The Honor 8 is the best phone by Huawei's youth-focused, online brand, thanks to its excellent combination of build quality, performance, camera quality, and battery life.

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Honor 8

Honor 8

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No surprise — the best Honor phone you can buy is the newly launched flagship Honor 8. This 5.2-inch handset hits a sweet spot in terms of size and price, at the $400 mark, while delivering speedy performance thanks to Huawei's homegrown Kirin 950 CPU and 4GB of RAM. The dual camera setup from the Huawei P9 also makes it across to to the new Honor phone, although without the Leica branding.

And on the outside, the Honor 8's glitzy metal-and-glass body stands out from the crowd, and battery life from the fixed 3,000mAh cell is easily enough to last a full day.

Bottom line: The Honor 8 is an excellent $400 phone with a few software quirks that may take a while to adjust to.

One More thing: European and Asian Honor 8 phones support dual-SIM via Huawei's hybrid slot, which can take a microSD or a second nano SIM.

Why the Honor 8 is the best

A whole lotta phone for 400 bucks.

With U.S. pricing just shy of $400, the Honor 8 delivers excellent value for money. And if you can deal with Huawei's EMUI 4.1 interface — it's something of acquired taste, but sure to get better once Nougat lands — there's an awful lot to like. The display — a 1080p LCD panel — is bright and vibrant, and the fact that you're not pushing a 2K panel means there are power savings to be had.

Meanwhile the dual camera setup uses a full color 12-megapixel sensor and another black-and-white sensor combined, to produce clear daylight shots and photos with more detail in low light. EMUI's camera app also includes super night mode for getting the most from stabilized shots in the dark. And all that in an attractive glass-backed package.

Best value - U.S.

Honor 5X

Honor 5X

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Honor's first phone to launch in the U.S. is its only budget offering in the country to date. The Honor 5X packs a Snapdragon 616 processor and 2GB of RAM into a metal body, with a surprisingly good 1080p LCD display. There's 16GB of storage built in, and the recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow (and EMUI 4.1) upgrade brings welcome performance improvements.

What's more you'll also get a great rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometric security — a feature that's usually missing from phones at this price point.

Bottom-line: $199 gets you a decent phone with metal construction and a fingerprint scanner.

One more thing: The biggest trade-off for the Honor 5X is the lack of oleophobic coating on the screen, meaning it can get gunked up with fingerprints pretty easily.

Best value - Europe

Honor 5C

Honor 5C

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The Honor 5X is also available in Europe, but its little brother the 5C is arguably better value. For just shy of £150 you get a metal-bodied phone with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, powered by fast and efficient Huawei's Kirin 650 processor. That's running Android Marshmallow on Huawei's latest EMUI 4.1. There's a little more plastic than metal here compared to the 5C, and you'll have to make do without a fingerprint scanner. But what the 5C lacks in pizzaz it makes up for in performance.

Bottom-line: A solid £150 phone with a few missing features, but exceptional performance thanks to Huawei's own silicon.

One more thing: The Chinese version of the phone includes a fingerprint scanner, but in Europe you'll have to make do without.

Conclusion

All Honor's phones are competitively priced, but the flagship Honor 8 is the one to aim for. You'll get flagship-tier performance and build quality, an impressive camera and all-day battery life for considerably less than the bigger brands are charging. What's more, it's only going to get better once Android Nougat and EMUI 5 arrive in the months ahead.

Best overall

Honor 8

Honor 8

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No surprise — the best Honor phone you can buy is the newly launched flagship Honor 8. This 5.2-inch handset hits a sweet spot in terms of size and price, at the $400 mark, while delivering speedy performance thanks to Huawei's homegrown Kirin 950 CPU and 4GB of RAM. The dual camera setup from the Huawei P9 also makes it across to to the new Honor phone, although without the Leica branding.

And on the outside, the Honor 8's glitzy metal-and-glass body stands out from the crowd, and battery life from the fixed 3,000mAh cell is easily enough to last a full day.

Bottom line: The Honor 8 is an excellent $400 phone with a few software quirks that may take a while to adjust to.

One More thing: European and Asian Honor 8 phones support dual-SIM via Huawei's hybrid slot, which can take a micro-SD or a second nano SIM.