News update (April 13, 2023)
HONOR started shipping the Global Stable version of Magic OS 7.1 for the HONOR Magic 4 Pro just over a week ago. In addition to Android 13, the update also contains some new functions and raises the Android security patch to the level of March 2023.
According to the change report, the AI services have been improved. A new feature is a gaming manager that optimizes system resources in games. With HONOR Health, the connection to HONOR wearables has been visually refreshed.
In the area of data protection and security, the password manager has been improved in terms of data cloud synchronization. Finally, there are some accessibility improvements that affect HONOR Font and the Gallery.
News update (March 23, 2023)
Spring cleaning at HONOR! The HONOR Magic 4 Pro is currently available in the official hihonor.com store for an unbeatable EUR 689,91. Simply call up our coupon here and enter it in the shopping cart.
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News update (March 02, 2023)
HONOR has started distributing the beta version of Android 13-based Magic OS 7 to testers on time.
The beta update is currently only distributed to devices with the model number LGE-NX9.
News update (February 20, 2023)
The HONOR Magic 4 Pro (Global) is Magic OS 7 ready. Anyone who would like to test the new Android 13 operating system can now apply for the test via the My HONOR app.
The application deadline is February 28, 2023. The rollout of the beta update is scheduled to start on March 02nd.
Offer (November 09, 2022)
Black Friday is already a hot topic in the HONOR official store. At least there's a sneak peak at what's in store for us from November 15th to 30th. Almost all products will then be available at bargain prices. Among other things, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro, which will only cost 1099?7 euros instead of 9 euros (RRP).
We will only find out which number is hidden behind the question mark from November 15th. But it is already clear that a price of 7?9 euros will be a damn hot offer.
Black Friday at HONOR
News update (24 August 2022)
HONOR is the exclusive smartphone sponsor of Genshin Impact. Game fans can fully enjoy the new 3.0 update on the powerful hardware of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro.
If you want to get an idea of the smartphone and update 3.0, you can try both in the HoYoverse Experience Zone at Gamescom 2022.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro: design and finish
The design of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro creates a lot of conversation, which I was able to experience on a cozy evening among friends. The “Eye of the Muse,” as HONOR calls the pompous camera system on the back, doesn’t suit everyone’s taste. In the “cyan” housing color, the circular camera module stands out in contrast to the blue-green tone.
Especially those who prefer it simple will find the extravagant look of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro less appealing. On the other hand, there are also many voices that celebrate the camera hill precisely because of its lens-like aesthetic. Design is just a matter of taste!
Chic mirror effect, but also prone to fingerprints.
Aside from the looks, the camera hill has a practical use. Because the camera module was placed in the center, the smartphone lies fairly stable on the back without annoyingly rocking back and forth when typing. Smartphones with a camera module arranged on the side rarely achieve this.
In addition to the color "Cyan", the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is also available in the simpler "Black". The colors “White”, “Gold” and “Orange” available in other countries have not yet made it to us. The front and back of the smartphone are made of aluminosilicate glass, which is highly resistant to breakage and scratches.
HONOR does not make public the production from which the glass comes. The most common manufacturer is Corning with its Gorilla Glass. Since the brand name is not mentioned, it can be assumed that a manufacturer other than Corning was chosen.
The speaker is in the middle, a microphone and the IR blaster on the right.
There is a metal housing frame between the “aluminosilicate glass sandwich”. Despite being 9,15 mm thick, the 215 g smartphone appears pleasantly slim. The reason for this is the curved edges of the front and back, which almost merge with the metal frame and, in combination, ensure an extremely pleasant feel. The transitions between the layers are hardly noticeable at all.
By the way, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro has an IP68 certification. The protection class defines that the smartphone is dustproof but also completely waterproof.
A high-quality metal frame.
All control buttons are on the right side and are easy to reach there. The dual SIM slot is at the bottom, next to the USB-C socket (3.1) in the middle and the microphone next to it. There is space for two Nano SIM cards in the SIM tray. It is not possible to expand the memory with a microSD card.
A speaker output on the left, USB-C in the middle, then a microphone and finally the SIM slot
Loudspeaker outputs are located at the top and bottom. Another microphone and an infrared transmitter adorn the upper frame section, with which the HONOR Magic 4 Pro can be used as a remote control for TV devices. The appropriate app for this is already pre-installed.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro: Screen
The first hardware highlight of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is the display. We are dealing here with a 120 Hz LTPO-OLED panel that works with a 10-bit color depth, has an (unusual) resolution of 2848 x 1312 pixels and also supports numerous functions such as HDR10+, MEMC and 1920 Hz PWM dimming.
The 6,81" display of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is almost borderless.
Screen refresh rate
But one after anonther. By using an LTPO back panel, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is able to dynamically adjust the screen refresh rate between 1 Hz and 120 Hz. How the smartphone behaves can be determined in the settings. There are a total of 4 modes to choose from. In addition to Standard (60 Hz), Medium (90 Hz) and High (120 Hz), there is a dynamic mode (1 Hz - 120 Hz), after which the smartphone automatically sets the screen refresh rate.
In the case of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro, the dynamic mode still needs some fine-tuning. In many apps and even within the user interface, the smartphone chooses a screen refresh rate that is too low, which in turn results in unsightly trailing effects.
Smart screen resolution
In addition to the screen refresh rate, the smartphone can also intelligently control the screen resolution. You can choose between High (2848 x 1312), Standard (2492 x 1148) and Low (2136 x 984) modes. If you activate the intelligent control, the resolution is automatically adjusted between the existing modes.
Unlike dynamic screen refresh rate, intelligent screen resolution control works more reliably. There were no problems with the layout and image sharpness that can occur with the automatic switch in the test.
Automatic screen refresh rate
Smart screen resolution
With a diagonal of 6,81", the HONOR Magic 4 Pro offers an enormous display area. However, it is a curved display, which is particularly visually noticeable due to its barely-there display edges. The optimally usable area is due to the strong curvature However, the display edges are smaller.
In applications where elements are placed on the edge, a curved display can also have significant disadvantages. Under certain circumstances, unwanted inputs may occur when you change your grip on the display, or visibility may be impaired.
Despite the comparatively strong curvature, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is hardly susceptible to incorrect inputs. However, visibility towards the edges is slightly impaired. Depending on the viewing angle, you can then see a colored stripe or shadow.
This had a particularly disadvantageous effect in the mobile game "Diablo Immortal", where the XP bar placed on the edge was, so to speak, lost in the curvature. Due to the design, this fact applies to every smartphone with a curved display, so it cannot be chalked up as a disadvantage to the HONOR Magic 4 Pro.
The maximum brightness of the display reaches up to 1000 nits. Automatic brightness adjustment is fast and accurate. The display is easy to read outdoors, especially in bright ambient light. At the lowest brightness level, the brightness is reduced to less than 5 nits.
The 1920 Hz PWM dimming of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is useful. Especially when the screen brightness is low, many displays from other manufacturers work with a low frequency, which can unknowingly lead to headaches when viewed for a long time. The high 1920 Hz frequency of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro counteracts flickering even with low display brightness.
Frame rate booster
The spec sheet lists a number of different certifications and image enhancers for the HONOR Magic 4 Pro. Among other things, the smartphone supports HDR10+, so that it is possible to play HDR content, for example via Netflix. There is also a "video optimizer" that converts SDR content into HDR and a "frame rate booster" (MEMC) can be found in the settings that makes content appear clearer and smoother.
An AoD is a must-have on a smartphone with an OLED display. The AoD of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro can be extensively configured and personalized in the settings. Whether and when the AoD is displayed is configurable by schedule, incoming notification or touch.
Tap, Schedule, All Day
Numerous digital and analog design templates are pre-installed for an individual look. Additional templates are available for download from an integrated shop. Most of the templates are free.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro: performance and features
Like most flagship smartphones of 2022, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 mobile platform. The chip is manufactured using the efficient 4nm process and has, among other things, an eight-core CPU that is divided into three clusters. First up is a Cortex-X2 main core clocked at up to 3 GHz, supported by three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.5 GHz and four Cortex-A510 cores at 1.8 GHz. The Adreno 730 GPU takes care of graphics-intensive tasks.
The memory is generous with 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS3.1 data storage, so you can overlook the lack of memory expansion options. In Europe, the smartphone was only released in this one memory variant. In other regions, the smartphone is also available with 12+256GB and 12+512GB.
Diablo Immortal runs first cream with it!
The performance of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro leaves nothing to be desired. In benchmarks such as AnTuTu (981.000 points) or PCMark (13.973), the smartphone leaves many other competitors with similar equipment behind. For us, however, the everyday performance is more meaningful.
The smartphone is powerful in everyday use. It can handle current apps and games without any problems. The fast and plentiful memory has a positive effect on the loading times, so that apps are loaded or opened without delays. Unfortunately, apps are not kept in memory for too long. HONOR's Magic UI is pretty strict when it comes to resource allocation. Switching between applications is quick and doesn't make the smartphone sweat.
The HONOR Magic 4 Pro also shows its strengths in mobile games. Current titles like Diablo Immortal or PUBG can be played smoothly even under high graphics settings. The frame rate is constant most of the time. However, after a longer gaming session, the back becomes noticeably warm and frame rate spikes can occur. A stress test under full load shows after just 10 minutes that the performance is reduced to 77 percent of the maximum performance due to heat. So-called “thermal throttling” is a problem that all smartphones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 suffer from to a greater or lesser extent.
HONOR promises at least two major Android version updates and at least four years of monthly security updates for its Magic series. Other manufacturers such as Samsung or Xiaomi are already a step ahead and promise four or three major Android updates for their flagship devices.
With the start of sales in May, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro was delivered with Magic UI 6 based on Android 12. According to HONOR's update policy, the line will probably be drawn with Android 14. According to HONOR CEO George Zhao, the next version update to Magic UI 7 or Android 13 is already in the works. However, a specific release date has not yet been announced.
Quick Launch toolbar
The Magic UI 6 user interface in itself appears clear and orderly. Features are plentiful, although manufacturers like Samsung have a little more to offer with their own user interfaces. The focus of Magic UI 6 on security and privacy was good.
Apps can be locked using a PIN, there is a password-protected vault for photos, videos and other files, and there is the "PrivateSpace" function, which creates a separate area next to the actual interface. The whole thing is implemented securely by the Dual TEE Security OS, which HONOR developed in collaboration with Qualcomm.
The HONOR Search was a bit annoying as it popped up every time you swiped from top to bottom. In addition, app cloning could have been expanded further. Although there is the “App Twin” function, only a few apps can be cloned, such as Facebook or WhatsApp.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro Firmware Updates
- Magic UI 22.214.171.124 (August 2022 | Security Patch August 2022)
- performance Tuning
- Third party apps optimization
- Improved system stability
- Magic UI 126.96.36.199 (August 2022)
- Magic UI 188.8.131.52 (July 2022 | Security Patch July 2022)
- Link to windows
- Camera improvement for some scenarios
- Improved system stability
- Magic UI 184.108.40.206 (July 2022 | Security Patch June 2022)
- Display Effect Optimization
- Improved system stability
- Magic UI 220.127.116.11 (June 2022 | Security Patch May 2022)
- Camera improvement for some scenarios
- Magic UI 18.104.22.168 (May 2022 | Security Patch April 2022)
- YOYO suggestions
- Camera improvement for some scenarios
If your smartphone does not find an update, it may be because no SIM card is inserted or logged in. Restarting the device can also sometimes help.
In terms of connectivity, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro impresses with the latest connection standards. In mobile communications, the smartphone shines with a wide frequency coverage, so that it can also be used well outside of Europe. 5G mobile communications reach into the sub-6GHz range. However, the smartphone does not support fast 5G mmWave networks. The reception strength and voice quality when making calls is excellent in both directions. Voice calls via the mobile Internet and WiFi (VoLTE & VoWiFi) are possible, which was confirmed by a test in the Telekom network.
A telephony feature of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro that many people don't even have on their radar is the "AI Privacy Call". The feature is active by default and can be found in the accessibility settings. Thanks to Privacy Call, the smartphone is able to direct the sound waves generated when making a phone call to the ear of the person making the call, so that people in the surrounding area do not notice the conversation. What sounds good in theory didn't work quite as reliably in practice. The person sitting or standing next to you on the train can still listen in if the distance is very close.
The smartphone transmits to the WLAN via WiFi6 with 2x2 MU-MIMO. There is also nothing wrong with the connection strength and data rates in the WLAN. There are also Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC as other wireless connection standards. Contactless payment via Google Pay works without any problems.
For navigation, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro communicates with the GPS, Glonass, Beidou and Galileo satellite systems. The position is determined quickly and reliably. The smartphone also has an e-compass that ensures precise alignment.
Fingerprint scanner and face recognition
The smartphone is unlocked securely via a Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor, which is particularly common in Samsung devices. The fingerprint scanner is one of the fastest and most precise of its kind, which unlocks the smartphone securely in fractions of a second.
Another unlocking method offers 3D facial recognition. To do this, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro uses the 3D depth sensor, which is located next to the front camera. In contrast to smartphones that only use the front camera to unlock, the method used by HONOR can actually be said to be reliable face recognition.
The 3D depth sensor next to the 12 MP front camera.
Even in poor lighting conditions, the smartphone can be reliably unlocked with a face. It even works so well that despite the flawless fingerprint scanner, it only rarely had to be used in the test.
The HONOR Magic 4 Pro's stereo speaker system sounds pleasantly balanced and achieves an impressive volume without distortion. Even the bass range comes off comparatively well, which is not a matter of course with the tiny smartphone speakers. As a software treat, the smartphone even supports DTS:X.
Users of Bluetooth headphones benefit from the almost lossless audio codecs LDAC and aptX (HD) . HONOR has dispensed with the tried and tested 3,5 mm jack socket.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro: Camera
Behind the “Eye of the Muse” there is a powerful camera system that is divided into the following cameras and sensors:
- 50 MP Sony IMX766 main camera | f/1.8 aperture, 1/1.56" sensor size and 1.0 μm pixel size
- 50 MP ultra wide-angle camera | f/2.2 aperture, 1/2.5" sensor size and 122° ultra wide angle
- 64 MP Persiscope Camera | f/3.5 aperture, 1/2.0" sensor size, 0.7 μm pixel size, 3.5x optical zoom, OIS
The “Eye of the Muse” - Packed with sensory technology.
The cameras are supported by an 8x8 dToF (depth sensor) and a flicker sensor. The depth sensor collects depth information that is useful in focusing and creating the bokeh effect. The flicker sensor counteracts image flickering in photos and videos.
To the amazement, HONOR does without optical image stabilization, especially on the main camera. This mainly affects the image quality at night, as we will see later. After all, OIS has made it into the periscope camera, which enlarges up to 3,5 times without loss.
On the software side, the camera system is supported by a lot of AI. HONOR speaks of “ultra-fusion photography”. In order to create the best possible photo, the AI combines the image information from all cameras into a (fused) image.
The main camera of the HONOR Magic 4 Pro delivers top-notch recording quality in good lighting conditions. The photos are sharp and have a high level of detail. The color intensity is rich, but HONOR doesn't exaggerate too much.
We really liked the extensive dynamic range. You will look in vain for burned-out lights or drowning shadows, even in difficult lighting situations. There is also no conspicuous image noise. Here is a wide selection of images that were taken during the test.
The main camera remains strong in the dark. However, the competition with an optically stabilized main camera does a little better in some situations. Nevertheless, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro convinces with crisp colors, high contrast and little noise even in poor lighting conditions. Only the image sharpness could be a bit better.
The night mode only slightly improves the already good image quality, so it can be omitted most of the time. In night mode, the image section is slightly enlarged and the dynamic range is increased, making the image appear brighter overall.
Without night mode
With night mode
The periscope camera matches the recording quality of the main camera well. There are no relevant differences in color between the cameras. Many details are recorded in the optical zoom range (3.5x). The image sharpness is good.
If we move out of the optical zoom range, the image sharpness and level of detail decrease. Exploiting the zoom to the maximum magnification of 100x makes little sense. Photos become visibly muddy and chromatic aberrations often appear.
Ultra wide angle camera
The ultra-wide-angle camera does a decent job. But only in very good lighting conditions. Colors are extremely strong, the sharpness is even up to the edges. The situation is different under less than ideal lighting conditions. Here, the ultra-wide-angle camera has a hard time taking sharp and detailed photos.
Ultra wide angle camera
By the way, the ultra wide-angle camera can also record macros. Objects can be focused with the autofocus, but this does not always work reliably.
The HONOR Magic 12 Pro's 4 MP front camera is a good example that you don't need a huge megapixel count for good image quality. The selfies impress with their natural coloring, the sharpness is impressive and details are clearly visible.
In order to move several people into the image area, 0.6x or 0.8x can be selected as the magnification. In portrait mode, the foreground is neatly separated from the background. The blur effect is pleasantly soft.
Videographers can let off steam with the HONOR Magic 4 Pro. The smartphone records in a maximum of 4K60 (16:9 or 21:9) and offers a range of professional video functions. In addition to the usual video mode, there is a "film mode" that includes special cinematic features. The mode offers, among other things, a slow motion effect, allows 4K HDR recordings, there are eight pre-made LUTs to choose from that give the video recording a special film look through color grading and HONOR has even integrated a LOG mode that is in 10-bit at 4K24 /30/60.
The video recording quality is in no way inferior to the photo quality. The main camera's electronic image stabilization works well. With a swipe, you can switch between the cameras while the recording is in progress. However, only in 4K30 or 1080p30. If you switch to the periscope camera, it jumps to 5x magnification instead of the native 3.5x magnification. Why HONOR decided to make this jump is unclear.
HONOR Magic 4 Pro: Battery
The HONOR Magic 4 Pro battery has a capacity of 4600 mAh. A typical but not outstanding battery size. On average, the battery lasts about 1 1/2 days.
The Wireless Stand fully charges in 40 minutes.
With a suitable quick charger, the smartphone can be charged with up to 100 watts. That means from 0 to 100 percent in just 30 minutes.
In addition to wired charging, the HONOR Magic 4 Pro also supports wireless charging. And that too with a charging speed of up to 100 watts. Full charging takes approx. 40 minutes. The wireless charger is optionally available. In order to achieve the full 100 watts of power, it must be connected to a 135 watt power supply, which HONOR offers as an additional option for purchase. If you connect the charger included in the delivery, it will “only” charge with 80 watts.