Honor Magic 6 Pro: Will the 180MP periscope camera help the phone compete against other flagships?

Honor Magic 6 Pro. HiHonor
Honor Magic 6 Pro. HiHonor

The flagship smartphone from Honor, the Honor Magic 6 Pro is launching soon in Nepal. The Honor Magic 5 Pro‘s successor has grabbed some attention in the market. The flagship smartphone features a 180MP periscope telephoto camera that delivers crisp photos. This year’s flagship has some major differences from the Magic 5 Pro including weight, display features, chipset, camera, larger battery capacity and charging features.

Honor competes in the Chinese market heavily with other Chinese flagships including the Xiaomi, OnePlus and Realme flagships. Globally Honor does pretty well in the mid-range and budget market with its design and the specs. However, the flagship smartphones from Honor are quite underrated in the global market.

Let us see what the flagship smartphone from Honor this year delivers in terms of specs.

Specifications of Honor Magic 6 Pro

Dimensions Height: 162.5mm
Width: 75.8mm
Depth: 8.9mm
Weight Glass: 229 grams
Leatherback: 225 grams
Display size 6.8-inch
Display type LTPO OLED
Resolution 2800 x 1280 (FHD+)
Refresh rate 120 Hz
IP rating IP68 dust and water resistant
Chipset Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
CPU Octa-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520)
GPU Adreno 750
OS MagicOS 8 based on Android 14
Enhanced Chipset RF Enhanced Chip HONOR C1+
Discrete Security Chip S1
Power Enhanced Chip HONOR E1
RAM 12GB | 16GB
Storage 256GB | 512GB | 1TB
Rear camera 50MP Wide Main Camera (f/1.4-f/2.0, OIS)
50MP Ultra Wide Camera (f/2.0)
180MP Periscope Telephoto Camera (f/2.6, 2.5x Optical Zoom, OIS)
Selfie camera 50MP Front Camera(f/2.0)
3D Depth Camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be
Bluetooth 5.3
Network LTE | 5G
SIM Dual Nano SIM
Audio Stereo speakers
Sensors Gravity sensor
Infrared sensor
Fingerprint sensor (in-display)
Gyroscope
Compass
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Battery 5,600 mAh
Charging 80W wired fast charging
66W wireless charging
5W reverse wired charging
Reverse wireless
Colours Epic Green | Black
Price (expected) Rs 155,000 (12/512GB)

Design and Display

The Honor Magic 6 Pro has an updated design from its predecessor. The centre is occupied with the circular camera module which houses the rear cameras which are inspired by the constellation. The camera bump is surrounded by a metal strip with a shiny finish. The shape of the metal strip is unique with a rounded squarish shape. The back of the Magic 6 Pro is available in two options, leather and glass. The leather back option is available in the Epic Green Colour option whereas the glass back option is available in the Black colour option.

The texture of the leather back is premium with some textured strips whereas the glass option has a matte clean finish. The frame and the metal strip outside the camera module share the same colour and shiny finish. The frame is made up of aluminium and both the back and the display curve towards it.

Coming to the front, the display of the Magic 6 Pro is curved with a pill-shaped centred hole punch cutout which houses the selfie camera and the 3D depth camera. The pill-shaped hope punch was on the left side of the Magic 5 Pro which now shifted to the centre in the Magic 6 Pro giving a more premium look. It has a large 6.8-inch LTPO OLED screen with 1 billion colour options. It is super smooth with a 120Hz refresh rate and bright at 1,600 nits, ensuring visibility even in harsh lighting conditions. The FHD+ resolution is sharp at 1,280 x 2,800 pixels. The screen-to-body ratio of about 91.6 per cent gives an expansive viewing experience.

It also has an IP rating of IP68 water and dust resistance. The front glass used is Jurhino Glass which has an outstanding rating against drops and scratches protecting the display.

Performance and Storage

The Honor Magic 6 Pro gets the latest gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset built on a 4nm architecture. Its CPU is an octa-core setup, consisting of 1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 core, 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 cores, 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720 cores, and 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520 cores for responsiveness and efficient multitasking. Graphics are handled by the Adreno 750 GPU. It also includes enhanced chips such as the RF Enhanced Chip HONOR C1+ for improved connectivity and the Discrete Security Chip S1 for enhanced security features.

As for the operating system, the Honor Magic 6 Pro runs on MagicOS 8 based on Android 14. Memory options include 12GB and 16GB RAM. The 12GB RAM is paired with 256GB and 512GB storage options whereas the 16GB option is paired with 512GB and 1TB storage options.

Camera

The Honor Magic 6 Pro has a triple rear camera setup which features a 50MP wide main camera with an aperture ranging from f/1.4 to f/2.0, equipped with OIS for steady shots. Complementing it is a 50MP ultra-wide camera with an aperture of f/2.0. For extreme zoom capabilities, it comes with an incredible 180MP periscope telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.6, offering 2.5x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom with optical image stabilisation (OIS). For photos, the rear camera can capture images with a resolution of up to 16,384 x 12,288 pixels and for video, it supports a maximum resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels.

The Honor Magic 6 Pro offers various capture modes including AI Motion Sensing Capture, AI photography, Super Wide Angle, Aperture, Multi-Video, Night shot, Portrait mode, Photo, Pro mode, Video, Panorama, Watermark, Scan Document, HIGH-RES, Super Macro, Capture smiles, Time-lapse, Timer, Movie, Slow-MO, Story, Light Painting and HDR. Additionally, stabilisation is taken care of with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation) combined with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) for smooth and shake-free footage.

In terms of video capabilities, the rear camera supports 4K video recording at 60 and 30 fps and 1080p video recording at 30 and 60 fps. It also has slow-motion video recording at 1080p at 240 fps.

The Honor Magic 6 Pro features a 50MP front camera with an aperture of f/2.0, accompanied by a 3D depth camera for added depth and detail in your photos. For photos, it has a resolution of up to 8,128 x 6,096 pixels whereas for video it supports recording at a maximum resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels. The front camera can record 4K videos at 30 fps and 1080p videos at 30 and 60 fps. It has features such as Portrait, Watermark, Capture smiles, Mirror reflection, Timer, Night and Gesture control.

Battery and Others

The battery in the Honor Magic 6 Pro is massive, with a capacity of 5,600 mAh, ensuring long-lasting usage. When it’s time to recharge, users have the option for 80W wired fast charging and fast 66W wireless charging. The phone also supports 5W reverse wired charging and reverse wireless charging.

For connectivity, the Honor Magic 6 Pro is equipped with Wi-Fi supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be standards and Bluetooth 5.3 is onboard for wireless connections with other devices. As for network capabilities, it supports both LTE and 5G networks for high-speed data connections and dual Nano SIM support. The audio is great with the dual stereo speakers. The phone also comes equipped with a range of sensors including a gravity sensor, infrared sensor, in-display fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, compass, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor.

The Honor Magic 6 Pro is available in two colour options; Epic Green and Black.

We can expect the Honor Magic 6 Pro to cost around Rs 155,000 for the 12GB RAM 512GB storage option.

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