Getting started: Honor Magic5 Pro – News GSMArena.com
Getting started: Honor Magic5 Pro – News GSMArena.com
Honor’s Magic5 series got off to a quiet start with the Magic5 Lite, but the company was saving its best performance for MWC – the new Honor Magic5 Pro is a versatile flagship that builds on last year’s design. However, it does not follow a direct path to upgrades.
In fact, the designers of the phone prefer curved lines and the phone is rounded all over. Despite the large 6.81-inch screen, the phone is lighter – it weighs 219g. For comparison, a Galaxy S23 Ultra weighs 234 g, an iPhone 14 Pro Max weighs 240 g. If you’ve held a Magic4 Pro in your hand, you should have a rough idea of the dimensions of its successor. wider (76.7mm versus 74.7mm).
The Honor Magic5 Pro is for people who like big phones, but it’s not overkill either (the aforementioned Galaxy and iPhone are about a millimeter wider, for example). Like last year, the phone is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. The company did not reveal the origin of the phone’s glass panels.
We spent some time with the new flagship Honor Magic5 Pro (seen here in Glacier Blue)
The Pro model is available in five color options: Glacier Blue, Meadow Green, Coral Purple, Orange, and Black. The unit we had to manage was Glacier Blue. Note that the purple and orange colorways have vegan leather backs.
The screen is the same size and resolution as last year – 6.81″ and 1,312 x 2,848 pixels (19.5:9, 461 ppi). And yes, it’s a panel 10-bit LTPO with HDR10+ support Refresh rate ranges from 1Hz to 120Hz However, there are a number of enhancements that improve screen performance and reduce user eye strain.
For starters, it’s much, much brighter. The new screen can reach up to 1,800 nits when displaying HDR content, with the highest overall brightness being 1,300 nits. For comparison, the old display peaked at “just” 1,000 nits. Honor has also improved the high-frequency PWM dimming system and increased it to 2160 Hz (instead of 1920 Hz). The company calibrated the color accuracy of the display at two brightness levels (120 and 800 nits) up to deltaE of 0.27 (translation: the human eye cannot perceive any deviation from true color) .
The rear camera has a multi-spectrum color temperature sensor to measure ambient light. Let’s talk about the camera, okay? The triple module still lives on a large circle, which Honor calls “Eye of Muse”. This year, the trio of cameras have been rearranged into a triangular constellation – the periscope moved up, the main and ultra-wide cameras are down.
All three are using 50MP sensors this year. The main camera is particularly interesting. Last year Honor used the IMX766, a 50MP 1/1.56″ sensor that we’ve seen on flagships and some cheaper phones. This year the company got a 1/1.12″ sensor customized and widened the aperture to f/1.6 (from f/1.8). The unnamed sensor has native 1.4µm pixels and 4-in-1 binning support.
This has a big impact on night shots, and we won’t keep you waiting; Check out some sample cameras below. Do you know what else helps to take handheld shots in the dark? Optical image stabilization (OIS), of course, which is available on the main Magic5 Pro camera (its omission from the Magic4 Pro was a sore point last year).
Honor Magic5 Pro camera samples from a dark bar (main camera)
Honor has also optimized the phone for high quality video, it can record 4K footage at 60fps in HDR10+ or 10-bit Magic-Log formats. There’s an IMAX-branded app that will help you edit the videos you shoot on the phone itself, without the need for a computer. One thing missing compared to other flagships is an 8K mode.
The Magic5 Pro brings a new periscope telephoto lens. The optic still offers 3.5x magnification and a brighter aperture to boot (f/3.0 versus f/3.5 on the older Pro). The new module uses the Sony IMX858 50MP sensor (instead of a 64MP sensor). The digital zoom goes up to 100x.
Before showing you more camera samples, we should note that the ultra-wide camera complements the triple 50MP setup; it has a 122° field of view and an f/2.0 aperture (compared to f/2.2 on the old Pro). Now, here are photos taken with each of the three cameras.
Honor Magic5 Pro camera examples: ultrawide • main • telephoto • extra zoom
Honor Magic5 Pro Camera Examples: Ultra Wide • Main Camera • Telephoto • Extra Zoom
Honor Magic5 Pro camera samples: ultra-wide camera
Honor Magic5 Camera Examples: Main Camera
Honor Magic5 Pro Camera Samples: Telephoto
Here’s an interesting note – this phone has dual cameras capable of taking macro images. The ultra-wide module can do it up close (2.5 cm/1 inch) and the tele camera can do it at a distance of 30 cm/12 inch.
The Honor Magc5 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 because, of course, it is. Honor has simplified the memory configuration for the phone – 12GB LPDDR5X and 512GB UFS 4.0, that’s it.
Honor has added custom features such as the Discrete Display Chipset, which always renders video in HDR10+ and has the ability to upscale 30fps content to 60fps. The phone also has a security system co-developed with Qualcomm, which secures your passwords and biometric data.
These biometrics include 3D face scans – the pill-shaped hole in the top left corner houses the 12MP selfie camera (1.22µm, alas with fixed-focus lens) and a depth sensor for more face scans accurate and safer. The selfie camera, by the way, has a wide field of view, 100°, which allows it to easily capture group photos.
Last year, the Magic4 Pro impressed with its ability to charge at 100W both wired and wirelessly. This year, Honor has reduced the speed – 66W wired, 50W wireless – and increased the battery capacity to 5,000mAh instead, up from 4,600mAh. Honor includes a 66W SuperCharge adapter in the retail package, here’s a preview:
The Honor Magic5 Pro will be available in Q2 (April-June) for €1,200 (equivalent to $1,270/£1,055/₹105,000) for the 12/512GB configuration (which is the only option for now). For comparison, the Magic4 Pro went global with a price tag of £950 for an 8/256GB unit.