At this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2023), Honor unveiled its latest flagship series, the Magic 5 lineup, to the global market. The lineup includes two models, the Honor Magic 5 Pro and the vanilla Magic 5, both boasting impressive features and a sleek, familiar design. Today the company has introduced the same models in China, but with one notable change in the Pro model.
Honor Magic 5 Pro with New Battery Tech
The Honor Magic 5 Pro is a top-of-the-line smartphone with impressive hardware. The Chinese version of the phone shares the same specs as the international model, except for one significant difference – the battery. The Chinese version of the phone has a Silicon-Carbon battery, which boasts a higher energy density than the traditional Lithium-ion batteries found in the international models.
During the MWC 2023 event, Honor revealed that the Silicon-Carbon batteries have 12.8% higher energy density compared to the standard Lithium-ion batteries that use graphite on the anode. This technology enables the Honor Magic 5 Pro in China to come with a larger battery capacity of 5,450mAh, compared to the international units’ 5100mAh battery. However, the new technology is only available on the Pro and Ultimate models. Despite the larger battery, the Chinese Pro version has the same dimensions as its global counterpart, measuring 8.77mm thick and weighing 219g. Both phones offer 66W fast charging. If and when Honor brings this technology to the global market, it would be a major competitive advantage.
Interestingly, the prices of the two models differ significantly in the Chinese market. The Honor Magic 5 Pro, which debuted internationally with a price tag of EUR 1,199 (roughly USD 1,267), is priced at 5,199 Yuan (around $750) for the base 8+256GB version in China. Meanwhile, the 12+256GB and 16+512GB variants are priced at 5,699 Yuan ($822) and 6199 Yuan ($894), respectively.
On the other hand, the Vanilla Magic 5, which was priced at EUR 899 ($960) globally, will retail in the Chinese market starting at 3999 Yuan ($577) for the base 8+256GB version. The 12+256GB and 16+512GB versions are priced at 4499 Yuan ($649) and 4999 Yuan ($721), respectively.
Both phones are powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. To learn more about the specifications of the Honor Magic 5 and Magic Pro, check out our previous coverage of their global launch. Additionally, Honor has also launched a new Magic 5 Ultimate smartphone in China with a fresh design and some unique features.