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It's a comeback: HONOR returns with new Google-equipped smartphones and smartwatches

By AYIE LICSI Published Oct 03, 2022 7:34 pm

You might know HONOR as a Huawei sub-brand, but the smartphone maker is now making its own devices, which, unlike its past parent company's phones, have Google services out of the box.

HONOR made its comeback on Sept. 27, launching a total of four smartphones and two wearables in the Philippines, including the flagship Magic4 Pro and mid-range devices X7, X8, and X9.

After Huawei was sanctioned by the US Government from working with American businesses like Google, it sold HONOR to a majority Shenzen state-owned company in November 2020. As a result of the split, the brand could again use Google services just like other Android devices.

Magic4 Pro: A premium phone with a powerful camera

The most premium phone from the lineup, the Magic4Pro boasts a quad camera setup with 50-megapixel wide, 50-megapixel ultra-wide, 64-megapixel telephoto, and Time-of-Flight laser focusing sensors.

Users will also enjoy photography features like sharp HDR for wide shots, night mode, 3.5x optical zoom, and up to 100x digital zoom. 

In front, the device sports a 6.81-inch display interrupted by a pill cutout for the front cameras on the top-right. Powering the phone is a 4,600mAh battery and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G processor for blazing fast performance.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro comes in black and cyan for P52,990. Those who purchase the phone early can get a free HONOR Watch GS3.

X series: Mid-range smartphones that pack a punch

Those on the prowl for mid-range smartphones that won't break the bank can look to the HONOR X series. This lineup boasts a SuperCharge feature, powering the phone up to 50% from low in just 15 minutes.

HONOR X9

The range consists of three devices: the X7, X8, and X9, which vary in screen size, camera specs, and battery capacity.

HONOR X8

HONOR X7

The HONOR X7—available in midnight black, ocean blue, and titanium silver—is available for P9,990, while the HONOR X8 is priced at P12,990. The HONOR X9 in midnight black and ocean blue has a price tag of P14,990.

HONOR Watch GS3 and Band 6: Wearables for a better lifestyle

In addition to smartphones, HONOR also launched wearables for fitness junkies and newbies alike. First from the line is the Watch GS3 built with a glass front and a stainless steel frame. This stylish smartwatch comes with health features like heart rate, SpO2, sleep, and stress trackers as well as over 100 workout modes and GPS. It also promises a 14-day battery life under typical usage scenarios.

Meanwhile, the HONOR Band 6 is a lighter fitness tracker with a 1.47-inch AMOLED screen, blood oxygen, heart rate and sleep monitor, 95 workout modes, and on-screen notifications. Similar to the GS3, it boasts a 14-day battery life.

The HONOR Band 6 is available for P1,990 while the Watch GS3 is priced at P11,990.