Honor Magic 4 Pro Review

Honor Magic 4 Pro Review

Honor is officially launching the Honor brand in South Africa, following its separation from its parent company Huawei. The launch of Honor is the Chinese smartphone maker that has brought some of its phones to South Africa. It has recently introduced the flagship Magic 4 series, with SA getting its Lite and Pro models. Stuff has used its Honor Magic 4 Pro for the last few weeks. If you’ve not seen or heard of Honor prior to now, set your mind back to the past, pre-2020 Huawei phones. They’re the same phones. Magic 4 Pro is like the old model, but more modern and sparkling. It’s different from other Huawei phones of the past it comes with Google’s entire set of apps installed. What’s the rest of it? # Honor Magic 4 Pro Review

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Honor Magic 4 Pro Review

SPECIFICATIONS

  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Display: 6.81-inch LTPO 120Hz OLED, 1312 x 2848
  • RAM: 8/12GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Battery: 4,600mAh, 100W wired/wireless charging
  • Ports: USB-C
  • Operating System: Magic UI 6.0 / Android 12
  • Front camera: 12MP ultrawide
  • Rear camera: 50MP wide, 50MP ultrawide, 64MP periscope zoom
  • Connectivity: 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
  • Others: 3D face unlock, in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.7 x 9.15mm / 215g
  • Colors: Cyan, Gold, White, Black (glass); Orange (PU)
  • Price: £950 / €1099

Display and design

It shows that Honor has made symmetry the main concept when they designed its Magic 4 Pro. The glass sandwich tapers from front and back, joining the sleek metal frame on the other side. It makes the gadget feel slimmer than the 164mm x 75mm and 9mm dimensions might suggest.

This one comes in two shades that are black and cyan. You should choose black as lighter colors will only provide a beautiful display of your fingerprints. The curved glass edges and the weight make for a slippery gadget that you would not want to fall on. Fortunately, the device is equipped with a screen protector and case contained in the box.

This screen is on top of the 6.81in LPTO OLED panel with 1312×2848 pixels. LPTO means that the rate of refresh can be adjusted dynamically depending on the content it’s showing with a range of 1Hz to 120Hz. If you’re not one of those who need high refresh rates at all times there are some settings that you can adjust to ensure you’re getting a steady 120Hz with the highest resolution. You’ll see the difference most with your battery use.

It’s a sharp display that boasts 460 pixels-per-inch (PPI) and provides premium contrast due to the inherent benefits of OLED. The accuracy of color is highly dependent on preferences for your display. HDR10+ support is now available and upscaling for lower resolution content went more smoothly than expected. It’s bright enough even outside.

Alongside the curved screen, Another aspect that can be polarizing is the large, pill-shaped cutout for the selfie camera and the 3dTOF(Time of Flight) sensor. It normally takes a much larger screen area than the hole-punch cutouts on other mobiles, especially when you are watching media on full-screen. You can choose to conceal it under the settings or learn to accept it.

Camera

It’s impossible to miss the camera module in this. The camera disc that is called the ‘eye of the muse’ has five sensors in it and three of them are actually able to take photos using. Two 50MP sensors are included for the main camera and ultrawide and a 64MP periscope-telephoto camera with 3.5x optic zoom and 100x digital zoom. It’s odd that the Telephoto camera is the only model that has optical image stabilization, but it’s not as if it’s when zoomed beyond 10x.

The sensor that you are using for your primary camera does not have any, and your photos will seem good enough to upload to social networks. You’ll get a large dynamic range, vibrant colors that aren’t too saturated, and plenty of fine detail in brightly lit areas. The same is true for the ultrawide sensor but with a larger area of vision. In low-light situations, you may begin to see that the Magic 4 Pro slip up when compared with other flagships. Your images will seem sharp and clear, but make sure you don’t look at the pixels.

In terms of performance, it’s a beast. Magic 4 Pro doesn’t disappoint. The absence of US sanctions means you’ll receive the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 (like all other Android flagships) provided with 8GB RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. It’s not expandable.

Honor claims that it’s messed up with the GPU performance, but if you take a look at the hype, what it means is that you’ll have some more hours of continuous heavy usage before the phone begins to heat up and throttle itself. In its maximum performance, you’ll be in a position to play almost any game and you can even up the settings a little.

Other options include complete ingress protection by using the IP68 rating. The ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner utilizes Qualcomm’s 3D sonic Gen2 sensor. It’s 3dTOF-enhanced facial unlock means unlocking the device is fast. It means that the Magic 4 Pro presents slightly more biometric security features than the top models available.

The audio quality is amazing. The stereo speakers sound good, with the fake ones being loud enough in most models. The stereo isn’t really stereo, and they’re portable speakers, meaning they’re probably to sound thin for the most part.

While it has some impressive quick charging speeds, the battery life has left us slightly dissatisfied. But that’s not to say it’s not a good battery. We lasted the entire day with just one charge of the battery’s 4,600mAh but only with around 30% remaining after approximately five hours of screen-on time. It’s not a problem with a charging speed of 100W to take you from zero to 100 in just 30 minutes. Honor isn’t as promising with its performance as Oppo with respect to rapid charging, so the impact on battery life is an unknown.

Isn’t Magic only a little bit of sleight of hand?

There’s nothing especially unique about it however we’d often encounter small glitches or problems that interrupted our flow. When that happens often, it can become frustrating. There are some personalization options right from the start If you’ve had a Huawei device, the features will show like something you’ve used before and we didn’t find signs of any vibrant color themes or the personalization features Google implemented in the past with Android 12. This resulted in Magic UI 6 feeling closer to Android 10, or 11 that is why the Magic 4 Pro seemed older than it is.

Magic 4 Pro verdict

Overall The Magic 4 Pro is a well-built device that makes us optimistic about the future of Honor as an unmarried single in our local area. We’d like to see Honor improve the quality of its Magic UI OS and bring the classic features of flagship devices like optical image stabilization for its main camera. If they do then we’re confident that Honor can replicate a lot of the popularity Huawei discovered in SA and only use Google Maps and Gmail.

Video Review of Magic 4 Pro

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