Noticed the mention of a brand called Honor, lately? Praised for combining impressive tech specs and innovative AI features with brilliant low prices in its latest handsets, we're pretty sure Honor is a company you're going to want to become acquainted with in the near future.

Discover how Honor began, and explore the history of this ever-growing tech brand with us below.

Introducing Honor

While the initial idea for Honor was conceived in 2011, the company was officially founded in 2013. Part of the Huawei Group, Honor was created to help Huawei target a more budget-oriented consumer audience in China.

Honor first branched out to an international market in 2014, choosing Malaysia as its first location outside of China. This step happened in April, and a few months later in October 2017 Honor spread its wings into Europe. The Honor 6 was the first device released in Europe, and a huge 20 million phones were sold in the first half of 2015.

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Honor grew quickly, so quickly in fact that by June 2015 its name was present in 74 different countries, including India and Japan. Honor made its debut at the world-renowned Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2016. Taking the stage in America made a huge impact and Honor launched in the USA in 2017.

Honor and Huawei

Even if you hadn't heard of Honor until now, it's likely you know its parent brand Huawei. Much older than Honor, Huawei was founded way back in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei who, to this day, remains president of the company.

Pronounced "Wah-Way", the company's headquarters are currently based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. Data from 2017 reveals there are over 180,000 employees working for Huawei and its subsidiaries Honor and HiSilicon, with numbers expected to keep on growing.

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Today, Huawei is the second largest manufacturer of smartphones in the entire world (just missing out on the top spot to Samsung) and alongside cutting-edge mobiles, also produces networking equipment, devices like smartwatches and tablets and plays a huge role in the advancement of artificial intelligence technology.

EMUI

EMUI (short for Emotion UI) is a customised user interface unique to both Honor and Huawei handsets. While all Honor phones are Android devices at their core, they have a special user interface that enhances some of the brand's best features.

This customised skin receives an upgrade whenever a new Android operating system is released. The latest is EMUI 9.0, based on Android Pie (or Android 9.0), and, just like Android Pie, you can expect improved application start-up speeds and an increase in system response speeds as standard.

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Each new EMUI update helps to utilise the latest advancements on Honor's newer handsets too, like the Honor 10 and Honor 10 Lite. EMUI 9.0, for example, provides great support for the devices' edge-to-edge screen and AI capabilities.

Discover Honor handsets

While still a fairly new brand, Honor already has an impressive collection of brilliant smartphones under its belt. At Mobiles.co.uk, you're sure to find either a SIM-Free or contract deal on an Honor phone that's perfect for you. Take a look at some of the Honor devices currently available below:

Honor 10

One of Honor's most advanced devices, the Honor 10 doesn't hold back on specs or design. There's a sleek glass back, edge-to-edge 5.84-inch screen and huge 3,400 mAh battery for starters, and the camera offering will blow you away. On the rear you'll find a dual 24MP and 16MP camera, while the selfie camera is also an amazing 24MP. Budding photographers on a budget shouldn't miss this one.

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Honor 7S

If you're looking for a smartphone that'll perform everyday tasks with ease, all while offering a crystal-clear screen and a great camera, then the affordable Honor 7S will be right up your street. Alongside a 13MP rear camera, you'll have a 5MP front-facing camera, a 3,020 mAh battery, a 5.45-inch FullView display and 2GB RAM.

Honor 10 Lite.

Read more about the Honor 10 Lite in more depth right here.

Don't forget to read our blog dedicated to Honor handsets to help you decide which Honor mobile is perfect for you, before you pick up the perfect deal at Mobiles.co.uk.