Much more interesting is at the back, where we find the huge round camera bump that has its own name. “Eye of Muse.” I’m not exactly sure what it means, but it sure is a catchy name, and the bump itself is quite fascinating. The telephoto lens positioned in the middle gives the illusion that you are looking straight into the eye of a … muse, I guess?
Jokes aside, I find the design fresh, especially with the cyan painted glass back – it really gives the impression of an eye. However, the back is also curved – making the metal frame on the sides extremely thin. Therefore, the volume rocker and power buttons are also quite thin and a bit stiff. However, they are quite clicky.
One is to make it flicker at a certain rate (Pulse Width Modulation) – the human eye then perceives the result as a less bright image in general, and the second is called DC (Direct Current) dimming – in fact it gives less energy to the diodes causes them to lose their brightness (much like turning the knob on your bedroom dimmer).
Obviously the DC dimming method is easier on the eyes as there’s no flicker involved, but it’s also problematic with OLED displays – when organic diodes receive less power they tend to shift colors, all the way off, etc. However, there are AMOLED phones with DC dimming – the OnePlus 7 Pro is one.
So the 1920 Hz PWM means that the Honor Magic4 Pro’s screen flickers faster (most manufacturers use 480 Hz or 960 Hz PWM) and should be easier on the eyes if it’s not at full brightness.
The display is clear at a glance and also looks bright and smooth. Honor also boasts that the Magic4 Pro’s display covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and is also HDR 10+ capable.
(Show tests and measurements coming soon).
Performance and software
The Honor Magic4 Pro is unsurprisingly equipped with the latest Qualcomm silicon – the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 – coupled with 8 GB of RAM. The built-in storage is 256 GB with no trace of a microSD card slot (it is a dual SIM phone though).
The overall performance seems to be very smooth, without any hiccups, which is to be expected from such a configuration. It’s worth noting that the under-display fingerprint scanner works really well and fast. I’m not normally a fan of this (as some of you may already know), but the implementation here is actually pretty good.
Synthetic benchmarks are running as I type, but I have no doubt the Magic4 Pro will be one of the big boys when it comes to test scores.
This phone comes standard with Android 12 (including Google services), and in addition we have Honor’s own interface – Magic UI. The 6.0 version looks clean and offers some useful customization features.
Widgets are called Maps here, and there are a few that come in handy — like the All Notes widget (obviously, it offers Notes on your Home screen), the Conversation Map, the Weather widget, Speed Dial (very useful), and more.
You can choose your home screen style to have an app drawer, or display everything directly on the home screen, customize the notification shade, the usual stuff. All in all, Magic UI 6.0 looks nice and runs smoothly. Nothing to complain about here.
We have finally arrived at the “Eye of Muse”! The Magic4 Pro proudly shows off a triple camera system in this unusual setup, comprising a 50MP wide-angle camera, a 50MP 122° ultra-wide-angle camera and a 64MP periscope telephoto camera. There are also some sensors to aid those three, most notably an 8×8 dToF laser focus sensor and a flicker sensor (which detects the frequency of pulsed light and adjusts the shutter speed and ISO accordingly).
We’ll look at the system in much more detail once I’m done with the examples, but there’s a lot to get excited about. For example, the telephoto periscope lens offers up to 100x digital zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 3.5 optical, which will of course be tested.
The main 50MP camera has a 1/1.56-inch Sony IMX766 sensor with f/1.8, so I’m quite curious to see the results. There is also some AI “magic” happening with portraits, colors and other image parameters, and it will be tested in due course.
On the video front, things are pretty busy again – the Magic4 Pro can shoot 4K HDR 10 videos at 60fps, and also something called Log (logarithmic video) at 4K. The latter is similar to what RAW is to photography – a flat format that’s perfect for post-production and editing.
There’s also an IMAX-enhanced movie mode and something similar to what Xperia has done with Cinema Pro: a preset of video filters to recreate classic and iconic Hollywood colors and moods. Here the system is called Cinematic 3D LUT (Lookup Tables).
Audio and haptics
The stereo system in the Honor Magic4 Pro is fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised by the sound quality and the amount of detail across the entire frequency range. Given that the speakers are directed up and down respectively, the sound coming out of the Magic4 is well balanced, with deep bass and clear highs.
This thing also gets considerably loud with little to no distortion, and you can feel the bass vibrate through the chassis and in your palm. While Honor doesn’t say anything special about the speakers, I give the phone a solid “thumbs up” in that particular area.
On the other hand, the vibration is a bit weak and I just couldn’t get the phone to vibrate on touch or action. The UI only allows vibrations for “key system events” (no idea what these are).
Battery life and charging
The battery in the Honor Magic4 Pro is rated at 4,600 mAh, which I think is fine. We’re starting to see 5,000 mAh cells in more and more flagship phones these days, but 4,600 should be enough to get through the day. I’ve been on the phone for half a day and the battery is at 75% so I’m positive on the scores (battery tests being done tonight).
When it comes to fast charging, this phone is a monster! It supports charging up to 100W and the sturdy charger is included in the box (along with an equally sturdy cable). Charging the phone from 0 to 100% only takes 32 minutes and this has already been tested.
Amazingly, the Magic4 Pro also supports 100W WIRELESS charging, but you’ll need a 135W compatible charger to achieve these speeds. Still very impressive.
That’s it for now, guys. All test scores, benchmarks, samples and so on will be uploaded over the next few days, along with the final verdict and score. Stay tuned and check out this space!