Huawei sub-brand Honor has launched the Honor 90 smartphone in Europe. The new phone is light on price but heavy on megapixels. The Honor 90 starts at €549, about $670, and sports a 200-megapixel main camera.
Matching the resolution of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphone, but undercutting that phone’s price by nearly half, the Honor 90 aims to deliver good performance for its price.
Like the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Honor 90 can also utilize pixel binning to perform better in low light, as 200 megapixels on a relatively small sensor is not a recipe for good image quality in dim conditions. Combining as many as 16 pixels, the Honor 90’s main camera can produce 12-megapixel images with pixels that are effectively 2.24μm.
As The Verge explains in its coverage of the Honor 90, image quality requires more than megapixels. The outlet says that previous Honor phones it has tested have delivered images that appear unnaturally bright and vivid.
In its review of the Honor 90, Tom’s Guide mentions the smartphone’s photo processing, calling it “extreme” and among the phone’s “worst qualities.”
The Honor 90’s 200-megapixel sensor is paired with an f/1.9 lens. The smartphone also includes a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with an f/2.2 lens and macro capabilities, a 2-megapixel rear depth camera, and a 50-megapixel self-facing camera.
Under the hood, the Honor 90 uses a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 Accelerated Edition chipset and includes 8 or 12GB of RAM depending on the storage, which includes 256GB and 512GB options.
The smartphone features a large 6.7-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 2664×1200 resolution.
Per Android Police, the Honor 90 runs MagicOS 7.1, an operating system based on Android 13.
Pricing and Availability
The Honor 90 was launched initially in China last month and will be available this month from European retailers. In the United Kingdom, the Honor 90 starts at £450 for the 8+256GB variant and £500 for the 12+512GB model. The 8+256GB version will retail for €550 in the European Union, with the larger-storage model priced at €600. The Honor 90 comes in green, black, and silver colorways. Complete specifications are available on Honor’s website.
Honor made no mention of the Honor 90 Pro smartphone, so it appears that, at least for now, that phone will remain exclusive to China. Both models have the same 200-megapixel main camera, the Honor 90 Pro adds a 32-megapixel telephoto camera and uses Snapdragon’s more powerful 8+ Gen 1 system on a chip.
Assuming the Honor 90 follows the pattern of prior Honor smartphones, it will not arrive in the United States.
Image credits: Honor