On Thursday I was able to attend our great capital London to attend a launch event at the Tate Modern to launch Honor’s latest flagship in the UK, the Honor Magic 4 Pro.
A few other supporting devices also accompanied the launch of the phone in the form of the new Honor Watch GS 3 and the Honor Buds Pro. These other devices were mentioned in passing, but the focus of the event was all on the Honor Magic Pro 4.
This is a true Flagship contender from the re-awakened Honor brand and it has some pretty big claims that it will be able to withstand from a first glance.
I got a very brief hands-on while at the event, but I’ll be doing a full review of the device in due course. Before diving into the details of the device, let me discuss the important news about what this will cost you to buy outright.
The phone will be launched in two different colors and both are available with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM with a launch price of £949.99. it will go on general sale on May 27, but if you’re looking for a great deal pre-orders will open tomorrow for the same price with some extras in the form of the Watch GS 3 Ocean Blue & SuperCharge Wireless Charger Stand & Magic 4 Pro PU Case. This deal is available from 13/05 to 26/05 and is a gift pack worth 324, nothing to sneeze at!! See more at this link Honor Store
As for the event, quite a bit has been going on about what makes this device a great new device for Honor to bring to the market. I’m going to run through some highlights now. I’ll try to give you a bit of an idea of the device from my limited time that I was able to get and the presentation we witnessed.
The display of the phone is one of the most important features as this is where you will interact with the phone. It consists of a 6.81″ Flex OLED panel which is of LPTO construction. The screen also has an eye-watering 1920Hz pulse width modulation rate, so it should be good for your eyes. In addition, it allows for an adjustable refresh rate all the way to 1 Hz and up to 120 Hz. This is called Honor Motion Sync and is new to the Honor Magic 4 Pro.
The screen resolution comes out at 1312 x 2848, which gives a PPI of 4060 and can display 1 billion colors at the same time. We also have 100% DCI-P3 color gamut support and HDR 10+. All this display wizardry is actually made possible by the phone with its own display chipset that allows the active conversion of low frame rate videos to a higher frame rate, resulting in a silky smooth video, which in itself will also be upgraded to HDR by Always on HDR technology
On to the phone’s next big feature, the camera. Looking at the phone from the back, you’ll be greeted with the camera module that Honor calls “The Eye of Muse”!
While this might be a really nice marketing language, there is indeed a lot going on at the back of the phone. So inside this module are 3 camera sensors, consisting of a 50Mp main camera, a 50MP Ultrawide and finally a 64MP Periscope Telephoto unit. In addition to all the main sensors, we also have an 8×8 dTOF multipoint laser focus sensor to ensure the camera is focused as quickly as possible. Finally, here’s a flicker sensor to reduce that flicker effect when taking photos.
Here are more detailed specifications for all camera sensors.
I think it’s fair to say that this camera sounds hugely impressive, but these sensors aren’t any good unless there’s some great calculation behind it. This is where Honor’s Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography comes in handy. This allows the device to produce high-definition images with stunning clarity, even when shot from afar.
Essentially the idea behind this is that the camera sensors all work together to produce the best focused, sharpest and cleanest image they can. The computational side will stitch all these images together and apply the color engine to create the final image in just seconds. This is all powered by the heart of the phone, the mighty Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chipset, which includes Snapdragon Sight, the ISP for the camera.
Before I get completely off the camera, I also want to go back to something I mentioned earlier, which is IMAX Enhanced. This is a term we’re used to in movie theaters these days, so why am I mentioning it on a phone with a relatively small screen (compared to the behemoth of IMAX movie theaters) Well, that’s because of something Honor calls Magic Log.
For those in the know, this is the ability to capture videos in glorious 10bit 4K 60fps thanks to Log recording. What is logging and why should I care, here is an explanation in as simple terms as I can say or understand it! Essentially, when recording with a log (logarithmic) profile, you are able to better preserve the dynamic range and tonality of what you’re recording. The end result is that when you play back the finished article, you get a much more true-to-life representation of the footage. Having more dynamic range to play with also gives you more flexibility when it comes to editing the masterpiece you just captured. So this will be beneficial to any budding Stephen Spielbergs out there and also to those who just want to improve their ticktock game!
So the next coverage of the two biggys Display and Camera is power and as I mentioned it comes with the very latest from Qualcomm in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G Mobile Platform. This is supported by the latest Qualcomm 7th Gen AI Engine and Cortex-X2 CPU architecture allowing the phone to deliver amazing speed and processing for everyday use and intensive tasks such as video editing and high-end gaming. Combine this with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM and you have a great platform for all but the most demanding tasks.
With a lot of power, however, comes the concern of poor battery life. Honor hopes to alleviate this by including a 4600mAh battery that can be charged both wired and wirelessly at 100W when using the 100W Wired Honor SuperCharge plug or the 100W Wireless Honor Super Charge gantry. This allows the battery to be charged to 100% in 30 minutes. This is something I’d like to test when I get the chance, as I’m currently charging my Pixel 6 Pro on a 10W wireless charger!
Some other very cool features that the new Honor Magic 4 Pro possesses are the following;
Privacy Calling, this is supported by AI and delivered by Directional Sound technology through the simultaneous transmission of sound from the screen and receiver to adjust the volume of the incoming audio so that it can only be heard by and not your neighbor in the seat next to you. The two parts will work together to adjust the volume for different environments, making the caller’s voice virtually inaudible to a person nearby.
Qualcomm Sonic Sensor Gen 2 fingerprint reader that is 77% larger and should result in up to 40% higher fingerprint recognition for enhanced security. This will certainly be tested when receiving a device!
To top it all off, the Honor Magic 4 Pro has an IP68 rating, meaning you don’t have to worry about the occasional spill or use in the glorious British weather!
I mentioned that Honor has also released some new headphones and their latest watch and I’ve included some brief details of these below as not much time was spent discussing these items
Honor Watch GS3
This is the latest incarnation of the Honor Watch series and is a non-Google Wear smartwatch that offers a host of sensors for all your fitness needs while maintaining the style and longevity you would expect from a smartwatch.
Honor Earbuds 3 Pro
The latest release of Honor’s headphones features the world’s first coaxial dual-driver design and high-resolution piezoelectric ceramic tweeter for both rich and delicate sound details and thumping bass. They also support AI Active Noise Cancellation for an enhanced audio experience.
These accessories are now available from Honor from £189.99 for the Honor Watch GS3 and £169.99 for the Honor Earbuds 3 Pro
So as I said at the very top of this post, all of this can now be ordered from the Honor website. if you hurry and order before 05/26/2022, you’ll get the bundle below plus a SuperCharge wireless charger stand & Magic4 Pro PU case for free.
The phone will be released for general sale on 27/05/2022 without the above offer and will be available from Honour, Curries, Argos and Amazon. It will also be available at competitive monthly rates from Three and Carphone Warehouse. I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t also offered by some of the other networks in the UK, but we haven’t had any confirmation yet.
I am very excited to see the Honor Magic4 Pro in my hands and hope to be able to give you the full unboxing and review of the phone soon.