Honor has spoiled its newborn baby as one of the leading manufacturers in the smartphone market. With a remarkable photo module, a premium technical sheet, titanic power and an extremely qualitative design, the Honor Magic5 Pro offers good value for money and already receives much praise from critics. The DXO laboratory also salutes the excellence of its screen and the precision of its photo sensors. Announced last February at WMC 2023 in Barcelona, this high-end smartphone wants to compete with the big players on the market, but what is it worth?
Honor Magic5 Pro – Data Sheet
A brief overview of the features of the Honor Magic5 Pro is in order before revealing the advantages of this highly acclaimed smartphone.
- Dimensions: 162.9 x 76.7 x 8.77mm
- Weight: 219 grams
- Screen size: 6.81 inches
- Screen technology: OLED LTPE
- Screen resolution: 2848 x 1312 pixels
- Screen resolution: 461 dpi
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
- Number of cores: 8 cores
- Graphics chip: Adreno 740
- Operating System: Android 13
- UI: MagicOS 7.1
- RAM: 12 GB
- Internal storage: 512 GB (not expandable)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi – Bluetooth – NFC – USB Type-C connector
- Wi-Fi Standard: Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax
- Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth 5.2
- Network: Support 5G/4G/3G/2G
- Camera: 3 back sensors of 50 Mpx – front sensor of 12 Mpx
- Battery: 5100mAh
Color Available: Black, Meadow Green
An iconic design sported by a perfectly neat finish The new high-end smartphone from the Honor brand borrows the same design as the Magic range. Indeed, it is simple but elegant and robust at the same time. It stands out from other smartphones with its rear photo block comprising three sensors. Its centered circular dorsal module, the famous “The Eye of the Muse”, is inspired by the works of the architect Antoni Gaudi.
Although it is imposing, it fits perfectly with the back of the smartphone thanks to the elegant curvature of the shell, which gives it a unique cachet. The front screen is slightly curved on all sides. In addition to housing the front sensor, it includes a 3D depth camera for more secure facial recognition.
An Optimized Quad-Curved Screen
To provide you with a better visual experience, Honor has taken great care of the front panel of its latest addition by integrating a 6.81-inch AMOLED screen with an adaptive refresh rate of 120 HZ. Certified IMAX Enhanced and HDR10+ compatible, its panel promises optimal display quality with deep blacks, infinite contrast and excellent brightness of up to 1,800 nits.
It thus offers you a video experience close to that of a real cinema and guarantees excellent readability, even under the sun. Won over by its magnificent screen, the DXOMark laboratory gave it the highest score in its ranking, with a score of 151. The 2nd generation Novel Display technology, combined with the ultra-vibrant color display, allows you to enjoy brilliant content on the screen.
Moreover, for prolonged use and optimal visual comfort, day and night, Honor has more than one trick up its sleeve. Indeed, the Magic5 Pro’s display features high-frequency PWM dimming up to 2160Hz and dynamic dimming, and circadian nighttime display for less eye strain. Your eyes are, therefore, better protected against blue light. Honor Magic5 Pro is the first to achieve TÜV Rheinland Friendly certification, unlike other high-end smartphones.
An Exceptional Camera
If the Honor Magic5 Pro screen receives so much praise from connoisseurs, its camera makes it the second-best photophone on the market after the Oppo Find X6 Pro. Its dorsal module is equipped with the following:
- Ultra-HD wide-angle main camera 8P lens with an f/1.6 aperture. A 1/1.32-inch sensor with a 4-in-1 equivalent pixel size (2.8 µm) and OIS optical image stabilization.
- 50 Mpx Ultra-HD periscope camera that guarantees 3.5x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. Its 1/2.51-inch sensor has an f/3.0 OIS (optical image stabilization) aperture.
- 50 Mpx ultra-wide-angle camera allowing you to take HD macro photography, ½ sensor, 9 inches, ultra-wide field of view 122° f/2.0 aperture.
- 8×8 dToF laser focusing system based on real-time deep information detection for faster and more precise focusing.
- Flicker sensor that effectively reduces screen flicker during shooting and a multi-spectrum color temperature sensor that reproduces photos’ true beauty and vivid colors.
Its 12 Mpx front sensor, associated with a 3D TOF, allows you to take sharp selfies and beautiful high-resolution videos up to 4K. As a result, Honor Magic5 Pro meets the requirements of photography enthusiasts and is the pickiest. For more advanced results, it relies on a very well-calibrated software dimension.
Falcon Capture mode lets users quickly capture photos day or night, both from a distance and close-up. This detects movement and automatically triggers the capture. In addition, this technology allows you to take a scene for 1.5 seconds (one second before the manual triggering of the photo and 0.5 seconds after), allowing you to choose the photo that suits you.
To allow you to immortalize memories and take beautiful shots, Honor Magic5 Pro offers many photo modes: portrait, night, ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle or macro. In short, besides excellent quality photos, this photophone can shoot videos in 4K at 60 frames per second.
Latest-Generation Components And Technology
Honor wants to redefine the consumer experience by equipping its flagship with 4 dedicated chips: a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, an Honor RF enhancement chip, a dedicated security chip and a dedicated display chip. Honor’s three optimization engines in parallel ensure smoother operation and greatly improve its performance.
The Magic5 Pro is undoubtedly a powerful but, above all, enduring smartphone. Its CPU also guarantees excellent energy management. Speaking of power, the latter packs a 5,100 mAh battery, which gives you a full battery life of up to two days with normal use. It is compatible with both 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging.
At low levels, the battery only shows a full charge in around 45 minutes. Regarding connectivity, Honor Magic5 Pro still stands out from other high-end smartphones. It is equipped with the first autonomous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna architecture. A great asset that solves interference and increases Wi-Fi speed by up to 200% while reducing Wi-Fi latency.
Honor has done well with its flagship by equipping it with the latest technologies. The performance of the Magic5 Pro is indeed indisputable in all areas. In addition to a unique finely-kept design, and a beautiful screen offering exceptional display quality and brightness, an IP68 waterproof certification completes the whole thing.
Not to mention the power of its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU supported by 12 GB of RAM, which gives it titanic power. The robust autonomy of its battery comes to perfect its promising technical sheet. On the photography side, Honor Magic5 has a lot to offer. Its main Sony IMX878 sensor lets you take beautiful shots, even in low light. Sold for €1,199, this smartphone is an excellent alternative to the iPhone 14 Pro or the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
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