Honor is back with a host of exciting new products, while the manufacturer is not widely known in South Africa yet, the brand says it has set its sights on becoming a premium technology brand in the country and globally. In its first year of trading as an independent smartphone brand, after splitting away from Huawei, Honor has produced a few devices including the V40 5G, the H50, and the Honor Band 6. But now, the brand is back with the all-new Magic 3 Series, which interestingly comes with Google Play Store preinstalled. The news that the brand has regained access to Google Mobile Services is quite the revelation, especially since it is a privilege its previous owner, Huawei, still doesn’t enjoy.
Honor is aiming to become a top-three global smart device brand and the Magic 3 Series is just the start of this exciting journey. The brand has confirmed the implementation of Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G capable processor in its new flagship Honor Magic3 Series. Honor claims that the adoption of this advanced technology will deliver more transformative and innovative experiences to users and forms part of its goal to offer consumers leading technologies at competitive prices.
The smartphones series coming to South African shores includes the base Honor Magic 3, Honor Magic 3 Pro, and Magic 3 Pro Plus. The Magic 3 offers a battery capacity of 4,600mAh and supports wired fast-charging up to 66W. Running on a Snapdragon 888 processor with a 6.76-inch 1344p OLED display with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck with this device.
On the Pro and Pro Plus, there’s wireless charging up to 50W with support for reverse wireless charging, as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Both the Magic 3 Pro and Pro Plus are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 Plus processor and feature a 6.76-inch 1344p OLED display. The Magic 3 Pro offers the same configuration of RAM and storage as the standard Magic 3 but the Magic 3 Pro Plus steps it up with12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
The Magic 3 smartphone is fitted with four camera sensors — a 50MP wide cam, a 64MP monochrome sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide cam, and a laser focus sensor. On the Magic 3 Pro device, you’ll find five sensors — a 50MP wide cam, a 64MP monochrome sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide, a 64MP telephoto cam, and an 8×8 dTOF (direct time of flight) sensor. Upfront, the selfie camera features two lenses — one ultra-wide sensor and one 3D depth sensor.
The Magic 3 Series is also the first-ever Imax Enhanced smartphone, with the devices featuring AI film effects to enable professional movie-grade colour solutions.
The Magic 3 ProPlus’ halo camera module on the back panel offers users an additional camera sensor (that’s six in total) — so you’re getting a 50MP wide cam, a 64MP monochrome sensor, a 64MP ultra-wide cam, a 64MP telephoto cam, an 8×8 dTOF sensor, and a multi-spectrum colour temperature sensor.
Pricing and availability
The Honor Magic 3 and Magic 3 Pro will come to South Africa in the coming months. Local prices are yet to be confirmed. For more information visit the Honor website.