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Honor Magic6 Pro review: Basics done right

Honor Magic6 Pro review: Basics done right

Honor Magic6 Pro

The Honor Magic6 Pro is the company's flagship for markets outside of China. Retailing at S$1,399, this smartphone is one of the most affordable Android phones sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset and 512GB storage. It doesn't fill a specific niche like “gaming phone“, or “ultimate camera phone”, but does everything it's supposed to swimmingly. It's always good to have more high-end Android smartphones, and the Honor Magic6 Pro fits that space nicely.

Quick specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage
  • 6.8-inch LTPO display (2,800 x 1,280 pixels, 120Hz)
  • 50MP main, 50MP ultra-wide and 180MP telephoto cameras / 50MP selfie camera
  • 5,600mAh battery

Our black Magic6 Pro review unit is all glass and metal, and weighs 229g, which is about on par with most flagship Android phones with comparably large displays. This 6.8-inch OLED display is curved at the edges, consistent with previous Honor flagships. Screens with flat edges are trending nowadays, and I wish Honor had gone with that instead.

Regardless, the screen quality is excellent, with up to 120Hz refresh rate, and a resolution of 2,800 x 1,280 pixels. The Magic6 Pro's front glass is made of a material Honor calls NanoCrystal Shield, which is supposed to be quite durable and scratch-resistant. You won't need to test out that claim as a screen protector is pre-applied out of the box.

Besides black, the Honor Magic6 Pro also comes in this Epi Green colour with a textured back. Credit: Honor

The curves on the back of the Honor Magic6 Pro feel really natural, and obscures the height of the camera hump. The glass gives off a dull sheen, which makes it look, and feel really premium. The downside is that the phone is really smooth and, sometimes, even slippery. This is most evident when playing a game in landscape mode — the weight and lack of grip makes the phone tiring to hold during a 20-min MOBA session. I ended up using the clear case that's included with the device, which is a pity as I preferred how it looked without one. Like many smartphones in this price range, the Magic6 Pro comes with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.

The three-camera system on the Honor Magic6 Pro consist of a 50MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide camera, and a 180MP telephoto camera which gives up to 2.5X optical zoom and 100X digital zoom. With good light in the day, the camera system does really well. I especially liked using the telephoto for close-up shots of objects and food using the 2.5X and 5X modes, which produced images with a pleasing background blur. The 100X zoom feature, while fun, is not super useful. Details will be lost, and you end up with a blurry image. 

The Magic6 Pro also does night shots well, especially with the main camera. The processing isn't overdone, so you get a natural scene with good detail. Even the 5X zoom at night produced pretty good shots — I don't advise going beyond that. Overall, I was really pleased with the camera system, which holds its own in the S$1,000+ flagship category.

The included 100W charger. The phone charges at up to 80W. Credit: John Chan/Can Buy or Not

With the phone set to Performance Mode, the Magic6 Pro scored 2,151 (single) and 6,512 (multi) in Geekbench 6, very close to the Samsung S24 Ultra. Performance benchmarks and gaming aside, I used the phone in its balanced mode, which gave great battery life, lasting about 1.5 days on a single charge. And when the phone start to run out of juice, its 80W wired fast charging makes short work of replenishing the battery.

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One bonus point worth mentioning is that aside from the in-display fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone, the Magic6 Pro also has a TOF sensor for 3D face recognition. This is similar to Apple's implementation, and is still a rarity on Android phones. Not only is it more secure, it works great in the dark. 

The Honor Magic6 Pro does everything it ought to well, and at an attractive price of S$1,399 for the one and only variation (12GB RAM and 512GB storage). You can find it bundled with a free pair of Bluetooth headphones on Lazada and Shopee.

Note: Review unit provided by Honor.


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