Huawei Honor Magic


Huawei Honor Magic
Huawei Honor Magic (Honor Series)
HiSilicon Kirin 950 8 x 2.3 GHz, Cortex-A72/-A53
Graphics adapter
4096 MB 
5.09 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 577 PPI, glossy: yes
64 GB internal
1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 146 x 70 ( = 0.31 x 5.75 x 2.76 in)
2900 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera: 12 MPix Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: 65%, performance: 80%, features: 90%, display: 85% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 89%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Huawei Honor Magic

Huawei Honor Magic Review: The Smartphone Of The Future Has Arrived
Source: iTech Post English
The Huawei Honor Magic debuted back in January at the CES 2017 and instantly made some noise. In fact, it was considered one of the best smartphones introduced at the popular tech show along with the likes of the Huawei Mate 9, Blackberry Mercury, Nokia 6 and the Asus Zenfone AR. The Huawei Honor Magic is already available in China and will be made available in U.S. and other parts of the world but there's no word yet as to when exactly that will be.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/29/2017
Honor Magic hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
There’s no word on a UK price just yet, or even confirmation Honor will launch it outside of China, but it would be a shame if we didn’t get to try out the Magic. If the price is right, it could be a real mid-range winner.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/06/2017
honor Magic Hands On: honor’s Sleekest (and Smartest) Phone Yet
Source: English
honor has really made a name for itself in the past few years, and the honor Magic is a testament to that. While the Magic isn’t expected to be made available anywhere outside of China for now, a honor representative mentioned that the second iteration of the Magic may just be a global device. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before this happens.
Positive: Decent cameras; nice design; excellent display. Negative: No memory card slot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/17/2017

Foreign Reviews

80% Dieses Smartphone ist ein Trendsetter
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/23/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Viel Leistung mit kleinen magischen Extras
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/14/2017
Honor Magic spektakuläres Glas-Smartphone
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/16/2016
3 razones para comprar el Honor Magic
Source: Profesional Review Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Low price; fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/18/2016
Honor Magic, primeras impresiones: el gran salto en diseño de Honor va acompañado de su propio asistente
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Impressive design; excellent AMOLED display; high performance; decent hardware; elegant design; compact size.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/17/2016
Honor Magic: toma de contacto y primeras
Source: El Androide Libre Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Attractive design; good performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/16/2016
Honor Magic só mostra notificações se reconhecer o dono a segurar no smartphone
Source: Aberto ate de Madrugada Portuegese PT→EN
Positive: Elegant design; excellent display; decent hardware; good cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/19/2016
Smartphone Huawei Honor Magic - Recensione Caratteristiche Prezzo
Source: Smartphone e tablet android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2017
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
75% Honor magic Recensione
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 65% display: 90% mobility: 69% workmanship: 96%
Honor Magic Hands-On: Originale, Seducente Ma Inaccessibile
Source: Italian IT→EN
Positive: Attractive design; excellent display; compact size.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/07/2017
Honor Magic con display curvo all-around e IA integrata
Source: Toms Hardware Italia Italian IT→EN
Positive: Impressive design; good display; long battery life; fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/16/2016
Prise En Main Du Honor Magic : Original, Séduisant Mais Inaccessible
Source: French FR→EN
Positive: Attractive design; excellent display; compact size.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/02/2017
Смартфон Huawei Honor Magic
Source: Product Test RU→EN
Positive: Stylish design; excellent AMOLED display; good dual cameras. Negative: No memory card slot; unsupport 4K video.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2016
Trên tay Honor Magic: Camera kép, viền màn hình cong độc đáo
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Good dual cameras; impressive design; quick charge.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/19/2016


Model: The Huawei Honor Magic comes with a nice 5.09-inch AMOLED curved display with QHD resolution (577 ppi), and Honor took one step further by also curving the top side. These three round edges are mirrored to the phone's glass back. The moderate body size plus the curved back makes the Huawei Honor Magic feel nice in the palm. The usual Android navigation keys below the screen are gone. They are all rolled into the multi-function fingerprint reader on the front: Press for home, double tap to show recent apps and swipe left to go back. The Honor Magic is available in Golden Black and Porcelain White. It is powered by a Kirin 950 processor, which is the same octa-core SoC as in the Huawei Mate 8. However, it still comes with 4 GB of RAM plus 64 GB of internal storage. As for the battery, it comes with 2,900 mAh battery with new graphite structure courtesy of Huawei's 2012 Lab. According to Huawei’s tests, a 10-minute charge can already get a depleted battery back to 40 percent, whereas a 20-minute charge gets you up to 70 percent.

Another addition to the Magic is the infrared camera on the front, which makes use of Tobii's eye-tracking algorithm (similar to the one usually found in devices with Windows Hello function). When a user picks up the phone, the screen will automatically turn on only when the user is looking at it. This means user won't have to find the power button while picking up the phone. Besides that, there is Facecode feature where notification content on the lock screen is hidden by default, but it's automatically displayed when the phone recognises your registered face. In theory, all these features are helpful but only extensive tests can show its true usability. Honor's Magic Live UI is based on Android 6.0 and packs many situation-aware features. For instance, over time the phone will learn that when a user goes to work at 7 AM, the user tends to listen to music. From this situation, it will show the music app's icon in the bottom left corner of the lock screen around that time. Another useful scenario is when user whips out the phone in the dark, that same spot will give the user the flashlight button just in case. All of this is a bit like Google Now but without having to unlock the smartphone.

As for the camera, the Huawei Honor Magic features the same set of cameras as the Honor 8, which is a 12 MP f/2.2 dual-lens camera plus an 8 MP f/2.4 selfie camera. It would have been better if Huawei had fitted it with one of its Leica lenses but this does the job too. It supports global LTE bands and dual SIM connectivity. However, secondary SIM is limited to 2G network only. The Magic measures at 146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8 mm and weighs at 145g. The Huawei Honor Magic is a rather interesting phone. It takes the current bezel less design scheme employed by many manufacturers and amplifies it. With the right price, this would be a good device to own especially with its capability to offer uniqueness.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

ARM Mali-T880 MP4: Mobile graphics solution for tablets and smartphones, which can be found in ARM SoCs like the HiSilicon Kirin 950.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Kirin 950: ARM based octa-core SoC containing four Cortex-A72 cores for performance tasks and four Cortex-A53 cores to save power. Furthermore, the SoC integrates an LTE radio and a ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.145 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company founded in 1987 with focus on telecommunications hardware and 170000 employees. In the first quarter of 2016, Huawei had a market share of 8.2% in the smartphone market, making it the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Compared to the same quarter of 2015, Huawei increased its market share by more than 58%.
In 2014, Huawei created the sub brand Honor and offers certain smartphone series under this name. The name Huawei is usually not listed for these products.
There are a lot of reviews on Huawei phones with slightly above average ratings (as of 2016).

77.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Huawei P40 Lite E
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Huawei P40
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Huawei P40 Pro
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2016-12-27)