[REVIEW] HONOR Magic5 Pro – Magical Camera

The HONOR Magic5 Pro has received high praise from DxOMark for its exceptional camera and impressive display. Does it live as claimed by DxOMark?

Before you continue with the written review, you can check out my first impression of the HONOR Magic5 Pro FastView video:

HONOR Magic5 Pro Specification

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 740
  • Memory: 12GB LPDDR5X
  • Storage: 512GB UFS 4.0
  • Display: 6.81-inch AMOLED, LTPO 2.0 (1Hz ~ 120Hz), 2,848 x 1,312, 1,800 nits Peak Brightness, HDR10+
  • Rear Camera: 50MP f/1.6, 1/1.12″, OIS, 50MP f/2.0 Ultrawide, 50MP f/3.0 3.5x Optical Zoom OIS, 3D ToF
  • Front Camera: 12MP f/2.4, 3D ToF
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.2
  • OS: MagicOS 7.1 (Android 13)
  • Battery: 5,100 mAh @ 66W Wired HONOR SuperCharge | 50W Wireless Fast Charge | 10W Wireless Reverse Charge
  • Color: Meadow Green, Black
  • Dimension: 162.9 x 76.7 x 8.77mm @ 219g
  • PriceTBC (12GB+512GB)

Design

The first thing that caught my eye was the huge rear camera bump that protruded out with some curves wrapped around it. Personally, I love how the camera bump allows me to rest my index finger to add support while holding the phone in one hand. Plus the matte glass finishes not only add grips, it feels soft and premium to the touch.

HONOR Magic5 Pro Rear Glass

The device is designed beautifully symmetrical until it got ruined by the oddly positioned pill-shaped cutout notch on the top left corner. I wouldn’t mind moving it to the center and embracing the Dynamic Island design, at least it would look balanced.

“Floating Screen” which what’s HONOR called for its quad-curved display. It doesn’t only offer a better viewing experience but also more intuitive gesture navigation.

HONOR Magic5 Pro IR Blaster

There aren’t many flagships that feature an IR blaster and the HONOR Magic5 Pro is one of the gems. This can control a lot of home appliances that still use IR control for instant air conditioners, TVs, media decoders, and many more.

The HONOR Magic5 Pro is available in two color options; Meadow Green and Black. It also features IP68 water and dust resistance.

Display

HONOR Magic5 Pro LTPO 2.0

Featuring a beautiful 6.81-inch LTPO 2.0 display that boasts splendid 1,800 nits peak brightness and a sharp 2,848 x 1,312 resolution display. Offering an impressive 2,160Hz PWM dimming cycle rate that enabled a more natural transition between light and dark screens. The panel also features Circadian Night Display technology which dynamically changes the screen’s color temperature that reduces eye strain by 18%. It also helps you get better sleep at night.

I can’t testify whether it works but the display on the HONOR Magic5 Pro is indeed beautiful to look at and it could be one of the most beautiful mobile displays to date. Don’t just take my word, the benchmarking company DxOMark rated it as the best mobile display even ousting Apple and Samsung’s flagship.

Performance

Under the beautiful display is the latest yet most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, fabricated based on the 4nm TSMC process. Paired with the speedy 12GB LPDDR5x memory and lightning-fast UFS 4.0 storage.

For me to perform stress tests, I continuously ran 3 rounds of the same benchmarks test to see any significant heat generate that throttled the performance.

Overall, I would rate the HONOR Magic5 Pro’s performance as excellent with well-maintained temperature management and stutter-free on high graphics demanding gameplay like Asphalt 9: Legends and Genshin Impact.

The HONOR Magic5 Pro is also the first in the industry to have standalone Bluetooth / Wi-Fi antenna architecture. This helps to resolve the mutual interference between the two connections and boost Wi-Fi speed by up to 200% while reducing Wi-Fi latency.

Camera

Equipped with a triple 50MP rear camera system and equipped with interesting AI-assisted features; Milisecond Falcon Capture, AI Motion Sensing Capture, and Ultra Fusion Computational Optics.

HONOR Magic5 Pro Camera

The primary camera’s sensor is a custom 1/1.12-inch with a fast f/1.6 aperture lens and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). That’s 35% larger than what Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra have. We can expect better and more stable low-light shooting, be it photos or videos.

As for the 50MP ultrawide camera has a wide f/2.0 aperture and 122° angle. It even supports autofocus that also enabled shooting macro images.

The last camera on the back is a 50MP f/3.0 periscopic stabilized lens with 3.5x zoom. It’s also capable to shoot up to 10x hybrid zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. Compared with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G, the zoom capability is still far off especially when it’s pushed above 10x zoom.

The camera app is pretty straightforward with all the camera modes that you can switch between including Pro mode where you can control focal, focus, ISO, exposure, shutter speed, and white balance.

Coming to photo quality, I would say the camera is magnificent and can even turn a non-Pro into a Pro with the AI toggle enabled. It provides scene optimization and suggests which camera to use depending on the scenario. This means you can get great details, sharpness, and the right exposure whenever you hit the shutter button. Even in low-light scenarios, it is still able to produce accurate color and the noise is well-controlled.

What interested me most is the AI Motion Sensing which helps to take the perfect action shot without even pressing the shutter. Just point at the subject and the AI will do its magic.

In summary, the camera on the HONOR Magic5 Pro is as great as any modern point-and-shoot camera with a lot more to offer.

Here are some photos taken with the HONOR Magic5 Pro

For full resolution preview: GDrive

Battery Life & Charging

Keeping the lights on is a huge 5,100mAh battery that can easily last the whole day with about 20% to spare. If you are more conservative with battery use, you can get two days’ worth of battery life.

The HONOR Magic5 Pro supports HONOR’s proprietary quick charging; HONOR 66W Wired SuperCharge and 50W Wireless SuperCharge. By using the included 66W fast charger, it takes less than 1 hour to fully charge the device to 100% from flat.

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HONOR Magic5 Pro Review
  • Design
  • Built
  • Display
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery & Charging
4.7

Verdict

The HONOR Magic5 Pro is a well-packed flagship smartphone that offers great camera capability and performance.

Although HONOR is no longer part of HUAWEI, I can feel the shadows of HUAWEI’s best flagship in it. Especially the camera performance that reminded me of the HUAWEI Mate20 Pro that change the mobile photography landscape.

On the whole, the HONOR Magic5 Pro is a solid flagship smartphone that is worth considering if you are looking for a camera-centric smartphone.