Honor Watch Magic hands-on review, price, and specs by Revu Philippines

Honor Watch Magic hands-on: Easy to recommend

In Wearables by Ramon LopezLeave a Comment

If you’re looking for an affordable, touch-operated smartwatch from a reputable global brand that has great fitness features, a bright AMOLED screen, and week-long battery life, you can certainly do worse than picking the Honor Watch Magic.

(Update, February 15, 2020: Its successor is launching locally! Read Honor Watch Magic 2 coming to the Philippines soon.)

Especially today, October 15, that it’s retailing at a significantly discounted price on ecommerce site Lazada Philippines. Normally at P7,490, or around $145, the Honor Watch Magic is down to P5,990 ($116), sweetening an already good deal for people who own an Android or iOS phone.

And even without Wear OS, Android’s operating system for smartwatches, the Watch Magic still manages to be useful and runs smoothly enough. At the same time, it’s attractive and comfortable to wear on the wrist day after day.


On the outside, the Honor Watch Magic looks similar to the Huawei Watch GT, which is not surprising. At 42.8mm, the crown sits between the 42mm and bigger (and longer-lasting) 46mm versions of the Huawei smartwatch, and the 1.2-inch AMOLED display maintains legibility even in direct sunlight. It also offers 50-meter water resistance for tracking water activities such as swimming.

The Honor Watch Magic

The outer rim is made of lightweight stainless steel and features two physical buttons to navigate around the interface and a ceramic bezel with a non-turning dial. The back part uses biodegradable nylon plastic.

Meanwhile, the silicone-rubber strap feels so pleasant against the skin and comes with plenty of holes to resize and get a tight fit from smaller wrists. The two-tone black and red color scheme of our unit does look nice and matches the housing of the watch.

SEE ALSO: Honor Band 5 now available in PH for P1,699 ($32)

The Watch Magic has the same internals as the Watch GT, too. It’s equipped with a GPS, a heart-rate sensor that can analyze your pulse in real time, and a 178mAh battery that lasts up to seven days on a single charge. Speaking of, a magnetic charging disc plugs into a USB-C cable and tops up the battery. Getting the Honor Watch Magic from zero to 100% should take about 30 minutes.

Set up

To get started, you’ll need to download Huawei Health from the Android or iOS app store and pair your phone with the Watch Magic using the app. Pairing is simple, intuitive, and quick with either Bluetooth or the provided QR code, which you scan with your handset to link the two devices.

READ ALSO: Watch: Huawei Watch GT how-tos

Once they are linked, you’ll be able to use the Health app to monitor sleep and fitness activity, swap watch faces or install new ones, update the software of the watch, and more. When it’s tethered to a smartphone, the watch will also show your notifications of incoming calls and messages.


In the Philippines, the Honor Watch Magic is available exclusively online for Lazada users.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.