Honor will be selling its Magic 4 Pro flagship phone in the UK, having first unveiled the phone at Mobile World Congress back in February.
The phone was unveiled at an event in London on May 12th and will be available from May 27th for £949.99. Pre-orders will go on sale May 13.
Honor also announced that the mid-range Honor X8 and Honor X7 phones, as well as the Honor Watch GS 3 and Honor Earbuds 3 Pro, will be available in the UK.
The Magic 4 Pro is Honor’s first attempt at launching a premium phone in the UK to compete with Samsung, Oppo and OnePlus since Honor split from parent company Huawei. Honor said it would release the Magic 3 worldwide, but that didn’t happen. Seems further with Magic 4.
At this stage, the UK is only receiving the high-end Magic 4 Pro. The range also includes the regular Honor Magic 4 and Magic 4 Lite, and we’ve already covered the latter as it’s available in Europe.
With a pill-shaped notch for dual front-facing cameras with 3D face unlock capability and a circular camera module, the Honor Magic 4 Pro looks like an amalgamation of Huawei phones from yesteryear. But unlike newer Huawei phones, the Magic 4 Pro supports all Google services and the Google Play store, making it a viable and interesting competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and OnePlus 10 Pro in the UK and other Western markets.
The headline’s impressive feature is 100W fast charging – both wired and wireless, with the right accessories. This is the fastest charging phone you can buy in the UK when it comes out, and the 100W wireless charging is a crazy perk.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the only version that will go on sale in the UK. It will be available in blue or black, so the UK is missing the trendy vegan leather versions we saw at MWC.
With all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a flagship, like IP68 water and dust resistance, a 1312 x 2848 high resolution OLED screen, and a 4600mAh battery, the phone also has its own display chipset, which Honor says can display and scale content.
The triple cameras also look promising, with a 50MP dual main and ultra-wide sensors paired with a 64MP periscope lens with 3.5x zoom that can be digitally zoomed up to 100x, matching Samsung’s latest S21 Ultra and S22 Ultra phones.
Here is the full specification:
- 6.81″ FHD+ 120Hz LTPO AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 8 Generation 1
- 8 GB RAM
- 256 GB storage
- Rear camera:
- Main camera 50 MP, f/1.8
- 50MP f/2.2 ultra wide camera
- 64 MP, f/3.5, 3.5x periscope camera
- 12MP hole punch selfie camera + 3D depth sensor
- battery 4600 mAh
- Wired charging 100W
- Wireless charging 100W
- stereo speakers
- Bluetooth 5.2
- WiFi 6
- 163.6 x 74.7 x 9.15 (glass) mm
- 215 g
- Magic UI 6 (Android 12)
The Honor Watch GS 3 was also showcased at MWC and has now been confirmed to hit the UK market. It looks pretty cute with a round 1.43-inch AMOLED screen and a metal body, which means it can easily pass for a business suit watch, unlike many other smartwatches.
Honor claims that the watch uses artificial intelligence algorithms to suppress noise during exercise to improve heart rate accuracy, but the sleek design doesn’t look like you’re bound to want to sweat. Luckily, there’s a black sports version with a silicone strap if you’re after a smartwatch for the gym.
If yes, then the watch boasts over 100 workout modes. I bet you can’t use them all. If you pay £189.99 for the black model, you can give it a try. The watch runs Honor’s own software, so you won’t be able to download third-party apps.
The classic gold and blue models are priced at £209.99 and all three models can be purchased from May 13th on HiHonor.com.
If you take the Magic 4 Pro and Watch GS 3, it might make sense to complement the Honor trio with the Honor Earbuds 3 Pro. The buds headline feature is real-time temperature monitoring, which Honor hopes you’ll use during your workouts.
The earphones owe a lot to the AirPods Pro when it comes to design, though if you get the silver version instead of the white it’s not as noticeable. They have active noise cancellation and retail for £169.99.
You can pre-order the Magic 4 Pro Bundle in the UK, which will bring you £324 worth of extras, including the Honor Watch GS 3 in blue, a wireless charging dock to take advantage of insane 100W wireless charging, and a phone case.
If you’re on a budget, the new Honor X8 is £219.99 and the Honor X7 is £169.99. Both phones are available for purchase starting May 13.