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Honor MagicBook 15: A 15.6-inch Ryzen 5 3500U-powered laptop with a 42 Wh battery

The MagicBook 15 features a smaller battery than its 14-inch sibling. (Image source: Honor)
The MagicBook 15 features a smaller battery than its 14-inch sibling. (Image source: Honor)
The MagicBook 15 is not a MagicBook Pro by another name. Instead, it is a slightly larger version of the MagicBook 14, but one that Honor has decided to equip with a smaller battery. The MagicBook 15 shares all other hardware with its smaller sibling though, including a Ryzen 5 3500U processor.
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Launched alongside the MagicBook 14 at Honor's All-Scenario Intelligence Conference in Barcelona, the MagicBook 15 features practically the same hardware as its smaller sibling. Incidentally, Honor unveiled the MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15 in China last November.

The 15.6-inch machine includes an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor, 8 GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM and up to 512 GB of PCIe storage. The MagicBook 15 includes a 1080p panel too, along with the same selection of ports. Onboard is a 3.5 mm jack, a full-sized HDMI port and two USB Type-A ports. Only one operates at USB 3.0 though, with the other restricted to USB 2.0 speeds. There is also a USB Type-C port that handles charging and data transfer.

The MagicBook 15 weighs in at 1.53 kg and measures 357.8 x 229.9 x 16.9 mm, making it a fair bit larger than the MagicBook 14. The device still has a high screen-to-body-ratio though as Honor has hidden its webcam within the keyboard. Just like the MateBook X, the camera in the MagicBook 15 is hidden within a pop-up mechanism situated between F6 and F7.

Oddly, the MagicBook 15 has a smaller battery than the MagicBook 14. Honor has only included a 42 Wh battery for some reason, which it claims can reach roughly 53% from 30 minutes charge with the included 65 W power supply.

The MagicBook 15 will be sold in Mystic Silver and Space Grey like its smaller sibling. The MagicBook 15 will start at €599 and will be available from the end of March.

Unlike the MagicBook 14, the MagicBook 15 is not just a re-branded MateBook D 15. While the latter has three USB Type-A ports, the MagicBook 15 has two. The third Type-A port operates at USB 2.0, for reference. Huawei currently sells the MateBook D 15 2020 on Amazon for £599.99. Only the Space Grey version with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage is available to purchase at the time of writing, though.

 

 

(Image source: Honor)
(Image source: Honor)
(Image source: Honor)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-24 (Update: 2020-02-24)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.