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Honor Smartphone Buyer’s Guide 2018




2018 is the year where smartphone sub-brands push forward with their releases in the Philippines. One of them is Honor, Huawei’s sub-brand, which offers great specs at competitive prices. Take a look at the list of devices that they’ve released in the country this year. Let’s go!

Author’s Note: This is list is categorized into three parts: Flagship, Mid-Range, and Entry-Level. Do note that the smartphones below are officially available for purchase in the Philippines (Shopee Honor store).

Flagship

Honor 10

When the Honor 10 was first released in the country, a lot of people were surprised with its Php23,990 price tag considering its specs. It has a 5.84-inch 19:9 display, Kirin 970 flagship processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, 16MP + 24MP dual rear cameras, 24MP front camera, and 3,400mAh battery with SuperCharge.

SpecificationHonor 10
Display5.84-inch (1080 x 2280) IPS 19:9 display, 432ppi
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 2.4GHz octa-core CPU
GPUMali-G72 MP12 GPU
RAM4GB/6GB RAM
Storage64GB/128GB storage
Rear Camera16MP RGB + 24MP B&W f/1.8 rear camera, EIS, LED flash
Front Camera24MP f/2.0 front camera
SIM SlotDual-SIM
Connectivity4G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
FeatursNFC
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
SensorsUnder-glass fingerprint scanner
PortUSB 2.0 Type-C
OSEMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,400mAh battery with SuperCharge
Dimensions149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm
Weight153 g
ColorsPhantom Blue, Midnight Black

Honor Play

The Honor Play is currently the company’s most popular smartphone due to its mid-range Php15,990 price and flagship specs, namely the 6.3-inch display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 970 flagship processor, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front camera, 3,750mAh battery with fast charging.

SpecsHonor Play
Display6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 display, 409ppi
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
GPUMali-G72 MP12
RAM4GB/6GB
Storage64GB internal storage
Expandable Storageexpandable via microSD up to 256GB (SIM Slot 2)
Rear Camera16MP + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera16MP front camera
Connectivity4G LTE
SIMDual SIM (nano)
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, aptX HD, HWA
GPSGPS, A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C
Audio Port3.5mm audio port
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,750mAh battery (Fast Charge 9V/2A)
Dimension157.91 x 74.27 x 7.48 mm
Weight176 g

Mid-Range

Honor 7X

The Honor 7X launched last year but was only made available in the Philippines this year. It has a 5.93 Full HD+ display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 8MP camera, 3,240mAh battery with fast charging. It is priced at Php11,990.

SpecificationsHonor 7X
Display5.93-inch 18:9 Full HD+ IPS display @ 2160 x 1080px
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core processor
GPUMali-T830 MP2
RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB storage
microSD up to 256GB
Camera16MP 1.25um PDAF main + 2MP secondary rear camera w/ LED flash
8MP front camera
SIMDual-SIM (nano)
Network4G LTE
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USBmicro USB 2.0
Audio3.5mm audio port
BiometricsFingerprint scanner
OSEMUI 5.1 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Battery3,240mAh battery w/ fast-charging
Dimensions156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm
Weight165 g
ColorsBlack, Blue, Gold

Honor 9 Lite


The Honor 9 Lite is basically the spitting image of the Huawei Nova 2i with its design and color scheme. It has a 5.65-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 659 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 13MP + 2MP dual front cameras, and 3,000mAh battery. It is priced at Php7,990.

SpecificationHonor 9 Lite  /  Honor 9 Youth Edition
Display5.65-inch 18:9 2160 x 1080 IPS display, 428ppi, 2.5D Curved glass
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core CPU
GPUMali-T830 MP2 GPU
RAM3GB RAM
Storage32GB internal storage, microSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera13MP + 2MP rear camera w/ LED flash
Front Camera13MP + 2MP front camera
Sim Card SlotDual-SIM
Connectivity4G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
SensorFingerprint sensor
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.0
Battery3,000mAh battery
Dimension151 × 71.9 × 7.60 mm
Weight149 g
ColorSapphire Blue, Glacier Gray

Entry-Level

Honor 7A (32GB + 3GB)

The Honor 7A doesn’t look like an entry-level smartphone due to its design and construction. It sports a 5.7-inch display with 1440 x 720 resolution, Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front, 3,000mAh battery. Users might get confused since its price is Php7,990 which is the same as the Honor 9 Lite.

SpecificationsHonor 7A (AUM-AL00IN)
Display5.7-inch 1440 x 720 display, 283ppi
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core CPU
RAM3GB RAM
Storage32GB storage
microSD up to 256GB
Camera13MP + 2MP rear camera, LED flash
8MP front camera
Dual-SIM (nano)
Network4G VoLTE
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 2.0, GPS, A-GPS
Gyroscope
3.5mm audio port
OSEMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Battery3,000mAh battery
Dimensions152.4 x 73 x 7.8mm
Weight150 g
ColorsBlack, Gold, Blue

Honor 7A (16GB + 2GB)

This is basically the 2GB RAM and 16GB version of the Honor 7A. It is priced at Php5,990.

SpecificationsHonor 7A (AUM-AL00IN)
Display5.7-inch 1440 x 720 display, 283ppi
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core CPU
RAM2GB RAM
Storage16GB storage
microSD up to 256GB
Camera13MP + 2MP rear camera, LED flash
8MP front camera
Dual-SIM (nano)
Network4G VoLTE
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 2.0, GPS, A-GPS
Gyroscope
3.5mm audio port
OSEMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Battery3,000mAh battery
Dimensions152.4 x 73 x 7.8mm
Weight150 g
ColorsBlack, Gold, Blue

Honor 7S

This is the most affordable smartphone in Honor’s lineup for this year as of writing. It comes with a 5.45-inch 18:9 display with 1440 x 720 resolution, a MediaTek MT6739 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 3,020mAh battery. It is priced at Php5,490.

SpecificationsHonor 7S
Display5.45-inch 18:9 FullView display @ 1440 x 720 px
CPUMediaTek MT6739 1.5GHz quad-core
GPUPowerVR GE8100 GPU
RAM2GB RAM
Storage16GB internal storage
xpandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD
Camera13MP rear camera w/ LED flash
5MP front camera w/ LED flash
SIMDual-SIM (nano)
Network4G LTE w/ VoLTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS
USBmicro USB 2.0
Audio3.5mm audio port
BiometricsFace Unlock
OSEMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,020mAh battery

Here are the prices of all smartphones listed:

DevicePrice
Honor 10Php23,990
Honor PlayPhp15,990
Honor 7XPhp11,990
Honor 9 LitePhp7,990
Honor 7A (32GB + 3GB)Php7,990
Honor 7A (16GB + 2GB)Php5,990
Honor 7SPhp5,490

And that’s it! Hopefully, this guide will help you decide which Honor smartphone is the right pick for you. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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2 Responses

  1. pocoforthewin says:

    Nice list, unfortunately, The Poco F1 undercut all of these lol. Better luck next time.

  2. sousuke says:

    Are there any models here support 700MHz/LTE-A? Thanks.

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