Three years after the presentation of the Honor 20 series, the Chinese company Honor finally brings to Croatia a new Honor Magic 4 Pro flagship phone with support for Google services.
It offers a large and beautiful screen, a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chip under the hood, plenty of ram and data memory, lots of cameras on the back and a decent battery with extremely fast charging.
On the prestigious DxO Mark list of the best smartphone cameras, the Magic4 Pro did better than the Galaxy S22 Ultra phone from Samsung.
Let’s see if he really has everything he needs to compete with the powerful competition in the form of the Galaxy S22 series, Xiaomi 12 phones and even the iPhone 13 series.
Honor Magic4 Pro SPECIFICATIONS
|Honor Magic4 Pro|
|6.81 “LTPO OLED|
QHD+ (1312 x 2848); ~395ppi
|163.6 x 74.7 x 9.1 mm|
glass front and rear, metal frame
stereo speakers: yes
Water resistance: YES; IP68
|Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4 nm) (1×3.00 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.50 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)|
|256/512GB UFS 3.1microSD: WHAT|
50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF
50 MP, f / 2.2, 122˚ (ultrawide), 1 / 2.5 ″, AF
64 MP, f/3.5, 90mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.7µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom
TOF 3D (depth)
[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10, 10-bit video
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|ultrasonic fingerprint reader below the screen|
3D Face Unlock
|5G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot; Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE; A-GPS. Up to tri-band: GLONASS (1), BDS (3), GALILEO (2)|
3.5mm audio: NE
IR Universal Remote: YES
FM Radio: NE
Ultra Wideband (UWB): NE
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Honor Magic4 Pro DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS
A look from the outside unequivocally indicates a close kinship with Huawei. Both at the front and even more at the rear, the Honor Magic 4 Pro is quite reminiscent of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
The device is made of a combination of premium metal frame material and glass at the back and front where it carries a large 6.81-inch screen curved on all four sides.
Although the front of the device is very nicely covered with a screen, we can’t help but notice a large oval opening in the screen that will bother many.
The metal frame on the side edges is very thin, and thicker and quite flat up and down. These top and bottom edges are so flat that your phone can stand upright on a flat surface.
There is a microphone hole on the top of the phone, an IR lamp on the remote control and an opening for the top speaker.
On the bottom edge are a USB-C port, main microphone, main speaker and a tray for two nano SIM cards.
The left side of the phone is completely clean, and on the right side we have the Power button and the volume control button. An ultrasonic fingerprint reader located well below the screen high enough and in a convenient place where you can easily hit it with the thumb of the hand holding the phone.
It should be noted that Magic4 Pro is also waterproof under IP68 certification.
On the back of the device there is a larger round camera module with a lot of lenses in it, but realistically there are three usable cameras. The same module also includes a microphone, a two-tone LED flash and a 3D ToF depth sensor.
Although it is one of the phones with the largest screen on the market, it does not leave the impression of a large and bulky phone, although its weight exceeds 200g.
Thus naked without any protective mask, its back will eagerly collect fingerprints and dirt, so you will want to wrap it in the enclosed silicone mask, which will make it less slippery and even more comfortable to hold in your hand.
I will also praise the rather rich sales package in which, in addition to the phone itself, instructions, a SIM pull-out needle, you will also find a 100W charger with a cable for very fast wire charging, as well as a transparent silicone mask.
Honor Magic4 Pro SCREEN
Honor Magic 4 Pro has one of the larger and more beautiful screens on the market. This is a LTPO OLED panel in high QHD + resolution and with dynamic refresh in the range from 1Hz to smooth 120Hz.
It can also choose the screen resolution dynamically, but of course you can always lock it to the maximum QHD +, which most users will do.
It boasts pronounced colors, sharp display, smooth scrolling and animations as well as ample lighting inside and outdoors although we have seen brighter screens as well.
It’s nice that it also supports the AlwaysON notification view, and what bothers me the most about it is the rather large oval opening of the selfie camera, which then leaves little space in the status bar, and it doesn’t look particularly nice. This opening will be somewhat justified by the advanced 3D face recognition system.
The screen is otherwise pre-applied protective film.
Honor Magic4 Pro KAMERE
Interestingly, the Honor Magic 4 Pro ranked 14th on the prestigious DxOMark list of the best smartphone cameras, making it even better than Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra flagship phone.
The Magic4 Pro has an 12MP selfie camera in the oval slot in the screen. With this selfie camera, he takes relatively good selfie photos and decent selfie portraits, and also shoots video in 4k resolution. It also has a 3D sensor for advanced face authorization.
On the back, the Magic4 Pro carries three cameras and a 3D sensor. In the middle is the largest lens of a periscope telephoto camera for 3.5x optical zoom with a 64MP sensor. It is also the only camera here with OIS stabilization. The main word is the 50MP camera with laser and phase autofocus, but unfortunately without optical stabilization. There’s also a 50MP ultra-wide camera that has autofocus so it can also be used for macro photos.
The camera interface is quite similar to what you’ve seen on Huawei phones and offers a handful of shooting options like aperture, night, portrait, movie and Pro.
In daytime conditions, the Magic4 Pro captures great photos, which abound in detail, wide dynamic range and expressive colors.
In Night conditions with night mode, the main camera takes photos again with an impressive amount of detail and little noise, and how much the night turns into day once again confirms that they learned from Huawei.
The ultra-wide camera also takes very good photos during the day, while the night ones are visibly weaker despite the empty megapixels.
The same goes for the telephoto camera, which optically magnifies up to 3.5x, and for more than that it relies on digital zoom and crop, so photos up to 10x magnification are usable, all over although it goes up to 100x and is not for showing. I’ve also noticed that the phone itself is often 3.5x zoom often shot by the main camera crop, which you can’t influence. These photos are generally of lower quality than those taken with a telephoto camera.
The Magic4 Pro camcorder literally disappointed me. When shooting in 4K at 30 and 60fps, there is a twitch, which makes videos otherwise rich in detail not at all pleasant, I would say unusable.
It is hoped that these shortcomings will be corrected by updates. So maybe they remove the 15 minute recording limit, and hopefully a pronounced warm-up of the phone.
ANDROID 12 + Magic UI 6
What sets these new Honor phones apart from Huawei phones is the full support for Google services and the Play Store. Android 12 here overlays the Magic UI 6.0 user interface, which is quite similar to Huawei’s EMUI interface.
It is characterized by a large dose of adaptability and smooth and fluid operation and pleasing to the eye animation. As usual, you can choose between the home screen with and without the application menu.
You can choose the light and dark theme of the interface, the look and size of the icons, and there is a convenient side menu with applications for working in multiple windows.
With the three navigation keys at the bottom of the user navigation screen, you can still use today’s gestures. The gesture I personally miss is the one to drop down the notification center so I will have to swipe your finger all the way to the top of the screen to see if you have any new notification received. The gesture of sliding your finger down the screen is reserved here for the universal search engine.
Where this one Magic4 Pro is in a clear minus against the fierce competition is the software support. Namely, Honor guarantees two Android updates, so count on this phone to get another Android 13 and 14, while the competition, like Samsung, offers up to four Android updates and five years of security patches.
As usual, the whole package of Google applications is there, and Honor spices it up with a package of its tools, among which is the universal remote control application.
Honor Magic4 Pro PERFORMANCE, SOUND AND BATTERY
The Honor Magic4 Pro flagship phone also seeks its Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chip under the hood. It is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of data memory, which unfortunately is not expandable with memory cards. A 12 / 512GB version is also offered, but not with us.
Both in benchmark tests and in everyday work and in games, Honor Magic4 Pro performance will not disappoint even the most demanding. However, you should be prepared for a pronounced warm-up when using the camera and playing games. Its metal frame will fry your fingers quite a bit on these hot summer days.
Where I personally felt the biggest blow to performance was recording 4K video.
The Honor Magic 4 Pro does not have a 3.5 mm audio output, so you will connect the headphones to either USB-C or more likely wirelessly. There are two speakers, one at the bottom edge and the other at the top more accurately using the handset as the other speaker and the openings at the top of the phone. You will be satisfied with the sound through these two stereo speakers.
The Magic4 Pro offers biometric authorization or security with an excellent ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the screen and a secure 3D Face Unlock system.
The connectivity and quality of phone calls at the flagship are level. It supports 5G networks, the latest Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth 5.2 and a bunch of GPS sensors for precise and fast outdoor location.
Honor Magic4 Pro has also failed somewhat with its autonomy. It is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery. Although for most it will be enough for the whole day of use, more demanding users could look for a charger before the end of the day.
Count on up to some 7 hours of on-screen with mixed use. This slightly weaker autonomy will compensate you with extremely fast charging.
Namely, it supports 100W wired and wireless charging. The 100W charger is included in the package and the battery will charge 100% in just under 30 minutes, which is a great result. For 100W wireless charging you will need to purchase a special charger and charger adapter.
Honor Magic4 Pro RATING
Honor Magic 4 Pro wants to compete with the strongest in the smartphone arena. This is indicated by its rather high price of 1,100 EUR. I think they exaggerated a bit.
For that hunt, it offers a very nice screen, very good performance in most scenarios, solid autonomy, extremely fast charging and a very good camera but not a video camera.
The quality of workmanship is up to the task, although the joints of the metal frame and glass at the back and front could have been more refined. It has an excellent ultrasonic fingerprint reader and Face Unlock, stereo speakers and a rich sales package.
For me, the biggest flaws of this phone are that ugly big opening in the screen and a bad video camera, which will probably be fixed with updates. Flagship phone with flagship price, also deserves OIS stabilization on the main camera. Vibration during calls is also very weak. Those who intend to use it longer will be bothered by the shorter software support than the competition.
Do you think the Honor Magic4 Pro is worth the money they ask for it?
|✅ PLUS||⛔ MINUS|
|✅ Excellent and spacious 120Hz screen||⛔main camera without OIS|
|✅ Attractive design||Bad camcorder|
|✅ top performance||⛔does not support memory cards|
|✅ very good camera||An ugly hole in the screen|
|✅ stereo speakers||It is not waterproof|
|✅ wireless charging||Very high price|
|✅ IR remote control||Very low vibration during calls|
|✅ super fast wired and wireless charging||Fewer updates than the competition|
|✅ 100W charger and mask included|
|✅ dual SIM|
|✅ IP68 vopdootpornost|
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