Best overall: Honor View 10

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The Honor View 10 is the company's latest, greatest flagship, and its most powerful phone to date, with a Kirin 970 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM. It features the same Neural Processing Unit as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, strengthening its camera and AI features. The dual cameras are capable of fantastic photos, with ample shooting modes including portrait mode and monochrome.

On the outside, the aluminum unibody design is as well-built as any other, and the 6-inch 18:9 display is bright and relatively sharp with a FHD+ resolution. It's running Android Oreo out of the box, augmented by Huawei's EMUI 8 software.

Bottom line: For £449.99, the View 10 is one of the best midrange flagships around, with top-end specs and performance.

One more thing: Months after its initial announcement, there's still no official U.S. pricing or expected release date.

Why the Honor View 10 is the best

Touting the same processor as the much more expensive Mate 10 Pro, the Honor View 10 can hold its own against any other flagship in terms of benchmarks and performance. Though Huawei's software customizations aren't for everyone, the View 10 is running the latest software available, with EMUI 8 and Android Oreo out of the box. It also sports a massive 3,750mAh battery, easily lasting through a full day of use.

The View 10 is also one of the only phones with both an 18:9 display and a front-facing fingerprint sensor, forgoing the more common placement around back. This means that you can quickly authenticate with your thumb, as well as set up navigation gestures to replace the on-screen buttons.

Meanwhile, the dual cameras around back take some of the best photos in the View 10's price range, combining a 16MP f/1.8 RGB sensor with a 20MP monochrome sensor that helps pull in more detail and allows for black and white photography. The built-in NPU also helps out with photography, automatically detecting objects in the viewfinder and applying the best-fitting scene.

Best value: Honor 7X

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Honor's latest phone to launch in the U.S. is its more affordable offering, the Honor 7X. Inside, it packs an efficient Kirin 659 processor and up to 4GB of RAM in a metal body, with a surprisingly good 1080p LCD display. There's 32GB of storage built in (internationally you can choose between 32 and 64GB), and Android 7.0 Nougat (and EMUI 5), while not new, runs as well as you'd expect.

What's more you'll also get a great rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometric security — a feature that's still missing from many phones at this sub-$200 price point.

Bottom-line: The Honor 7X is a decent phone with metal construction and a fingerprint scanner for comfortably less than $200.

One more thing: There's no word yet from Honor when the 7X will be updated to the newer EMUI 8 or Android 8 Oreo.

Conclusion

All of Honor's phones are competitively priced, but the flagship Honor View 10 is the one to aim for. You'll get flagship-tier performance and build quality, impressive cameras, and all-day battery life for considerably less than the bigger brands are charging.

Best overall: Honor View 10

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The Honor View 10 is the company's latest, greatest flagship, and its most powerful phone to date, with a Kirin 970 chipset and up to 6GB of RAM. It features the same Neural Processing Unit as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, strengthening its camera and AI features. The dual cameras are capable of fantastic photos, with ample shooting modes including portrait mode and monochrome.

On the outside, the aluminum unibody design is as well-built as any other, and the 6-inch 18:9 display is bright and relatively sharp with a FHD+ resolution. It's running Android Oreo out of the box, augmented by Huawei's EMUI 8 software.

Bottom line: For £449.99, the View 10 is one of the best midrange flagships around, with top-end specs and performance.

One more thing: Months after its initial announcement, there's still no official U.S. pricing or expected release date.