The evening of January 11, 2024, saw the official unveiling of the Honor Magic6 series, as reported by various tech media outlets. This new lineup features a universal low-power LTPO eye-protection screen, employing a novel screen light gathering technology which allows for a peak brightness of 5000 nits and a global peak brightness of 1600 nits, supported by the universal low-power LTPO technology. In terms of performance, the entire Honor Magic6 series is equipped with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile platform. With a starting price of 4399 yuan, the Honor Magic6 series is set to compete with similar models from Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO, vivo, Samsung, and other manufacturers.
Firstly, as per earlier leaks on the internet, the Honor Magic6 series promises a 15% reduction in screen power consumption and a fourfold increase in life expectancy. Additionally, the series supports LTPO technology from 1 to 120 Hz dynamic adjustment, intelligently varying the refresh rate based on content to balance smooth performance with energy savings. LTPO technology is an advanced material in OLED panels, offering significantly lower overall power consumption compared to LTPS technology, as well as the ability to dynamically adjust the screen framerate.
When it comes to color options, both the Honor Magic6 standard and Pro models come in five shades: Sea Lake Cyan, Cloud Purple, Qilian Snow, Wheat Green, and Velvet Black. These rich color options undoubtedly provide consumers with more variety. In the launch event, Honor emphasized that the entire Magic6 series is equipped with Honor’s proprietary Rhino Glass, which is optimized based on second-generation nanocrystalline glass technology, increasing crystal density by 50%, and storage stress by 20%. Compared to Apple’s iPhone ceramic shield, it offers a 30% improvement in drop resistance. Durability and resilience to falls are among the considerations for smartphone users when selecting a device. After all, in daily use, many prefer not to face the hassle of replacing a cracked phone screen.
Secondly, in terms of performance, the entire Honor Magic6 lineup is loaded with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile platform. According to publicly available information on the internet, the third generation Snapdragon 8 features a 1+5+2 octa-core architecture, more accurately described as a 1+3+2+2 octa-core arrangement. The specs include one 3.3GHz Cortex-X4 prime core, three 3.2GHz Cortex-A720 large cores + two 3.0GHz Cortex-A720 large cores, and two 2.3GHz Cortex-A520 smaller cores, with a shared L3 cache of 12MB.
In terms of charging and battery life, the Honor Magic6 Pro is equipped with a 5600mAh second-generation Qinghai Lake battery, supporting 80W fast charging, able to fully charge in 39 minutes under normal mode and 36 minutes in extreme speed mode, and supporting 66W wireless charging. Almost all new smartphones from major manufacturers, especially flagship models, are now offering wireless charging capabilities.
In contrast, the Honor Magic6 standard edition includes a 5450mAh second-generation Qinghai Lake battery, supporting 66W fast charging which fills up in 43 minutes on normal mode and 38 minutes on extreme speed mode, along with 50W wireless charging support. Moreover, in line with previous internet leaks, the entire Magic6 series comes equipped with the self-developed RF enhancement chip C1+, which can increase the maximum transmission gain by 41% and the maximum reception gain by 51%.
Thirdly, concerning the camera setup, the Honor Magic6 series includes a DSLR-level Honor Eagle Eye camera, a 50-million-pixel ultra-dynamic main shooter, equipped with an SMA memory metal motor for rapid and precise focusing. The Honor Magic5 series’ Honor Eagle Eye camera system, which offered end-to-end optimization from start-up speed, focus speed, shutter response time, to image processing speed, created an industry-leading capturing experience. The Honor Magic6 series undoubtedly inherits and enhances this feature. For the Honor Magic6 Pro with higher specs, it debuts with a 180-million-pixel periscope telephoto lens, using a 1/1.49-inch sensor; it also supports f/1.4-f/2.0 super large smart variable aperture, thereby improving the photography experience for smartphone users.
In terms of pricing, the Honor Magic6 standard version offers three storage combinations, the 12GB+256GB version is priced at 4399 yuan, the 16GB+256GB version at 4699 yuan, and the 16GB+512GB version at 4999 yuan. The Honor Magic6 Pro is also available in three storage configurations, the 12GB+256GB version priced at 5699 yuan, the 16GB+512GB version at 6199 yuan, and the 16GB+1TB version at 6699 yuan. What are your thoughts on this launch?