MWC 2023: The HONOR Magic5 is a flagship phone that tops DXOMark’s Camera Test!

It also has a custom 1/1.12″ sensor that made that achievement possible

In MWC 2023, Honor revealed their new flagship phones with a very “Huawei-like” design. These are the Magic5 Pro and the vanilla Magic5. The former has a custom-made camera sensor which made it the best-performing camera according to DXOMark. If you were waiting for the Ultimate edition, it’s not yet here and we have no confirmations from HONOR just yet.

HONOR Magic5 Pro

The main feature of this phone is the camera system and as mentioned, comes with a 1/1.12″ sensor and a bright f/1.6 aperture. Only the Tecno Phantom X2 Pro is brighter at f/1.5. This sensor is a substantial upgrade from the Magic4 Pro and therefore, has significantly better camera capabilities than it. That phone has a 1/1.56″ sensor with an f/1.8 aperture.

Talking about sensors, what’s this all about anyway? Well, for starters, this particular sensor has OIS, something the Magic4 Pro lacked. Also, the 50MP ultrawide now has a brighter f/2.0 aperture instead of f/2.2. Its telephoto camera sure only has 50MP now (vs 64MP of the Magic4 Pro) but get this, it’s supplied by Sony, using an IMX858 sensor. It retained the 3.5x optical zoom and OIS capabilities.

What’s more, Honor really made those cameras the pride of the Magic5 Pro. Even going so far as partnering with the Guinness World Records to video record an attempt at the World’s Highest Between-the-legs slam dunk record. Super specific record but it’s good for marketing purposes, and it’s still sponsored by the Guinness World Records nonetheless.

Aside from the main three cameras, the phone also gets access to a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor which really helps in better autofocus as this sensor can quickly and almost instantaneously capture fast-moving objects at a pace. It also has a multi-spectrum sensor for adjusting colour temperature and a flicker sensor for better adoption to banding.

For aspiring movie makers, Honor also collaborated with IMAX to bring you the IMAX Enhanced Movie Master which has advanced video editing and video enhancements.

It scored 152 points in DXOMark for its cameras. It is 3 points ahead of its former parent company, Huawei, with the Mate 50 Pro and 5 points ahead of the Google Pixel 7 Pro. Moreover, it defeated the iPhone 14 Pro Max which has 146 points. The testing lab noted that the Magic5 Pro has very accurate colour reproduction including with varying skin tones and also noted that it has great night picture capabilities. However, they also noted that the primary camera may struggle in high-contrast situations slightly and there may be uneven details which will only be noticeable while zooming in.

Going back to the basics, as a flagship handset, it comes with a 3rd-gen LTPO curved AMOLED screen with a resolution so close to QuadHD+ (1312x2848px). It is tall too, at 6.81″ and has 120Hz variable refresh rate. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and has a very bright 1800nits peak brightness. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+ to boot. The screen is also the best-rated at DXOMark, coming in at 151 points.

The display also has customizations included. There is a display chipset which helps with constant frame rates, especially during gameplay as well as always-on HDR effects to enhance videos. It also has a security chipset made alongside Qualcomm. This one feels more gimmicky than the latter. Sensitive data like passwords and bank accounts are saved here. It works similarly to the Pixel line’s Titan M-series security chips.

Inside is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. What else could it be? Honor paired this one with 12GB LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage. No other options were announced. It comes pre-loaded with MagicUI 7.1 based on Android 13.

It has a 5100mAh battery with 66W fast charging and 50W fast wireless charging. The required charger is given inside the box. Speaking of batteries, the company also showcased in MWC on what they call a “silicon-carbon” battery with 12.8% higher energy density capacity than most Lithium-ion batteries. In theory, if this type of battery was inserted into the Magic5 Pro, then instead of 5100mAh, it would have 5,450mAh capacity instead without changing the battery size. Interestingly, the Chinese version of the Magic5 Pro has a 5450mAh battery which means that this tech is already a reality.

Also, the Magic5 Pro has a standalone Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antenna which boosts Wi-Fi performance by 200% and reduces latency by 30%. Everything about the phone is customized hardware.

Colours for the phone include Glacier Blue, Meadow Green, Coral Purple, Orange, and Black. Not only is this phone powerful and customized but also pretty colourful. In Europe, it starts at EUR 1,200 (~Php 69.8K) but we reckon its price will be slightly lower in the Philippines when it does arrive.

Source: HiHonor Magic5 Pro


  • 6.81″ LTPO3 FullHD+ (1312x2848px) curved AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 1.07 billion colours, HDR10+, 1800nits peak brightness
    • Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
    • IP68 water/dust resistance
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)
    • 50MP (Primary), f/1.6, 1/1.12″, OIS
    • 50MP (Telephoto), f/3.0, 3.5x optical zoom, 100x digital zoom, Sony IMX858, OIS
    • 50MP (Ultrawide), f/2.0
    • 3D Time-of-Flight Sensor, Anti-flicker sensor, Multi-spectrum temperature sensor
    • FRONT (DUAL): 12MP + 3D ToF sensor, 4K Video
  • MagicUI 7.1 based on Android 13
  • 5100mAh Lithium-ion, 66W Fast charging
    • 50W Fast wireless charging
  • Standalone Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antenna, In-display fingerprint sensor, Discrete Security Chip, Discrete Display Chip, custom sensor
  • 5G services, Wi-Fi 6/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, Hi-Res Audio, NFC, Dual Nano-SIM Slot
  • Orange, Black, Glacier Blue, Meadow Green, Coral Purple
  • PRICE:
    • 12/512: EUR 1,200 (~Php 69.8K)

HONOR Magic5

The Honor Magic5 is a watered-down version of the Pro. For starters, the screen is slightly smaller, at 6.73″. Also, peak brightness is also reduced slightly at 1600nits. Still, this is brighter than what the Magic4 Pro offers.

The camera modules are also different. This time, it comes with a 54MP camera sensor alongside a 32MP telephoto, and 50MP Ultrawide. While different, they are still more functional than most midrange phones. The front camera is also now situated at the middle but still retained a resolution of 12MP. Although, the secondary 3D sensor is nowhere to be found.

It still is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset but now the RAM and storage is just 8GB and 256GB respectively. As with major flagships, there’s no way to expand this. It boots up with MagicUI 7.1 based on Android 13

It comes with a fairly large battery, a 5000mAh Li-Po battery with 66W fast charging. Does it support wireless charging? Sadly it’s not mentioned so it probably doesn’t. Probably for cost-cutting measures. Also, unlike the Magic5 Pro, the IP rating wasn’t announced either so this phone may lack that.

It has Wi-Fi 6/6e capabilities and 5G services. No fancy hardware customizations to be found here. Although Dynamic Dimming is retained. There are only two colours now: Glacier Blue and Black. It starts at EUR 900 (~Php 52.3K) which makes it less demanding to your wallets. We’ll have to confirm from HONOR Philippines for its availability. For now, the Magic4 Pro is available for purchase.

Source: HiHonor Magic5


  • 6.73″ LTPO3 FullHD+ (1224x2688px) curved AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 1.07 billion colours, HDR10+, 1600nits peak brightness
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)
    • 54MP (Primary), f/1.9, OIS
    • 32MP (Telephoto), f/2.4, 2.5x optical zoom, 50x digital zoom, OIS
    • 50MP (Ultrawide), f/2.0
    • FRONT: 12MP f/2.4, 4K Video
  • MagicUI 7.1 based on Android 13
  • 5000mAh Lithium-polymer, 66W Fast charging
  • In-display fingerprint sensor, Dynamic Dimming
  • 5G services, Wi-Fi 6/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, Hi-Res Audio, NFC, Dual Nano-SIM Slot
  • Black, Glacier Blue
  • PRICE:
    • 8/256: EUR 900 (~Php 52.3K)