Honor Magic 4 Pro Review: Excellent experience, all-round flagship

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Honor Magic 4 Pro

The Honor Magic4 series, as the high-end flagship of the Honor brand integrating cutting-edge technology, brings you three models: Magic4, Magic4 Pro and Magic4 Ultimate Edition. This time, I will take the Honor Magic4 Pro orange version as the key model for testing, and bring you a “visual” feast.

Honor Magic4 Pro Specs:

  • 6.81″ LTPO Screen, 460PPI
  • Snapdragon 8 mobile platform + LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1
  • 50MP+50MP+64MP Rear Cameras, 12MP Front Camera
  • 4600mAh Battery + 100W Wired Super Fast Charging
  • $900 – Check latest price on: AliExpress

Design: “The Eye of the Muse” for the beauty of symmetry and harmony

The reason why it is called a “visual” feast is inseparable from the design of the Honor Magic4 series. The Honor Magic4 Pro references a lot of the excellent design language of the previous generation in appearance, like seeing a familiar old friend. But in terms of body details, the Honor Magic4 Pro is more ingenious and attentive.

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The Honor Magic4 Pro continues the classic design language of the Honor Magic series, with a unique “Muse’s Eye” design on the back, and multiple main cameras in a symmetrical circular arrangement. The periscope telephoto lens is arranged in the middle, and the physical recess is used to gather the light in the camera module, so that the back panel is full of layers, giving people a noble and atmospheric feeling.

On the front of the fuselage, let’s not consider the specific parameters of the screen, and look at it from the perspective of design aesthetics and viewing. The Honor Magic4 Pro uses a super curved screen with a very shocking curvature. By converging the radian on both sides of the screen, it brings you an “unbounded” visual perception.

The frame of the fuselage is made of high-strength metal material, and the combination of the right curved surface design at the corners and the delicate rounded corners increases the comfort of holding it with one hand. All the function buttons and openings of the fuselage are all integrated into the frame, and the top frame is the infrared interface and the top speaker. The bottom frame is the SIM card slot, noise-cancelling microphone, Type-C charging interface, and stereo speakers.

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The Honor Magic4 Pro brings you a total of five colors, namely black, cyan, gold, white and orange. The first four are made of glass, transparent and lubricated. The orange is made of plain leather, showing an elegant and restrained high-end texture, and the delicate material also brings a completely different grip to everyone.

In addition, the Honor Magic4 Ultimate Edition brings you two colors of ceramic black and ceramic white respectively, and uses a special ceramic backplate. Thanks to the special manufacturing materials and complex manufacturing process, the ceramic body is more wear-resistant and less scratched than the metal and glass body, the hand feels more rounded and the appearance is beautiful, the texture is more delicate and the body texture is stronger.

The overall size of the Honor Magic4 Pro is larger than that of mainstream devices on the market, but the slender body makes it feel very good, making it easier to hold and operate with one hand.


Screen: Super curved screen for a wide field of view

In most cases, human interaction with a smartphone is ultimately on the screen. Therefore, to a certain extent, a good screen determines the real experience of using mobile phones.

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The Honor Magic4 Pro is equipped with a 6.81″ LTPO screen with a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, a peak maximum brightness of 1000nit, a screen resolution of 1312×2848, and a PPI 460. It supports 16K brightness adjustment to ensure that everyone can clearly see the content displayed on the screen even under strong light.

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Honor Magic4 Pro not only brings you excellent visual effects, but also pays great attention to the display. In order to pursue a more extreme display effect, it is equipped with an independent MEMC display chip. A higher frame rate is achieved through the frame insertion technology, which greatly enhances the dynamic display range of the video and matches the 1.07 billion color display. Supports 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, which can easily render scenes in large games and videos.

The Honor Magic4 Pro not only has excellent color, but also brings 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming function to the LTPO screen for the first time in the industry. This time, the Honor Magic4 Pro adopts the new LTPO screen type, which can smart adjust the optimal dynamic screen refresh rate in 1-120Hz according to your usage habits and usage scenarios. With 1920Hz high frequency PWM dimming, it can achieve lower stroboscopic performance in low brightness scenes.

A good screen is still not enough to achieve the most refined screen refresh. Honor Magic4 Pro also uses the self-developed MotionSync technology for the first time. The mobile phone can adjust the screen refresh rate in real time, quickly and intelligently according to the animation rendering speed of different scenes and the finger touch operation, which can save power and protect the eyes while ensuring the normal refresh rate of the screen. From the test of the screen refresh rate, the LTPO screen used by the Honor Magic4 Pro is more intelligent than the previous generation, the screen display is very smooth and smooth, and the strobe is well controlled.


Photography: Multi-main camera calculation photography, clearer shooting at all focal lengths

The importance of the imaging system as the main field of competition for mobile phone manufacturers can be imagined. The hardware system and software optimization of the Honor Magic4 Pro have been comprehensively improved, not only retaining the excellent periscope telephoto lens and 8×8 TOF laser focusing system of the previous generation, but also adding a Flicker sensor.

In terms of hardware, the Honor Magic4 Pro is equipped with a 1/1.56-inch large bottom 50MP wide-angle main camera, a 1/2.5-inch large bottom 50MP ultra-wide-angle main camera that supports 122° ultra-wide viewing angle, 2.5cm macro function and a 64MP periscope telephoto camera. The periscope telephoto camera supports 3.5X optical zoom, 10X hybrid zoom, 100X digital zoom and has OIS optical image stabilization and EIS electronic dual image stabilization. The main camera can be integrated with computational photography technology to fully unleash the potential of each camera.

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The performance of the Honor Magic 4 Pro in the double main camera is very good, whether it is detail or color reproduction, it shows the high level of its imaging capabilities. The details of the turret and the color of the sky/river are accurately restored. The color transition of the sky is natural, and the flowing clouds have not been optimized. The visual perception is very good. In order to improve the image quality so that the wide-angle main camera can have better performance, the Honor Magic4 Pro adopts a 7P high-spec lens, and the lens design adopts the highest TTL, which can greatly improve the image resolution of the center and edge of the lens, allowing everyone to Get more detailed photos as you shoot.

Telephoto lens 3.5X proofs

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Telephoto lens 10X proofs

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Telephoto lens 100X proofs

The performance of the Honor Magic4 Pro in 3.5X, 10X, and 100X telephoto is also very good, which can provide you with good shooting effects, showing the powerful ability of multi-main camera and telephoto fusion. Through the proofs, it is not difficult to see that the main colors of 3.5X and 10X are very pleasing, the details are very good, and the picture is very clear and has a certain sense of depth. And at 100X digital zoom, it can provide you with a very stable shooting experience. When we turn on the 100X zoom, we can experience telephoto multi-frame fusion, and you can easily shoot distant objects.

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Ultra wide-angle proofs

The performance of the Honor Magic4 Pro at the wide-angle end is even better. We can use the ultra-wide-angle and main camera fusion scheme to obtain a photo with a clearer center image and less distortion. Through the proofs, we can see that the Honor Magic4 Pro has a very broad field of view in terms of wide-angle field of view, and the details of objects are preserved to the greatest extent. There is no obvious stretching and smearing on the screen, and there is no obvious distortion around the photo. It can be said that the multi-main camera fusion solution solves the impact of the wide-angle lens on the picture.

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In terms of night scenes, the Honor Magic4 Pro is also amazing. The suppression of highlights is very good, and there is little overexposure when shooting scenes with lights, and the restoration of on-site light and shadow levels and the identification of colors are also in place. During the shooting process, the subject focuses quickly, the exposure is accurate, there is no obvious noise, and the clarity is very high. It is still very difficult to achieve undistorted night scene colors, mainly due to the addition of the Color Engine 2.0 color reproduction engine to the Honor Magic4 Pro. It can imitate the look and feel of the human eye at night to achieve color reproduction, helping everyone retain the “sense of atmosphere” when shooting.

In terms of front camera, the Honor Magic4 Pro is equipped with a 12MP ultra-wide-angle front camera, which supports 100° ultra-wide viewing angle selfies and 4K selfie videos. We can see the makeup details of the face and the patterns on the clothes are clearly visible through the proofs. In addition, the skin color of the portrait has also been strengthened, the complexion is more ruddy and white, and the facial features are also prominent, making the face look more three-dimensional.

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3D LUTs Tone Templates

In order to make it more convenient for everyone to shoot video, the Honor Magic4 Pro is equipped with HONOR Image Engine, Color Engine 2.0, 4K 60fps 10bit-log movie mode. You can not only experience the high-definition picture quality brought by 4K, but also feel the smoothness of 60 frames and the unique color of 10bit. In order to satisfy more professional users, the innovative Magic-Log has also been added, which can retain a wider color and dynamic range to the greatest extent, leaving more space for post-grading. Of course, in order to save the tedious color matching steps in the later stage, we can also use the 3D LUTs tone template jointly developed by Honor and Hollywood, which can map and transform according to the color of the original material, bringing you movie-like color performance.

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The camera of Honor Magic4 Pro is one aspect. In order to meet the needs of everyone for single-person shooting, Honor also brings you the Honor Earbuds 3 Pro tws earbuds, which can wirelessly receive audio through AI bone voiceprint, which can effectively remove ambient noise and wind noise and improve shooting quality.


Game: Flagship chip + Turbo boost, high-quality gaming experience

Honor Magic4 Pro, as a high-end flagship, is not enough to have a high-quality appearance and a powerful imaging system. The performance and heat dissipation can show a high level of “tuning”. The hardware configuration of Honor Magic4 Pro is a new generation of Snapdragon 8 mobile platform + LPDDR5 + UFS 3.1 configuration combination, which is currently the top of the Android mobile phone camp. Combined with GPU Turbo X and AI super rendering technology, it can achieve high performance and low power consumption. Next, I will show you the true level of Honor Magic4 Pro through actual game measurement and temperature sampling.

Through the data recorded by professional performance testing software, it is not difficult to see that in the full frame 60Hz “Genshin Impact” game, the Honor Magic4 Pro can run stably at an average frame rate of 56.9 frames. The frame rate fluctuation is small, there is no significant frame drop and frequency reduction, and it can achieve full frame stable operation in the first three minutes.

In the “Honor of King” game with a full frame of 120 frames, the average frame rate of the Honor Magic4 Pro game for 30 minutes is 114.8 frames, which is almost full frame operation. And there is no frame drop or freeze during the game (the frame rate in the picture fluctuates greatly because the game is loaded). During the game, thanks to the 120Hz high refresh screen, the operation is smoother, and the screen display has almost no latency. Coupled with the optimization for game shooting mobile games, the game experience is very good.

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During the game, we can also wear the Honor Earbuds 3 Pro wireless bluetooth earphones, the sound effect is very shocking during the battle, creating a 3D stereo sound quality performance. With AI smart noise reduction and AI wind noise optimization, the maximum noise reduction depth is 46dB. When you take the bus or subway, you can eliminate the influence of the surrounding noisy environment and be more immersed in the game.

In terms of heat dissipation, the Honor Magic4 Pro is not only equipped with the third-generation graphene technology, but also has a newly designed ultra-thin VC liquid cooling system, which can achieve precise temperature control and rapid heat dissipation. It is worth mentioning that the Honor Magic4 Pro has been upgraded for graphene material and adopts a 3D unequal thickness design, so that the total heat dissipation area reaches 20000+mm2.

By comparing the temperature before and after the game, I found that after running the “Genshin Impact” game for 30 minutes, the highest temperature of the fuselage of the Honor Magic4 Pro was 44.1°C, which was 10.8°C higher than that before the game. After running the “Honor of King” game for 30 minutes, the maximum temperature of the fuselage was 44°C, which was 12.8°C higher than that before the game. The overall heat dissipation speed and temperature control effect of the fuselage are very good, which can conduct heat to the outside of the fuselage in time, greatly improving our gaming experience.


Battery Life: Large battery + 100W fast charge

As a tool for our daily work and life, smartphones often have very high requirements for battery life. Although LTPO and other functions have been added to solve the problem of short battery life, it cannot fundamentally solve the battery life problem of mobile phones. This time, the Honor Magic4 Pro uses a 4600mAh battery with 100W wired super fast charging, which can greatly improve the daily charging efficiency. In this regard, we conducted 5 hours of battery life and fast charging tests respectively.

The battery life of the Honor Magic4 Pro is still very strong, and the daily power optimization is very good. After 5 hours of heavy endurance test, the battery of the fuselage still has 42% of power remaining. The power consumption is the highest during the game test, and the rest of the test items are within the normal range. In the Taobao browsing test project, the performance is the best. In general, the 4600mAh battery on the Honor Magic4 Pro can satisfy everyone’s performance for a day of heavy use.

The Honor Magic4 Pro can charge the phone from 1% to 26% in just 5 minutes, and it has the ability to provide you with short-term fast charging. After that, it is incremented by 20% every 5 minutes, and finally the phone can be fully charged in 30 minutes. In order to achieve 100W charging power, Honor redesigned the battery scheme for Magic4 Pro, using a single-cell dual-circuit three-electrode design. It can not only increase the battery capacity on the original battery volume, but also increase the battery life equivalent, with better stability and longer cycle life.


Conclusion:

The above is the entire content of the Honor Magic4 Pro review. On the whole, the advantages of the Honor Magic4 Pro model are very obvious, and the image and performance have been comprehensively improved compared to the previous generation. For example, the telephoto system gradually abandoned by mainstream flagships is still well preserved in the Honor Magic4 series. In terms of performance, the Honor Magic4 Pro is not inferior to any high-end mobile phone products on the market with its excellent hardware and software optimization. In terms of product power, the Honor Magic4 Pro still has many advantages.


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