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Updated: August 12, 2021, at 11:31 ET George Zhao, Honor CEO, has confirmed to android AuthorityThe newly announced Magic 3 series will receive “at least” two Android OS upgrades.
Honor had previously indicated that the Magic 3 series would receive only one major OS upgrade. This is a good thing, considering these phones are priced at least EUR900.
August 12, 2021, at 8:56 AM ET Huawei sold Honor last year. This allowed the former sub-brand to be independent and regain relationships with global partners such as Qualcomm and Google. Huawei has already released the Honor 50 series super-mid-range phones. However, we now have the Honor Magic 3 series as our first post-Huawei flagship.
Three phones are available this time: the Honor Magic 3, Honor Magic 3 Pro and Honor Magic 3 Pro Plus. These phones share many features, including a 6.67 inch OLED screen (2.772 x 1.344, 120Hz refresh rate), a 4,600mAh lithium battery, 66W wireless charging, Google support and the Magic UI 5. These phones have different SoCs, cameras and other features.
Honor Magic 3 Pro Plus: The best dog
Looking for a no-compromise device? The Magic 3 Pro Plus is the perfect choice. The Magic 3 Pro Plus includes the aforementioned screen, battery and wired charging speed. However, you also get a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset, 50W wireless charging, and a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset.
Honor’s flagship phone has a quad-rear camera setup. The main camera is a 50MP IMX700 (1.22-micron pixels; 1/1.28 inch sensor size, 23mm), a 64MP monochrome and 64MP ultra-wide cameras (11mm) and a 4X 64MP periscope zoom. The rear camera system also features a color temperature sensor. A front-facing 13MP selfie camera is joined by a 3D ToF cam for 3D face unlock.
The manufacturer claims that the Nano Crystal Shield has been added to the screen. This shield promises a 3x increase in durability against drops, which is allegedly a significant improvement over other curved displays. For an even more durable design, it has also added an IP68 rating.
The Goldilocks option
Although the Magic 3 Pro is the middle child, it shares many similarities with the Pro Plus. The top-end model comes with the Snapdragon 888 Plus SoC and 50W wireless charging. It also has an IP68 rating. The 3D ToF camera is available up front for face unlock and secure face lock, as well as the 13MP snapper. What are you losing with the Pro device?
The 50MP main camera remains, but the Pro Plus’s IMX700 main cam is being traded in for an IMX766 camera (1.56 inch sensor size). A 64MP ultra-wide camera is being replaced by a 13MP ultra wide snapper. A 64MP monochrome camera is also available, as well as a 64MP 3.5X Perscope camera with 10X hybrid zoom.
Honor Magic 3: The cheapest Model
The vanilla model is a good option for those who are looking for a Magic 3 device, but don’t have the budget. There are some significant cuts here, such as the switching to a standard Snapdragon888 chipset and the absence of wireless charging. An IP54 rating is available here, instead of the Pro model’s IP68 rating.
Honor has eliminated any zoom shooter by switching to the rear camera system. You’ll find a 50MP IMX766 main cam, a 64MP monochrome camera and a 13MP ultra wide lens.
You still have the 6.67 inch 120Hz OLED screen, 13MP selfie camera and wired charging. The 4,600mAh battery will keep you going.
Pricing for Honor Magic 3 Series
According to the Chinese brand, the Magic 3 will retail for EUR899 ($1,055). It will also be available in an 8GB/256GB version. The device is available in the following color options: Blue Hour (seen above), Golden Hour and White.
The Magic 3 Pro is your choice. You’ll need to spend EUR1,099 ($1,289) on the 8GB/256GB model. The device comes in Black, White, or Golden Hour colors. The top-end Magic 3 Pro Plus costs EUR1,499 ($1,759) and comes with a single 12GB/512GB device. Ceramic Black and Ceramic White versions of the Pro Plus are available. Official launch markets are still unknown.
Honor stated to journalists that it usually commits to at least one major generation upgrade for its flagship phones. It would be disappointing if the Honor Magic 3 series only receives one OS update. Samsung and other players have already announced three years worth of OS updates for their flagships. This would be double disappointing for the Magic 3 Pro Plus given its price. Honor will confirm our statement.
It is also interesting to see that the Pro Plus has a camera system similar to the Huawei P50 Pro. They both have a 50MP main camera (and it appears like Huawei’s phone also has an IMX700), a 64MP periscope and a high resolution monochrome camera (albeit 64MP versus P50 Pro’s fortyMP). The Pro devices have the same speeds for wired and wireless charging, while the Magic 3 and P50 have the same 66W wired charging.
These similarities suggest that Honor phones were already in development prior to Huawei’s split. This makes sense considering the long development period for smartphones in general. This could however be the closest thing we get to new Huawei phones that have Google support.
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