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Honor 200 Pro review: Mid-range mixed bag


Honor 200 Pro is a mid-range product or maybe a smaller flagship. It has a lovely display, good battery life, fast charging, versatile camera and AI features of the Honor Flagship, Magic 6 pro. Compromise is minimal. Sure, the processor is a step down from the top tier, the water resistance is a bit less, the camera isn’t as good, and the 200 Pro doesn’t have secure face unlock, but it delivers. The experience is quite similar at a much higher level. affordable (£700 in the UK or 800 euros in Europe). It is not officially sold in the US.

Honor focuses on the portrait power of the 200 Pro during launch, talks about partnership with Paris-based company Studio Harcourt (a famous portrait studio). However, like many of the 200 Pro’s AI features, this one seems a bit gimmicky. The real reason to consider the 200 Pro is the hardware you get for the price. Just keep in mind that Honor’s software can be frustrating and the design isn’t for everyone.

Classic or Old

While the Honor 200 Pro feels like a luxury phone, the design makes me feel like a grandmother. I admit this might just be me, but there’s something about the cameo-shaped camera module (supposedly inspired by Gaudi’s “Casa Milá”.) and the light green (Ocean Cyan), swirly, mother-of-pearl color makes me picture Grandma pulling it out of her handbag. Nothing wrong with the design and I feel bad trying to do something different with the camera module, but it’s just not for me.

The 200 Pro is light, slim, and curves the front and back into the aluminum frame. It is very comfortable to hold. But I’m tired of the curved screen and the inevitable accidental touches. I have no other complaints about the 6.78-inch AMOLED display. Resolution of 2,700 x 1,224 pixels is very sharp, refresh rate up to 120 Hzand it’s bright enough for outdoor reading (Honor claims a maximum brightness of 4,000 nits, but that sounds optimistic). The sound quality of the stereo speakers is also impressive.

A teal mobile phone book and pair of glasses on a wooden surface

Photo: Simon Hill

The fingerprint sensor below the screen seems fast and sensitive. I don’t care for the double cutout for the front camera and the lack of a 3D time-of-flight sensor, so the 200 Pro doesn’t boast the same secure face unlock feature as its more expensive sibling. The 200 Pro scores IP65 ratingmeaning rain and spills are probably okay, but you should avoid submersion.

The 200 Pro is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor, intended for the mid-range segment. Somewhat confusingly, this is a step up from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, but I suspect many people will feel the lack of processing power. The 200 Pro feels good, mostly keeping cool when running games like Asphalt 9: Legend. Honor has generously appointed the 200 Pro with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB internal memory.

Portrait photography

The Honor 200 Pro has a triple-lens main camera that combines a 50-megapixel main camera with a fairly large 1/1.3-inch image sensor, a 50-megapixel telephoto lens with a custom Sony IMX 856 sensor capable of optical zoom 2, 5X and 12-megapixel ultra-wide lens can also handle macro photography. Honor has created a lot of portraits on this phone, developed with the help of Studio Harcourt. True to that theme, there’s a 50-megapixel front camera with a 2-megapixel lens for depth sensing.

Honor has been quick to bring AI features to its phones, and the 200 Pro comes with a built-in “AI Portrait Engine,” which is said to make the most of shadows and lighting to help you create your desired artistic style using portrait photos. There’s even a Harcourt Portrait mode in the camera app that lets you choose between vivid, color, or classic (black and white) looks, but it only works with the main camera, not the front selfie camera. .

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