Another Price Worthy Flagship from HONOR

At this point of time, there should be a plenty of flagship devices surfacing by now, and I do mean plenty of it with all the flagship features that most enthusiast need to fulfill all your work and play needs.

HONOR is no stranger when it comes to this, with this time we received the HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G, this marks HONOR’s Pain Point Killer flagship and lets dive in to the review.

Unboxing

Upon unboxing, you will get the following as below

  • HONOR Magic4 Pro Smartphone
  • USB C to C Cable
  • 100w Power Adaptor
  • User Manual, Warranty Guide
  • SIM Pin Ejector
  • Translucent Case

Design

When it comes to looking at the glance of the phone design, it carries the reminiscence signature looks of the recently on the market HONOR X9 5G, the minute you look at it you will definitely know this is an HONOR product with the rear camera ring wide design known as the Eye of Muse. You will also notice that the build quality is sturdy and well done there with no sharp edges over its candybar form factor that brings in the premium feel and easy to take care if there is dirt or smudges, just wipe it off with soft cloth will do the job fine. Dropping and splashes is further protected with it’s IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

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As we continue on the right hand side, there is a volume up and down button and a power button, while the top houses a microphone, speaker and infrared which can be used to control your electronic devices such as TV or set top box. Over to the bottom of the phone there is one microphone, one USB C port, Dual SIM slots and a bottom speaker. All of the phone sides are made of plastic with chrome finish to it. Over to the camera design, the similar color tone applies to the side of the phone and the bottom/top part as well. Since there is no 3.5mm audio jack, the HONOR Magic4 Pro does not come with any converters, but you can easily purchase it now a days at any phone accessories shop.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G comes in three colors, Cyan, Gold and Black. The Color that we are reviewing is the Black color, which is definitely the most common of all and the safest choice of all, which makes it suitable for any occasion, anytime.

Display & Audio

Over to the display side, the HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G is powered by a quite huge sized 6.81 Inch FHD+ 120Hz LTPO OLED adaptive curved HONOR FullView Display screen with IMAX Enhanced that brings in 94% screen to body ratio with good touch accuracy during typing, scrolling, gaming and movie viewing. This also reduces eye strain with its 1920Hz PWM dimming. Color representation is well accurate in most of the conditions with good clarity. Depending on your daily usage and just a handful of games does support up to 120FPS gameplay. On top of that you will enjoy one of the good displays available with streaming applications such as YouTube and Netflix with Widevine L1 certification that grants the Full HD resolution streaming. Audio wise, turning on full maximum volume can be loud with it’s dual speaker setup that is further enhanced with DTS:X Ultra Sound Effects stereo amplifier.

Camera

The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G rear camera island portion comes with one 50MP wide camera, one 50MP ultra-wide angle camera, 64MP periscope telephoto lens followed by a dual LED flash with EIS, OIS and 3D TOF Depth Sensor. Pictures taken are close to the environment matching with details captured properly whether it is in automatic mode, Aperture mode or manual focal mode with certain exception where sometimes the color softness may be present which all you need to do is adjust and re-shoot again. In fact if you wish to shoot all in automatic, the AI will determine the environment and adjust to the best for you. For evening and night shots, the results were acceptable with good amount of lights and shadows represented. The selfie images are bright and good during day time as well which is powered by a 12MP wide angle lens with the same 3D TOF Depth Sensor.

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A few sample shots were taken over different modes as above for reference. A sample of 20x zoom, normal, Hi-Res and automatic shots taken, with some noise encountered over certain images and softness depending on the environment.

On video recording you get support up to 4K at 60FPS, stutters are visible while recording but it’s very minor with good amount details and brightness during recording with zooming in and out. Dual video mode is also supported which you can capture both front and rear recording at the same time. Such feature is great for VLoggers and YouTubers that be able to take the advantage. Above is a sample of the video recorded with the rear camera setup.

Performance & Benchmarks

Over to the performance of the phone, the HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G Octa-Core Processor, 256GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM. Call quality test is at its best with a choice of calling via VOLTE or WOWIFI depending on your Telco Carrier. The phone does come with 5G connectivity support, WiFi 6/AX, Bluetooth 5 and NFC. Testing over WiFi connection with ASUS AX55 and AX53 gets up to an average of 1300MBPS transfer speeds, which is a great speed for multimedia, download and streaming. Over to video calling, the HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G does the job pretty decent as well thanks to its 16MP front camera. If you have a WiFi 5 router or greater, you should be able to take all the advantages without issues.

Over to the gaming side, this phone basically can play any games you wish for. Whether it’s adventuring on Genshin Impact or MOBA with Mobile Legends, just set it above medium and beyond for the graphical settings and you still can hold up to almost 60FPS even in certain intensive battles. If any games that supports above 60 frames, it will take it on also with HONOR GPU Turbo X which optimizes gaming settings automatically.

Above is the Benchmark performance, which delivers on par scores on each of the test between its graphics, and processor performance that you can play, social media and work with it.

Battery performance wise, you will get squeeze around 11 hours of it, a mix of calls, surfing, email, streaming, and a few Genshin Impact Sessions. Turning on the battery saving mode under 20% will get you around extra 3 hours of conservative usage. The HONOR Magic4 Pro comes with a 100W fast charger, which will charge up the phone to 100% from 10% in about 30min average. 

Features & Software

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The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G comes with Android 12, with MAGIC 6 UI that brings in an UI that is easy to navigate, close to the Android Stock UI interface that features collaboration tools such as HONOR Share and easy one tap NFC connection towards Huawei and HONOR series of Laptop. The overall UI is also easy to use providing tips and help for the user, like tutorials, guide and several camera features improvements that features Movie mode.

Upon that HONOR also introduce a companion, the HONOR SuperCharge Wireless Charger Stand (Max 100 W) that you can use it as a docking wireless charger, HONOR claims that you can charge it till full within 1 hour, and to us, such charging speed is impressive for a Wireless charger. The Wireless charger will be priced at RM299 and you can use back the inbox phone charger.

Specifications

ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G 4nm Octa Core Processor
GraphicAdreno 730
Display6.81 inch LTPO OLED, 1312 x 2848, 120Hz Refresh Rate, 1B, HDR10+
CameraRear :
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
Front :
12 MP, f/2.4, 100˚ (ultrawide), 1.22µm
RAM8GB LPDDR5x
Storage256GB UFS
Battery4600mAh LiPo with fast charging, 100w SuperCharge Charger included
OS + UIAndroid 11 + MAGIC UI 6 with GMS
Connectivity WIFI AX (6) (2.4/5Ghz), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS
PriceRM3,999


Verdict & Conclusion 

Overall Rating

The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G once again marks HONOR step up to the challenge which gives the pain point killers, a very reasonable price, well balanced camera setup, a fast zippy processor and a beautiful curved form factor display that rightfully open a whole new wide view for consumers to enjoy and go creative, productive with it.

Pros

  • 120Hz Refresh Rate Display
  • Comes with an IR Sensor
  • Good price point
  • IP68 Rating

Cons

  • Softness present on certain automatic rear photoshoots
  • I wish they implemented an SD Card Slot
  • I wish it has a 12GB RAM Variant

Pricing and Availability

The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G will be available as pre-order for RM3,999 and if you pre-order it, you will get HONOR Watch GS3, Phone Case, 1 Year Extended Warranty & 6 Months Screen Crack Protection

For more information and purchasing the HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G online, Click Here

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