Honor 70 review: a stylish mid-ranger, in keeping with style

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Positives

  • Superb 120Hz OLED screen
  • Elegant looking design
  • Grayscale screen mode
  • 66W charger

Negatives

  • Medium mono amplifier
  • There is no telephoto camera
  • No MicroSD Card Slot
  • No IP rating for dust/water resistance

Honor is establishing itself as an independent phone maker, after exiting from stablecoin Huawei November 2020. last year honor 50 It did well as the company’s first phone after splitting Huawei to offer a full suite of Google Mobile services. High end for this year Magic 4 Pro Packed with features and I was particularly impressed with its 100W charging, good cameras, IR blaster, and monochrome e-book reading mode.

the new honor 70 It is an update to the Honor 50 in many ways. It’s currently available in the UK with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for £479.99, or £499.99 with 256GB of storage. Is he a worthy successor to the previous model?

honor 70

Honor 70: 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus chipset, 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB storage, 54MP ultra-wide angle, 50MP ultra-wide angle, 2 depth rear cameras megapixels.

Photos: Sandra Vogel/ZDNET

Honor 70 comes in three colors – Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Crystal Silver. The latter has been submitted for review and, unlike the other two, has a back-reflecting light in a diamond cut pattern, beneath which is an embossed finish. Appearance varies depending on how it captures the light. It is rather attractive, if a little bright for some tastes.

The dual circles on the top left of the back hold the various camera components, and they protrude significantly from the back panel, causing the phone to move around on the desk when you tap the screen on its left side. Honor offers a clear protective case that gets rid of that bump with minimal impact on the back panel look, so the usual trade-off between the bumper and getting the full back panel design experience isn’t an issue here.

The bumper also solves a potential back panel issue – slipping, which can cause it to slip on the soft arm of the chair and fall to the ground, and is difficult to hold for one-handed use.

Slip aside, the Honor 70 is very stylish, and its slim profile and long, curved screen edges make it look more “premium” than it is. At 161.4mm long, 7.91mm thick and 73.3mm wide, it sits nicely in the palm of my little hand.

Honor 70: Bottom

The bottom of the Honor 70 houses a speaker grille, a USB-C port, and a SIM tray (which accommodates two Nano SIM cards).

Photo: Sandra Vogel/ZDNET

The power button and volume button are on the right side, while at the bottom is the case for the dual 5G Nano-SIM chipsets and speaker grille. Honor does not provide a 3.5mm headphone jack, and this phone does not have an IP rating indicating dust and water resistance. There is only one speaker, and its quality is one of the disappointments of this phone. There is a distinct lack of bass, so the spoken word and talk radio are reasonable, but the music suffers badly. Also, in the upper volume, there is noticeable distortion.

That’s a shame, as the 6.67-inch OLED screen is fairly good, with a 20:9 aspect ratio accommodating 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (395 pixels per inch). The long edges of the screen curve against the body giving a bezel-free look, while the top and bottom edges are too small to be insignificant. We count Screen-to-body ratio Being awesome is 90.72%.

The OLED panel can display 1.07 billion colors and supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, while the refresh rate can be set to 120Hz all the time, 60Hz all the time, or to switch dynamically between the two. This setting is not as advanced as LTPO-Toggle-based switching, which will drop to 1Hz to conserve battery life, but for a phone at this price point, the setting is more than enough. The in-screen fingerprint sensor worked perfectly for me, and Face Unlock is also available.

There is a range of display settings that include color mode and temperature settings, eye comfort, which can be scheduled or toggled manually, and an e-book mode that turns the screen to grayscale. I’m a big fan of this mode and when it’s available on my review phone, I use it not only for e-books but also a fair portion of the time for general use.

The Snapdragon 778G Plus Chipsets are widely used – last seen in Motorola Moto Edge 30 Where it’s plugged in, paired with 8GB of RAM Geekbench 5 CPU scores 819 (single core) and 2843 (multi-core). With the same RAM supplement, Honor 70 converted scores of 812 (single-core) and 2875 (multi-core). In all cases, I do three standard runs and take the average. for comparison, Highscore Geekbench 5 CPU About 1100 (single core) and 3500 (multi-core).

My review phone had 256GB of storage, of which 22GB was used out of the box, leaving 234GB. There is no MicroSD slot, so if the alternative 128GB model isn’t roomy enough, this might be the best option.

Honor 70: Multi Window Mode

Multiple window modes in Magic UI 6.1: Floating (left), sidebar (center), split screen (right).

Screenshots: Sandra Vogel / ZDNET

Honor 70 . works Android 12 With Honor UI 6.1 overlay on top. This offers a number of settings tweaks, including the aforementioned eBook mode and Multi-Window, a tool that allows users to open a floating application window, split screen, or enable a popup sidebar. The height of the screen here makes this viable for some tasks. There are also plenty of third party apps including social media, live streaming, and purchasing. They all seem to be removable.

The main rear camera is a 54 MP f / 1.9 wide-angle module with a Sony IMX800 sensor. This is accompanied by a 50MP f/2.2 (122°) wide-angle camera and a 2MP f/2.4 depth camera. You can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps) and there’s 10x digital zoom, but there’s no optical zoom capability. The front camera is a 32MP f/2.4 punch-hole unit limited to 1080p video shooting at 30fps. Some users may appreciate the ability to capture video from the front and rear cameras at the same time.

I found the images to be bright, sharp, and clear, although the digital zoom resulted in some grainy images. If all you need is point and shoot, your Honor 70 should be just fine.

Battery life tests were completed with the 120Hz refresh rate option set to Always On, so if owners of this phone opt to dynamically switch between this and 60Hz, they might get a little more life out of the 4800mAh battery. The PCMark for Android Runs with 3.0 . battery life The test ran for 11 hours and 33 minutes on a full charge. Recharging the battery to 100% and playing a YouTube video for three hours only reduced it by 12%.

Honor offers a 66W charger and claims that this will only take 20 minutes to charge the battery to 60%. This seems to be achievable: on one occasion when the battery was at 17%, it took 10 minutes to reach 50%, 20 minutes to reach 78% and 30 minutes to reach 96%.

Conclusions

The Honor 70, in the Crystal Silver color that I reviewed, is a great looking phone with a twist-back design that is not spoiled by the available bumper. The 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED display is impressive, and the grayscale mode could have wide appeal. Fast charging is almost a necessity these days, and it’s nice to see 66W supported here.

The downsides include a clearly mediocre mono speaker and the lack of dust/water resistance certification, while the camera system, unlike the main 54MP wide-angle camera, could offer more.


Honor 70 . specifications

The operating system Android 12 + Magic UI 6.1
Healer Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus Processor
RAM 8 GB
storage 128 GB
micro memory card slot number
Show 6.67 inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080, 395 ppi) OLED
Balanced dimensions 20: 9
– refresh rate up to 120 Hz
– colors 1.07 billion
– color gradient 100% DCI-P3
Screen-to-body ratio 90.72% (calculated)
Networks 2G GSM • 3G WCDMA • 4G LTE • 5G NR
SIM slots 2x Nano SIM
WIFI Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth 520.00%
NFC yes
Site GPS • AGPS • Glonass • Beidou • Galileo
sensors Gravity • Fingerprint (under the screen) • Compass • Ambient light • Proximity
rear cameras 54 MP f / 1.9 wide angle 50 MP f / 2.2 ultra wide angle (122 degrees) and macro 2 MP f / 2.4 depth
front camera 32 MP wide angle f/2.4
battery capacity 4800 mAh
The battery is charging 66 watts (60% in 20 minutes, as claimed) • 5 watts reverse charging
My voice 1x speaker
3.5 mm headphone jack number
Dimensions 73.3 mm x 161.4 mm x 7.91 mm (2.89 in x 6.35 in x 0.31 in)
Weight 178 g (6.28 oz)
in the box Honor 70 • Quick Start Guide • Honor SuperCharge • USB-C Cable • SIM Ejection Tool • TPU Protective Cover • TP Protective Film
price £479.99 (8GB / 128GB) • £499.99 (8GB / 256GB)

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