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Honor 50 Lite in the test: fast battery, disappointing camera

The Honor 50 Lite has been on the market since the end of November 2021 and is quite a bit cheaper than its big brother. In our test, we checked whether it was still a good alternative to the Honor 50.

The Honor 50 Lite costs only half as much as its big brother, but it has been significantly slimmed down. So you have to do without 5G mobile communications and a multi-video function and be satisfied with a slightly weaker processor. You can find out whether the model is still worthwhile in our xiaomist test.

Honor 50 Lite in the test: conclusion

xiaomist rating: 6.2 / 10

The Honor 50 Lite is inferior to the Honor 50 in many respects. Sure, there is a reason why it is the lite version, but in my opinion it has been saved in the wrong places. The fact that the smartphone does not support 5G cellular network was far less surprising than the camera, which is really not very fun to take photos. The operation wasn’t convincing either, despite the otherwise smooth performance.

In contrast, the Honor 50 Lite scores with its really fast quick charge and reliable battery life. In addition, a lot of emphasis was placed on the high-contrast display, which can be seen with a pleasant touch sensitivity. Those who value the display and battery in particular and can live with mixed photos will also be satisfied with the Honor 50 Lite. For a price under 300 euros (see Saturn), however, there are smartphones that have more to offer.

Google Apps fast battery charging bright, sharp display, reduced proportion of blue light, 3.5 mm jack

Disadvantage:

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too much plastic packaging no 5G low camera quality complicated operation no micro SD slot no IP certification

plastic packaging than necessary

As with any device, the packaging gives the first impression. In this case, unfortunately, not a particularly positive one: The Honor 50 Lite arrives with too much plastic. although this could easily have been avoided. The protective film is already on the display, which made me happy because I love to drop my smartphones. In addition, it is packed in plastic and even the enclosed plastic protective cover (shown on the right in the following photo) was wrapped in plastic again. One possibility would have been to put the protective cover on the smartphone from the outset, since there would have been enough protection during delivery and the numerous foils would have been unnecessary.

In addition to the mobile phone and protective cover, the box contains a small metal rod for the dual SIM slot, a charging cable and the corresponding quick-charging power supply unit (66 watts). The latter was also unnecessarily covered with a plastic cover. The battery itself is also not replaceable. This means that if it should run out after a while, it cannot be exchanged without further ado. So although the case cannot be opened, like the Honor 50, it is not waterproof.

A camera circle as an eye-catcher?

At 6.67 inches, the Honor 50 Lite is a very long mobile phone for me personally. Two friends of mine who examined the smartphone felt the same way. In fact, I can’t reach all sides of the phone with just one hand. Although I had to get used to it, it feels good in the hand overall. Personally, I don’t find the back to be too smooth, but I still used the protective cover from the start.

As usual with Honor, there is a volume rocker and a fingerprint sensor on the right, both of which can be easily reached with the index finger. The USB port and the dual SIM slot are on the bottom. The smartphone does not have an additional memory slot. so you have to make do with 128 GB. Audio outputs can be found below and above, and there is even a 3.5 mm jack connection. I find the audio quality of the smartphone slightly tinny, but not annoying, both during phone calls and when listening to music and videos.

Let’s get to the optics: I tested the Honor 50 Lite in the color Deep Sea Blue. While the dark blue is matt on the sides, it is fully and shiny on the back and provides a high-quality impression, even if fingerprints are visible without the protective cover. The main camera on the back impresses with a total of four lenses, which, unlike the Honor 50, are incorporated in a circular shape.

When it comes to the camera design, however, opinions differ: Said friends noted that the quad camera is far too massive for them and looks rather clunky. While I was less bothered by the size of the lenses, it was much more that the camera still protrudes a little despite the protective cover and is therefore right on the table.

Easy setup thanks to Google apps

Setting up the Honor 50 Lite was really very easy. In November 2020, Huawei and Honor were separated, so that Honor is again able to offer Google services. Even the transfer from my somewhat older Huawei Nova 5T to the new smartphone was very easy and quick. You can also set up the fingerprint sensor and face recognition, which work without any problems. In addition, there is a tutorial on how to use the Honor 50 Lite at the beginning. And this tutorial was more than necessary for me.

The operation corresponds to that of the Honor 50 and is reminiscent of the iPhone: Since there are no longer any touch buttons. everything works via swiping. If you want to go back to the last page, swipe in from the left or right outside, if you want to return to the home screen, you swipe in from the bottom outside. And if you want to close all apps, swipe in from the bottom, keep pressed until the apps can be listed and deleted accordingly. Sounds complicated? Yes, it is even if you are not used to it like me.

Personally, a home button gives me security, especially when a video is accidentally played loudly on Instagram and I want to close the app quickly. In addition, the swipe operation means that movements are repeatedly misunderstood by the respective apps in which you are. Instead of coming back, I suddenly end up in the story function on Instagram. Instead of my voice message being sent on WhatsApp, it suddenly shows me the chat overview because my movement was not understood as “sending”. voice message deleted.

In short: this service annoys me a lot. Although I’ve gotten used to it after a week or so, I still find it complicated. Personally, I cannot use the individual movements intuitively, but rather it feels like memorizing which movement has to be used for which command. Since such cheap smartphones are not necessarily aimed at experienced users, this type of operation can cause a lot of frustration in everyday life.

Display with more and less color

Although the operation is rather complicated for me, I have nothing to complain about with the display. Honor has opted for an LC display with Full HD resolution (2,376 x 1,080 pixels) and not an OLED like the Honor 50, but the colors are very high-contrast and the images are updated very smoothly despite 60 Hertz. However, while streaming Netflix films, I noticed that the gradient is visible during dark scenes.

The display impresses with a touch sampling rate of 180 Hertz. so that it processes touches without delay. Together with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, simple jump-and-run games run smoothly. Furthermore, you get the current operating system with Android 11. It is still unclear whether there will be an upgrade to Android 12, but it cannot be ruled out. With Magic UI 4.2, Honor’s own operating system is also installed, which, however, (also optically) is reminiscent of Huawei’s EMUI operating system.

TÜV certificate for warmer light

Another feature of the display is the reduced proportion of blue light. which is even TÜV-certified. Honor states that this is intended to prevent signs of fatigue. According to studies, it is highly controversial whether the blue light component disrupts the sleep rhythm. However, warmer (i.e. less blue) light is often perceived as more pleasant. (Source: T-Online).

In fact, without activated night mode, I was able to determine a difference to my own smartphone compared to the Honor 50 Lite, so that my eyes did not react as sensitively in the evening as usual. However, the device also offers a completely normal dark mode and an eBook mode that Eliminates colors and makes texts easier to read.

In the following article we will explain how to activate dark mode or night mode in Android:

security through the smartphone?

In addition to the blue light filter, in the settings under “Digital Wellbeing” you will find an overview of cell phone usage. as can already be found on many smartphones. This shows you how long you have used which app, you can also set your sleep and concentration times and regulate the notifications.

Another function is the “cheer up” option : If you look at your smartphone while walking, the Honor 50 Lite should remind you to pay attention to your surroundings and the traffic. My expectation was that while I am on the go and look at my smartphone, I will receive a notification that admonishes me directly. But there was only one single point in the status bar that indicated that the “Cheer up” function was activated. As good and important as I think this precaution is, it’s really easy to overlook (or ignore) this point.

Speaking of “head up”: It doesn’t hurt to either look less at the smartphone in everyday life or to hold it a little higher so that you don’t necessarily have to tilt your head and shoulders down. On the one hand, you avoid the so-called cell phone neck. On the other hand, posture also has an impact on the psyche (source: study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information). That means, the more and longer you look down, the more the brain becomes aware that you are sad or frustrated. So keep your head up!

Really fast quick charge. 40 minutes for 100 percent

The FOCUS of the Honor 50 Lite is on the battery. With its 4,300 mAh, it lasts for a good two days with medium brightness and normal use. However, the battery life is less relevant than the charging speed. A 40 percent charge was promised within 10 minutes. Well, let’s see, I thought to myself. and was pleasantly surprised.

The battery actually jumped from 7 percent to 45 within 10 minutes and fully charged a good 30 minutes later. So if you have to go fast, you can rest assured that your smartphone is fully charged. However, it is important to use the 66 watt power adapter that is included, otherwise it will take longer.

Lots of camera, but little performance

Finally, let’s talk about the camera. Honor promises a noise reduction during the recording, so that the image quality does not suffer from it even in less good lighting conditions. While taking photos in direct daylight doesn’t cause any major problems. including close-ups, I was very disappointed with the photos taken in bright interiors. These always look (slightly) out of FOCUS and this is intensified as soon as the images are enlarged.

For the camera test of the Honor 50 Lite, I used the Honor 50 for comparison. You can see immediately that the Honor 50 brings more color into the pictures without appearing oversaturated. There are also big differences in the night mode: While the Lite model brightens the pictures a lot, the photos of the Honor 50 look realistic despite fewer light sources. And even at maximum zoom, the Honor 50’s image doesn’t wobble as much as the Lite model, although neither has an optical image stabilizer.

In the following series of images you can see different motifs of the Honor 50 Lite and Honor 50 in comparison:

In terms of image quality, the Honor 50 Lite cannot completely convince in my opinion. Sure, with a smartphone under 300 euros you shouldn’t expect great photos. But especially when you see what is possible with the Honor 50, and also because the camera was placed in the foreground in the design of the Lite model, the performance is very sobering.

Ratings and technical data

xiaomist test evaluation in detail: Honor 50 Lite category evaluation (max. 10) Sustainability 3 Processing, haptics and design 8 Display 7 cameras 5 Software and performance 7 Operation 5 Telephony and audio 7 Memory 6 Battery and everyday life 8 Overall 6.2 Specifications: Honor 50 Lite operating system Android 11, Magic UI 4.2 display 6.67 inch LCD display / 2,376 x 1,080 pixels / 60 Hz processor Snapdragon 662 RAM 6 GB internal memory 128 GB camera 16 MP front camera / 64 MP main camera / 8 MP wide-angle camera / 2 MP depth camera / 2 MP macro camera battery 4,300 mAh Special features Jack connection, NFC, fingerprint sensor and face recognition

In case you want to find out more about the Honor 50 after our test of the Honor 50 Lite, we have summarized everything important in a video:

Honor 50 Lite review: Every (new) beginning is difficult

With the Honor 50 Lite, the former subsidiary of Huawei is bringing a cheap smartphone to the German market, which should offer the most important functions of the Honor 50 for less money. TechnikNews tested it.

Honor 50 Lite Review: Awesome Looks At An Affordable Price! Should You Buy?

Design and processing:

The Honor 50 Lite has a modern design that is almost identical to that of the Huawei Nova 8i. This is also logical, since smartphones from the first draft to the finished product Product about 2 years. Thus, both the Honor 50 and the Lite model (and probably all models this year) are still penned by Huawei engineers. The front camera sits in a punch hole on the left side of the display, the display edges are very thin at the top and sides. Only at the bottom are the edges a little thicker. A screen protector is already attached to the display, saving you the hassle of sticking it on. There is a headphone jack on the top, and a mono speaker, the SIM slot, and the USB-C port on the bottom. The power button and the volume up/down rocker are on the right side and are easy to reach. The fingerprint sensor is built into the power button, so it’s recessed a little in the frame.

The back is made of plastic, but doesn’t feel cheap (Image: TechnikNews) A loudspeaker and the SIM slot are located on the lower side. (Image: TechnikNews) Fortunately, the Honor 50 Lite has a headphone jack. (Image: TechnikNews)

The workmanship is sufficient, but not really outstanding. The device is made of inexpensive polycarbonate and, thanks to its rounded edges, sits comfortably in the hand.

Display:

The display 6,67 inch display is large and has super thin display edges, but technically it is worlds behind the competition. competitorproProducts from Xiaomi, OnePlus or Motorola, for example, already rely on AMOLED technology and fast refresh rates of 90 or 120 Hertz. The Honor 50 Lite has none of these technologies and relies on a 60 Hertz LCD display. The sharpness of Full HD and the good color representation are convincing, but that’s simply not enough for a 300 euro smartphone.

The Honor 50 Lite‘s display is technically far behind the competition (picture: TechnikNews)

Hardware / performance:

The hardware of the device is also not quite at the level of current mid-range or even budget smartphones. The Snapdragon 662 is from 2019 and is therefore significantly slower than current ones ProSnapdragon 7 series processors. Both Geekbench and 3D Mark scores are well below comparable devices.

However, apps open quickly in everyday use, but current games stutter or can only be used in a lower resolution. The performance is sufficient for social media and other everyday use, but it’s not really future-proof. This is also shown by the lack of 5G, which I don’t currently miss at least. Of the Prozessor is supported by 6 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage. Unfortunately, this cannot be expanded; there is no option with 256 gigabytes.

Camera / s:

The four cameras are very present on the back (picture: TechnikNews)

There are four camera sensors on the back of the smartphone, the main camera has a resolution of 64 megapixels, which is also heavily advertised. The usual pixel binding adds four pixels to one, so that a resolution of “only” 16 megapixels is achieved. I would rate the images from the main camera as “sufficient”. In good light, sharp photos with sufficient details and HDR are possible. But photos in low light can quickly become very noisy, and the same applies to the zoom. So the main camera should be sufficient for occasional shots, but you won’t win a photo competition with it. Skin tones in particular don’t look natural either.

Recordings with the 8 megapixel ultra wide angle camera are sometimes blurred, but it does its job and record a lot more. Meanwhile, I would strongly question the sense of the 2 megapixel macro camera, I don’t take photos from 4 cm (at least I) very often in everyday life. In addition, this camera has no autofocus, which makes taking photos even more difficult.

Battery pack:

The Honor 50 Lite’s battery is the highlight of the device. The device has a 4300 mAh small battery, which is recharged with a super fast 66 watts. This means that the device is half charged again in 15 minutes and fully charged in 40 minutes. This is almost unique in this price range, only the Realme GT Master Edition loads faster (here is the test from my colleague Fabian). In everyday life you can easily get by with the battery for a day, and those who use little can manage for 1,5 days. In the PCMark battery test, however, the device has to compete with our comparison device (Redmi Note 10 Pro) beaten for an hour.

Software:

The big advantage of Honor smartphones compared to Huawei devices is that they can use Google services again. Since they were sold by Huawei, they are now an independent company and accordingly the US embargo no longer applies to them. Accordingly, the Google Play Store, Google Maps and so on are preinstalled as usual. MagicUI 4.2 runs on Android 11, an update to Android 12 has not yet been announced. The software itself runs smoothly and is also very clear.

A few impressions from the “Magic UI” software (screenshot: TechnikNews)

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And finally.

It is really difficult for the Honor 50 Lite, as it is simply too expensive for these specifications for a price of 300 euros. I’m really happy that Honor is back on the German market, but that’s precisely why you should pursue an aggressive pricing strategy “like in the past”. For 300 euros, other manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Realme, Motorola and Co. simply offer a lot more functions such as OLED displays, high refresh rates or faster SoCs. The only big highlight for me is the very fast loading, which other manufacturers do not yet offer. If you absolutely want an Honor smartphone, then you should go for the normal one Honor 50 grab, this offers a lot more for its money.

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The Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite are the company’s first devices post-Huawei. If you’re not aware, the Honor brand was previously owned by Huawei, the Chinese company that was blacklisted by Trump’s administration in the US. The previous Honor devices didn’t have access to Google Mobile Services, so they never found footing outside China.

As such, Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite are the company’s first post-Huawei devices, and they’re also the first to launch in Europe with Google Mobile Services support, including YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail. The Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite are currently priced at £249.99 and £449.99 at Currys, respectively (check online for the latest pricing and contract deals), so they’re clearly targeting the mid-to-high-end market.

But are the Honor 50 and Honor 50 lite worth it? That’s what we answer below as we explore all of their essential features and specifications.

Specifications

  • Dimensions : 159.96mm × 73.76mm × 7.78mm
  • Weight : 175g
  • Display : 6.57in FHD 120Hz OLED
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM : 6/8GB RAM
  • Storage : 128/256GB
  • Rear Cameras :
  • Dimensions : 161.8mm × 74.7mm × 8.5mm
  • Weight : 192g
  • Display : 6.67in FHD 120Hz OLED
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM : 6GB RAM
  • Storage : 128GB
  • Rear Cameras :

Design

The Honor 50 is an extremely attractive, sleek, and modern device that’s sure to catch your eye. It features a reflective rear panel available in numerous styles and colors, including Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Frost Crystal.

The phone is extremely light, weighing less than 175 grams. It also features an extremely curved display screen with a width of only 74mm, making it extremely easy to hold in your palm. Furthermore, the display is rounded and seems to bleed into the corners, giving it an infinite appearance. Furthermore, the rear cameras are arranged in two large circles, the first featuring the primary camera and the second featuring the three smaller lenses. It looks brilliant.

Cameras

The Honor 50 features four rear cameras and one selfie camera. The rear cameras include a 108MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth camera. The 32MP front-facing camera boasts a 90-degree viewing angle, making it perfect for selfies. Thanks to the abundance of powerful cameras, Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite are ideal for content creators, videographers, and bloggers.

Besides the sharp image and quality, the Honor 5- boasts automatic dual-video recording. Thanks to this feature, you can simultaneously take pictures or videos with your front and rear cameras and then overlay one over the other. You can also place them side-by-side. This allows you to capture real-time reactions with the videos of the targeted events, so there’s no need for complex editing and processing.

Software

The Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite come with Google Mobile Services, including Messages, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Play Store. As such, using the Honor phones is the same as using other Android smartphones. Honor’s MagicUI 4.2 is installed against Android 11, so it will feel familiar to most users. Furthermore, the always-on display allows you to video all the important information directly from the screen even when the phone is asleep.

Performance

The Honor 50 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor with 6GB. The performance is comparable to all other flagship devices, allowing you to scroll through social media, browse the internet, and access power-intensive apps seamlessly.

Battery

The Honor 50 and Honor 50 Lite features a 4,300mAh battery, which is perfect since the Snapdragon 778G and MagicUI don’t consume too much power; the device can handily last through a complete day with moderate use. Furthermore, the 66W SuperCharge allows you to charge the device to 70% within 20 minutes (on both the Honor 50 and 50 Lite), so you don’t have to worry about running out of juice. As such, the battery and charging capabilities are excellent.

Honor 50 Lite

The Honor 50 Lite is a budget smartphone, but you are making some compromises. Compared to its stablemate, the Honor 50 5G, it doesn’t have 5G, it has a lower-resolution screen and a slower processor, and it has a poorer specification main camera. There’s also only one storage option (128GB) and battery life is significantly shorter.

It has a 6.7-inch LCD display, with 1,080 x 2,376 resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. The eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, with the 6GB of Ram provided on the tested version (8GB is available), should provide a decent amount of power. Of its 128GB of storage, 109GB is available for you to use. However, there is no micro-SD card slot to expand on this storage should you need more.

The phone can be unlocked using face recognition or the fingerprint sensor. The faster Wi-Fi 6 is not supported by this phone, so you won’t benefit from its faster data transfer speeds. It does have near-field communication (NFC) which allows it to be used with contactless payments systems like Android Pay. There’s also a built-in FM radio and a conventional 3.5mm audio jack for connecting to headphones.

On the back there’s a quadruple-lens arrangement, with a 64Mp main sensor, plus 8Mp ultra-wide, 2Mp depth and 2Mp macro lenses. The front-facing selfie camera has 16Mp resolution.

HONOR 50 Lite | Enjoy your run!

It measures 16.2 x 7.5 x 0.9cm and weighs just 190g.

What’s it like to use?

It’s simple to set up and use. The menus are logically arranged, which keeps navigation simple, and the LCD display is bright, with nicely balanced colours, although contrast levels and angle of view could be better – like many LCD screens the display can dim and take on a bluish tint when viewed from the side. Pleasingly, the touchscreen is very responsive to finger swipes and taps.

It’s not the quickest phone we’ve tested, but it should be fine for everyday apps.

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Call quality is reasonable when used in quiet situations but drops off a fair bit when there is an increase in background noise. The built-in mono speaker isn’t great either, with the sound rather sharp and slightly distorted.

This model has no formal IP water-resistance rating but passed our rainfall test unharmed. It also survived our drop tests, and the screen doesn’t scratch easily, so this phone should withstand the rigours of everyday life.

How long does the battery last?

Not long. Its 4300mAh battery only lasted 22.5 hours at maximum brightness in our tests, although you can push this further to 29 hours if you darken the screen a little – both are mediocre results.

The supplied 66 Watt charger can fully replenish the battery in a Rapid 38 minutes, but the phone can’t be charged wirelessly.

How good are the cameras?

Rather below par. The suite of rear cameras delivers reasonable results, with daylight scenes showing a good level of detail, although they are slightly dark with a purple tint that makes colours a little unrealistic. Similarly, portrait shots look rather unnatural.

In lower light conditions things deteriorate, with a dark, slightly blurred look, pale colours and an increase in fuzziness. Turning on the flash doesn’t improve matters much, with tinted, pale colours and high grainy levels spoiling the overall results.

Images from the front selfie camera show some detail, but again colours are pale and uneven, with a hard contrast level. In lower light conditions images get increasingly indistinct and fuzzy, although the flash is effective, and pictures improve when you switch it on.

Rear-lens videos are disappointing, with little detail and flat, washed-out colours. There’s also noticeable jitter and jerkiness. Front camera videos look blurred, poorly contrasted and with unnaturally tinted, pale colours.

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Is there anything I should know?

This phone is available in three different colour options –black, silver or blue.

Should I buy it?

It’s not a bad budget phone, but its below-par camera performance and battery life put it behind similarly priced rivals. See our Which? Best Buys for alternatives.

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