Now available in the UK, the Honor Magic4 Pro is a £949.99 high-end smartphone that competes squarely with the big brands at the top (official page).
This waterproof 6.81 inch smartphone (IP68) is very comfortable both to look at and to hold. That’s a definite “plus” for any handset, and Honor hasn’t skimped on costs, be it in design or luxurious materials.
The display has minimal bezels and is curved towards the edge, which is visually pleasing, although some people prefer a flatter edge. I agree with both, but you might have a preference.
The resolution of 2848×1312 is not the highest in the world but one that I think is very good and sufficient to satisfy any user. The brightness of 1000 NITs is impressive, and the 120Hz refresh rate makes scrolling “butter smooth”, as Google might say.
Powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, performance seems impeccable and this is probably the best Android hardware platform at this price point. Recently, MediaTek has come back strongly, but Qualcomm still has an edge in sheer performance. Keep an eye on these two because the competition is hot.
The 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage are acceptable but not particularly impressive. Many major OEMs are offering similar configurations at this price point, so this is the new “normal” in these times of supply chain troubles.
The camera hardware is fascinating: there are three high-resolution sensors with 50 (primary), 50 (ultrawide) and 64 (3.5X tele) megapixels. I’m very curious to analyze the image quality in more detail, but this is a solid camera hardware platform.
The last and most important thing to note is the 100W Uber fast charging of the 4600mAh battery. As we often say, 5000mAh is the current maximum capacity on the market and faster charging can more than make up for a slightly lower capacity.
Honor gives you an 80W charger in the box, while the competition can charge you $45 for a much slower charger. You can achieve a 50% charge in 15 minutes and a full charge in 30 minutes, making any deep battery drain a minor inconvenience rather than an emergency.
The phone ships with Android 12 and remember that Honor uses its Honor Magic UI 6 layer on top of Android. It’s not as slim as a “pure Android,” but I found it good, and Honor customers just get used to it. If you’re in transit, the learning curve is slight.
The Honor Magic4 Pro has everything you need to make great high-end phones: a sleek design, powerful camera specs, a fast processor, a great screen, and battery life.
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