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The Honor 70 launches as a blend of 2022 optics and 2021 specs

Honor showcases the 70's best specs. (Source: Honor)
Honor showcases the 70's best specs. (Source: Honor)
Honor has launched the 70 (or 70 5G) alongside its Pro and Pro Plus siblings. All three Android smartphones have been unveiled with the same updated design and new Sony IMX800 main rear camera. However, slight compromises have been made with this freshly-debuted vanilla mid-ranger.

Honor has now announced its new 70 Pro and Pro Plus (or Pro+) in full, and has also rounded the series out with a vanilla sibling for the two premium mid-tier phones. This option bears a close resemblance to the Pro, as indicated earlier, yet is set apart with a strategic downgrade or two.

The 70 has a 4,800 mAh battery with older 66W charging. It does keep a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display on, meaning it might lag behind the rest of its series in terms of all those specs. The panel does retain a 120Hz refresh rate and DCI-P3 gamut coverage, however.

This base model is also graced with the same new 54+50MP rear camera headlines as its Pro counterparts; however, where those 2 phones have a more useful-sounding 8MP tertiary sensor, the 70 is stuck with a 2MP depth-sensor.

Furthermore, those 2 higher-end variants get new high-end MediaTek Dimensity platforms. The vanilla 70, on the other hand, may disappoint not merely because it has missed out on the new Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC as speculated earlier, but because the 778G+ processor it has launched with instead is also found in 2021's 60 Pro.

On the other hand, that does make the Honor 70 the world's most accessible source of new Sony IMX800 CMOS right now. It starts at 2,699 yuan for an 8GB RAM base SKU - which has 256GB of internal storage to boot - and asks 3,399 yuan at most for a 12GB/512GB top-end version. It will also be the first to see a release to sale, now scheduled for June 7, 2022 in China.

The Honor 70's SKUs in full. (Source: Honor)
The Honor 70's SKUs in full. (Source: Honor)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-05-30 (Update: 2022-05-30)