Honor Magic 5 release date, price and specs rumours
News about the Magic 5, the next flagship series of phones from Chinese manufacturer Honor, is starting to emerge. It’s been nearly a year since the last generation was released, so it’s no surprise that the release is confirmed to be imminent.
Here’s everything we’ve found so far about the Honor Magic 5.
When will Honor Magic 5 be released?
Honor has now confirmed that it will launch the Magic 5 – along with the European debut of the foldable Magic Vs – at the MWC show in Barcelona, with a planned event. February 27. The event takes place at 1:30pm local time, which is 12:30pm GMT / 7:30am ET / 4:30am PT.
Given that the Honor Magic 4 was unveiled at the same time last year at MWC, the launch timing makes sense. Despite this European launch event, only a few models are coming to Europe and other territories, but the standard and Ultimate models remain available only in China. As with previous models, you won’t be able to buy the Magic 5 in North America.
How much does the Honor Magic 5 cost?
Honor has not officially announced the price of the upcoming models, so we have to consider how much the previous generations cost:
- Honor Magic 4 – ¥6,725 (approx. $999 / £818 / €922)
- Honor Magic 4 Pro – £949 / €1,099 (approx. $1,159)
- Honor Magic 4 Lite 5G – £299 / €349 (approx $365)
- Honor Magic 4 Ultimate – ¥8,677 (approx. $1,289/£1,055/€1,190)
- Honor Magic 3 – €899 (approx. $973/£797)
- Honor Magic 3 Pro – €1,099 (approx. $1,189 / £975)
- Honor Magic 3 Pro Plus – €1,499 (approx. $1,622 / £1,328)
This list above makes for confusing reading as we have a mixture of currencies that do not account for local and other taxes. Honor has announced the Magic 3 range with Euro pricing, although it hasn’t launched phones in this territory. There are two Western models of the Magic 4 phones and two left in China, and the prices reflect that.
Putting it all together, and assuming that Honor is mimicking the Magic 4 generation lineup, here are the approximate prices you can expect to see when the Magic 5 models arrive:
- Honor Magic 5 – $999 / £799 / €899
- Honor Magic 5 Pro – $1,149 / £949 / €1,099
- Honor Magic 5 Ultimate – $1,299 / £1,049 / €1,199
- Honor Magic 5 Lite – $369 / £299 / €349
Obviously, these prices are speculative, but we think they should be in the right range. We’ve seen a report online that includes an estimated spec sheet for the new models (which we’ll cover below) and three models with the following prices:
- Honor Magic 5 – ¥4,999 (approx. $740/£599/€679)
- Honor Magic 5 Pro – ¥5,999 (approx. $888 / £719 / €819)
- Honor Magic 5 Prestige – ¥7,999 (approx. $1,185/£959/€1,093)
These seem cheaper, which would be a nice change in these days of ever-increasing prices.
What features will we see in the Honor Magic 5?
As in other parts of this article, we are still waiting for Honor to announce the specifications of its upcoming phones. But, a few leaks have come to the fore, and we can do some educational math on what the Magic 5 lineup will look like.
Several design renders have surfaced, with the publisher on Twitter @rodent950 is the largest. It features a similar layout to the Magic 4 generation devices, with the circular camera section on the back being the main feature. It’s worth noting that the cameras here match the design of the official launch poster above, so it’s possible that this design is accurate.
A recent Weibo post by “Factory Manager” classmate Guan seems to describe what three potential Magic 5 devices will include. The spec sheet published in the post says that there will be a Magic 5, Magic 5 Pro and Magic 5 Prestige – apparently this year’s version of the Pro Plus or Ultimate.
All feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsets, 6.8-inch LTPO AMOLED panels with 1-120Hz variable refresh rate, 2160Hz high-frequency dimming, HDR10+, 480Hz touch frequency, under-display fingerprint sensor and 100 1t peak brightness. Not bad at all.
The Magic 5 and Magic 5 Pro will be available in 8+256GB, 12+256GB and 12+512GB configurations, while the Magic 5 Prestige will offer a single 12+512GB model. The memory is LPDDR5X and the storage is UFS 4.0.
The front cameras are the same in terms of range, with a 13MP Sony IMX688 sensor, but there are some differences in the rear slots. The Magic 5 is expected to come with a triple array of primary 54MP Sony IMX800, 50MP Sony IMX758 and 64MP OmniVision OV64B.
With the new Sony IMX878 sensor that comes with OIS support, the Magic 5 Pro has some tweaks. The OmniVision OV64B makes a reappearance, but this time with the addition of a Sony IMX516 sensor. The listing for the Magic 5 Prestige includes a Sony IMX989 1-inch sensor with OIS, a Sony IMX758 50Mp sensor, a Sony IMX516 sensor, and an unspecified secondary camera.
Battery life should be good, with a 5,000mAh battery in the Magic 5 (including 66W fast charging) and 4,800mAh batteries for the Pro and Prestige (100W wired/50W wireless).
Some other differences include IPX54 waterproofing for the Magic 5 and IP68 waterproofing for the others, while the Magic 5 benefits from 2D facial recognition with the other two models using advanced 3D recognition capabilities.
Many other specifications are standard on all three models, including Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, USB 3.1, NFC and MagicOS 7.0.
It won’t be long before we get to see the Honor Magic 5 for ourselves, but until then, you can check out our best smartphones guide to see which models in the range you’ll have to beat, as well as the best phones released. . in 2023.
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