The Honor 50 series are among Honor's first phones to launch since its split with Huawei, but more than that they're the company's first new phones to launch globally in months, and their first to run Google Mobile Services in years.

Two phones are launching worldwide: the Honor 50 and 50 Lite. There's also a 50 Pro and 50 SE, but for now at least those two models are exclusive to China - and likely to stay that way.

Here's everything you need to know about the full Honor 50 series, including how much they cost and where you can buy them -  or you can read our Honor 50 review to find out what we think of the new Honor's first phone with Google.

When will the Honor 50 release worldwide?

Honor officially unveiled the 50 series on 16 June at an event in Shanghai, China, where the Honor 50, 50 Pro, and 50 SE are available to buy now.

The company waited until 26 October to follow up with a global launch of two devices: the Honor 50 and 50 Lite. Those are also available to buy now in the UK, Europe, and much of the Middle East and Asia.

As of yet there are no public plans to launch the Honor 50 series in the US however.

Since first unveiling the Honor 50 the company has also revealed the Magic 3 series, which use the new Snapdragon 888+ chipset. Those phones are also set for a global release but have no firm dates set as of yet.

How much does the Honor 50 cost?

There are only two phones with international availability and pricing:

  • Honor 50 - £449/€529 (6/128GB) or £529/€599 (8/256GB)
  • Honor 50 Lite - £249/€299 (6/128GB)

There's a slightly different line-up available in China, so here are the three Chinese models' starting prices:

  • Honor 50 - ¥2,699 (around £300/$420)
  • Honor 50 Pro - ¥3,699 (around £410/$580)
  • Honor 50 SE - ¥2,399 (around £265/$375)

What are the Honor 50 specs and features?

We know plenty about the Honor 50 series, which includes four phones: the 50, 50 Lite, 50 Pro, and 50 SE.

Honor 50

The standard Honor 50 is the main phone in the range, seen above in a range of colours: Frost Crystal, Amber Red, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black, though there's also a limited edition finish called 'Honor Code' made up of letters from 'Honor'. Note that not every colour is available in every market, and the red finish is China-exclusive.

It boasts an unusual camera setup: one circle containing a main lens, and a second for auxiliary cameras. It's an odd design - but also one that's notably similar to the Huawei Nova 9, even though the two companies have officially split.

Don't chalk that up to anything nefarious though - it's more likely that the 50 series was already past the design stage by the time Honor was sold.

Honor confirmed before launch that the Honor 50 uses a new chipset, the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G. This is a mid-range successor to last year's popular 765G, and sits slightly below the recent 780G. Importantly, it also includes 5G support.

The 50 also boasts a 6.57in curved OLED display that supports a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate - excellent for gaming. It can also display 1.07 billion colours, so image quality should be top-notch all round.

Honor 50

There's a single 32Mp selfie camera on the 50, but a quad rear camera setup: a 108Mp main lens joined by an 8Mp ultrawide, along with 2Mp depth and macro lenses.

Finally, the 50 has a 4300mAh battery, which can be topped up with 66W fast-charging - capable of powering the phone up from empty to 70% in just 20 minutes, according to Honor.

  • 6.57in FHD+ 120Hz OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB storage
  • Rear camera:
    • 108Mp, f/1.9 main lens
    • 8Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide lens
    • 2Mp, f/2.4 macro lens
    • 2Mp depth sensor
  • 32Mp, f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4300mAh battery
  • 66W fast charging
  • 5G
  • 159.96mm × 73.76mm × 7.78mm
  • 175g

Honor 50 Lite

The Honor 50 Lite is exclusive to the international release of the phone - it's not available in China, and isn't the same as the 50 SE that launched there.

Honor 50 Lite

This is a much cheaper phone than the regular Honor 50, at just €299, but still has some solid specs, headlined by 66W wired charging, a 6.67in display, and 64Mp main camera. We're still waiting for Honor to confirm full specs however.

As you can see the design is also different, with a circular rear quad camera rather than the dual-ring design of the regular Honor 50.

It's launching in three colours: Deep Sea Blue, Space Silver, and Midnight
Black.

  • 6.67in display
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Rear camera:
    • 64Mp main lens
    • 8Mp ultrawide lens
    • 2Mp macro lens
    • 2Mp depth sensor
  • 66W fast charging

Honor 50 Pro

Honor 50

The Honor 50 Pro is much the same as the 50 but is larger, packs a dual selfie camera, and manages to offer even faster 100W charging speeds - though actually has a slightly smaller battery than the regular 50. It probably won't launch internationally, sadly.

The 50 Pro's 6.72in display is larger than the 50's, but is otherwise a similar spec.

Charging is the bigger change, with much faster 100W wired charging, which can top the phone up by 90% in 20 minutes - though this is made easier by the slightly smaller 4000mAh battery.

The rear camera setup is identical, but the Pro does boast an extra front-facing lens: a 12Mp wide-angle camera that Honor says is optimised for vlogging, with a portrait focal length of 18mm.

Other core specs remain the same, though the 50 Pro also has a slightly enhanced liquid cooling setup, which should help it to push the 778G a little bit further than the standard model.

  • 6.72in FHD+ 120Hz OLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB storage
  • Rear camera:
    • 108Mp, f/1.9 main lens
    • 8Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide lens
    • 2Mp, f/2.4 macro lens
    • 2Mp depth sensor
  • Front camera:
    • 32Mp, f/2.2 main lens
    • 12Mp ultrawide lens
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 100W fast charging
  • 5G
  • 163.46mm × 74.66mm × 8.05mm
  • 187g

Honor 50 SE

The cheapest phone in the series is the Honor SE, and like the Pro Honor hasn't announced any plans to launch it worldwide.

The 50 SE is actually the largest of the four phones, with a 6.78in LCD display, but uses a less powerful chipset than the other phones - the MediaTek Dimensity 900. The display is still 120Hz, but doesn't support the 300Hz touch sampling rate..

It's also the only phone of the four to offer a triple rear camera, rather than quad, but the specs are still impressive.

  • 6.78in FHD+ LCD display
  • MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128/256GB storage
  • Rear camera:
    • 108Mp, f/1.9 main lens
    • 8Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide lens
    • 2Mp, f/2.4 macro lens
  • 16Mp selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 66W fast charging
  • 5G
  • 164.73 x 75.63 x 8mm
  • 191g

Does the Honor 50 support Google Play Services?

As mentioned above, Honor is no longer part of the Huawei group and as such does not fall under the trade ban that is currently operating against Huawei in the US. While the selling of hardware is obviously important, the more essential reason for spinning off the company was so that its products would be able to use Google services, unlike the other Huawei devices.

With that in mind, it's good to be able to report that the Honor 50 does support Google Mobile Services for its international models, as confirmed by the company itself on Twitter.

Hopefully that's enough to help Honor return to its glory days, and once again become a competitive player in western phone markets.

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