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Flagship Honor Magic5 Pro launches in Singapore, S$1,249 for 512GB storage

By Liu Hongzuo - on 2 Aug 2023, 3:43pm

Flagship Honor Magic5 Pro launches in Singapore, S$1,249 for 512GB storage

The Honor Magic5 Pro introduced at MWC 2023 is coming to Singapore, marking another serious step towards Honor’s return to the Singapore market earlier this year.

Honor Magic5 Pro

The Honor Magic5 Pro is an Android 13 smartphone overlaid with Honor’s MagicOS 7.1 operating system. Inside is a 2023 flagship-grade processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

It features a capable display equal to other flagship-grade phones, with its curved 6.81-inch LTPO AMOLED panel of 120Hz refresh rate at 2,848 x 1,312 pixels resolution, 1,800-nits peak brightness, and HDR10+ support.

You also get all the important high-end features like an under-display optical fingerprint sensor, a facial recognition front camera, NFC, IP68-rated water and dust resistance, DTS:X speakers, 5G network compatibility, 4K60FPS video recording, and a 5,100mAh battery with 66W wired SuperCharge fast-charging with 50W wireless charging. This is on top of three dedicated processors for RF connectivity, S1 security, and its X5 Pro graphics processing.

The combination of trimmings and components makes the Magic5 Pro a true-blue flagship-tier mobile device.

Honor Magic5 Pro.

Honor differentiates the Magic5 Pro from its competitors via its triple rear camera configuration. First comes a 50MP main (8P lens, 1/1.2-inch sensor, 4-in-1 pixel-binned 2.8μm, f/1.6 aperture, OIS), followed by a 50MP ultra-wide (f/2.0, 2cm macro, 122° FOV), a 50MP Periscope Telephoto (f/3.0, 3.5x optical zoom, 100x digital zoom, OIS). 

These cameras are additionally supported by an 8 x 8 dTOF (direct time-of-flight) laser focusing module and a separate LED flash with anti-flicker and multi-spectrum colour temperature sensors.

Additional features to its imaging capabilities include an improved low-light capture called Customised Super Sensor Nightshot, using all three rear cameras for its 100x zoom, and Millisecond Falcon Capture, which automatically selects the best frame using the phone’s imaging AI powers.

Honor Magic5 Pro pricing in Singapore

Honor Magic5 Pro officially begins retail from 5 August 2023 onwards at S$1,249 (12GB RAM, 512GB storage). 

Editor’s note: Yes, 512GB storage at that price. We checked with Honor Singapore.

The phone is available via its authorised retailers, its official Shopee and Lazada online storefronts, and its TikTok e-shop.

Which Honor phone series should I buy? Does Honor have Google Mobile Services (GMS)?

After a quiet exit from the Singapore market in early 2019, Honor is now back in mid-2023, with several shakeups to its phone offerings and naming conventions. 

It can get confusing if you’ve not been in touch with the brand, especially since it first started out as a 2013 spin-off from Huawei’s mobile phones before changing its ownership to a Shenzhen state-owned enterprise in 2020.

The change in ownership is also why it has access to the Google Play app store and Google Mobile Services since the ongoing US trade restrictions don’t reach that far with Chinese brands. Despite the switch, Honor has kept up with its suppliers and partners to ensure it can compete like any other big brand-name Android smartphone.

Within Honor’s phone lineup, the Magic series typically consists of its best smartphone efforts at the flagship level, as evident from the Honor Magic5 Pro in this article. It’s also where Honor parks its experimentation and innovations, like the foldable Honor Magic V and V2 and its periscopic zoom lenses.

The N series (like the Honor 90 phones here) is an equal alternative to its Magic series, which also consists of models carrying flagship-grade components. The N and Magic series are similarly priced, although the N series comes without fancy features or unnecessary bells and whistles.

Its mid-range offering is the Honor X series, with the Honor X9a encompassing functionality and affordability before a phone user could ask for anything else. 

Honor’s phone offerings don’t just end there, although these three are probably the most prominent Honor phone series you’ll see (for now) since they are all officially supported and sold in Singapore.

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