Honor kicks off the MWC event with a bang by announcing its 2023 flagships – the Honor Magic 5 and Honor Magic 5 Pro. The Magic 5 duo shares the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and same ultrawide cameras at 50 megapixels, while Magic 5 Pro holds the upper hand in every other category including the screen and camera categories.
Honor Magic 5 Pro
The Honor Magic 5 Pro has borrowed some of the features from its predecessor. It has the same “Eye of Muse” design for the rear cameras and the same 6.81-inch LTPO display with quad-curved glass.
Specs wise, the Magic 5 Pro brings a quad-curved 6.81-inch LTPO OLED with 1312 x 2848 px resolution, an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. There’s a pill-shaped cutout housing a 12MP main cam and 3D depth sensor in the top-left corner of the display. The display has a peak HDR brightness of 1,800 nits, high-frequency PWM dimming at 2,160Hz, HDR10+, and also has an IMAX Enhanced certification.
The Honor Magic 5 Pro has a customized 1/1.12” sensor and has a bright f/1.6 aperture for the 50MP main camera. To recall, the Magic4 Pro was offered with a 1/1.56” sensor and an f/1.8 aperture. The main camera is joined by the 50MP ultra wide-angle (122°) camera with a brighter aperture, f/2.0 (vs. f/2.2), as well as a 50MP periscope camera with Sony IMX858 sensor with 3.5x optical magnification. The device can record 4K video at 60fps in either HDR10+ or Magic-Log 10-bit log format.
It also has a 3D ToF laser for focusing, a multi-spectrum sensor for color temperature and a flicker sensor and a bunch of additional advanced software features – such as the IMAX Enhanced Movie Master for shooting and editing videos on the phones.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 sits at the helm and up to 12GB LPDDr5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage. Using 5,100mAh battery, it can charge at up to 66W both wired and at 50W wirelessly through Honor’s SuperCharge charger. It also has 5W reverse wireless charging capability. For music lovers, it has stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra tuning.
Honor Magic 5 Pro Specs
Honor Magic 5 Pro
6.81-inch AMOLED LTPO, 1312 x 2848 pixels, 120Hz, up to 1900 nits peak brightness
50 MP, f/1.6, 23mm (wide), 1/1.12″ 1.4µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 100˚ (ultrawide), 1.22µm
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 4nm
12 GB LPDDR5X
256, 512 GB UFS 4.0
Li-Ion 5120mAh (International)
66W Wired, 50W Wireless, 5W Reverse Wireless
2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G SA/NSA, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, GPS
Dual SIM (nano and eSIM)
Dimensions & Weight
Black, Meadow Green, Blue, Purple, Orange
Infrared Port, Stereo Speakers, 24-bit audio stereo recording
3 years of major Android OS update
Facial unlock, Under-display fingerprint unlock
Vanilla Honor Magic 5
The vanilla Honor Magic 4 comes with a 6.73-inch OLED with a 1224 x 2668px resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate and 12MP selfie cam houses in a single punch hole cutout. The display can crank out up to 1,600 nits and boast a 1920Hz PWM dimming feature, as well as 439 PPI density.
The vanilla model also settles with a triple camera system on the back – 54MP primary camera with 1/1.49″, joined by a 32MP telephoto module with 2.5x optical zoom, and 50MP 13mm, 122˚ ultra-wdie camera. It can also record 4K video recording at 30/60fps. Up the front, it has 100˚ (ultrawide) 1.22µm 12MP selfie camera with f/2.4, aperture.
Te Magic 5 also runs on the Same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, getting a slightly inferior experience with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and has the same 5,100mAh capacity and it supports the 66W wired SuperCharge. But, the vanilla model doesn’t have wireless charging capability.
Honor claims they have set up dedicated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standalone antenna architecture in the industry, which is said to boost Wi-Fi 6 performance by up to 200% and reduces latency by up to 30%.
Price & Availability
Both phones will be available to purchase in the April-June quarter. The vanilla Magic 5 will be offered in Blue and Black, priced at €900 (~ $950/£795/₹78,500) in its 12+512GB variant. On the other hand, the Magic 5 Pro comes in Glacier Blue, Meadow Green, Coral Purple, Orange and Black, and will go for €1200 (~$1,270/£1,055/₹105,000) in its 12+512GB variant.