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UPDATE: The HONOR Magic6 Pro ended up topping the DXOMARK camera charts, so we’ve decided to update the review with that information. It only proves what we’ve experienced with the phone. You can find more information about this at the end of the camera section.

The HONOR Magic6 Pro is the latest and greatest phone HONOR has to offer. This is the company’s flagship offering, and it just got announced for global markets. We’ve had the phones for weeks at this point, and I’ve had time to compile the HONOR Magic6 Pro review in time for launch. Spoiler alert, it’s a great smartphone, but it’s not perfect, as nothing really is. This review will hopefully give you plenty of information about it, though, and help you decide whether it’s right for you.

This smartphone does improve upon the HONOR Magic5 Pro in a number of ways, and the camera department is just one example. This phone is heavily focused on the camera, so that’s not really surprising. It’s not just about the camera, though, not at all. It’s ready to provide competition to the best of the best out there, and I was even a bit surprised by how much I liked it, to be quite honest. So… let’s get to it, let’s see what the HONOR Magic6 Pro has to offer.

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HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Hardware / Design

The HONOR Magic6 Pro sure does look unique, that’s hard to deny. Not only does it have a centered pill-shaped cutout on the front, which is a rarity in the Android world, but its rear camera island differentiates too. We’ll talk about that soon, but let’s cover some other parts first. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is made out of metal (aluminum) and either vegan leather or glass, it all depends on the model. Our model is called ‘Sage Green’, and it combines a metallic silver frame with a washed-out green backplate. That’s a vegan leather backplate by the way, and it does provide plenty of grip. I assume the glass models are way more slippery.

The backplate is soft to the touch, and does add grip

That backplate is actually very soft to the touch, and yet grippy at the same time, I really like the feel of it. This is one of the best implementations I’ve seen thus far. It also has protrusions on it, so the backplate is not perfectly flat. It’s certainly an interesting design. The area around the camera island is raised in height towards the camera island so that the phone is more comfortable to hold. HONOR refers to this camera island as the ‘Falcon Camera System’ and a ‘Star Wheel Triple Camera’, it all depends on if we’re talking about the design or not. There are three cameras included. The lower two sit one next to the other, and a periscope camera is placed above them. They are placed inside a circle, but the entire camera island is not circular. It has four edges, which are rounded. As I said, it’s an interesting look, that’s for sure. If you don’t plan on using a case on this phone, the area around the cameras is actually raised to protest them, so you’re good to go.

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Uniform bezels & a pill-shaped cutout

On the front, you’ll find a curved display with seemingly uniform bezels. There is a pill-shaped cutout (aka Magic Capsule) on the front, as mentioned earlier, and the phone’s 3D facial scanning tech sits inside it, along with a front-facing camera. The sides of the phone are flat, but the edges are chamfered, so that the phone is more comfortable to use. All the physical buttons sit on the right-hand side of the phone, while the SIM card tray is accessible from the bottom. There is an IR blaster included at the top of the phone, along with a noise-canceling microphone, and the phone’s second speaker.

The phone is large, but it feels smaller than it actually is

The device measures 162.5 x 75.8 x 8.9mm, while our model weighs 225 grams. The glass variant is a bit heavier at 229 grams. Now, this phone will seem smaller than it is when you’re using it, which is a great thing. I always admire how HONOR manages to create really ergonomically pleasing smartphone. They’re always quite comfortable to hold, even if they’re large, and the same is the case here. The grippy backplate surely helps. The phone is neither small nor light, but it will feel smaller than similarly-sized competitors, at least from my experience. I also found myself using the rear camera island as an anchor for my index finger at times.

The HONOR Magic6 Pro is very comfortable to use, at least this variant

From the design standpoint, HONOR did a great job. I would have appreciated the overall appeal more if HONOR used a more regular green color (darker) here in collaboration with a dark frame, though that’s just a personal preference. I’m not a fan of this green color, and the metallic silver frame does pick up smudges quite easily. Those are just minor complaints, though, the design here is truly excellent.

HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Display

This smartphone also comes with a top-of-the-line display. You’re getting a 6.8-inch LTPO Quad Curved Floating Screen here. Yes, it’s curved on all four sides, technically, even though the curves are way more pronounced on the sides. This panel can project 1.07 billion colors, and it supports HDR10+ content. Its refresh rate goes up to 120Hz, but it can also drop down to 1Hz when needed. The resolution you’re getting here is 2800 x 1280, and the PPI is 453, for those of you who are wondering. Dolby Vision certification is also included in the package.

This panel also gets immensely bright, as it can reach a max of 5,000 for HDR content. That’s the absolute maximum, though, you won’t get near it, realistically. The HONOR NanoCrystal Shield protects this display. It has proven to be quite durable, as SGS’s Five Star Glass Drop Resistance Ability was confirmed. This panel also has three TUV certifications and offers 4,320Hz PWM dimming to save your eyes. Its ‘Night Display’ feature is also customizable.

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The display is vibrant, sharp & great overall

That panel does sound outstanding on paper, doesn’t it? Is it the same in real life, however? Well, yes, it is. I have to say that the panel is gorgeous. It’s vibrant and bright, and the blacks are deep. The viewing angles are excellent, and it’s really well optimized for a 120Hz refresh rate on MagicOS 8.0. I also feel like it’s excellent when it comes to tracking my finger as if it has a higher-than-usual touch response rate, which would not be surprising at all. I don’t have the information on the touch sampling rate, however, so I can’t share that detail.

You can switch between light and dark themes in the settings, or leave the phone to do it. Dynamic dimming feature is available, as is the eBook mode, not to mention that you have plenty of options in regards to manual tweaks to this display. I used it on default settings, without the ‘Natural Tone’ option, and it looked just right for my use. You can change that to ‘Natural Tone’, though, or tweak its color mode and temperature manually. Mine was set to ‘Vivid’, as that’s the default option. I never felt the need to change that, nor did I feel the need to change ‘Screen refresh rate’ to anything other than ‘Dynamic’. The phone did a great job of controlling that on its own.

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Always-On Display (AOD) feature is also here, and it’s great

The HONOR Magic6 Pro also comes with a great Always-On Display (AOD) implementation. You have the option of having a dimmed display, a black display with some important info on it, or disabling the AOD display entirely. Now, you can have it on all the time in your preferred mode, or schedule it to be active whenever you want. Alternatively, you can only have it on when you tap the display. It’s all up to you. This is actually one of the best implementations I’ve seen considering how many options you have. You also have an option to see the notifications while the AOD is on or not.

In all honesty, I don’t really have a single complaint about this display. I would, of course, prefer for the pill-shaped cutout not to be on it. However, considering the functionality it brings, I really don’t mind it. We’ll talk more about that later on, though. All things considered, this is one of the best displays in the game at the moment.

HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Performance

The HONOR Magic6 Pro is fueled by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC. That is Qualcomm’s most powerful chip, and one of the best mobile processors on the market at the moment. HONOR paired it with 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB of UFS 4.0 flash storage. Needless to say, this hardware is very powerful. If HONOR didn’t miss the mark on the software side of things, everything should be working properly. I have to say it does, very much so. We’ll talk more about MagicOS 8.0 in another section. From the sheer performance side of things, the HONOR Magic6 Pro does deliver, very much so.

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The phone simply flew through regular, everyday tasks, even under heavy multitasking. It launched apps really fast, and the animations were great too. I have barely noticed any stuttering here, regardless of the weight put on the phone, which is truly impressive. In fact, this is one of the best-performing smartphones I’ve used. The phone’s hardware works great in collaboration with MagicOS 8.0 and ‘MagicLM’ that HONOR implemented. HONOR boasted about the performance improvements, and it shows, even though the HONOR Magic5 Pro also did a fantastic job.

The phone handled Genshin Impact like a champ, and the heat was well-controlled

What about gaming? Well, not a single game I tried out was a problem for this phone. Genshin Impact is once again the benchmark for performance on smartphones, and even after 30+ minutes of game time on the highest resolution, the phone did a great job. It did heat up, but not to the point of annoyance, nor did I notice any problems with the gameplay during that time. The FPS was constant, which is great to see. Games with lower requirements were a piece of cake for the HONOR Magic6 Pro. The phone also didn’t get too hot while gaming. We fired up Genshin Impact and played it for an hour to see how the thermals stand. The temperature was at 98.1F at that point, which is perfectly fine, and in line with the OnePlus 12, Galaxy S24 Ultra, and Pixel 8 Pro.

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Benchmarks

When it comes to performance benchmarks, we usually run two tests, Geekbench 6 and 3D Mark Wildlife Extreme Stress Test. You can see a graph for the Geekbench 6 below, while we also talk more about 3D Mark down below.

In addition to that, we also tested the phone’s capability to process/export a video. We used our standard video clip, and CapCut to test it. The phone did a really good job processing a video in 1080p resolution at 30 FPS. You can check out the results below.

Geekbench 6

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3D Mark

3D Mark has a number of benchmarking tests, but we usually run the 3D Mark Wildlife Extreme Stress Test. That puts quite a strain on the phone and usually heats it up quite a bit. It runs 20 loops of heavy 3D content, and the results can be quite interesting. The HONOR Magic6 Pro did a fairly good job here. Its best loop scored 5,054 points, considerably more than the Galaxy S24 Ultra (4,376) and Pixel 8 Pro (2,180). The OnePlus did get a better score with 17,047, though.

The lowest loop the Magic6 Pro provided was 3,492, which is higher than the Galaxy S24 Ultra (2,231) and Pixel 8 Pro (1,668). It’s lower than what the OnePlus 12 was able to provide (8,669), though. The HONOR Magic6 Pro did have higher stability than the OnePlus’ smartphone with 69.1% compared to 50.8%. It also did better than the Galaxy S24 Ultra (51%). The Pixel 8 Pro did do a better job stability-wise with 76.5%.

Video export test

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3D face scanning & fingerprint scanning

The HONOR Magic6 Pro is equipped with both an advanced facial scanner and a fingerprint scanner. The facial scanning tech is included in the pill-shaped cutout at the top of the display, while the fingerprint scanner sits under the display. Let’s talk about the facial scanner first.

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There are not many Android smartphones out there that offer facial scanning similar to Apple’s. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is one of them, as was its predecessor. Having that pill-shaped camera cutout at the top is definitely worth it, in my opinion. Facial scanning works like a charm on the HONOR Magic6 Pro. During my usage of over two weeks, I’ve unlocked the phone using this method a ton of times, and it failed me only twice. Both times it was on random during the day, other than that, it worked brilliantly every other time. It worked like a charm during the day and night, even when half of my face was covered. HONOR is probably using eye-tracking to an extent as well, I’m not sure, but I’ve purposely tried to hide the lower part of my face a number of times, and the feature worked great regardless.

The fingerprint scanner is fast and reliable

What about the fingerprint scanner? The HONOR Magic6 Pro uses an optical in-display fingerprint scanner. That sensor worked great for me. I’ve used it for about two days, just to try it out, as I was using facial scanning way more during the review period. The fingerprint scanner didn’t fail me once during those two days, and I only scanned one finger, once. If you don’t like facial scanning, this fingerprint scanner will serve you well.

HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Battery

The HONOR Magic6 Pro comes with a 5,600mAh battery on the inside. Needless to say, that’s a rather large battery. HONOR is actually using a silicon-carbon battery inside of this phone, the second-generation one. The company even collaborated with YouTubers for some tests, to show how its new battery handles extremely low temperatures much better than regular batteries. That’s not all, considering this is a silicon-carbon battery, it has a higher density. That means that more capacity fits inside the same size, basically, which is another benefit. Is this capacity enough to power the phone through a demanding daily routine? Spoiler alert… yes, very much so.

In our battery rundown test, the HONOR Magic6 Pro did an outstanding job. It managed to beat the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, our top performer thus far. We’ve basically fired up a YouTube video at 4K resolution, tuned up the brightness, and allowed it to run on the phone until the phone dies (well, dome to 1%, actually). We did that when the battery was full, of course. The HONOR Magic6 Pro proved it can handle that without a problem. What about actual usage? Well, read on.

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I never felt the need to plug it in during the day

In daily usage, getting over 8 hours of screen-on-time was not difficult with this phone. Do note that I’m not much of a gamer, and I play games only for testing purposes. I do use my phone for various other tasks, though. The tasks ranged from plenty of multimedia consumption, emails, and messages, all the way to browsing, image editing, light video editing, and taking plenty of pictures… amongst other things. I did use the phone on Wi-Fi most of the day. Well, on most days. There were days with heavier 5G usage too. I didn’t notice any notable drop-off when the phone was connected to 5G. The signal was rather good at all times, though.

At the 8-hour screen-on-time point the phone had over 20% of battery charge left. Well, most of the time. That’s outstanding, needless to say. At one point I had 30% left. Your mileage may, of course, vary, as there are simply too many variables to consider. The point is, this phone offers great battery life. That big battery + HONOR’s optimizations obviously did the trick.

Charging

The HONOR Magic6 Pro not only has a big battery, but it also has immensely fast charging, in case you were wondering. The phone supports 80W wired charging and 66W wireless charging. One thing that surprised me is the fact that a charger did not come in the box, while it usually does. So keep that in mind if you plan on getting the device. Now, when it comes to sheer charging speed, I utilized one of the previous HONOR charging bricks, and at its max 80W charging the phone was fully charged for a little bit over half an hour, around 36 minutes.

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HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Camera

The HONOR Magic6 Pro has three cameras on the back. There is a 50-megapixel main ‘Super Dynamic Falcon’ camera (OmniVision H9000 sensor, f/1.4-f/2.0 adjustable aperture, OIS) back there. In addition to that, you’re also getting a 50-megapixel ultrawide camera (f/2.0 aperture, 122-degree FoV), and a 180-megapixel periscope telephoto camera. That periscope camera has a 1/1.4″ sensor, an f/2.6 aperture, and offers a 2.5x optical zoom, in addition to a 100x digital zoom. HONOR also boasted about improvements to dynamic range, light sensitivity, long-range vision, and dynamic visuals. The company is also using a new Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator here, which combines autofocus and optical image stabilization. A Sport Portrait Algorithm is also included here, which is supposed to be able to take portrait shots even in fast-moving scenarios. The company also spent a lot of time on the periscope camera, and so on. You can read more about that here.

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I captured over 1,000 images during the review period

I’ve spent over two weeks with this phone, and took over 1,000 images in that time. You’ll find around 100 of them shown at the very end of this section. I had a good feeling about this camera since I started using it, and I wasn’t wrong, it surely delivered. It’s not perfect, though, so let’s talk about it. In daylight situations, all three cameras do a great job. The main camera is the most consistent, though, as expected. It provides plenty of detail and handles dynamic range with authority. The images end up well-balanced and quite vivid. HONOR’s image processing also helps things. It doesn’t like to keep things in the shadows, which is likely what most people will prefer. This can make images look unrealistic, but not necessarily in a bad way. Sharpening is not an issue here, not at all, and the colors are great.

There are three shooting modes & an separate AI option

Do note that I used the camera mostly with the ‘AI Photography’ mode set to ‘Off’. I did take some with it on, but I didn’t notice much of a difference to be quite honest. It did recognize objects from time to time and did its thing. I didn’t really prefer those results, so I kept it in the off state most of the time. Also, there are three photo style modes you can choose from, Vibrant, Authentic, and Natural. I tried all three but stuck with the default one for the purposes of the review, the Vibrant mode. The Authentic Mode keeps things darker and more natural in a way, with a bit of vignetting. Natural mode is between the two and is the closest you can get to reality you’ll get. Still, I preferred the extra oomph the vibrant mode offered, and it was the default setting, so… there you go.

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The camera shutter was quite fast, even without the special mode

The shutter was quite fast, especially on the main camera. If you need to take images of fast-moving objects, the motion-sensing option is no joke. Even when taking pictures of my dog, which is difficult to shoot as is due to all that white hair, it did a fine job. The same goes for the dog park. You also don’t need to activate night mode manually in auto mode when you’re in low-light situations. The phone does that on its own, and it’s very good at that.

The ultrawide camera did a very good job overall

The ultrawide camera did a great job of keeping the same color profile as the main shooter. The quality was also excellent, and the only thing that managed to throw it off was heavy light pollution in the background. That goes for mid-day when the sun is the brightest, and at night when there are a ton of street lights in the background. That’s what happens to many cameras, so I was not surprised. I was very pleased with that ultrawide camera, however, and it also has a very wide field of view (FoV), so it was quite useful at times. That’s the least impressive camera out of the three HONOR is using here, though.

its periscope telephoto camera is excellent

HONOR is very proud of this 180-megapixel periscope telephoto camera, and in my experience, it did a great job. The weakest performance was in low light, but it was still good. It actually exceeded my expectations. It was a great option for macro photos. You can see that ladybug in the gallery below, that one was taken using the telephoto camera, and it turned out fantastic. You will be using this camera for macro photos, that’s for sure. It also does a great job with far-off objects. Up to 10x, it’s great, the quality does drop the further you go, but you can really capture some great photos, depending on the scene.

Main camera samples:

Ultrawide camera samples:

Telephoto camera samples (various distances):

Colors sample controlled environment:

We take photos of a Rubik’s cube for every review now, in a controlled environment (photo light box). Here you can see a comparison between the shot from the HONOR Magic6 Pro, OPPO Find X7 Ultra, and the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra… in that order. Check out the gallery below.

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The HONOR Magic6 Pro has managed to jump over the OPPO Find X7 Ultra and Huawei Mate 60 Pro+ in order to sit at the top of the camera rankings at DXOMARK. The phone scored 158 points overall, compared to 157 that the other two phones were able to get. DXOMARK was full of praise for the HONOR Magic6 Pro, to say the least. The company highlighted its “vivid and natural colors in both photo and video”, while its performance at various zoom ranges was also praised. Thep hone did great in portrait tests too, and the same goes for wide depth-of-field scenes. Its dynamic range also ranked high over at DXOMARK, and so did the phone’s ability to offer proper exposure for faces in both photos and videos. If you’d like to dive into the entire report, here you go.

HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Software

The HONOR Magic6 Pro comes with Android 14, on top of which you’ll find HONOR’s MagicOS 8.0 skin. MagicOS 8.0 is a brand new version of the company’s Android skin, and it’s definitely an improvement compared to MagicOS 7.2. The UI looks a bit more modern than it did before, though further improvements are needed. The more I used MagicOS 8.0, the more I felt I was using a hybrid between Android and iOS. I believe that’s the best way to describe this UI. It’s the closest one to iOS that I’ve used in recent years. Many other China-based smartphone manufacturers stepped away from iOS, while HONOR is still trying to find the perfect blend between Android and iOS. I have to say that MagicOS 8.0 is much closer to it than MagicOS 7.2 and previous versions were.

MagicOS 8.0 feels like a blend between Android & iOS… in mostly a good way

Why do I even mention this blend? Well, I felt like I was using both OS’ while I was using this phone, to be quite honest. Let’s take iOS for example. The HONOR Magic6 Pro has a 3D facial scanner on the front, and a centered pill-shaped cutout to accommodate it, just like modern iPhones. That facial scanning works like a charm too, and when it recognizes your face, it shows you the content of your messages on the lock screen. Those messages are, by default, bottom-pinned, just like on an iPhone. You do have plenty of choices in regards to what you want them to look like, 3 in total, with some additional options. You can have them sit one above the other, for example, if you don’t like the stacked look.

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Plenty of iOS elements are still here, but the integration is better than ever

We’re not yet over with iOS-like feel, not at all. HONOR still prefers to have many elements of its UI see-through, but that effect has been toned down in MagicOS 8.0. The quick toggles are separated from the notification shade, as they are on iOS. The entire look of the quick toggles screen is also reminiscent of iOS. You see where I’m going with this, even the Dynamic Island functionality has been ported over to a degree. When you fire up YouTube, for example, and then swipe up for home, you’ll get some additional UI elements around the pill-shaped hole at the top of the display. You can tap that for additional options, and from that screen, you can even get back to the app. It’s convenient, but it screams Dynamic Island.

MagicOS 8.0 could use more improvements, but it’s a lot better than it way

Those are the most obvious touches of iOS here. There’s a ton of Android too, as other than what I’ve mentioned, everything else is as you’d expect it. You can switch to an app drawer layout for your apps, even though they’re leaning towards iOS by default. The menus are Android-like, the entire notification system is more Android-like than iOS-like in terms of notification content and actions themselves, and so on. HONOR could still improve those notifications, though, as all content is blended together, and it’s not the best look, in all honesty. Plus that see-through iOS look is still present. HONOR can do a better job in that regard, that’s for sure.

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Swipeable lock screen shortcuts are not customizable

YouTube did freeze a couple of times on MagicOS 8.0, I’m not sure why. I had to kill the app in order to get that sorted. There are also annoying lockscreen shortcuts which you can access by swiping from the bottom up while on the lock screen. Why do I say they’re annoying? Well, because I found now way to customize them. You get a voice recorder, flashlight, calculator, and a stopwatch there. I don’t really use none of those regularly, except the flashlight. I wouldn’t want it to be there even if I did, though. It would be great if we could completely disable this feature. I personally did tend to activate it by accident and I didn’t use it at all. There’s also no way to remove the step counter from the lock screen. That is also something that I don’t prefer to be there.

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You can finally swipe across the screen to access your notifications

Now, MagicOS 8.0 finally brought over a feature I’ve been waiting for ages when it comes to HONOR phones… a customizable swipe-down gesture. There are only three options now, but that’s a huge change compared to previous versions. Why? Well, because you can now set it to bring down the notification shade instead of launching HONOR Search. The third option is ‘None’, so you can basically disable it. I appreciate this so much as reaching for the top of the screen for notifications was really annoying on previous versions. Do note that you can switch between the notification shade and quick toggles by simply swiping left or right when either screen is open. That is also quite convenient. One more thing, when you swipe down across the home screen from the left side of the screen, you’ll access the notification shade (if you set that option), if you do it from the right side, you’ll get to quick toggles. The thing is, 2/3 of the display is reserved for the notification shade and only 1/3 for quick toggle activation. This is a touch of genius on HONOR’s part, as you’ll be using the notification shade much more frequently.

Different lock screen styles are available

You can also choose between a ton of different style of lock screen styles. This feature is called the ‘Magic Lock Screen’, and it does allow you to adapt the lock screen to your preferences. Considering that you’ll be using that lock screen quite a bit if you choose the facial scanning security method, this is a nice touch. Those settings can be found in the ‘Home screen & style’ section of the settings, which is where you’ll find the Always On Display options, themes that you can choose from, fonts, and so on.

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Speaking of the always-on display, that’s another great aspect that you get access to. We’ve already talked about it in the ‘Display’ section a bit, but it’s worth getting a bit more into it. There are two main screen-off modes to choose from, ‘Full screen’ and ‘Partial screen’. The ‘Full screen’ mode basically dims the display, which is something iOS users are probably used to. The ‘Partial screen’ mode leaves you with a black screen and only the most important information on the screen, without your wallpaper. You can schedule when you want the AOD display to be active, leave it on all the time, or have it activate when you tap the display (when it’s off). Whether you want notifications to be visible or not, well, that’s your call too.

The ‘One-Handed mode’ is good, but different

There is a ‘One-Handed mode’ here, and it’s great, even though different from what you’re used to on Android. Instead of swiping across the bottom navigation bar to lower the top portion of the display, you will have to swipe that bar to the right (or left) and wait a moment. At that point, the display will shrink itself (the entire display), and navigate to the side you chose. Many would say this is a more practical solution as you get access to the entire display. I tend to prefer the default Android option. Both are very good, though.

The ‘One-Handed mode’ is placed in the ‘Accessibility features’, along with ‘Shortcuts & gestures, Multi-Window’ and more. There are a ton of additional options that you can activate here. There is also a useful side panel that you can access no matter where are you in the menus or apps. You simply swipe from the left or right side of the display and hold for a moment, and then you’ll see a bunch of apps appear in a vertical alignment. You can customize what shows up here, and from there you can activate multi-window mode, or launch an app in a small window.

Bloatware?

There are a number of apps you likely won’t use pre-installed here, but the good news is, you can remove many of them. For example, Booking and Link to Windows. You can even remove some of HONOR’s very own apps, like Device Clone, for example, if you don’t plan on using it. So, the bloatware is not really a problem. There are a number of HONOR apps that you can’t remove, of course, but chances are you’ll be using many of those system ones.

Some elements are still not in tune with the theme of the UI

These are only some of the options available in MagicOS 8.0 Many of them have been around for a while now, others not so much. The whole UI looks a bit better than it did before, it’s a bit more consistent, but it’s still not there entirely. Different menu elements are not in cohesis as they should be, in my opinion. All caps font is a bit odd in places, while some UI elements look a bit cartoony still. If HONOR does continue in this direction, however, it’ll get great quickly. The good news is… everything works great. The animations are outstanding, the UI is very fluid and responsive. That’s the experience I had on previous versions too, and even devices that are not as powerful. HONOR does a great job with performance optimization, and this is no exception.

HONOR Magic6 Pro Review: Audio

The HONOR Magic6 Pro comes with a stereo speaker setup, with DTS: X Ultra support. We have our own audio tracks to test out the speakers so that we can get the best grasp of their loudness, distortion, bass, treble, balance, vocals, and immersion. The speakers on the HONOR Magic6 Pro are very good. They’re bottom and top-facing, and they’re really well-balanced. This is the best orientation after two front-facing speakers, as it really does add balance to the picture. The second speaker that sits below the earpiece usually does not work as well.

The speakers here do get loud enough. These are definitely not the loudest speakers we’ve heard, but they do get more than loud enough. The distortion is very minimal when you crank up the volume to the highest, many of you won’t even notice it. That’s also the case with most speakers we’ve tested. The bass is strong, but not overbearing, and the same goes for higher-end. It’s actually really well-balanced across the spectrum, I didn’t really hear any problems with low, mid, or high-end tones, to be quite honest. The vocals were also clear enough from the phone’s speakers.

HONOR Magic6 Pro: Should you buy it?

Is the HONOR Magic6 Pro the phone for you? Well… it’s certainly an interesting phone. As I mentioned several times in the review, I see this phone as a hybrid of iOS and Android, in a way. Throughout my entire usage cycle, I felt that way, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This is the first slab phone that I thoroughly enjoyed using since I switched to foldables. I don’t even know why, to be quite honest. I still have quite a few complaints about its software, but that combination of Android and iOS aspects really appealed to me, in combination with the phone’s camera performance, battery life, and design. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is a complete package, that’s hard to deny. Its software is noticeably improved compared to last year’s model, and the camera improvements are also easily noticeable. The HONOR Magic6 Pro is a great phone, and if you’re in the market for a flagship-grade device, this one is definitely worth considering.

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You should buy the HONOR Magic6 Pro if you:

…love big phones, but you want a comfortable one
…appreciate the added grip thanks to a vegan leather backplate (on that model)
…love both Android & iOS and want a combo of both
…need great camera performance
…are a heavy user and need a phone that will last
…like using wired & wireless charging, but want them to be fast
…liked the iPhone’s facial scanning
…need a reliable fingerprint scanner

You shouldn’t buy the HONOR Magic6 Pro if you:

…like stock Android, and minimalistic UI design



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