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The Honor 200 Pro offers outstanding specifications at an affordable price. Its most notable feature is the Studio Harcourt portrait effects, but it also has a lot to offer elsewhere. The Honor 200 Pro boasts the largest battery in its class, charges quickly, and performs like a pro. Here’s our full review of the new Honor 200 Pro.

HONOR 200 Pro Review | TheEffect.NetDesign & Build Quality

The Honor 200 Pro’s distinguishing feature is its enlarged camera hump, inspired by Casa Mila in Barcelona. It’s definitely unique and gives the device a futuristic look. It also sets it apart from competitors with their typical square or round camera housing.

HONOR 200 Pro Review | TheEffect.NetThe phone sports a velvety matte glass back that feels premium and is resistant to fingerprints, though it’s slippery. For clumsy users, using a case is recommended, and Honor includes a transparent TPU covering in the box. The back and front glass are curved around the corners, making the phone feel small. A glossy polished metal frame surrounds the edge, and the camera bezel has a matching finish, which looks nice.

The white model I tested has a marble-like pattern on the back, resembling a luxury kitchen worktop. It’s also available in black for a more understated look. The phone is dust and water-resistant to IP65 standards, making it suitable for adverse weather and trips to the beach, but not for full submersion.

Display

The Honor 200 Pro features a 120Hz OLED display with a resolution of 1224 x 2700 pixels. While I prefer a flat display, the sharper edges make most of the screen flat, although it still feels like a standard curved handset. Despite minor curvature issues, the display is excellent, producing up to 4000 nits and competing with spring sunshine. The resolution is more than capable, resulting in sharp text and detailed videos.

It can switch between 60Hz and 120Hz, saving battery life. Though not as stunning as the Galaxy S24’s 1-120Hz LTPO panel, it rivals the Pixel 8. HDR material looks stunning, with rich colours, sharp highlights, and excellent shadow detail. You have reasonable control over colour reproduction also, with adjustable colour temperature and white balance.

Several eye care functions are built in, including a rapid PWM dimming speed of 3840Hz, low-blue-light options, and adaptive tone controls to keep your eyes feeling fresh.

Performance

The Honor 200 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset, offering a flagship experience at a lower price. The phone feels speedy, with apps opening swiftly and little stuttering. It handles graphically intensive games like Star Wars Hunters at high settings. It has its own pop out ‘Game Manager’ settings, giving you quick access to settings such as enabling Do Not Disturb and changing the different performance modes of the device.

The phone heats a little under heavy use but remains pleasant to handle, thanks to Honor’s new super-sized vapor chamber.

Camera

The Honor 200 Pro’s cameras, in collaboration with Studio Harcourt, really are the device’s primary focus. In portrait mode, you can choose between three Honor 200-specific effects, though they only work on the primary and telephoto cameras.

Harcourt Classic recreates the studio’s black-and-white portrait style, adding an artificial shallow depth of field and intensifying lens flares for a professional look.

Harcourt Colour provides warm tones and old vibes, while Harcourt Vibrant offers standard colour processing.

The main sensor is a 1/1.3-inch 50MP, accompanied by a 50MP 2.5x telephoto and a 12MP ultrawide with macro focus. The main sensor excels in low light, and all lenses perform well in daylight, though the ultrawide should be avoided at night.

The 2.5x zoom lens (which really benefits the aforementioned portrait mode options) is also capable of capturing so really decent zoomed shots, up to 50x.

The selfie camera is commendable but it would be nice if it had autofocus and the capabilities to use the Harcourt styles like the rear main sensor. Speaking of which, the main and telephoto cameras can shoot 4K 60fps videos, while the selfie and ultrawide can shoot 4K 30fps. Stabilization is solid, transitions between lenses are smooth, and there are full manual controls.

Battery Life

The Honor 200 Pro has a 5200mAh battery that lasts through a day of heavy use. It supports 100W wired charging and 66W wireless charging but you will need a compatible charger and wireless charging dock to avail of these speeds. A 30-minute charge can replenish the battery to around 70%, and a full charge takes just under an hour.

Conclusion

The Honor 200 Pro shines in portrait photography, thanks to its collaboration with Studio Harcourt. With its stunning design, vibrant display, powerful performance, and fast charging capabilities, it is an excellent choice for an upgrade.

Although it doesn’t offer the longest support window or the most advanced AI features, its exceptional battery life and portrait photography capabilities make it a compelling option for photography enthusiasts and anyone seeking a reliable, stylish smartphone. It stands out in a crowded market, providing a unique blend of features for both everyday users and mobile photography enthusiasts.

HONOR 200 Pro Pricing & Availability

The Honor 200 Pro will be available in July for €799 with 512GB/12GB and will be stocked in Harvey Norman and Tesco Mobile.

REVIEW: HONOR 200 Pro
  • Design & Build Quality
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Cameras
  • Battery Life
4.6

Summary

The Honor 200 Pro shines in portrait photography, thanks to its collaboration with Studio Harcourt. With its stunning design, vibrant display, powerful performance, and fast charging capabilities, it is an excellent choice for an upgrade.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net