Honor is Huawei’s line-up of smartphones for “digital natives”. In the UK, their devices start from £135 unlocked. We compare the best value retailers for buying a Honor smartphone.

honor-logoIn the UK, Honor is a low-cost sub-brand of the smartphone manufacturer Huawei. The brand eschews traditional marketing and sell their products online, focussing on competitively-priced Android smartphones for “digital natives”.

At present, numerous smartphones are available to buy from Honor including the Honor 6X, Honor 8 and Honor 5C.

The Honor 6X is the newest of the three, having been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017. Being Honor’s mid-range handset, the device retails for around £224 unlocked. It’s notable for having impressive specifications that wouldn’t look out of place on a smartphone costing three times as much. These include dual-camera technology, a 5.5-inch full-HD display, an octa-core processor, 32GB of storage and a fingerprint sensor.

Honor also sells their flagship Honor 8 smartphone for about £290 unlocked, with a better camera that includes laser auto-focus, a faster octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. For a lower-cost alternative to the Honor 6X, the entry-level Honor 5C is also available from £135. This has a single-lens camera along with reduced storage and memory but is still a highly-capable handset given its price.

In this article, we compare the cheapest ways of buying a Honor 6X, Honor 8 and Honor 5C in the UK.

SIM-Free & Unlocked

Huawei Honor 6X
The Honor 6X is available from £224 unlocked.

The easiest way to buy a Honor smartphone is to get it SIM-free from an electronics retailer. You’ll get a fully-unlocked, dual-SIM capable handset in which you’ll be able to insert a nano-SIM card from any UK mobile network (e.g. you could get a free Pay As You Go nano-SIM or Pay Monthly nano-SIM).

Cheapest SIM-Free Retailers

At present, the cheapest retailer for buying a SIM-free Honor smartphone depends on which handset you’d like to buy.

For the new Honor 6X, vMall has the best available price at £224 unlocked (this is the official online store for buying handsets directly from Huawei and Honor). If you’d like to buy a Honor 8, Amazon.co.uk has the best available price (£289.99 SIM-free unlocked). Finally, Three has the best available price for an unlocked Honor 5c (£134.99 unlocked).

The following table compares the price of buying an unlocked Honor smartphone from a range of retailers:

Retailer Honor 6X Honor 8 Honor 5C
32GB / 3 GB 32GB / 4GB 16GB / 2GB
vMall £224.00 £369.90 £149.99
Amazon.co.uk £225.00 £289.99 £149.99
Three (Unlocked)* £339.99 £134.99
Clove £240.00 £369.99 £149.99
eBuyer £369.98 £144.98

* On Three, you can buy an unlocked Honor smartphone with a Three Pay As You Go SIM card (a minimum top-up of £10 will apply).

All three Honor smartphones are dual-SIM capable. This means you can use two SIM cards at the same time in the handset (e.g. one for personal and another for work, or one for international calling and another for UK calling).

If you don’t use the dual-SIM capability, you can alternatively insert a micro-SD card for up to 256GB of additional storage. This is a low-cost way of adding storage to your phone: you can buy a 32GB micro-SD card for approximately £10 and a 128GB micro-SD card for approximately £25 (combined with 32GB of internal storage, this would give you a total of 160GB). For anyone needing even more storage, you can buy a 256GB micro-SD card for approximately £150.

Pay As You Go

Top Up LogoIn the UK, Three is currently the only mobile network to sell Honor-branded smartphones directly to the consumer.

At present, they’re offering the flagship Honor 8 for £339.99 and the entry-level Honor 5C for £134.99. In both cases, you’ll get a fully-unlocked handset on Three’s 321 tariff where you’ll pay 3p/minute, 2p/text and 1p/MB (add-ons are also available for better value usage). There’s a minimum £10 top-up when buying your Honor smartphone from Three on Pay As You Go.

Retailer Honor 6X Honor 8 Honor 5C
32GB / 3 GB 32GB / 4GB 16GB / 2GB
Three* £339.99 £134.99
EE Get it SIM-free and then order a free EE SIM card.
giffgaff Get it SIM-free and then order a free giffgaff SIM card.
O2 Get it SIM-free and then order a free O2 SIM card.
Vodafone Get it SIM-free and then order a free Vodafone SIM card.

* A minimum top-up of £10 will apply when you buy your smartphone from Three.

If you’d like to use a Honor smartphone on any other mobile network, it’s still possible to do this by ordering the SIM-free version of the handset. You can then order a Pay As You Go SIM card from your favourite mobile network which will slot inside your SIM-free Honor smartphone.

Pay Monthly

Three sells a range of Honor smartphones on Essential and Advanced price plans.

In the UK, Three also holds an exclusive on selling Honor smartphones on a 24-month contract. At present, they offer the Honor 8 and Honor 5c on a Pay Monthly contract.

Honor 8

Honor’s flagship device, the Honor 8, is available with no upfront cost on Pay Monthly contracts from Three.

Three offers the Honor 8 on two types of price plans. On the more expensive Advanced price plans, you can use your smartphone abroad in 42 countries at no extra charge. You can also tether through the personal hotspot feature on your handset. On Advanced price plans, you can choose a data allowance from 500MB up to all-you-can-eat data.

On cheaper Essential price plans, your tariff will not include Feel At Home roaming. You also won’t be able to use tethering on your smartphone unless you buy a personal hotspot add-on from £5/month.

The following table shows Three’s current line-up of Honor 8 tariffs:

Huawei Honor 8
TariffMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
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Honor 5c

If you’re looking for a lower-cost alternative, the entry-level Honor 5c is also available on Pay Monthly contracts from Three. Once again, you have a choice of Essential and Advanced price plans (the latter coming with personal hotspot and Feel At Home roaming).

The following table shows your available tariff options:

Huawei Honor 5c
TariffMinutesTextsInternetUpfrontMonthlyTotal Cost
No tariffs could be found matching this criteria.

For more information on any of the tariffs listed, please see Three’s web page on the Honor 8 and Honor 5c.

If you’d like to use a Honor smartphone on any other Pay Monthly mobile network, it’s possible to do this by ordering the SIM-free version of the handset and then getting a SIM-only deal.

Which Honor Smartphone?

Honor 6X Dual Camera
Both the Honor 6X and Honor 8 have dual-camera set-ups (pictured: the Honor 6X).

At present, numerous smartphones are available to buy from Honor with the main three being the Honor 6X, the Honor 8 and the Honor 5C.

The Honor 6X is the newest of the three handsets. It’s Honor’s mid-range handset for 2017 and is notable for being the world’s first smartphone under £250 to feature dual-camera technology (the 12-megapixel rear-facing sensor is supported by a secondary 2-megapixel sensor for depth of field information). The device also features a 5.5-inch full-HD display, a Kirin 655 octa-core processor, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor.

For a slightly pricier alternative, the Honor 8 is Honor’s current flagship smartphone. It also features dual-camera technology but has dual 12-megapixel sensors for better low-light sensitivity (the same set-up as on the Huawei P9). The Honor 8 also has laser auto-focus, a 5.2-inch full-HD screen, a faster Kirin 950 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM for better multi-tasking.

The Honor 5C is Honor’s entry-level handset in the family. It has just a single-lens camera and 16GB of storage, but still maintains a 5.2-inch full-HD screen, a 13-megapixel camera and a Kirin 650 octa-core processor.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the Honor 6X, Honor 8 and Honor 5C:

Huawei Honor 6X
Huawei Honor 8
Huawei Honor 5c
Release Date2016, Mid Range2016, Flagship2016, High End
SoftwareGoogle Android 6.0Google Android 6.0Google Android 6.0
Display
Size5.5-inch display5.2-inch display5.2-inch display
TypeLCDLCDLCD
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels1920x1080 pixels
Pixel Density403 pixels per inch423 pixels per inch424 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera12 megapixels12 megapixels13 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash Dual-LED flash Dual-LED flash LED flash
OIS
Front Camera8.0 megapixels8.0 megapixels8.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorKirin 655Kirin 950Kirin 650
Speed2.1GHz quad-core &
1.7GHz quad-core
2.3GHz quad-core &
1.8GHz quad-core
2.0GHz quad-core &
1.7GHz quad-core
Internal Storage32GB32/64GB16GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 256GB micro-SD
Handset Weight162g153g156g
Battery3,340mAh3,000mAh3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIMNano SIM

About Honor Smartphones

Honor is a low-cost sub-brand of the smartphones from the manufacturer Huawei, focussing on online sales of affordable-priced smartphones for “digital natives”. Their handsets run on the Android operating system from Google, overlaid with Huawei’s Emotion UI interface.

The following table compares the Honor 6X to Apple’s iPhone 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy S7:

Huawei Honor 6X
Apple iPhone 7
Samsung Galaxy S7
Release Date2016, Mid Range2016, Flagship2016, Flagship
SoftwareGoogle Android 6.0Apple iOS 10.0Google Android 6.0
Display
Size5.5-inch display4.7-inch display5.1-inch display
TypeLCDLCDOrganic LED
Resolution1920x1080 pixels1334x750 pixels2560x1440 pixels
Pixel Density403 pixels per inch326 pixels per inch577 pixels per inch
Camera
Rear Camera12 megapixels12 megapixels12 megapixels
Auto-Focus
Flash Dual-LED flash Quad-LED flash LED flash
OIS
Front Camera8.0 megapixels7.0 megapixels5.0 megapixels
Internals
ProcessorKirin 655Apple A10 FusionExynos 8890 Octa
Speed2.1GHz quad-core &
1.7GHz quad-core
1.8GHz quad-core2.3GHz quad-core &
1.6GHz quad-core
Internal Storage32GB32/128/256GB32/64GB
External Storage Up to 256GB micro-SD Up to 200GB micro-SD
Handset Weight162g138g152g
Battery3,340mAh1,960mAh (14 hours talktime)3,000mAh
Mobile Networks
3G Networks Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s Up to 42Mbit/s
4G Networks
SIM Card TypeNano SIMNano SIMNano SIM

For more information on any of the Honor smartphones, please see the official Honor website.

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  • Honor 8 on amazon.co.uk appears to be £369.99 now.

    I’ve had an Honor 6 for a couple of years (not to be confused with the 6x). Brilliant phone, great price. And you don’t have to buy off questionable sites like you do with other half the price of an iphone but twice as good Chinese brands.

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