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Honor Magic 4 Pro review: The perfect Huawei replacement?

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With the Honor Magic 4 Pro the ex-Huawei subsidiary brand is re-entering the German flagship market. Can the Chinese make a successful comeback? We tested the smartphone in everyday use.

Scope of delivery of the Honor Magic 4 Pro

Included with the Honor Magic 4 Pro the device itself, a case, the quick charger and USB-C cable are included.

Design and workmanship

The Magic 4 Pro has an interesting design because it is different from many other flagship smartphones in 2022. The glass back is also rounded, as is the display. The cameras sit in a circle, Honor calls it the "eye of the muse." On the front is a huge 6,81 inch display with very thin bezels (93% screen to body ratio). In the top left of the display there is a "dual punch hole" for a front camera and sensors for 3D face unlocking. Here you can definitely still see the former influence of Huawei, because the design of the device reminds me of the Mate 40 Pro.

The processing itself is impeccable. High-quality materials, buttons that are easy to press and no scratches to be noted after three weeks. What really annoys me is the pre-installed screen protector. It's really cheap, but I don't want to take it off either. Because the screen protector sits so well on the display, I couldn't do it any better. However, the dilemma causes an unpleasant typing experience, since the film's material is poor.

Display

As already stated in the designprochen, the display is huge. It is probably the largest display in a non-foldable smartphone that I have ever used. The display ticks off almost all the important points that a flagship smartphone should have. AMOLED, LTPO 2.0 120 Hertz, HDR10+, 10 bit. But it *only* has a resolution of Full HD+. I personally didn't notice that in everyday life, but it could bother some people who want the best value for their money on the market.

Honor Magic 4 Pro Display

The Magic 4 Pro has a huge display (picture: TechnikNews)

In everyday life, I really liked the display. It looks like a piece of glass in your hand, and due to its size, videos and films on the go aren't either Proproblem The only ProThe problem is that it's difficult to use with one hand. But Honor has built a 1-hand mode for this, which can be activated with a swipe from the lower right or left corner to the middle (and then hold it down). This has made it easier for me to type a message in tricky situations. The brightness is also more than good, but the display does not come close to an S22 Ultra (probably the best display so far this year). But it's definitely one of the best.

Hardware

The Magic 4 Pro is a flagship phone, and it comes with a flagshipProprocessor. Inside sits the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of internal storage. There is no other version. In everyday life, the system runs mostly smoothly, but I'm used to better things from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, especially recently with the OnePlus 10 Pro or Oppo Find X5 Pro. But that's not the point Proprocessor itself, but in the software.

Because Honor had very little time to completely revamp the software after parting ways with Huawei. That's why I didn't expect the software optimization of a BBK or Xiaomi, but it's enough for everyday use. Only those who are used to the better optimization could use the Magic 4 Pro feel slow in places.

Honor Magic 4 Pro Performance

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On the other hand, the vibration motor and the loudspeakers are of very high quality. The vibration motor gives good feedback, but not as strong as in the Pixel 6 Pro. The speakers, meanwhile, are true stereo sound, with two large vents at the top and bottom of the unit. Listening to music and watching videos on them, together with the display, is a dream.

A short sentence to make a call. This works on the Magic 4 Pro just like on any other smartphone very well, Honor has also built in a "Privacy AI function", which makes it harder for the sound to get out. That worked well in everyday life, at least during two phone calls, a person standing next to me found it difficult to understand my call.

The fingerprint sensor sits under the display and is surprisingly an ultrasonic sensor. This is otherwise only found in Samsung smartphones. The ultrasonic technology is safer than the optical sensors and also does not need any light, which could disturb in the dark.

Camera

The Magic 4 Pro has three cameras on the back. A 50 megapixel camera for wide-angle photos, a 50 megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and a 64 megapixel telephoto lens. The other two sensors are a ToF and a flicker sensor.

Honor Magic 4 Pro Camera

The Magic 4 Pro has three cameras on the back (picture: TechnikNews)

The cameras on Huawei smartphones have always been a highlight in the past. Not surprisingly, this is also the case after the two companies split, because the sensors do an excellent job. Both the main camera and the ultra wide-angle camera take sharp, detailed photos and the zoom, which goes up to 100x, always takes detailed pictures. But it's definitely not the best camera I've seen in a smartphone so far. Especially when it comes to night shots, Samsung and Google are still ahead.

Magic 4 Pro

The same applies to the front camera, which has a resolution of 12 megapixels. Portraits are good, but sometimes the blur is not perfectly set. Here, Google continues to have the best algorithms.

Honor Magic 4 battery Pro

The Magic 4's battery Pro is surprisingly good for a flagship. I got through at least one day with my smartphone, sometimes I had to charge it in the morning after a long evening. But this good battery also has its price, but more about that in the software part.

Honor Magic 4 Pro Loading

The Magic 4 Pro is the only smartphone in the world that can be charged with 100 watts using a wireless charger (Image: TechnikNews)

The Magic 4 is charging Pro with super-fast 100 watts, both wired and wireless. In addition, Honor also included a wireless charger in the reviewers kit, which we could use to test this. In both cases, a full charge from 0 – 100% is possible again in 35 minutes. In 20 minutes, however, 65% of the battery is already full again.

Honor Magic 4 software Pro

On the Magic 4 Pro runs latest Android 12 with “Magic UI 6 Skin”. This is strongly reminiscent of Huawei's Emotion UI, which doesn't surprise me either. When could Honor have come up with a whole new Android skin in the last couple of months. In addition, EMUI was also a very good Android skin, especially with many extras. There's an app bar, e-book mode, multi-windows, one-handed mode, and so on.

But this android skin has been right with me for a long time Probleme made with notifications. Sometimes they came late, or like with Snapchat, they still don't come. In the past, Huawei had adopted the idea of ​​simply "stopping" apps in the background. This ensures that the battery life is very good, since the standby battery life is very low, but notifications came later or didn't come at all. I have though proI tried to set an exception in the settings, but Snapchat still doesn't give me any notifications. This can also be liberating, but other users get in the way.

Honor Magic 4 Pro Software

The software of the Magic 4 Pro is still very expandable. (Picture: TechnikNews)

In addition, I had a bug at the beginning, which has now been fixed by Honor (according to my report). No other customer would have noticed that, because this only occurred after a change from Android 12L to Android 12, i.e. it would only include Pixel users. My Vodafone SIM didn't work properly there, I just wanted to mention it for the sake of transparency.

The launcher can also be expanded, it was difficult to activate the app drawer, apps cannot display the "Settings" with a long press, the launcher sometimes lags in the search.

Honor also promises only two major updates, three years of security patches. That's also a pity, because three major updates are mandatory in this price range, and Samsung even gives four.

Conclusion on the Honor Magic 4 Pro

The Honor Magic 4 Pro is currently my top contender for best comebacks flagship 2022. The display is fantastic, the Prozessor very well and the cameras in the top 5. But what is currently holding the device back is the software. It still seems immature, in places copied 1:1 from EMUI and not yet fully adapted to the device. I can totally understand that, Honor hasn't had the time to "reinvent" itself yet.

But then an RRP of 1099 euros is set quite high, I would have preferred a competitive price of 999 euros. At least there is currently an offer for the device with the Honor Watch GS3 and a wireless charger, if you get rid of it on well-known marketplaces, you could pay for the device with it. At least I'm excited to see how the journey continues for Honor, the Magic 4 Pro is a clear signal: We are back.

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Nils Ahrensmeier

Nils is very interested in mobile devices such as smartphones, wearables and headphones. He has been writing since 2019 TechnikNews - especially news and reviews. In his spare time he plays drums and piano or pursues his hobby, athletics.

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dr Nerd

Hi Nils,
I have the Honor Magic 4 Pro for almost a week and I have to agree with you on all points. The Magic 4 Pro isn't a bad phone - but it's just immature when it comes to Magic UI. The basic Android 12 has features like Material You, dynamic colors, etc. I don't find these core features in the Macic UI (or Honor has hidden them well). In addition, the inductive charger (only for the time being or longer?) is not available at all.
But I expect more from a premium smartphone than from a mid-range part - a good infrastructure is part of it. Honor doesn't deliver that.