HONOR announced the Magic 4 series back in February 2022, and now it’s finally launching the premium Magic 4 Pro in the global markets with a price tag to match. HONOR was originally introduced as a sub-brand by HUAWEI to launch smartphones that were aimed at the affordable phone market. But, the company is no longer restricting itself to the budget market and is now dipping its toes into the flagship segment with the launch of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro in the UK, followed by the key regions in Europe.
Even though the Magic 4 Pro is HONOR’s first-ever global flagship, the company is not cutting corners anywhere. Living up to its premium status, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. The smartphone comes with a minimum of 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. It runs on Magic UI 6.0 (based on Android 12), which offers a range of intelligent features that are optimized for smart life experiences.
On the front, the smartphone comes with a 6.81-inch LTPO OLED panel that supports refresh rates up to 120Hz (which can go down all the way to 1Hz when not in use). The display has a peak brightness of 1,000 nits and comes with a 2,848 x 1,312 pixels resolution and 460 PPI. Like other flagship smartphones in this price range, there is support for HDR 10+ content as well.
The triple-camera system on the back is arguably the highlight of the Magic 4 Pro. This setup includes a 50MP primary camera, a 50MP ultra-wide with a 122-degree FoV, and a 64MP telephoto lens that supports up to 3.5x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom. There are two extra sensors, a flicker sensor and an 8×8 dTOF laser focusing sensor, on the back as well.
All the three camera sensors of the Magic 4 Pro support Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography technology that allows the smartphone to produce high-definition images in stunning clarity, even when shot from afar. In addition, it also supports Dual Chain Computational Photography and Videography Algorithm, which allows the smartphone to capture truly high-quality images while shooting videos.
Another key highlight of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is its battery. The smartphone comes with a 4,600 mAh cell, which isn’t extraordinary. The thing that makes this battery stand out is the support for HONOR’s proprietary SuperCharge technology. Thanks to this technology, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro supports 100W wired charging and 100W wireless charging. HONOR says the 100W fast charging should charge the smartphone from 0% to 100% in just about 30 minutes, whereas 100W wireless charging can provide a 50% charge in just 15 minutes.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro: Price and Release Date
HONOR Magic 4 Pro has been priced at £950/€1,100. Pre-orders for the Magic 4 Pro go live on 13 May 2022 in the UK. The smartphone will go on sale in the rest of Europe a little later. If you place an order before the 26th of this month, you will receive a special-pre-order bundle worth £324 free of cost. This special bundle includes the all-new HONOR Watch GS 3, a wireless charging dock, and some official cases. If you’re in the UK, you can also take advantage of the Three UK offer, allowing you to get a cashback of up to £250.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro
Pre-order now and get Watch GS 3, 100W wireless charger, and more for free!
HONOR Magic 4 Pro is the latest flagship smartphone from the company. It comes with all the high-end specs, including Snapdragon 8 Gen1, 50MP triple-camera, and 100W wired and wireless charging. Pre-order the HONOR Magic 4 Pro now and get Watch GS 3, 100W wireless charger, official cases, and more for £0!
HONOR Magic 4 Pro Specs
|Category||HONOR Magic 4 Pro|
|Display||6.81-inch, Quad-curved LTPO OLED, 120Hz, 2,848 x 1,312 pixels|
|Processor||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1|
|Memory||8/12 GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||256/512 GB (UFS 3.1)|
|Rear Cameras||– Primary: 50MP, f/1.8, wide-angle
– Ultra-wide: 50MP, f/2.2, 122-degree FoV
– Periscope Telephoto: 64MP, f/3.5, 3.5x optical zoom, 100x digital zoom
– 8×8 dTOF Laser Focusing System
|Security||Pin, Pattern, Password, Under-display fingerprint sensor, Face unlock|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, No Headphone Jack|
|Operating System||Magic UI 6 (Android 12)|
|Colors||Black, white, cyan, gold, orange (vegan leather)|
|Dimensions||163.6 x 74.7 x 9.15mm|
How does HONOR Magic 4 Pro stack up against the competition?
HONOR Magic 4 Pro is not cheap. At a price of £950, you can get flagships and premium devices from brands like Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, and even Google. While we’ll recommend you to wait for our review of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro for a final verdict on the device. But until then, let’s see how it compares to the other notable flagships in the market.
Like all the other flagship devices in this price range, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro offers a great viewing experience. Its 6.81-inch OLED panel supports an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate. This means the display’s refresh rate can go down as low as 1Hz when it’s not in use thus preserving the battery. In addition to offering high-refresh-rate, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is the first smartphone to offer a PWM of 1920Hz. This technology minimizes the strain on the eyes and provides a comfortable viewing experience, even in low-light environments.
To make sure that everything looks smooth and bright, HONOR has added a dedicated display chipset to the Magic 4 Pro. This MEMC chipset upgrades all the SDR videos to HDR video in real-time and converts low frame-rate videos to a higher frame rate. While other flagship smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus and the iPhone 13 Pro, offer a 120Hz refresh rate, no other flagship smartphone offers a dedicated chipset to upgrade the video refresh rate. This gives the HONOR Magic 4 Pro a slight edge over the other flagships.
Moving on to the camera, all the smartphones in this price range offer a great camera experience. Going against the likes of Samsung and Apple (and now OnePlus too) in this department, HONOR has decided to go with a triple-camera setup that contains a 50MP wide-angle camera, a 50MP ultra-wide camera, and a 64MP periscope telephoto sensor that is capable of up to 3.5x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom.
What makes the Magic 4 Pro stand out in comparison to its competition is the array of sensors it carries on the back and the front. While the rear camera module comes with a dTOF sensor (that enables quick autofocus) and a flicker sensor (that reduces flickers while taking photos), the front-facing camera has a 3D depth camera next to it. While the other Android flagships make use of just the selfie camera for face unlock, the 3D depth sensor makes the face unlock feature even more secure.
The camera specifications of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro sound good on paper. Based on our past experience with HONOR flagships, we expect the Magic 4 Pro to perform excellently in the camera department. However, we would still recommend you to wait for our full review of the device to see how the camera fares in real life.
Like every other Android flagship device in this segment, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro also comes with a powerful chipset. The Magic 4 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is a 4nm node process-based octa-core chipset with one ARM Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3GHz, three ARM Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 clocked at 1.8 MHz.
However, as we all have come to know, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has overheating issues. This is one of the reasons why many OEMs have had to throttle apps on their phones to keep the temperate low. To avoid such a situation, HONOR has added a special cooling system to the Magic 4 Pro that uses graphene, liquid cooling, and AI to dissipate the heat.
In addition to using a powerful cooling system, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro also uses a dedicated GPU Turbo X chipset. This chipset allows the smartphone to retain high-quality visuals on-screen whilst lowering energy consumption simultaneously. Barring Apple’s A15 Bionic chip-powered iPhone 13 models (which has become the gold standard of performance in smartphones), you’ll probably get the same performance on the Magic 4 Pro as all the other Android flagships powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. The improved GPU and cooling system might give HONOR an edge, though.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro beats all the other flagship smartphones, hands down, when it comes to the battery. Although the smartphone comes with a smaller battery of 4,600 mAh than the OnePlus 10 Pro’s 5,000 mAh cell, HONOR has added support for its SuperCharge technology. This technology enables the HONOR Magic 4 Pro to support both 100W wired and 100W wireless charging.
While the OnePlus 10 Pro offers 80W fast charging, none of the other flagship smartphones, including the Pixel 6 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro, or the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, come close in charging speeds. HONOR says the 100W wired charging can fill the smartphone from 0% to 100% in just about 30 minutes, whereas 100W wireless charging can provide a 50% charge in just 15 minutes.
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Ring Alarm 8-piece kit
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HUAWEI unveiled its next-generation foldable device, the Mate Xs 2, recently. The new foldable from HUAWEI comes with a different form factor than the currently available foldables on the market — it comes with an outward folding display. The Mate Xs 2 packs a lot of features and is certainly a worthy competitor to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and OPPO Find N. For those looking for a new foldable device with a great screen, premium material, and pro-grade cameras, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is an excellent option. Read along and learn everything about the new foldable from HUAWEI.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Display and Design
Most of the foldables available in the market right now look the same. They feature a small cover screen on the outside with a foldable screen inside. The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is a breath of fresh air as it brings a form factor that is not seen very often in the foldable market. The Mate Xs 2 sports an outward folding display just like its predecessor — which our own Roland thinks is not a very a wise choice.
Talking about the display, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 features a 6.5-inch OLED display that can be unfolded into a 7.8-inch display. The display features a 2480×2200 pixels resolution and supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The pixel density is also very high at 424 PPI. HUAWEI says it has added an Anti-reflection Nano Optical Layer on top that keeps the view clear, even in direct sunlight. When unfolded, the Mate Xs 2 is only 5.4mm thick. It is also one of the lightest foldable available, coming in at only 255g.
One of the concerns of the foldables with an outward folding display is that the screen that folds towards the back of the phone is exposed. This raises a lot of concern as the screen can pick up a lot of scratches. HUAWEI has, however, addressed this concern and is bundling in a protective case in the box with the foldable that covers the ‘back side’ of the screen when it’s folded. When the screen is folded with the case on, you can use the Mate Xs 2 just like any normal Android smartphone. But when you want to use full-screen real estate, you can remove the case and unfold the display.
HUAWEI says that the Xs 2 features an all-new Falcon Wing Hinge. This new mechanism allows the foldable to achieve perfect alignment between the display and hinge, all while improving the durability of the device. The company claims that the Mate Xs 2 is 2.5 times better in terms of drop resistance and 2.8 times better in terms of impact resistance than the last generation Xs. The company says it has been possible thanks to the new hinge mechanism and the advanced MIM steel used to build it.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Cameras
Moving onto the cameras, the Mate Xs 2 features a triple-camera setup on the back. This setup includes a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens with 120-degree FoV, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The punch-hole cutout in the front houses the smartphone’s 10.7MP selfie camera. Like HUAWEI’s recent flagship smartphones, the Mate Xs 2 also supports HUAWEI XD Optics technology. HUAWEI says this technology enables the cameras to take in more light, all while improving the level of detail.
Thanks to the foldable featuring an outward folding display, you can use the main cameras of the foldable (in folded mode) to take accurate portrait selfies. The 8MP telephoto lens enables 3x optical zoom, so you can move closer to the object without losing any detail.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Processor, Battery, and Software
Despite being a mid-2022 flagship foldable, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 4G processor instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 888 is, still, a powerful octa-core chipset that features one ARM Cortex-X1 Kryo Prime core clocked at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.42GHzm, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
Though the Snapdragon 888 will be able to handle all the day-to-day tasks easily, the only downside of this chipset is that it doesn’t support 5G networks. HUAWEI has, however, tried to compensate for the lack of 5G by improving the Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. The Mate Xs 2 is the first smartphone to support tri-band Wi-Fi.
Backing the Mate Xs 2 is a big 4600 mAh battery cell that supports HUAWEI’s 66W SuperCharge technology. The company claims that HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 can be charged from 0-90% in just under 30 minutes. In addition, HUAWEI has added a Graphene Liquid Cooling System to keep the brain of the smartphone running cool. There’s no support for wireless charging, though.
The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 runs on a specialized version of EMUI 12, which is based on Google’s latest Android 12 operating system. The icons, display, and text adjust automatically when you unfold the screen. Thanks to the big 7.8-inch display, you can also see up to 12 people at once during a video call on the Mate Xs 2. EMUI 12 also enables smart interactions such as split-screen, multi-window, and floating app windows. Like the other HUAWEI devices, no Google apps are present onboard.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Price, Colors, and Availability
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 was unveiled in China last month. The company has since confirmed that the device will be available in the international markets starting next month, i.e., June. However, unlike China, where the company launched three variants of the foldable, HUAWEI is bringing only one variant to the global markets.
In Europe, only the 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage variant will be sold. It will retail at a steep price of €1999 (~£1,700). This is much lower than the price at which Mate X2 was introduced but still higher than the price of Samsung’s foldables (which are available at a price of ~£1,500). The foldable will be available in three colors: White, Black, and Violet.
|Variant||Price (China)||Price (GBP/EUR)|
What’s in the box?
HUAWEI is one of the few rare companies that still includes some essential accessories, tools, and guides in the box. In addition to the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 itself, the box comes with a USB Type-C Cable, 66W fast charger, SIM ejection tool, quick start guide, an official case, and a protective film that is pre-applied on the foldable.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2
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Mate Xs 2 is the latest foldable from HUAWEI. It builds on the legacy that Mate X2 left, and comes with a big 7.8-inch outward-folding OLED display. Other features include a 4,600 mAh battery, 66W charging, 50MP camera sensor, and Android 12. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.
HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 Specs
|Category||HUAWEI Mate Xs 2|
|Display||– Unfolded: 7.8-inches (2480 x 2200 Pixels)
– Folded: 6.5-inches (2480 x 1176 Pixels)
|Display Features||Foldable OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 424 PPI|
|Processor||Snapdragon 888 4G|
|Expandable Storage||Yes, up to 256 GB (Nano Memory)|
|Rear Cameras||– Primary: 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF, Laser AF
– Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom
– Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree FoV
|Front Camera||10.7 MP, f/2.2|
|Video Modes||4K @ 30 fps, 1080p HD @ 30/60/120/240/960 fps|
|Security||Pin, Pattern, Password, Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, LTE (No 5G), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2|
|Ports||USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Operating System||EMUI 12 (Android 12)|
|Colors||White, Black, Violet|
|Dimensions||– Unfolded: 156.5 x 139.3 x 5.4 mm
– Folded: 156.5 x 75.5 x 11.1 mm
|Release date||April 28, 2022|
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