Honor Magic5 Pro review

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Honor Magic5 Pro is another interesting flagship camera phone coming to the global markets. It will be remembered for its unique design, premium hardware suite and interesting camera set. Furthermore, it is an ex-Huawei device, one that has access to the complete Google suite and 5G network.

Honor split from Huawei in 2020, and since then it has launched quite a few smartphones that were free of sanctions imposed on Huawei by the US. The flagship Magic lineup has always been a great option for those who want a Huawei P or Mate-like smartphone, but without limitations. And that is what best describes the new Magic5 Pro.

The Honor Magic5 Pro builds on the Honor Magic4 Pro (and Huawei Mate 50 Pro) with improved camera specs, a brighter display; it also brings the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and a larger battery capacity.

There’s a large 6.81″ HDR10+ OLED panel with 1312p resolution and dynamic 120Hz refresh rate. It’s protected by curved glass and has a promising 12MP camera with a 3D ToF system inside the pill-shaped cutout. If you’re not a fan of Face ID unlocking, there is also an optical fingerprint scanner under the screen.

Honor Magic5 Pro review

We already mentioned that the Magic5 Pro has the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It also comes with the most current LPDDR5X RAM and UFS4.0 storage chips. There’s also the industry’s first standalone antenna architecture, which is said to eliminate any interference between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

The rear camera setup has a familiar logic, but should offer improved performance. 50MP has a large sensor and a bright wide-angle stabilized lens. There’s also a 50MP ultrawide camera with autofocus for macro purposes. The 50MP zoom camera with a 3.5x periscopic telephoto lens is probably the most interesting, as it should also offer up to 10x high-quality lossless zoom thanks to the large sensor. Another 3D ToF system also exists.

Honor Magic5 Pro boots the latest Android 13 with the latest EMUI-like MagicUI 7.1. It has the complete Google framework and apps so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Honor Magic5 Pro specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 162.9×76.7×8.8mm, 219g; Glass front, glass back or eco leather back; IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5 mi 30 min).
  • Screen: 6.81″ LTPO OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1800 nits (peak), 1312x2848px resolution, 19.54:9 aspect ratio, 460ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8550-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Cortex-X3 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A715 & 2×2.8 GHz Cortex-A710 & 3×2.0 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 740.
  • Memory: 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • OS/Software: Android 13, MagicOS 7.1.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.6, 23 mm, 1/1.12″ 1.4 µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Telephoto: 50 MP, f/3.0, 90mm, PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 50MP, f/2.0, 13mm, 122˚, 1/2.5″, AF; Depth: TOF 3D.
  • Front camera: wide (main): 12MP, f/2.4, 100˚, 1.22µm; Depth: TOF 3D.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10, 10-bit video; Front camera: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Battery: 5100mAh; 66W wired, 50W wireless, Reverse wireless, 5W reverse wired.
  • Miscellaneous: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); Infrared port; stereo speakers.

A quick look through these specifications reveals that the Magic5 Pro doesn’t really lack anything. And that’s something we rarely see these days.

Unboxing the Honor Magic5 Pro

Honor Magic5 Pro ships in a traditional black box. The retail package includes a 66W charger, a 6A-rated USB-A to C cable and a soft transparent case.

Honor Magic5 Pro review

Magic5 Pro has a thin protective film that is pre-applied from the factory. It’s pretty low quality and is a stain magnet, so we peeled it off. We are sure many people would appreciate having it.

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