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Honor 200 Series takes smartphone portrait photography to new heights

We went to the Honor 200 Series launch in Paris, with the brand launching its new mighty mid-rangers and Studio Harcourt collaboration.

Custom image of the writer holding the Honor 200 Pro at the Honor 200 Series launch

We’re reporting live from the Honor 200 Series launch in Paris today, with the smartphone brand revealing its latest line of mid-range devices to a packed audience of media and commercial partners. It seems no new phone launch is complete without a big-name collaboration these days, though we have to hand it to Honor, the team-up with iconic Parisian photography house Studio Harcourt is one of the more impressive ones we’ve seen, and it’s sure to be a popular choice with amateur smartphone photographers.

We first found out about the Honor and Studio Harcourt collaboration last month, with CEO George Zhao revealing the news at VivaTech 2024, but we didn’t get the full details until today. Having worked with a team of expert photographers from Studio Harcourt, the Honor 200 Pro combines a 50MP portrait telephoto camera with the new Honor AI Portrait Engine feature, which allows for in-depth manipulation of light and shadows to offer portrait shots the likes of which we’ve not seen on a smartphone before.

We’ve seen some pretty interesting AI camera features in this year’s Samsung phones, as well as those from Xiaomi and Google Pixel, but Honor’s bringing something pretty different to the table here.

If all this wasn’t exciting enough, as part of the 200 Series reveal, Honor unveiled a new partnership with Rankin, the legendary portrait photographer who’s worked with names like Madonna, David Bowie, Kate Moss, and even the late Queen Elizabeth II. Unfortunately, we weren’t treated to the results of the partnership today. However, in a short clip, Rankin admitted he was “absolutely amazed” with the quality of the Honor 200 Series cameras, and we were told to expect an exciting event from Honor and the photographer in London later this summer.

Outside of the fresh Studio Harcourt-inspired feature, the Honor 200 Pro seems like a pretty impressive bit of kit in its own right. The premium option of the 200 Series powers stellar performance with a Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset and 12GB of RAM, juices up its 5,200 mAH battery in no time with 100W wired and 66W wireless superfast charging, and has more than enough space to save all your dazzling portraits with 512GB of storage.

You can find the full specs on the official Honor website, as well as the all-important details for the Honor 200 base model and Lite version.

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In terms of colorways, the Honor 200 Pro is available in Ocean Cyan, Moonlight White, and Black, while the base model 200 comes in Moonlight White, Emerald Green, and Black. We had a look at the Moonlight White at the event, and it has a wonderful marbled effect that looks markedly different from anything else we’ve seen in the mid-range price point. We’re big fans.

If you want to get your hands on one of the Honor 200 devices yourself, the first thing to note is that, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this series is arriving in the US just yet, if at all. However, pre-orders begin today for the 200 Pro and base model on the Honor site in the UK and Europe for $699.99 and $499.99, respectively. The Lite version is also available for the lower price of $279.99, with an extra £30 off if you use the code ‘A200L30’ before checking out.

There you have it, all the key details from the Honor 200 Pro launch. While you’re here, be sure to check out what the other big brands out of China have to offer with our guides to the best Xiaomi phones and the best OnePlus phones. Or, if you’re more interested in the next Apple device, see our iPhone 16 hub for all the latest leaks and rumors.