Honor has revealed its latest range of smartphones, with the Honor 50 series now launched in China, with a global launch confirmed to be on the way too.

There are three phones in the series - the Honor 50, 50 Pro, and 50 SE - but the most exciting thing about them is probably that the international version of the 50 will have full Google services support.

When will the Honor 50 release worldwide?

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

The company has also promised an international launch "at a later date" for the Honor 50 (though not the Pro or SE) with confirmed markets including France, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the UK.

Honor 50 global release

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

Even in the rest of the world we're still waiting to find out when the Honor 50 will launch. Since its unveiling Honor has also revealed the Magic 3 series, which use the new Snapdragon 888+ chipset - they're also set for a global release but similarly have no firm dates set as of yet.

How much will the Honor 50 cost?

The only pricing we have for the Honor 50 series so far is for the phones' Chinese models. Their starting prices are:

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

It's worth remembering that Western prices are typically higher than the direct conversions from Chinese currency, so expect the Honor 50 to cost more than this when it does launch in Europe.

What are the Honor 50 specs and features?

Now that they've been announced in China we know plenty about the Honor 50 series, which includes three phones: the 50, 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. It's also the only phone currently expected to launch worldwide.

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 upcoming Huawei P50, 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
  • 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 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, and Honor also boasts that this model supports 100% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, which it doesn't claim of the regular model.

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 three 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 of the other two.

It's also the only phone of the three 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 will 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 will support Google Mobile Services when it launches internationally.

The company said that it will be submitting devices to Google's security review, and that “Honor devices will therefore have the option to have Google Mobile Services (“GMS”) preinstalled on compatible devices, in accordance with Google’s licensing and governance models.”

The company has since confirmed that the "compatible devices" will include the Honor 50, and presumably the 50 Pro if that model also launches internationally.

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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