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Honor Magic5 Lite 5G Review: Thin smartphone with thick battery

Slim beauty. The Honor Magic5 Lite 5G does a lot better than its predecessor, but it still relies on the same Snapdragon 695 SoC that is still very common in this price range. Externally, the Magic5 Lite convinces with its slim build that also accommodates a large 5,100 mAh battery.
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G in review. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G (Magic5 Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G 8 x 1.7 - 2.2 GHz, Kryo 660 Gold (2x Cortex-A78) / Silver (6x Cortex-A55)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6 GB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.67 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, capacitive, 10 multi touch points, 300 Hz touch sampling rate, AMOLED, HLG, HDR10, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110.84 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Rotation, Gyroscope, OTG, IR-Blaster
Networking
Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz), LTE (Band 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 3, 7, 8, 28, 38, 41, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 161.6 x 73.9 ( = 0.31 x 6.36 x 2.91 in)
Battery
5100 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 40W-Charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (f/1.8) + 5 MPix (Ultrawide, f/2.2) + 2 MPix (Macro, f/2.4); 1080p-video; Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.45)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, SIM-Tool, USB-Cabel (Type-A to Type-C), Bumper, MagicUI 6.1, 24 Months Warranty, GNSS: GPS (L1), Glonass (L1), BeiDou (B1), Galileo (E1), DRM Widevine L1, IR-Blaster, fanless
Weight
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
370 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82 %
05/2023
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
175 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080
84.9 %
04/2023
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4
199 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2340x1080
85.4 %
04/2023
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
SD 778G 5G, Adreno 642L
181 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080
82.8 %
05/2023
Motorola Moto G73 5G
Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256
181 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2400x1080

Case and features: Magic5 Lite comes with a chic look

One highlight of the Magic5 Lite 5G is its very thin casing, which looks even slimmer due to the rounded edges. The Honor smartphone is available in Midnight Black, Emerald Green, and Titanium Silver color options. The latter is our test device, whose actual color is not easy to determine because it changes with the incidence of light.

Honor optionally offers so-called Surprise Cases (€20), which not only protect the smartphone but also have very fancy designs. Even the surface in the camera ring can be adapted to the case's look with an included sticker.

The workmanship seems to be of a very high quality, and the matte plastic on the back is insensitive to fingerprints. The gaps are tight and even, but Honor did not put much effort into the cover of the card slot. It is slightly recessed in the aluminum frame and also has a different color.

The hardware includes Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and an IR blaster which can be used to control home multimedia devices, air conditioners, cameras, and more. An audio jack is not available nor are microSD cards supported. In return, two storage versions are offered: 6 GB RAM with 128 GB internal storage (RRP: €370) as well as a variant with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage (RRP: €400).

Unlike the Magic4 Lite, a power adapter is no longer included although the packaging is unchanged in size. However, this is not so bad for the buyer because the fast charging technology is fully compatible with older power adapters from Huawei and Honor. Those who do not have a power adapter or would still like to have a new one can buy one for €1 in the Honor store.

Honor Magic5 Lite. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Honor Magic5 Lite. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Honor Magic5 Lite. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Top. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Left. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Right. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Chin. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Honor Magic5 Lite. (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Backside with Surprise Case

Size comparison

166.07 mm / 6.54 in 75.78 mm / 2.98 in 8.05 mm / 0.3169 in 195 g0.4299 lbs162.91 mm / 6.41 in 76.03 mm / 2.99 in 7.9 mm / 0.311 in 181 g0.399 lbs161.42 mm / 6.36 in 73.84 mm / 2.91 in 8.29 mm / 0.3264 in 181 g0.399 lbs161.6 mm / 6.36 in 73.9 mm / 2.91 in 7.9 mm / 0.311 in 175 g0.3858 lbs161.3 mm / 6.35 in 78.1 mm / 3.07 in 8.2 mm / 0.3228 in 199 g0.4387 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Communication, software, and operation: Most 5G bands covered but no eSIM

The Honor Magic5 Lite 5G supports the most important mobile bands for all current standards, including 5G Sub-6. Therefore, all countries are covered within Europe but users planning a long-distance trip should check whether the smartphone meets local requirements beforehand.

Wi-Fi 5 is supported in the WLAN, and the Magic5 Lite works both stably and with expected speeds within this standard.

The Honor smartphone can accept up to two nano-SIM cards, but it does not support an eSIM. VoLTE and WLAN calls are supported, however. There is no integrated SIP account management. The voice quality is good when held to the ear and minor noises are suppressed. However, the user sounds quite tinny in speaker mode.

The operating system is the outdated Google Android 12, over which Honor runs its Magic UI 6.1. There will be an update to Android 13, but that will arrive later. In addition, Honor provides security patches for a total of three years.

A reinforced glass is used on the front, which is supposed to be particularly robust against drops. Additionally, Honor protects the display with a protective film. The gliding properties are good, and the touchscreen works with a sampling rate of up to 300 Hz, so inputs are recognized very quickly and precisely.

For biometric security, an optical fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the panel which has high recognition rates and unlocks the Magic5 Lite quickly. Additionally, or alternatively, a less secure facial recognition via the front camera is available. An ERM motor is responsible for the vibrations, which is very quiet and provides comparatively accurate feedback.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
977 (487min - 997max) MBit/s +165%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
679 (653min - 709max) MBit/s +84%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
373 (355min - 386max) MBit/s +1%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
 
369 (337min - 380max) MBit/s
Honor Magic4 Lite
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (175min - 354max) MBit/s -6%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
805 (686min - 905max) MBit/s +125%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
634 (610min - 642max) MBit/s +78%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
 
357 (172min - 378max) MBit/s
Motorola Moto G73 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
356 (333min - 362max) MBit/s 0%
Honor Magic4 Lite
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
354 (339min - 359max) MBit/s -1%
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Honor Magic5 Lite 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø351 (172-378)
Honor Magic4 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø352 (339-359)
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø369 (337-380)
Honor Magic4 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø341 (175-354)

Cameras: Magic5 Lite comes with a 64 MP sensor

Selfie with the Honor Magic5 Lite in Portrait mode
Selfie with the Honor Magic5 Lite in Portrait mode

The cameras are considerably improved in all respects compared to the Magic4 Lite. The front-facing camera is almost identical on the spec sheet, but it takes much better photos. The bokeh could be softer in portrait mode, but there are no hard edges to the subject.

The triple camera on the back has a new 64 MP sensor, which takes much better pictures. Just before the completion of the testing period, the Magic5 Lite 5G received an update that visibly improved the photo quality again; the pictures shown here were taken before that.

Although an ultra-wide-angle lens is finally available, it is quite poor in detail due to the low resolution. The macro lens looks similar. The Honor smartphone can record videos on both sides in Full HD with 30 fps at best.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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ColorChecker
6.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
3.6 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
5 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
6 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
3 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Magic5 Lite 5G: 5.62 ∆E min: 1.61 - max: 10.21 ∆E
ColorChecker
27.5 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
38.5 ∆E
43.3 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
52.3 ∆E
34.2 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
65.4 ∆E
63.8 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
48.5 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
40 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
88.6 ∆E
70.1 ∆E
51.4 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Magic5 Lite 5G: 46.1 ∆E min: 13.85 - max: 88.6 ∆E

Display: Honor relies on a bright OLED panel with PWM dimming

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

Last year's Magic4 Lite still used an LCD screen, but the Magic5 Lite 5G now relies on a modern OLED display that is about 300 cd/m² brighter and reaches up to 1,052 cd/m² with an even distribution of bright and dark picture content (APL18). The refresh rate can either be fixed at 60 Hz, 120 Hz, or dynamically switch between the two values.

Only HLG and HDR10 are supported for HDR. Due to its high-frequency PWM dimming at 1,920 Hz, OLED flickering as such is actually not a problem — this is the same technology used in the Magic5 Pro. Nevertheless, we measured a constant frequency of 60 Hz with the oscilloscope, which could be a burn-in protection.

818
cd/m²
839
cd/m²
913
cd/m²
814
cd/m²
846
cd/m²
913
cd/m²
807
cd/m²
829
cd/m²
900
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 913 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 853.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 846 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.3 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 1.7 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
94.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.19
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.60
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Motorola Moto G73 5G
IPS LCD, 2400x1080, 6.50
Honor Magic4 Lite
TFT-LCD, 2388x1080, 6.81
Response Times
96%
12%
-2899%
-1951%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.2
1.33 ?(0.6985, 0.629)
-11%
1.57 ?(0.7425, 0.827)
-31%
33.7 ?(16.9, 16.8)
-2708%
31.23 ?(14.33, 16.9)
-2503%
Response Time Black / White *
1 ?(0.5055, 0.4965)
1.22 ?(0.6245, 0.592)
-22%
1.32 ?(0.6325, 0.69)
-32%
31.9 ?(11.6, 20.3)
-3090%
14.99 ?(5.441, 9.547)
-1399%
PWM Frequency
60
253
322%
120
100%
Screen
-26%
-14%
-50%
-63%
Brightness middle
846
922
9%
770
-9%
516
-39%
552
-35%
Brightness
853
930
9%
778
-9%
498
-42%
512
-40%
Brightness Distribution
88
98
11%
97
10%
89
1%
84
-5%
Black Level *
0.43
0.82
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.3
2.5
-92%
1.6
-23%
2.08
-60%
2.2
-69%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.7
3.6
-33%
3.3
-22%
5.94
-120%
6
-122%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.7
2.7
-59%
2.2
-29%
2.4
-41%
3.5
-106%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.09 105%
2.23 99%
2.283 96%
2.14 103%
CCT
6570 99%
6661 98%
6882 94%
7006 93%
6410 101%
Contrast
1200
673
Total Average (Program / Settings)
35% / 15%
-1% / -5%
-1475% / -762%
-1007% / -535%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5055 ms rise
↘ 0.4965 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 60 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 60 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 60 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17682 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % Display brightness
25 %
50 % Display brightness
50 %
75 % Display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Color mode: Normal, Color temperature: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Color mode: Normal, Color temperature: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Outdoor viewing
Outdoor viewing
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions, and battery life: Mono speakers in the Magic5 Lite

The Honor Magic5 Lite 5G is powered by a lower mid-range SoC — the Snapdragon 695 5G. The chip provides decent system performance, but those who like to play demanding games will have to make some compromises in terms of details and frame rates. However, the performance is easily sufficient for everyday tasks.

Since we now use Burnout benchmark to determine the surface temperatures, the temperatures are much higher than in other tested smartphones, but they remain within a harmless range, especially since such a high load of the smartphone will hardly happen in everyday use. The Honor smartphone did not reveal any problems in the 3DMark Wild Life (Extreme) stress test and can always call up its performance without restrictions.

The mono speaker of the Magic5 Lite is less convincing. The mids are too flat, which results in a tinny sound. Wired headphones can be connected via USB-C, and Bluetooth is available for wireless audio transmission.

The smartphone's battery runtimes are really good due to its 5,100 mAh battery, but they could certainly be even better with a slightly better efficiency.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=201, last 2 years)
921 Points +38%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
789 Points +18%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
782 Points +17%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
698 Points +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (659 - 697, n=24)
676 Points +2%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
672 Points +1%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
659 Points -1%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
666 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=201, last 2 years)
3055 Points +62%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2987 Points +58%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2315 Points +22%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
1909 Points +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1663 - 2038, n=24)
1904 Points +1%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1891 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1681 Points -11%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1663 Points -12%
Geekbench 6.0
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (188 - 2531, n=44, last 2 years)
1279 Points +42%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
1029 Points +15%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
1022 Points +14%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
916 Points +2%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
898 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (888 - 898, n=2)
893 Points -1%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (512 - 6460, n=44, last 2 years)
3412 Points +65%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2987 Points +45%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2497 Points +21%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
2306 Points +12%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2067 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1918 - 2067, n=2)
1993 Points -4%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
12699 Points +26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=200, last 2 years)
11973 Points +19%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
11787 Points +17%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11721 Points +16%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10834 Points +8%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10071 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (6897 - 11732, n=23)
9629 Points -4%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5008 Points
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4185 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2827 - 2983, n=19)
2930 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (286 - 17553, n=95, last 2 years)
2874 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2827 Points
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
2553 Points
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5134 Points
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4358 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (240 - 29890, n=95, last 2 years)
2997 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2733 - 2845, n=19)
2813 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2759 Points
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
2420 Points
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4573 Points
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
3673 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3093 - 3554, n=19)
3407 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (858 - 7180, n=95, last 2 years)
3187 Points
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
3163 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3093 Points
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=173, last 2 years)
7075 Points +128%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5341 Points +72%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4321 Points +39%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3106 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2887 - 3107, n=21)
3069 Points -1%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2887 Points -7%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
2589 Points -17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=172, last 2 years)
10254 Points +242%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5563 Points +85%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4406 Points +47%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3001 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (2812 - 3008, n=21)
2974 Points -1%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2812 Points -6%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
2416 Points -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
4897 Points +38%
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=172, last 2 years)
4362 Points +23%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4047 Points +14%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3537 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3182 - 3613, n=21)
3465 Points -2%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
3452 Points -2%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3182 Points -10%
Wild Life Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=123, last 2 years)
2664 Points +120%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2465 Points +104%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2279 Points +89%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1197 - 1292, n=22)
1212 Points 0%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1209 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1205 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
Points -100%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=190, last 2 years)
6656 Points +455%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
2434 Points +103%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
2220 Points +85%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (1193 - 1227, n=22)
1204 Points 0%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1202 Points 0%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1199 Points
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
Points -100%
Wild Life Extreme
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=193, last 2 years)
1784 Points +396%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
687 Points +91%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
640 Points +78%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
360 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (355 - 364, n=22)
360 Points 0%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
357 Points -1%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
Points -100%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=189, last 2 years)
1790 Points +409%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
681 Points +93%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
622 Points +77%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (351 - 371, n=22)
354 Points +1%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
352 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
351 Points 0%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
Points -100%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=213, last 2 years)
45.2 fps +138%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
30 fps +58%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
26 fps +37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (18 - 38, n=23)
19.7 fps +4%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
19 fps 0%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
19 fps
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
18 fps -5%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=213, last 2 years)
66.9 fps +204%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
35 fps +59%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
29 fps +32%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
22 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (21 - 23, n=23)
21.5 fps -2%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
21 fps -5%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
21 fps -5%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=213, last 2 years)
33.6 fps +180%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
19 fps +58%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
17 fps +42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (11 - 24, n=23)
12.4 fps +3%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
12 fps
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
11 fps -8%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
11 fps -8%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=213, last 2 years)
26.9 fps +228%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
13 fps +59%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
11 fps +34%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
8.2 fps
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
8 fps -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (7.7 - 8.2, n=23)
7.99 fps -3%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
7.1 fps -13%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=210, last 2 years)
12.8 fps +256%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
5.9 fps +64%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
4.7 fps +31%
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
4 fps +11%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3.6 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (3.5 - 4, n=21)
3.6 fps 0%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
3 fps -17%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=207, last 2 years)
33914 Points +48%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 8192
26766 Points +17%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Adreno 642L, 8192
25439 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 1080, Mali-G68 MP4, 6144
25154 Points +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
  (17849 - 31647, n=21)
24051 Points +5%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
22847 Points
Honor Magic4 Lite
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
21302 Points -7%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5GSamsung Galaxy A34 5GXiaomi Poco X5 ProMotorola Moto G73 5GHonor Magic4 LiteAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
42%
85%
68%
-5%
25%
133%
Sequential Read 256KB
486.17
887.41
83%
1008.77
107%
963.54
98%
488.66
1%
Sequential Write 256KB
420.44
494.67
18%
878.9
109%
808.95
92%
385.52
-8%
Random Read 4KB
171.13
216.75
27%
244.85
43%
231.38
35%
155.16
-9%
188.1 ?(89.3 - 297, n=64)
10%
Random Write 4KB
149.12
206.14
38%
267.41
79%
220.46
48%
143.61
-4%
181.1 ?(62.6 - 419, n=64)
21%

Temperature

Max. Load
 44.3 °C
112 F
42 °C
108 F
38.6 °C
101 F
 
 43.7 °C
111 F
40.9 °C
106 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 42.3 °C
108 F
42.8 °C
109 F
37.8 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 44.3 °C = 112 F
Average: 41.2 °C = 106 F
36.7 °C
98 F
39.7 °C
103 F
41.8 °C
107 F
36.6 °C
98 F
38.9 °C
102 F
40.9 °C
106 F
36.7 °C
98 F
37.3 °C
99 F
40.5 °C
105 F
Maximum: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Average: 38.8 °C = 102 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.3 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.8 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.7 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


3DMark
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
99.7 (4.08min - 4.1max) % +1%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
99.6 (3.82min - 3.84max) % +1%
Honor Magic4 Lite
99.2 % +1%
Honor Magic4 Lite
99.1 (2.14min - 2.16max) % 0%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
98.7 (2.14min - 2.17max) %
Motorola Moto G73 5G
% -100%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Honor Magic4 Lite
99.8 % 0%
Honor Magic4 Lite
99.8 (7.21min - 7.23max) % 0%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
99.8 (7.2min - 7.21max) %
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
99.4 (13.6min - 13.6max) % 0%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
99 (14.6min - 14.7max) % -1%
Motorola Moto G73 5G
% -100%

Legend

 
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G MediaTek Dimensity 1080, ARM Mali-G68 MP4, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 642L, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Motorola Moto G73 5G MediaTek Dimensity 930, IMG BXM-8-256, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
 
Honor Magic4 Lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.737.52520.825.9311933.34017.132.45033.439.46320.931.48016.635.610020.533.412516.533.916014.738.82001446.125014.352.231513.15240013.660.450013.265.463012.366.780012.568.7100011.971.8125012.672.8160012.973.8200013.374250012.574.1315013.480.3400013.985.8500013.982.5630013.576.7800013.778.21000013.975.11250013.5661600013.757.2SPL25.390.7N0.776.6median 13.5median 71.8Delta0.710.629.638.33031.824.532.925.831.937.538.725.232.320.235.420.435.717.54214.453.314.352.515.255.411.957.913.560.612.162.112.460.611.766.111.873.811.476.712.378.212.279.212.179.512.281.312.981.713.481.713.27812.974.713.674.313.47213.260.824.890.40.678.5median 12.9median 73.80.910.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor Magic5 Lite 5GSamsung Galaxy A34 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 42% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy A34 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.3% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 33% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 59% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto G73 5G
5000 mAh
1046 min +28%
Samsung Galaxy A34 5G
5000 mAh
1024 min +25%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=213, last 2 years)
929 min +14%
Xiaomi Poco X5 Pro
5000 mAh
827 min +1%
Honor Magic5 Lite 5G
5100 mAh
816 min
Honor Magic4 Lite
4800 mAh
760 min -7%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 112)
13h 36min

Pros

+ bright 120 Hz OLED
+ 1.920 Hz PWM dimming
+ slim and light design
+ good battery runtimes

Cons

- only Android 12 and short update worries
- weak additional camera optics
- mediocre speaker

Verdict: Honor improves its mid-range

In review: Honor Magic5 Lite 5G. Test device provided by Honor.
In review: Honor Magic5 Lite 5G. Test device provided by Honor.

We like the Honor Magic5 Lite 5G much better than its predecessor, particularly because the display and the main camera are much improved this time around. The OLED panel is not only about 53% brighter but also offers a more life-like color reproduction. Furthermore, the 1,920 Hz PWM dimming is also a premium feature that was previously seen in the Magic5 Pro.

The camera has received a new 64 MP sensor, which enables better pictures than the 48 MP optics from the Magic4 Lite. However, it is still not a high-flyer. The ultra-wide-angle lens was long overdue, but its pictures are only suitable for social media at best.

The Honor Magic5 Lite 5G is a slim smartphone with strong runtimes and a bright display, but it has shortcomings in terms of the camera.

The update supply is expandable — the current Android 13 is supposed to follow, but other phones are already in line to get Android 14. Plus, there is a total of three years of security patches. Samsung does a better job in this price range, since the Galaxy A34 is slated to get even Android 17.

Nevertheless, Honor offers a nice overall package. We were positively surprised by the slim build, and the comparatively low weight in particular, given that it contains a 5,100 mAh strong battery. An IR blaster is also on board.

Fast charging does not have to be dispensed with, but a suitable power adapter is no longer included. Instead, buyers can purchase it optionally for a symbolic Euro. Honor also counters a missing microSD slot with quite inexpensive surcharges for the larger storage variant.

Besides the Galaxy A34, the Poco X5 Pro is a good alternative to the Magic5 Lite 5G but both have more flickering displays. If you are sensitive in this respect, you might also want to consider the Moto G73 5G which uses an IPS panel. 

Price and availability

At the time of the review, the Magic5 Lite is directly available from Honor for €300 (6/128 GB) and €350 (8/256 GB), respectively, but is even cheaper at Saturn (€249) and Amazon DE (€285).

Honor Magic5 Lite 5G - 05/19/2023 v7 (old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
43 / 70 → 61%
Weight
90%
Battery
90%
Display
92%
Games Performance
37 / 64 → 58%
Application Performance
83 / 86 → 97%
Temperature
87%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 90 → 86%
Camera
54%
Average
76%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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Daniel Schmidt, 2023-05-23 (Update: 2023-05-23)