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Honor Magic 4 series launches in Europe for the first time

Former Huawei subsidiary Honor has just announced the launch of its new flagship Magic 4 series smartphones. With the new devices, they want to fill the gap that Huawei has left in Europe and build on the success of the former parent company. The top model of the new series is the Honor Magic4 Pro, at least for the European market, but differs in some details from its sister model, the Honor Magic4, which is only slightly worse equipped. The devices both have a 6.8-inch AMOLED display based on LTPO, each of which delivers a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hertz.

However, the resolution is different with 2664×1224 pixels in the Honor Magic 4 and a minimum of 2848×1312 pixels in the Honor Magic 4 Pro. In addition, the panels each support HDR10+ and the DCI-P3 color space. With the Pro, however, the edges are slightly bent back on all four sides, with the normal version only left and right.

In addition, the Pro model has a special upscaling chip that can upscale low-resolution content and thus display it in higher quality. Another difference: only the Pro version has a Qualcomm 3D ultrasonic fingerprint reader installed below the display. The normal edition again uses an optical fingerprint reader below the panel surface.

High resolution cameras, many sensors

The cameras are the centerpiece of Honor’s new top smartphones. Both models each have a main camera with a resolution of 50 megapixels and an aperture of F/1.8, an ultra-wide-angle camera with 50 megapixels and an F/2.2 aperture, and a 122 degrees wide field of view.

The base model also has an 8-megapixel camera with a total of 5x optical zoom and optical image stabilization, while the Pro variant offers 3.5x optical zoom on its zoom camera but uses a 64-megapixel sensor with OIS. That Honor only wants to make the zoom camera shake-free with an image stabilizer is quite surprising given the configuration of the competing products.

The Magic 4 uses laser autofocus to focus, while the Magic 4 Pro combines a depth of field sensor with laser autofocus. The Honor Magic 4 has a single front camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels and an aperture of F/2.4. The same sensor is apparently also in the Honor Magic4 Pro, but moves from the center of the screen to the left edge and is complemented by a 3D depth sensor that should allow special effects for self-portraits and unlocking via 3D face unlock.

Qualcomm’s SoC under the hood

Thanks to the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, both models have more than enough computing power, because the eight-core high-end SoC clocks up to 2.99 gigahertz in these devices too. In Europe, Honor will initially only offer the two devices in variants with eight gigabytes of RAM and 256 GB of internal flash memory, although variants with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory would also be offered in other regions.

100 watts fast wireless charging

The new Honor top models not only broadcast via 5G but also via WiFi6, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.2. The USB Type-C port also supports USB 3.1 Gen1. The Magic 4 is powered by a 4800mAh battery, which can be charged quickly with a 66-watt power supply. The battery of the Magic 4 Pro is slightly smaller due to the integration of a wireless charging coil with 4600mAh. On the other hand, the more expensive model can also be supplied with 100 watts of power via cable and even wirelessly at 100 watts with an accompanying Honor charger.

Incidentally, only the Pro model is IP68 certified as waterproof and dustproof. The operating system on the Honor Magic 4 and Honor Magic 4 Pro is Android 12 in combination with Honor Magic UI 6.0. Honor mentioned a starting price of 899 and 1099 euros respectively at the introduction of the devices.