The Magic4 Pro is Honor’s first international flagship launch because it emerged as a brand new, “separate” entity from dad or mum firm Huawei. Despite giving its launch the “global” moniker, it isn’t a tool that’s accessible for buy within the US. However, for these in Europe, the prospect of a Huawei-like telephone returning to the market needs to be an thrilling proposition—Huawei was a strong alternative to prime Android picks within the area earlier than it lost Google services.
Those accustomed to the appears to be like of Huawei gadgets, and significantly the Mate 40 Pro, will instantly acknowledge the traits of the Honor Magic 4 Pro: a pointy, curved display screen, steel rail splitting the back and front, massive rear digicam module, and a twin front-facing digicam cut-out.
In 2022, it’s a design that feels reasonably outdated, with a development towards flatter sides and matte glass throughout the business. The rear, within the cyan coloration possibility (the opposite accessible selection being black) is rapidly plastered with fingerprints after little use. Nevertheless, on the plus facet, an absence of up to date appears to be like doesn’t cease this system from feeling high-quality and durable in development.
Good first impressions aren’t the Magic 4 Pro’s forte, although. After you get previous the uninspiring appears to be like, it’s on to the software program. This isn’t the clear and seamless model of Android you’ll discover on the likes of the Google Pixel 6 vary. Instead, you’ll see a mixture of each Honor’s personal apps and third-party bloatware like Booking.com, MyTrainPal, and extra thrust upon you. You can trim this fats, however the preliminary problem is an annoyance.
The software program issues prolong to this telephone’s largely wonderful digicam. There was loads of jittering on opening the Camera app, and it continued intermittently when tinkering with varied choices. It isn’t a deal breaker, however it does hinder one in all this system’s finest options, which is especially disappointing as a result of the pictures the Magic 4 Pro produces are nice, with easy point-and-shoot snaps grabbing loads of element and crowd pleasing coloration. Being choosy, the outcomes can err on the facet of over-saturation and a few over-sharpening, particularly in a setting with loads of mild, however it isn’t sufficient to be distracting.
Up to 10X zoom, the outcomes are spectacular, too, particularly inside its 3.5X optical zoom vary—all achieved by this handset’s 64-MP periscope telephoto lens. This telephone, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, can go as much as 100X, however you received’t be displaying the photographs off on Instagram.
Portrait mode is a combined bag, with robust blur round clear edges, however it typically struggles to encompass the point of interest as precisely as you’d like. There’s additionally Night Mode, which does an honest job of bringing the brightness up late within the day however results in loads of over-sharpening.
You can video document at as much as 4K 60-fps on the Magic 4 Pro, and you’ll completely wish to. The outcomes are gorgeous, with popping colours and splendid element. A scarcity of top-class stabilization stops this from being up there with the easiest, although.
What does assist with the irritation of the cumbersome digicam software program and cluttered bundled apps is the very good show. It’s a 6.81-inch 120-Hz OLED panel that advantages from the bezel-less sides afforded by the steep curved glass, even when it results in some content material drooping off the display screen. Images and movies are offered in pristine vogue whereas the 120-Hz show, mixed with the speedy flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, means looking and leaping from app to app is a breeze.