor 50. Those unfamiliar with the company’s history with Huawei may be surprised to learn that it was once obliged to provide an odd, Google-free experience. Honor is wasting no time announcing its return to the game now that it has been sold to a new owner.
The Honor 50, on the other hand, isn’t your typical high-end premium smartphone, as it’s powered with a Snapdragon 778G processor (not the recently announced 778G Plus). That’s still plenty for the majority of customers’ requirements, including 5G support and gaming. Those usage cases are supported by the 4,300 mAh battery and 66W SuperCharge technology, which reduces downtime to 20 minutes for a 70 percent charge.
It has two big circular camera islands on its back, which house a 108MP main camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor, similar to the Huawei P50. The Honor 50, on the other hand, is marketed as a vlogging device thanks to its 32MP front camera with a 90-degree field of view.
The Honor 50 will be available for 529 EUR ($615) in worldwide (mainly European) regions with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and 599 EUR ($695) with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Honor is also releasing the Honor 50 Lite, which has even fewer specs and a price tag of 299 EUR ($347).