At the MWC 2022 event in Barcelona, almost everyone is busy showing off their new devices and hardware for the year, and Honor is no different. They revealed not one, but two new smartphones, which are the Honor Magic 4 and the Honor Magic 4 Pro. Both are flagship devices and, according to Honor CEO George Zhao, were designed to “solve user problems”.
Specifications of the Honor Magic 4 Pro
The Honor Magic 4 Pro is the higher spec of the two and features a massive 6.81-inch quad-curved LTPO OLED display with 1312 x 2848p resolution. It’s larger than last year’s Honor Magic 3 Pro range and can also perform adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. The display is capable of 1000 nits of brightness, covers 100% color gamut DCI-P3, supports HDR10+ and can output up to 1.07 billion colors. It also has one of the highest PWM numbers seen on an LTPO display at 1920Hz. Incidentally, despite Honor’s advertisement of its symmetrical “Iconic Eye of Muse” display, the Honor Magic 4 Pro isn’t really symmetrical on the front as the front camera is shifted to the left. It also looks a bit like the Huawei Mate 40 Pro at first glance.
Speaking of cameras, you’ll find a huge circular camera bump on the back. It packs a triple-camera setup with a 50MP, f/1.8 primary camera flanked by a 50MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and a 64MP, f/3.5 periscope telephoto lens. The front camera meanwhile has a single 12MP, f/2.4 selfie camera, with a time-of-flight sensor alongside for depth and biometrics. Another time-of-flight sensor is also located on the rear camera bump. A new feature in the Honor Magic 4 series is the Honor Magic-Log Movie Master and AI movie effects, bringing 4K log 10-bit video at 60 fps.
Under the hood, you’ll find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system-on-chip paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for local models, although up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage appear to be available elsewhere. It comes with Honor’s Magic UI 6 out of the box, which is based on Android 12. You will also be able to use Google Mobile Services on it. Honor has also introduced what they call AI Super Rendering technology so mobile gamers can achieve both high frame rate with minimal latency while generating less heat. Meanwhile, the lights stay on with a 4,600mAh battery supporting Honor SuperCharge 100W wired fast charging as well as SuperCharge 100W wireless charging. only 30 minutes when plugged in.
Other features of note include a dual security system for better privacy, with an independent security chip for passwords and biometrics. There’s also an AI-powered call privacy feature that directs audio to your ears to prevent audio leaks. The fingerprint sensor meanwhile is Qualcomm’s own 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 which Honor says will be 40% faster than previous generation fingerprint sensors. There’s also support for 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and WiFi 6. It’s also been rated for IP68 dust and water resistance. Despite being 9.1mm thick, there is no 3.5mm audio jack although there are stereo speakers. It will come in black, white, cyan and gold, with Honor saying there will be more colorways to come.
As for local pricing and availability, the Honor Malaysia website says it’s coming to Malaysia soon and we can expect it to arrive here in the second quarter of this year, although it won’t. there is still no word on the price. In Europe though, we know the Honor Magic 4 Pro will be priced at €1,099 (~RM5,121.61) for the model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
Honor Magic 4 Specifications
The base model Honor Magic 4 might not have the ‘Pro’ moniker, but it still looks like a pretty formidable device. It still has the same 6.81-inch LTPO OLED screen as its bigger sibling, but has a slightly lower resolution at 1224 x 2664p. It also doesn’t get the quadruple curves of the Magic 4 Pro, but makes do with a curved dual screen. The Honor Magic 4 has an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz with HDR10+ support, a maximum brightness of 1000 nits, and all the other features of the Honor Magic 4 Pro.
In fact, just like the Honor Magic 4 Pro, it also features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system-on-chip, with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage available. Its rear camera bump is slightly smaller, but retains the same 50MP main camera and 50MP ultrawide camera. Where the Honor Magic 4 differs is in the telephoto shooter, with Honor replacing the Magic 4 Pro’s 64MP camera with an 8MP, f/3.4 periscope telephoto lens instead. The front camera meanwhile is the same 12MP selfie shooter, although the Honor Magic 4 loses the ToF sensors on the front and back of the device.
You do get a slightly larger battery with the Honor Magic 4 though, reaching 4,800mAh, although fast charging is less at just 66W. It also loses the Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, instead using a regular under-display optical fingerprint sensor. The Honor Magic 4 also does not have an IP68 rating, only an IP54 rating.
It doesn’t look like Honor Malaysia will be bringing the Honor Magic 4 to our shores as only the Magic 4 Pro is currently listed on their website. The Honor Magic 4 will however be available elsewhere, from €899 (~RM4 191.76) for the model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.