Honor Magic6 Pro

Honor announces its new Magic6 Pro flagship phone powered by Magic AI, and it comes with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, a 180MP telephoto camera, and new AI-powered features.

Announced at MWC 2024, the Honor Magic6 Pro introduces a new AI-powered OS, introducing unique features such as Magic Capsule, Magic Portal, and a new Falcon camera system with AI motion sensing capture.

“As we race ahead into the AI era, HONOR is committed to delivering human-centric innovations that bring open and seamless experiences that address our consumers’ desires and pain points,” says George Zhao, CEO of Honor.

The Honor Magic6 Pro is priced at £1,099 at HiHonor and is available to pre-order from March 1, with sales from March 8. Read on for a deeper dive into what you can expect from the Magic6 Pro.

Honor Magic6 Pro Magic AI

The Honor Magic6 Pro’s key highlight is its new MagicOS 8.0. Based on the latest version of Android 14, it brings the company’s platform-level AI and claims to be the industry’s first intent-based UI. It aims to enhance photography, display, performance, and AI-powered user experiences.

One of these features includes Magic Capsule. This AI feature essentially removes the need to navigate multiple apps to get tasks done. By tapping the notifications banner at the top of the display, Magic Capsule will offer more information and options for what you need to do, like booking flights or getting directions to a destination.

Then there’s Magic Portal, which uses AI to “understand user messaging and behaviour, streamlining complex tasks into a single-step process.” One example is Magic Portal, which is used to recognise an address in a text message and direct users to Google Maps.

Honor Magic6 Pro Epi Green

Social media apps like Facebook or TikTok let users forward booking details or online search results simply by dragging information. This also works with images, allowing users to be directed to eBay or Amazon to buy a product they’re looking at.

Currently, Magic Portal supports over 100 frequently used apps globally, like WhatsApp, TikTok, Amazon, and more.

Interestingly, by partnering up with Qualcomm (and with the help of the Magic6 Pro’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip), MagicOS can complete functions such as understanding questions and answering them, text creation, and reading comprehension in an offline environment. 

Honor Magic6 Pro: Specs

Aside from AI, the Honor Magic6 Pro offers flagship specs under the hood. It’s equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, 12GB of on-storage RAM, and 512GB for storage.

The company claims it offers a 30% improvement in CPU performance and a 25% increase in GPU performance, along with advancements to AI features (98% improvement compared to previous models). Compared to the iPhone 15 or Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, the Magic6 Pro puts up some strong competition – especially for its price.

As for battery, Honor’s latest flagship boasts a 5,600mAh battery capacity. Not only this, but it is also part of the company’s all-new second-gen silicon-carbon battery, HONOR E1. This brings low-temperature performance, which is excellent for demanding mobile games. For example, it claims to play a YouTube video for 81 minutes at -20°C with just 10% battery level remaining.

Unsurprisingly, Honor brings wicked-fast charging with an 80W Wired SuperCharge and 66W Wireless SuperCharge. Expect to charge up to 100% in as little as 40 minutes.

Honor Magic6 Pro
Price£1,099
CPUSnapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM12GB
Storage512GB
Display6.8-inch LTPO with NanoCrystal Shield
Battery5,600mAh
Cameras50MP main (f/1.4 and f/2.0), 50MP ultra-wide (f.2.0), 180MP telephoto (f/2.6)

Honor Magic6 Pro Design and Display

The Honor Magic6 Pro comes in two colours: Black and Epi Green. The latter is similar to the Google Pixel 8 Pro’s Mint and has a lovely, light hue to it. It shares a similar premium design aesthetic with the Magic5 Pro, including its rounded edges and slightly curved display. But its camera bulge is a tad more prominent than the previous model.

This is likely due to the whopping 180MP telephoto lens it packs, making the once circular camera outline now a more rounded square. While I’m usually not a fan of having a camera take up half a smartphone, Honor has designed it to look more like an actual camera, making me automatically want to use it like one.

Honor Magic6 Pro front and back

As for the front, the pill-shaped cut-out for the front camera is now placed at the centre instead of the left, giving iPhone 15 Dynamic Island vibes. Not a bad thing in the slightest, as this looks more natural than the Magic5 Pro.

Display-wise, expect a 6.8-inch LTPO display with 4320Hz PWM Dimming and a formidable Honor NanoCrystal Shield, which features a layer of silicon nitride coating on the device’s nanocrystal glass for enhanced protection. This makes it scratch-resistant and durable against accidental falls.

Honor Magic6 Pro Cameras

Introducing its new AI-powered Falcon Camera System, the Magic6 Pro aims to deliver “pro-grade sportography.” This offers improved capture speeds and clearer snapshots, especially with objects in motion.

A big talking point is the 180MP telephoto lens (f/2.6, OIS) with 2.5x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. That goes beyond what other Android phones offer, especially budget options with a 2MP telephoto shooter. You can also expect a 50MP ultra-wide camera (f.2.0, EIS) and a 50MP primary camera with variable aperture capabilities (f/1.4 and f/2.0, OIS).

Honor is clearly making its own AI stamp with the Magic6 Pro and its newly announced AI-powered laptop, the Honor Magic Book Pro 16. Check out our thoughts on the Honor Magic6 Pro. It boasts AI Motion Sensing Capture, an advanced AI capture algorithm that effortlessly predicts and captures decisive moments in ultra-high definition. 

Darragh Murphy
Darragh Murphy is fascinated by all things bizarre, which usually leads to assorted coverage varying from the mischievous world of online security to washing machines designed for earbuds. Whether it's connecting Scar from The Lion King to two-factor authentication or turning his love for laptops into a fabricated rap battle from 8 Mile, he believes there’s always a quirky spin to be made. When he's not checking out the latest devices and all things tech, he can be found swimming laps, watching terrible shark movies, and trying to find time to game.  Previous Editor at Laptop Mag and News Editor at Time Out Dubai, specialising in food culture, nightlife events, gaming, tech and entertainment.

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