At the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona, Spain, which we are covering live this week, HONOR unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the HONOR Magic5 Pro, alongside the Magic Vs foldable. The device made a splash at the trade show, as it has achieved the highest Dxomark scores for both its display and camera system.
The hardware-testing company gave the HONOR Magic5 Pro an overall camera score of 152, to give it a three-point advantage over the Huawei Mate 50 Pro and wrestle the “best camera phone crown” from last year’s Huawei flagship. It also came out on top versus other camera-led handsets like the Google Pixel 7 Pro, Honor Magic4 Ultimate, and Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro series.
According to Dxomark, the smartphone’s triple-camera system with three 50-megapixel sensors performed particularly well in the company’s Friends and Family scenario, owing to its fast shutter speeds, excellent detail, and low noise levels. It likewise delivered excellent image quality across all zoom ranges, as well as accurate colors and good exposure in night shots.
Dxomark compared its camera samples from the HONOR Magic5 Pro to those taken with the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and Huawei Mate 50 Pro. It did not share any photos taken with the Google Pixel 7 Pro, which would have made a stronger case for its claims, especially considering the Pixel’s software-driven cameras.
As for the display performance, the HONOR Magic5 Pro received a top score of 151 for its 6.81-inch LTPO screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a maximum brightness of 1,800 nits, and high-frequency PWM dimming at 2,160Hz. The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Pro are now tied for second place with a score of 149. Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra, on the other hand, now sits in fourth place with 148 points.
Our quick hands-on of the HONOR Magic5 Pro at MWC 2023
It provided exceptionally high marks in terms of readability under various lighting conditions, color rendering, and motion control, but fell behind the Samsung flagship for video playback.
HONOR has yet to confirm if the Magic5 Pro will become available for purchase in the Philippines. In Europe, the phone will carry a suggested retail price of €1,199 (around $1,273 or P70,259 converted) when it hits stores sometime in the second quarter of 2023. This will include the base model, which ships with 12GB RAM and 512GB of built-in storage. Your two color options are Black and Meadow Green.
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