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Saturday, August 19, 2023


It might be typhoon season, but found ourselves transported back to a post-summer paradise as we traveled to La Jolla Luxury Beach Resort in Bataan for a quick weekday trip. Along with almost a hundred other bloggers, influencers, and media guests, we all came together to witness the grand launch of HONOR Philippines' latest offering – the HONOR 90 5G.


It has been almost a week since, but the memories of those sun-soaked days still linger, leaving an indelible mark that I fondly refer to as the "HONOR glow." A reminder of our sun-kissed adventures that has etched itself not only in our memories but also in the sunburnt warmth of our skin.

While our journey with the HONOR 90 5G continues, it was amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Bataan that its true potential truly came to light.

HONOR has a way of hyping up their new phones and the build up to the launch of the HONOR 90 5G was no different –just look at all the influencers and celebrities posting about how much they love the phone.

We were sent the phone also in advance to test it out and I must say, I’ve fallen in love with this phone so much I decided to retire my other phone.  As I fine-tune our final review, let me first share some of the reasons why it has now become my daily driver.


The HONOR 90 5G arrives in white box, that reminded me a lot of Huawei’s phones before. But since HONOR is now truly separate from HUAWEI I just think they should change the packaging to truly establish that. Any way, I do love the minimalist look with only the HONOR 90 branding in front. You could find the key specs, features, and regulatory information at the back of the box.
Opening the box you’ll find the HONOR 90 5G unit, some paper documents, a SIM ejector tool, USB-A to USB-C cable, 66W wall charger, and a free plastic case, meaning it has everything you need to use the phone right away.

Checking out the ports and button layout, there’s the power button and volume rocker on the right, and all clear on the left side. At the bottom you’ll find the USB Type-C port, sim card slot and a speaker grille.

The SIM tray accommodates up to two nano SIM cards.

Now here are reasons to get hyped—and preorder the HONOR 90 5G!

1. Camera for Creators: Let’s start with what is probably the main reason to buy this phone—its whopping 200MP camera. It’s the first HONOR phone to have this much megapixels.

I think since everyone wants to be a content creator (or already is), the HONOR 90 5G would be a good choice to get you started.

The powerful 200MP Main Camera is equipped with a 1/1.4-inch sensor, which is increased by 25% in size compared to the previous generation and enhances the light sensing ability by 11%. This results in such a level of detail with 200 million pixels in each shot, you can even zoom into 1/8 of a photo taken with HONOR 90, and still see every detail in complete clarity.

The larger sensor size also enhances low-light performance to deliver high-definition images in stunning clarity. In Night Mode, the large sensor delivers night shots that are clear and transparent. Unlike other devices, you don’t need to wait after pressing the shutter button when shooting in Night Mode. Thanks to HONOR Image Engine, you can simply point and shoot, and rest assured that the details will be bright.

Also making its debut with the HONOR 90, is enhanced Portrait mode. Now you can capture ultra-clear portraits even with varying light conditions. Users can take a great portrait not only in 1x zoom to take in more of the background but also in 2x zoom for a portrait that is more focused on the subject. The bokeh effects have also been improved, providing a more natural transition between the blur effect and the photography subject. Thanks to the powerful hardware and optimizations, the camera also captures skin texture faithfully with minimal manual effort.

There’s also this cool new AI feature called AI Vlog Assistant that helps you create quick videos and capture clean voice recordings that are free of ambient background noises. I still have to check this out.

For selfies the HONOR 90 has a 50MP Front Camera for that Ultra-Clear Portrait Mode with that bokeh effect we want to make us stand out. 

2. DISPLAY: For its display the HONOR 90 has an Industry-Leading Quad-Curved Display that I often see in more expensive flagships. It has s a 6.7-inch screen and a Quad-Curved Floating Display which is the latest product of HONOR’s continuous display R&D efforts. The curved display takes on a form factor reminiscent of a glass filled to the brim and on the verge of overflowing, offering an immersive viewing experience. The AMOLED panel underneath the glass supports a high resolution of 2664x12005 and is capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors and 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. The display also has a peak HDR brightness of 1,600 nits to bring out all the vibrant colors that HDR has to offer. And for those who love Netflix or Amazon Prime this smartphone supports has HDR10+ Certification meaning you can enjoy the clearest and highest resolution movies.


The HONOR 90 features an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz6, providing users with buttery smooth visuals in games, and a more battery-sustainable experience in less intense scenarios such as reading an e-book or watching online videos. There are also Built-in options are available to configure so that

it automatically and intelligently adjusts the refresh based on use cases, providing the flexibility to customize their user experience.


3. EYE PROTECTION: But that display is more than just something nice to look at. Another feature of this phone that HONOR has been hyping is its industry-leading 3,840Hz PWM Dimming technology that allows the display to pulse at a rate of up to 3,840Hz for the display to maintain a more comfortable, flicker-free viewing experience even at lower brightness levels. We did a flicker test to compare it with other phones and true enough the HONOR 90 is nearly flicker free.  HONOR 90 has received the TÜV Rheinland Flicker Free Certification and achieved the risk-free dimming level, this makes it a great choice for today’s entertainment-hungry generation who spend long hours glued to their smartphones.

4. DESIGN: No amount of features can compensate for a bland looking device. Good thing the HONOR 90 looks equally amazing in any of its three stunning finishes--Diamond Silver, Emerald Green, and Midnight Black. Diamond Silver features a subtle yet striking diamond grip pattern which is delicately etched into the rear. It is simple, luxurious, and elegant, inspired by diamond grid patterns that can be seen in high-end jewelry.


Emerald Green and Midnight Black are classic and timeless color options. Emerald Green is finished with a smooth frosty texture, while Midnight Black has a glossy, ceramic finish.


I personally like the Emerald Green most because of its matte texture unlike the Midnight black which is a fingerprint and smudge magnet, I couldn’t count the times my partner was cursing because he couldn’t get a decent photo of the device without his face in the reflection. As for the white one, I’ve heard some describe it as a “tita” phone because the pattern does look a bit like lace.

The HONOR 90 has been designed with a front-rear symmetrical Quad-Curved Design, measuring just 7.8mm8 thin and weighing only 183g9, making it a sleek and easy-to-hold handset.  


5. BATTERY: Although I never bring a powerbank, because I know my partner always has one, the HONOR 90 5G is a phone that you’d be confident to bring along without backup. It has a 5000mAh cell battery which can last you an entire day of regular use and it even supports 65W fast charging. With its 66W HONOR Wired SuperCharge technology, you can charge the phone to 45% in just 15 and fully charge it in less than an hour.


6. YOU GET A JBL SPEAKER! Well for this one you have to decide before August 25 and preorder as those who purchase the HONOR 90 5G will get a JBL Flip 6 speaker. The Flip 6 is worth Php 7,499! So you can enjoy watching videos and listening to music on a loudspeaker!

Here are my photo samples: 

Food photos

So that's it for our initial impressions be sure to follow us on my IG, Lemongreenteaph

for updates and photo samples I'll be sharing our review real soon!


The HONOR 90 5G is now available for pre-order until August 25 for only Php 24,990 with a FREE JBL Flip 6 worth Php 7,499 at any HONOR Experience and partner dealer stores or online via Lazada (, Shopee (, and TikTok Shop (

HONOR Fans can also avail of the HONOR 90 5G via Home Credit for as low as Php 1,002 per month on a 0% interest installment payment.


Leading credit card providers BDO, BPI, Citibank, Eastwest, Metrobank, PNB, and Security Bank also offer 0% interest, payable up to 12 months.


For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to


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