With the new Honor 70 series launch in China, we’re getting a peek at what’s coming later to the global market from the company: three new phones priced between $400 and $650, the Honor 70, Honor 70 Pro, and Honor 70 Pro+.
The differentiation between these is relatively straightforward, with mainly the screen size, processor, and camera hardware getting more potent as the price goes up. Even the base Honor 70 looks great. It is powered by a Snapdragon 778G+ with (up to) 12GB of RAM and (up to) 512GB of storage.
There are two high-performance camera sensors in the back supplemented by a dedicated 2MP bokeh sensor for portrait shots. I like that Ultrawide cameras are now getting powerful sensors, almost like primary cameras. That makes a lot of sense since Ultrawide is the second-most-popular use case in mobile photography.
At the top of the 6.67-inch display (120Hz), a 32MP selfie camera ensures good quality video calls, well beyond what personal computers can typically do.
The 4800 mAh battery is close to the maximum 5000 mAh found on high-end large phones, plus it can be replenished at 66W of power, which is significantly faster than other established brands.
The Honor 70 Pro is the next upgrade with a larger 6.78-inch display and, more importantly, a dedicated telephoto 3x zoom lens with stabilization (OIS). It is also powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8000, which is generally more performant than the Snapdragon 778G+.
The 4500 mAh battery is slightly smaller than on the non-Pro Honor 70, perhaps because of the telephoto camera module’s thickness? However, the battery can charge at 100W power, making it extremely fast to replenish.
Finally, the Honor 70 Pro+ comes with the high-end MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC platform. It is significantly faster than the Dimensity 8000 and offers the best image processing hardware that MediaTek offers. It would be interesting to see if perceptible image quality (IQ) is induced by the increased computing power of the Dimensity 9000’s image signal processor (ISP).
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