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Honor unveils the Magic4 Ultimate, a flagship smartphone that already tops the DxOMark leaderboard

The Honor Magic4 Ultimate is jam-packed full of flagship hardware. (Image source: @RODENT950)
The Honor Magic4 Ultimate is jam-packed full of flagship hardware. (Image source: @RODENT950)
Honor may have just presented the Magic4 Ultimate, but the smartphone has found its way to the top of DxOMark's smartphone camera leaderboard. The Honor Magic4 Ultimate combines a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC with a ceramic body and a large 1/1.12-inch camera sensor, among other features.

Honor already unveiled the Magic4 series, which it showcased last month at MWC 2022 in Barcelona. However, it has now expanded the series to include the Magic4 Ultimate, which has five rear-facing cameras arranged in a huge camera housing. Honor pairs the Magic4 Ultimate with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 too, underlining the smartphone's flagship credentials.

Furthermore, the Magic4 Ultimate has an LTPO AMOLED display that measures 6.81-inches across with a 2,848 x 1,312 resolution. Predictably, the smartphone supports up to a 120 Hz refresh rate, which Honor complements with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. Meanwhile, a 4,600 mAh battery powers these components, which the Magic4 Ultimate can recharge at up to 100 W, or 50 W when using a wireless charger.

The Honor Magic4 Ultimate with its two front-facing and five rear-facing cameras. (Image source: Honor via DxOMark)
The Honor Magic4 Ultimate with its two front-facing and five rear-facing cameras. (Image source: Honor via DxOMark)

As DxOMark describes, the Magic4 Ultimate has a 50 MP primary camera that has a 1/1.12-inch optical format, 1.4 μm pixels and a 23 mm equivalent focal length. Moreover, Honor equips the Magic4 Ultimate with 64 MP telephoto and ultra-wide-angle sensors and a 50 MP spectrum camera. Additionally, Honor includes a 12 MP front-facing camera and a rear-facing ToF sensor. Incidentally, Honor includes a second front-facing camera that provides 3D face recognition.

Apparently, the Magic4 Ultimate relies on a custom image signal processor (ISP) that delivers 28.8 TOPS of performance at just over 2 W of power. In part, this explains why Honor's latest flagship scored 146 points in DxOMark's camera tests, taking it above the Huawei P50 ProMi 11 Ultra and the Mate 40 Pro+. It is unclear whether Honor will launch the Magic4 Ultimate globally, but it will retail for CNY 7,999 (~US$1,259) in China. 

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Alex Alderson, 2022-03-17 (Update: 2022-03-17)