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Honor, the former subbrand of Huawei, has expanded its reach by launching the Honor 90 internationally, just a little over a month after its initial release in China. This mid-range smartphone offers impressive features at a competitive starting price of €549 / £449.99. However, what sets it apart is its extraordinary 200-megapixel main camera, matching the resolution found in flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
While a higher megapixel count doesn’t guarantee superior camera performance, it does provide the potential for capturing more detailed photographs in the right conditions. The Honor 90’s camera software further enhances its capabilities by binning up to 16 pixels together, resulting in effectively larger 2.24μm pixels. This pixel binning technique enables the camera to collect more light, ultimately producing 12-megapixel images. However, the critical aspect lies in how Honor’s camera software processes these images, as the manufacturer’s recent phones have been known to produce images with overly vibrant and artificially bright colors.
Apart from the remarkable main camera, the Honor 90 features three additional cameras that are less groundbreaking. It includes a 12-megapixel combination ultrawide and macro camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera on the rear, and a 50-megapixel front-facing selfie camera housed within a hole-punch notch. The smartphone sports a 6.7-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a peak brightness of 1600 nits, and a resolution of 2664 x 1200. Consumers can choose from an assortment of colors, including green, blue, black, or silver, depending on availability in their respective markets and retailers.
Internally, the Honor 90 boasts a substantial 5,000mAh battery that supports up to 66W fast charging. Honor claims that the phone can charge up to 45 percent in just 15 minutes. However, it lacks wireless charging capabilities. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 “Accelerated Edition” processor. Depending on the market, consumers can select between an 8GB or 12GB RAM variant, coupled with either 256GB or 512GB of storage.
Running on Honor’s Android 13-based MagicOS 7.1 software, the Honor 90 will receive two major Android updates and three years of security updates, according to the company’s statements to Android Police. In comparison, similarly priced smartphones like Google’s Pixel 7A are slated to receive three major Android updates and five years of security updates, while Samsung’s midrange Galaxy A54 is expected to receive four OS version updates and five years of security patches.
For customers in the UK, the Honor 90 is available for order directly from Honor’s website starting today. The 8GB variant is priced at £449.99, while the more advanced 12GB model costs £499.99. In select European markets, the 8GB version is priced at €549, while the 12GB variant retails for €599. However, as with previous Honor releases, there is no official mention of the Honor 90 being released in the United States.