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The Honor 200 Pro is different, but is it desirable?

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

Honor 200 Pro It is an upper mid-range model or perhaps a lesser flagship. It has a beautiful screen, good battery life, fast charging, a versatile camera, and the AI ​​features of Honor’s flagship Magic 6 Pro. The compromises are minimal. Sure, the processor is a step below the flagship level, it’s a little less waterproof, the camera isn’t as good, and the 200 Pro misses out on secure face unlock, but it offers a pretty similar experience at a much lower price. Affordable price (£700 in the UK or 800 euros in Europe). It is not officially sold in the United States.

Honor focused on the 200 Pro’s portrait prowess in the presentation, talking about its partnership with the Paris-based company. Harcourt Studio (a famous portrait studio). But, like many of the 200 Pro’s AI features, this seems a bit sophisticated. The real reason to look at the 200 Pro is the hardware you get for the price. Just keep in mind that Honor’s software can be jarring and the design isn’t for everyone.

Classic or old

While the Honor 200 Pro feels like a classy phone, the design gives me grandma vibes. I admit it could just be me, but something about the cameo brooch-shaped camera module (supposedly inspired by Gaudí’s “Casa Milá”) and the pale green mother-of-pearl finish (Ocean Cyan), make me imagine Grandma taking it out of her purse. There is nothing mistaken 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 front and back into the aluminum frame. It is very comfortable to hold. But I’ve grown tired of curved screens and the inevitable accidental touches. I have no other complaints about the 6.78-inch AMOLED display. The 2700 x 1224 pixel resolution is plenty sharp, the refresh rate hits 120Hz, and it’s bright enough for reading outdoors (Honor claims 4000 nits of maximum brightness, but that sounds optimistic). The sound quality of the stereo speakers is also impressive.

Photography: Simon Hill

The fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen proved to be fast and responsive. I don’t like the double cutout for the front camera and there’s no 3D time-of-flight sensor, so the 200 Pro doesn’t have the secure face unlock of its more expensive sibling. The 200 Pro gets an IP65 rating, which means rain and spills are probably fine, but you should avoid submersion.

The 200 Pro is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 processor, which is aimed at the mid-range. Somewhat confusingly, it’s a step down from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, but I doubt many people will feel a lack of processing power. The 200 Pro felt snappy, mostly staying cool while running games like Asphalt 9: Legends. Honor has generously equipped the 200 Pro with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

portrait photography

The Honor 200 Pro has a triple-lens main camera that combines a 50-megapixel main shooter with a fairly large 1/1.3-inch image sensor, a 50-megapixel telephoto lens with a custom Sony IMX 856 sensor with zoom capability 2.5X optical. and a 12-megapixel ultrawide that can also handle macro photography. Honor placed a lot of importance on this phone’s portraits, developed with the help of Studio Harcourt. True to that theme, there is a 50-megapixel front camera with a 2-megapixel lens for depth sensing.

Honor has been quick to incorporate AI features into its phones, and the 200 Pro has its “AI Portrait Engine” built in, which is supposed to make the most of shadows and highlights to help you achieve the artistic look you want with photography photos. Pictures. There’s even a Harcourt Portrait mode in the camera app that lets you choose between vibrant, color, or classic (black and white) styles, but it only works with the main camera, not the front selfie camera.

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