Honor 70 review: the first phone to use the Sony IMX 800 super sensor

The slimline and sleek Honor 70 is the first smartphone to feature Sony's new IMX 800 sensor

A photo of the Honor 70 smartphone
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Honor 70 is a mix of highlights and compromises, but for photography and camera fans, it's a solid option. While it misses out on indulgences like stereo sound, wireless charging, and water resistance, it's one of the sleekest-looking phones we've ever used. What's more, its impressive main camera, which debuts the Sony IMX 800 sensor, is flanked by a mighty autofocusing ultra-wide. So while you can get more power for your money, it's one of the best midrange camera phones we've used.


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    Strong main camera

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    Impressive ultrawide with AF

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    Stylish and slim design

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    Large curved AMOLED screen


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    Single mono speaker (no stereo sound)

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    No telephoto camera

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    Misses out on wireless charging

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    No water resistance rating

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    Mono speaker

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The Honor 70 is a midrange smartphone with a few flagship flourishes, but it's especially exciting, for us at least, because it debuts the new Sony IMX 800 camera sensor. This isn't Honor's top-end flagship phone for 2022 – that would be the very good Magic 4 Pro, an excellent camera phone with very fast charging. The Honor 70 falls under the brand's 'N series', 'N' standing for number. 

While last year's Honor 50 was a design hit but a camera miss, this time around, Honor's intent on bringing some of its Magic 4 Pro's Alakazam camera mastery to its midrange line. That means the Honor 70 is the first N series phone to benefit from Honor Image Engine.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.