The Honor 70 Lite is the cheapest 5G phone and it’s out now

15 April 2024

Honor 70 Lite

Getting a 5G phone has never been more affordable, as the Honor 70 Lite has landed on Three, and this is apparently the world’s cheapest 5G smartphone.

While we haven’t checked every other 5G phone’s price globally to verify this, it’s certainly very affordable, at just £89.99 on Pay As You Go, or from £13 per month on contract. You can also buy the Honor 70 Lite SIM-free from certain other stores, but it costs more in most cases than when bought from Three.

So how much phone do you get for so little money? Well, as you might imagine this isn’t exactly a high-end phone, but it’s surprisingly capable for such a low price tag. The Honor 70 Lite has a 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a triple-lens rear camera with a 50MP main sensor, a 2MP macro one, and a 2MP depth sensor, and an 8MP front-facing camera.

It also has a big 5,000mAh battery, 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G chipset. For software, you’re getting Android 12, overlaid with the company’s Magic UI 6.1.

There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner too, and space for two SIM cards, making this ideal if you want separate work and personal SIMs on one phone.

Multiple colours and many plans

The Honor 70 Lite is available in a choice of black or blue when bought from Three, and if you do pick if up on contract then there’s a wide range of allowances to choose from, paired with either a 12 or 24-month plan.

So if you still haven’t upgraded to a 5G phone, then this could be a great choice if money was previously the issue. And there’s never been a better time to give 5G a try, as it’s now widely available across much of the UK (though it’s still worth checking the 5G coverage near you).

The Honor 70 Lite would also make an ideal back-up phone, or one for taking to festivals or other places where you might not want to risk bringing your main handset.

Editorial Manager

James has been writing for us for over 10 years. Currently, he is Editorial Manager for our group of companies (, and and sub-editor at TechRadar. He specialises in smartphones, mobile networks/ technology, tablets, and wearables.

In the past, James has also written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media, Smart TV Radar, and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV. He has a film studies degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury, and has over a decade’s worth of professional writing experience.

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