The former Huawei subsidiary Honor has unveiled the new flagship smartphone series Honor Magic3, which includes a whole three models. With the Magic3, Magic3 Pro, and Magic3 Pro+, the company blows an attack on the smartphone throne.
The technology of the Honor Magic3 series
After the Honor 50 series in the upper mid-range, the company has now unveiled its new flagships with the Magic3 family in a livestream. The design and features of the three models are largely the same, but there are a few exciting differences in the technology.
The Honor Magic3 & Honor Magic 3 Pro rely on a 6.76-inch OLED display that is curved to 89 degrees to the sides. This is the most curved display in the world so far. A frame rate of 120 Hz is also offered, while the screen can display the entire DCI-P3 color space including 1.07 billion colors. The HDR10+ standard is also supported.
The brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC is supposed to provide the best possible performance for the Magic3 Pro and Magic 3 Pro+. Its ARM Cortex-X1 processor core works about 5.6% faster than the regular Snapdragon 888. AI calculations are even supposed to be performed about 20% faster. Honor also speaks of a 12.6% faster computing performance than Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro. The standard model Honor Magic3, however, still uses the Snapdragon 888.
Even in terms of gaming performance, the iPhone 12 Pro is supposed to be surpassed according to the manufacturer. In Genshin Impact, Honor speaks of an 11 percent higher frame rate. At the same time, the models of the Honor Magic3 series are supposed to be characterized by longevity: After three years of use, the performance should only decrease by 3.8 percent according to Honor – compared to 36.6 percent for average Android smartphones.
The Honor Magic3 series is water- and dust-resistant according to IP68 and can withstand water depths of up to one and a half meters for up to 30 minutes. The manufacturer only waives the certification for the standard model.
The battery of all three models has a capacity of 4,600 mAh, and it can be charged via USB-C with up to 66 watts or wirelessly with a maximum of 50 watts. Wireless Reverse Charging is also offered in the Pro variants. The Honor Magic3 comes with Magic UI 5.0 based on Android 11.
Taking the lead with an impressive camera setup?
Honor wants to attract more customers with a high-quality camera setup. A 50 megapixel main camera (f/1.9) is offered, which relies on a 1/1.56 inch Sony IMX766 sensor. In addition, there is a 64 MP monochrome camera (f/1.8), a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2) and a laser autofocus.
The Honor Magic3 Pro also has a ToF sensor and a 64 MP telephoto camera (f/3.5) including a periscope zoom with optical image stabilization and a 1/2 inch sensor. It provides 3.5x optical magnification, and even 100x digital zoom is possible.
An ultra-wide-angle front camera (f/2.4 aperture, 100° lens) sits on the front, as well as a 3D depth camera that should enable secure unlocking via facial recognition. The front camera in the punch hole is also supposed to be able to take strong portrait photos even in low-light conditions.
Even better photos: The Honor Magic3 Pro+
On the top-of-the-line Magic3 Pro+, the camera setup is even more impressive. The main camera relies on the larger Sony IMX700 sensor in a 1/1.28-inch sensor complete with optical image stabilization (OIS). Furthermore, the device is equipped with an additional sensor that is supposed to guarantee the most accurate white balance possible. The ultra-wide-angle camera will feature a 64 MP sensor in 1/2 inch format, allowing for an even wider angle of view than the Magic3 Pro (126 degrees).
The Magic3 Pro+ relies on a ceramic back and a display with “Nano Crystal” coating. This should make the flagship much more scratch-resistant and even withstand drops from greater heights without any problems.
Prices and Availability
The Honor Magic3 will be offered with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage for an MSRP of €899.00. Color options include Golden Hour and Blue Hour in synthetic leather, as well as Black and White.
The Honor Magic3 Pro (8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage) starts at an MSRP of € 1,099.00 in the colors Golden Hour, Black and White. The Honor Magic3 Pro+, on the other hand, is considerably more expensive with an MSRP of €1,409.00. You can choose between the colors Ceramic Black and Ceramic White. The device will initially be released in China, but the manufacturer has not yet announced a market launch in Germany.