Chinese phone maker Honor released honor 70 For the overseas market on Saturday at the Internationale Funkasstellung Berlin (IFA) 2022, an industry exhibition in Germany. According to Honor, the model was first launched in China earlier this year and the 618 was a best seller among mid-price phones during the shopping holiday.
Honor 70 is a primary product line with a mid-range price tag and GlassesCompared to its high-end Magic series and the lower priced X series.
For the review, TechNode is testing the Honor 70 Crystal Silver with 8GB of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus processor.
The phone is targeted at users who have a tight budget but have a preference for stylish designs. It delivers solid performance in terms of core specs and surprised us a bit in some aspects.
design that shines
The phone adopts dual-curved edges on the display with a bezel in the middle, which makes it feel frameless.
The Crystal Silver colorway we have here has a crystal-like back case. The base color blends with the sparkly “stardust” with a gradient from top to bottom. Utilizing a faceted design typically seen in diamonds and other jewelry, the case reflects light from the surroundings giving a comfortable holding experience.
In keeping with the sleek design, the rear cameras are contained within two circles: one with dual cameras and the other with a single camera and a flash. The black surface of the two circles also contrasts pleasantly with the silver back of the phone.
Modern user interface with smooth experience
We have been pleasantly surprised by the stylish user interface of the phone. The wallpaper matches the color of the phone’s body, the icons are well designed, and the widgets (clock, calendar, weather and search bar) are made in a comfortable and attractive way.
The interface uses vivid but not overly bright colors, incorporating smooth and natural motion and transition animations. In some cases, such as closing background apps, the animations are a bit fickle, such as providing a flipping motion. The phone’s high refresh rate 120Hz display works well with system animation, which flattens the user experience compared to the previous model.
Mid-end specs that exceed expectations
Visually speaking, the Honor 70’s 8GB of RAM and a mid-end processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus, makes the phone not to handle heavy tasks such as playing games that consume a lot of memory and Put pressure on the processor. But after trying it out with a few different games, the phone responds relatively well.
We started by trying casual games like Subway Surfers, which is an endless runner game. The phone runs quite well without dropping any frame and we do not feel any heat from the device.
We then take it further by running the demanding roleplaying game Genshin Impact. When it runs this title, the system kills almost all other background apps, its 8 RAM posing a bottleneck. And with the highest graphic preset of 60 fps option, it runs smoothly most of the time, but it drops frames when loading complex scenes or if you move your character around the game quickly.
Meanwhile, playing Genshine Impact on the phone raises the CPU temperature by 30 to 47 degrees Celsius, according to a reading by Antutu, a popular Chinese phone benchmark app.
That temperature might sound acceptable, but we felt it was a little hot to hold while playing sports in the summer. For memory-consuming game titles that can push the processor to its limits, you may want to consider lowering the graphic settings for a better experience.
The phone can handle ambitious tasks, but we recommend not to push it too hard. As far as everyday apps go, the specs are more than enough. The phone’s 8GB of RAM (plus 2GB extra is fueled by an impressive feature that allows storage to be added to RAM) can run more than 10 lightweight apps in the background at the same time.
rich feature cameras
The Honor 70 packs a triple rear camera module and a single front camera, offering rich and playful features for vlogging and shooting. The two rear cameras support over 50 million pixel resolution.
We took it out for a few shots and the camera did a decent job, capturing some decent colors and giving a fair exposure even in complex scenes with large shadows.
Low-light scenarios are challenging for phone cameras because the sensor size is small which directly determines the image quality. We test the Honor 70 in a dark art gallery and the phone does quite well, capturing detailed images with a good balance of highlights and shadows; White balance is accurate most of the time. The camera also has Night Mode and Macro feature.
Its aperture mode, which can create partially blurry bokeh images, works well. Shots with this mode may not look as flawless as true optical bokeh powered by a larger sensor and aperture, but this mode still exceeds our expectations of what a phone camera can do.
A highlight feature is multi-video, which provides an immersive filming experience for vloggers and e-commerce livestreamers to showcase an item or experience. It allows you to use both front and back cameras at the same time and display the image in split screen. It can quickly capture and focus on the main subject with options to adjust the zoom and beautify the image.
display and charging
Honor 70 sports a 6.67-inch punch-hold OLED display with 2400 x 1080 resolution. The display worked well when we tested it with HDR video samples. This mode highlights the advantages of the phone’s OLED display which provides great contrast and definite blacks without brightening up the pixels.
If you compare its display with other phones or pair it with a white wall, the device displays colors in cooler tones. You might get used to it after a long time, but if you use multiple devices at the same time it can make you feel a little uncomfortable.
The model we tried had a 4,800mAh battery that supports 66W charging with the charger that comes with the device. Battery life won’t be a concern if you don’t overdo it. The 66W charging speed is another compromise, as many other similar phones in China now offer 150W or 200W high-speed charging speeds.
However, for the average user, a charging speed of 66 watts should be plenty: it can still fully charge this phone from 20% in less than 40 minutes.
The Honor 70 is a stylish option for vloggers and fashionistas in a low budget. Its core specs can support everyday apps quite well and can even deliver in some demanding scenarios.
However, it does have some compromises as a mid-end model, especially with regards to its performance, charging speed, and cameras.
Nevertheless, we are still impressed with its rich camera features and elegant design, which includes both the body and the user interface. In a nutshell, here are our key takeaways:
- Attractive design with good holding experience
- Featured Camera System for Vloggers and Livestreamers
- Well Designed and Friendly User Interface
- Relatively low charging wattage
- compromise performance
- lack of dual speakers
- There is only one memory option available overseas