Get Ready for the Magic: Honor’s Latest Smartphone Unveiled at MWC 2023

Honor's flagship brings a 50-megapixel camera and a sizable battery to hold up to anything you throw at it

Get Ready for the Magic: Honor’s Latest Smartphone Unveiled at MWC 2023
María López

María López

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The Mobile World Congress continues. One of the first manufacturers to present its new flagship has been Honor, with its Honor Magic 5 Pro. The terminal brings us the best of the brand and of course, the thing promises.

First impressions: the design

Starting with its design, we must say that we are facing a fairly large phone, but firm and well built. The back cover is built in glass and also has a fairly simple matte finish.

Particularly striking is its gigantic camera module, where Honor seems to have put a lot of effort. This arrangement of lenses can also be found in the latest releases of Honor, so it seems that they are building a recognizable brand image. The small curvature of the camera makes it look less clunky and somewhat softens the large portion it takes up of the back.

We also have back the curved edges, which in addition to being aesthetic, help to better grip the terminal. As for the screen, the Honor Magic 5 Pro mounts a fingerprint sensor integrated into it in the style of other smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy or Xiaomi. On the front, we find the 12-megapixel front camera and a 3D sensor that will serve for facial recognition.

The Honor Magic 5 Pro is iP68 certified, which is the highest degree of protection against liquids and particles that an electronic device can obtain today.

Its screen will give us less eye fatigue

One of the most important aspects of a terminal today is its screen. The panel is 6.81 inches with OLED technology and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which is already the norm for high-end devices. The brightness reaches 1,800 nits of maximum brightness, which means it should look good outdoors. Its resolution is QHD+, so we will have 2,848 x 1,312 pixels.

The display is also LTPO and has a 2,160 Hz PWM, which would greatly help to reduce eyestrain. PWM stands for Pulse Width Modulation, a technology found in all displays that modulates the signal to avoid distortion.

A brown beast on the inside

When gutting the Honor Magic 5 Pro, we see that it carries a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a processor that we will see a lot within the most premium range of Android. The new Samsung Galaxy S23 is one of the latest handsets to hit the market with this Snapdragon, so we have no doubt that this Magic 5 Pro will go like a real shot.

As for RAM, we will have two options to choose from, one of 12 GB and another of 8 GB. As if that were not enough, we will also be able to expand this amount with virtual 5 GB. For storage, we will have a 256 GB and a 512 GB model, but without the possibility of expansion (as has been usual in recent years).

Honor has managed to cram a sizable 5,100 mAH battery into this Magic 5 Pro and also includes a (necessary) 66 W fast charger. Of course, you can’t miss wireless charging, which in this case is 40 W. The terminal will allow you to charge other devices such as headphones or smarwatches in case you need it.

As expected, in terms of connectivity we’re pretty well covered: 5G, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 7 and its USB-C port will give you everything you need and more. On the software side, we find that the Honor Magic 5 Pro comes with Android 13 as standard (with the possibility of upgrading to Android 14) and Magic UI 7.1, which brings very interesting functionalities (such as gesture control).

Camera with “just” 50 megapixels

The megapixel trend is back stronger than ever. Honor joins the trend and mounts in its terminal a 50-megapixel sensor, both for the main camera, the telephoto and the wide angle.

Its main camera has a size of 1/1.12 inches, optical stabilization, f/1.6 aperture and focal equivalent to 23 mm. In addition, we also have a dTOF sensor to measure depth. While the sensor is not as large as the one found in the new Xiaomi 13 Pro, it does surpass that of its most direct rivals, the iPhone 14 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

María López

María López

Artist by vocation and technology lover. I have liked to tinker with all kinds of gadgets for as long as I can remember.

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