It’s back to school and also IFA 2022. Also, Honor is offering a new mid-range smartphone. Here is our test of the Honor 70.
Honor is a new step in the mid-range smartphone market. But for us, JournalduGeek, Honor’s biggest concern was to be able to get out of the constant comparison with Huawei. If it was still complicated last year with the Honor 50, it is clear that it has changed this year.
Also, after a very good Honor Magic 4 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer takes advantage of theIFA 2022 to formalize its new mid-range smartphone and which will represent the bulk of sales at the end of the year. here is the Honor 70 and spoiler alert, it is successful and pleasant on a daily basis. We spent a month with it and here is our test of the Honor 70.
Honor 70 Features
As a reminder of the characteristics, the new Honor 70 offer you :
|Screen||– 6.67″ curved OLED screen
– Full HD+ definition (1080×2400)
– 19.5:9 aspect ratio
-Corning Gorilla Glass
– 100% DCI-P3
|Design||– Midnight Black
– Emerald Green
– Curved glass back
|SoCs and GPUs||-Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
– Adreno 642L
|Memory||– 8GB RAM
– 128 GB or 256 GB storage
|Camera||– Three cameras
– Main camera: 54 MP Sony IMX800 sensor, F1.9, PDAF
– Ultra wide-angle: 50 MP sensor, 122°mm, F2.2, Macro 2.5cm
– 2 MP depth of field sensor, f/2.4
– Video recording in 4K30
– 32 MP front sensor, 22mm, f/2.2,
– Honor SuperCharge 66W
|Connectivity||– Optical fingerprint reader under the screen
– Wi-Fi 6
– Dual nano-SIM
– A-GPS+GLONASS, DNLA, Miracast (WiFi Direct), Google Cast
– USB 2.0 Type-C
– Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
– Proximity and light sensor
-Magic UI 6.1
|Height and weight||– 161.4 x 73.3 x 7.91mm
|Starting price||– (8GB + 128GB)
– (8GB + 256GB)
|Availability date||– September 2022|
For the packaging itself, it’s classic and unsurprisingly, there is a 66W fast wired charger, a USB cable and instructions for a first grip. Nothing very original except the fact that we still find a charger, simply because Honor’s charging technologies remain proprietary.
For its price, count officially from €599 for availability from September 15, 2022.
Design, Screen and Audio
It’s a mid-range smartphone from Honor and it’s no surprise that we find the main lines of the Chinese manufacturer such as the double circle on the back that makes up the photo block of the new Honor 70. When you discover it for the first time , we can only be impressed by its finish. With a glass back with a “soft touch” finish, we can assure you that it is super pleasant to the touch. But our words are not enough to do justice to this type of finish. It’s the kind of finish you touch all the time, especially since it’s super resistant to fingerprints so that’s one more reason. As a result, you will have understood it, we can only recommend this matte finish and not necessarily the one that looks like a diamond like the model of our colleagues at 01net.
Apart from the finish, we find a design in itself classic but worthy of a high-end smartphone. In fact, in addition to having a curved screen, the back is also curved, which makes it easier to grip. Moreover, during our test period, we really did not have to complain about the Honor 70 on a daily basis. The screen size is classic but ideal in 2022. The smartphone is not too wide and we access easily to the volume and power buttons. With a weight of only 178g and above all a thickness of less than 8mm, we appreciate its lightness and therefore its finesse, especially with such a screen.
As we said above, on the back, we do not find the huge black circle of the Magic 4 Pro but two circles, which makes the photo block much less massive, which we prefer somewhere. On the screen side, it’s also classic with a 6.67-inch OLED screen and a punch at the top in the center. For the screen itself, we obviously appreciate the contrasts and deep blacks of an OLED panel and we appreciate the refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s not an LPTO panel but in our use, we haven’t noticed any particular concerns related to autonomy. Now prefer Natural mode again because of our measurements 01Labthe default Delta E is 5.49, which isn’t great since it’s up to 23% less fair than average.
On the sound side, there is only a mono speaker and it’s a shame because many competitors offer stereo speakers in this price range. Likewise, this price range had us used to the presence of a jack port, which we don’t have here. We are well into 2022. Afterwards, it’s not as if it was a defect since all the manufacturers are abandoning it, but it is to be noted. Otherwise, the sound volume is rather well contained and it does not saturate. Of course, it’s still a smartphone speaker and if it’s enough for short social network type content, we can only advise you to use an external speaker or headphones.
Magic UI 6.1, Performance and Autonomy
the Honor 70 comes with Android 12 as well as an overlay MagicUI 6.1. As expected, the overlay is pleasant on a daily basis with an experience very close to Android Stock. In fact, the biggest concern (if we can afford it) is above all that the overlay is so specific to Honor and before to Huawei that it completely hides the basic functions of Android. To draw a parallel, we do not see any real differences in use between the Honor Magic 4 Lite under Android 11 with Magic UI 4.2 and the Honor 70 with Android 12 and Magic UI 6.1. Afterwards, don’t make us say what we haven’t said, it’s always pleasant and we haven’t noticed any problems except for duplicate applications and/or excess applications by default.
On the performance side, the Honor 70 offers a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. It’s a mid-range SOC at Qualcomm and it’s clearly not the fastest SoC in terms of numbers but in all honesty, it will be enough for 99% of daily use, even on games, we don’t have I didn’t note any particular concerns except that the level of detail had to be limited in certain games. We thus played LOL Wild Rifts or Diablo Immortals without having the impression of having made major concessions compared to smartphones with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. We used the Honor 70 on a daily basis with a significant number of applications and we did not feel any particular discomfort. The user experience remains fluid in daily use, there is clearly nothing to complain about.
And finally, as with every new smartphone, you will need a few days of use before obtaining cruising autonomy. But with a battery of 4800mAh, we have what it takes to hold a busy day very easily or two days of autonomy without forcing too much. In addition to that, Honor added fast wired charging at 66W, really practical. In any case, our lab tests 01Lab, the Honor 70 offers a versatile autonomy of 18:29, which is almost 22% more than the average smartphone over 500 euros in the last 12 months. In the video streaming autonomy tests, the Honor 70 offers 15:06, it is 13.8% than the average.
Photo and Video
Mid-range requires, there is a photo block consisting of two cameras and a third for the depth of field. But while some competitors arrive with recycled sensors from last year’s smartphones, Honor plays the innovation card with a brand new Sony IMX800 sensor developed in collaboration with the Japanese firm. The ultra-wide-angle isn’t as impressive, but we’re still talking about a 50-megapixel sensor. We just regret optical stabilization, at least on the main camera.
In ideal light conditions, the Honor 70 offers contrasting and sharp photos. And it’s all the more impressive that the ultra wide-angle does not suffer from the chronic lack of sharpness of the ultra wide-angles of smartphones in this category. On the other hand, Honor insists too much on the contrast of its ultra wide-angle, which distorts some photos a little and underexposes them, especially in comparison to the main camera.
As for the main camera, we admit to having been pleasantly surprised and we regret even more that Honor does not offer optical stabilization for better versatility. In any case, in ideal light conditions, the Honor 70 does not have to be ashamed and comes out with balanced and natural photos. The only complaint concerns the HDR Auto, which we find a little soft and therefore not aggressive enough to clear up dark areas.
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