Honor 70 im Test – connect

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Honor 70
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Pro
  • elegant symmetrical design
  • light and slim body with good touch
  • Curved-OLED mit 120 Hertz
  • good system performance
  • Main camera with 54 megapixels and good image quality
  • various video functions
  • practical battery life
  • 66 watt fast charger and protective case included
  • good telephony acoustics and convincing radio properties

Contra
  • no IP protection certificate
  • quite a bit of bloatware
  • Memory extension missing

Conclusion

connect test verdict: good (411 out of 500 points)


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Honor steps up a gear. The company says its highly automated production lines take just 28.5 seconds to produce a new mobile device. This high level of productivity could be necessary because market researchers currently see the former Huawei subsidiary brand in China as a new high-flyer in the manufacturer ranking. In terms of market share, Honor is said to be in second place in the second quarter and would therefore be a force in the home market.

And in Europe? The course has long been set for a comeback, for example with the current top model Magic 4 Pro: Honor as a brand has been on its own two years and has obviously not lost any of the enormous smartphone know-how of the former parent company in the new company constellation. Honor is not affected by the politically motivated US restrictions.

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This is also shown by the novelty from the lifestyle-oriented series of numbers presented at the IFA in Berlin. The Honor 70 can draw on the full range of hardware and software: the mid-range representative comes with 5G connectivity as well as the obligatory preinstalled Google services package including access to the Play Store for an unlimited supply of games and additional applications.

In terms of design, the Honor 70 gets the curve with ease: the 6.67-inch OLED screen is gently curved on the long sides. The same applies to the back of the approximately eight millimeter slim, excellently manufactured case. An IP proof of increased water and dust resistance is missing – as with many other mid-range representatives.

The elegantly symmetrical curved design is not an end in itself. The curves contribute to the fact that the smartphone lies very comfortably in the hand. Operating errors due to accidental touches on the edges were not an issue. The triple camera on the back is also characterized by symmetry as a design element. The 54-megapixel camera equipped with Sony’s new, promising 1/1.49-inch sensor (IMX800) and the ultra-wide-angle/macro camera with 50 megapixels are divided into two circular elements of equal size. Instead of an optical zoom, there is a 2 MP depth camera for portraits with bokeh.

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The photo-video department behind the striking double-ring design relies on AI support and uses sophisticated algorithms to try to advance the photo quality “computer-aided”. Our camera test on the next page explains the picture quality. Selfies succeed with the 32 MP front camera in veritable quality.

If you want to create unusual recordings from different perspectives, you will find what you are looking for in the multi-video settings. This allows the simultaneous recordings of the front and rear cameras or the two wide-angle units to be combined in a split view. The picture-in-picture display is just as possible as the simultaneous creation of two separate recordings. The next page explains what this exclusive Solo Cut mode is all about and how video bloggers can get their clips faster and easier.

Honor 70
The 8 mm slim Honor 70 feels good in the hand and has a great finish.
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Strong OLED display with 120 Hz

As desired, the display edges are narrow at the top and bottom. This is also due to the centrally placed punch hole for the selfie camera. Overall, the curved case has a very good screen-to-body ratio of 92 percent. The self-illuminating display is covered with a protective film and, in addition to the resolution (FHD+) and correspondingly high pixel density (394 ppi) that is typical today, it offers a dynamically adjusted refresh rate that can be up to 120 Hertz.

This ensures the smooth display of movements whenever it matters, i.e. when scrolling and during action gaming. If you like, you can also have the display content updated permanently at the battery-sapping 120 Hertz rate. A color depth of 10 bit contributes to the necessary brilliance. In order to minimize noticeable flickering that is tiring for the eyes at lower brightness, Honor increases the frequency of the on/off phases to 1,920 Hz when dimming.

In short: The OLED display with a 16.7-centimeter screen diagonal does not burn anything in the test, especially since a well-functioning optical fingerprint sensor also releases the start screen quickly. 2D facial recognition is available as a second biometric unlocking method.

The other hardware ingredients are class-typical. In our test, the larger 256 GB variant with 235 GB of free storage was available for just under 600 euros. The card slot takes two Nano-SIMs, but no microSDs, which is more noticeable in the 128 GB version. Operation with an eSIM is not intended.

The 8 GB of RAM meet the price-related requirements. As in the Nothing Phone 1, the computing speed is determined by the young, 100 MHz higher clocked Plus version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. Its performance does not match Qualcomm’s Gen 8 top chips. Apart from that, the benchmark results document that the Honor 70 has enough computing power even for the smooth display of current 3D games. The service is super fast anyway.

Honor 70
Left: Many screen backgrounds are harmoniously adapted to the case colors. Center: A sidebar that can be displayed can make it easier to access favorite applications. Right: The settings menu shows that Magic UI 6.1 is inspired by Huawei’s EMUI user interface.
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Familiar user interface

A user interface is put over Android 12 with Magic UI 6.1, which apparently has a lot in common with Huawei’s EMUI. This is reflected, among other things, in the design of the setting menus and additional apps such as the system manager. In addition, features such as the overlaid sidebar have been adopted for quicker access to personal app favorites. The setting options are clearly structured, and the colorful icons still look fresh.

The fact that bloatware is also spreading through the range of apps is somewhat annoying. Booking, Facebook, Netflix, TikTok and Co. can at least be uninstalled. The Honor 70 already has useful extras such as an app cloner, a protected area for sensitive files and an always-on display. To assist with software updates: Two Android upgrades are planned. As with many mid-range smartphones, security patches should be available for three years.

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We can attest to the Honor 70’s high flexibility in wireless networking. From Wi-Fi 6 to Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC to 5G, everything is there that makes wireless data exchange easier and faster. The determined data rates in WLAN networks and via the USB-C 2.0 interface could have been higher. With data rates of up to 1.2 Gbit/s (Cat.18) in the downlink and 150 Mbit/s (Cat.13) in the uplink, the Honor 70 sets the pace in important 4G mobile communications.

The Honor 70 also offers a strong performance in the test lab. The determined endurance of 10:45 hours is easily enough for one day. As usual in this price range, the induction coil for wireless charging has been omitted. The complete scope of delivery makes up for that: data cable and protective cover are also included, as is a 66-watt power adapter, which fully charges the battery within about 45 minutes. The telephony acoustics were convincing in the laboratory. And the radio performance in the most common LTE bands was good, and even very good over GSM.

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Conclusion

Even if the photo quality of the triple camera could not fully meet expectations: Honor’s noble novelty from the number series brings many core competencies with the successful curved design, fine OLED screen, practical hardware and consistently convincing acoustic and wireless performance, the recommendable mid-range phones award.

The real strength is anyway the consistently solid performance across all categories. So the bottom line was that the test appearance was worthy of all honor. And that’s not all – the Honor 70 isn’t a price breaker, but it’s definitely worth the money.


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