27 September 2021
For the first time since going independent, Honor has launched a flagship smartphone series named Magic 3. There are three different models: Honor Magic 3, Honor Magic 3 Pro, and Honor Magic 3 Pro+. These phones share some of the specifications and differ in a few. The last one is undoubtedly the best in the lineup and also the most expensive.
The lineup marks the return of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors as well as Google Play support. Honor was not allowed to make use of any of these in its smartphones due to the trade ban imposed on its parent company Huawei. This is the reason it was sold by the Chinese tech giant and it became an independent entity.
All three Magic 3 smartphones come with the same 6.76-inch AMOLED curved display with 2772 x 1334 pixels resolution. The panel offers a 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit color, HDR10+, DCI-P3, and 456PPI pixel density. The choice of processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 on the standard version but both Pro models come with Snapdragon 888 Plus.
The Magic 3 comes with 8GB of RAM, Magic 3 Pro with 8GB/12GB RAM, and Magic 3 Pro+ with 12GB RAM. The internal storage options include 128GB/256GB, 256GB/512GB, and only 512GB respectively. None of the three models offer microSD card support which means you will have to settle for whatever storage variant you choose to buy.
In the camera department, a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture is available on both Magic 3 and Magic 3 Pro. The Pro+ variant also has a 50-megapixel sensor but it is Sony IMX700 with phase detection autofocus. The standard variant further has a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 64-megapixel monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture
The Pro model has a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 64-megapixel monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto sensor with f/3.4 aperture (3.5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, 100x digital zoom). On the Pro Plus, you will find a 64-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.4 aperture, a 64-megapixel monochrome sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto sensor with f/3.4 aperture (3.5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom, 100x digital zoom). The front camera is a 13-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture on all three models.
The whole package is powered by a 4,600mAh battery with 66W wired fast charging support. The Pro models also offer 50W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Other features include a USB Type-C port, facial recognition, stereo speakers, 5G connectivity, NFC, and dual-band WiFi 6. The Magic 3 is IP54 rated for dust and water resistance but the other two models have an IP68 rating. These all will boot Magic UI 5 based on Android 11 out of the box.
As for pricing, Honor has only mentioned price details for base models for now. The Magic 3 starts at EUR 899, Magic 3 Pro at EUR 1099, and Magic 3 Pro+ at EUR 1,499 with sales beginning first in China.