Honor Magic4 Ultimate unveiled with huge 1/1.12" sensor, custom ISP

17 March 2022
The Magic4 series is launching in China starting with the vanilla model later this month, then the Pro and soon the Ultimate.

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  • 10 May 2022

Beware of buying these on some of the Chinese mass-products' sites; many phones are lookalikes with toytown guts. That said; if they can get them to Amazon Japan prime, ..... But, I guess that will take around a year again.

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    YUKI93, 17 Mar 2022And btw, I just noticed something: $1,260 in Mainland China... moreWe can use the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ for reference. MSRP in China was 9,000 CNY, and in Europe, 1,400 euros. The difference here is about 150 euros. It'll be an expensive phone. I guess a 1,300 euro price or something. But I wouldn't be surprised if it is unveiled for 1,500 Euros purely because it's marketed as a luxury phone two notches above Apple and Samsung.

      NextGenGeek, 17 Mar 2022It's not Bright GN2 actually, it's a new custom S... moreOcta PD autofocus is very insignificant compared to sensor size, so it might as well be the same sensor.

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        • 22 Mar 2022

        So the UK is only getting 8gb ram pro version and no ultimate version?

          chabal, 21 Mar 2022Honor and Huawei lately produces super phone but still, no ... moreHonor does have Google Play / Services for some time now. Just Huawei that doesn't.

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            • 21 Mar 2022

            Love the Community, 19 Mar 2022I ain't buying Honor phones because Mr. Whosetheboss t... moreMr. Whosetheboss? Do you even call him a valid reviewer?

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              • 21 Mar 2022

              Honor and Huawei lately produces super phone but still, no google play keeps my interest away from buying or even just keep update about them. It's personal choice though.

                I ain't buying Honor phones because Mr. Whosetheboss told us about the intentional unoptimization of Honor phones compared to Huawei phones.

                  Anonymous, 18 Mar 2022On Amount of light capture... Nokia preview 808 had a simil... moreA dimmer F2.4 lens on 808 PV means Magic4 Ultimate still captures 2.6 times the amount of light per exposure, FYI.

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                    • 19 Mar 2022

                    Phones fan, 18 Mar 2022Actually the camera is better than s21 ultra, there are som... more256 Gb for me is not more than enough. Actually, I have a 512 Gb microSD. And it is not a question of data on the phone, it is a question of backing up your data when your phone is in repair shop + being able to easily change the phone for a newer one + easily upgrade the same phone by extending its memory. The most important part is backing up.

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                      • 18 Mar 2022

                      Acorns, 17 Mar 2022Would take 5000+mah battery over fancy cameras any day. Not... moreAsus ROG has 6000mah, that is your dream phone. Where in this earth you want to go without power bank or car charger? Desert? Everest? Deep forest?

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                        • 18 Mar 2022

                        Nick Tegrataker, 18 Mar 2022An amazing array of cameras for sure, but the samples on Dx... moreOn Amount of light capture... Nokia preview 808 had a similar sized 1/1.2" sensor I think. Parking ISP and other latest technologies apart for now... I wonder how much physical light collection capabilities were in that 2012 phone

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                          Nick Tegrataker, 18 Mar 2022An amazing array of cameras for sure, but the samples on Dx... moreyeah p50 pro has great camera from huawei as you mentioned

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                              Anonymous, 18 Mar 2022Lol what a ridiculous take. By your logic, cameras with ful... moreYou talking to me timmy?

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                                notafanboy, 17 Mar 2022You don't know what you're talking about. Poor tr... moreLol what a ridiculous take. By your logic, cameras with full frame and APS-C sensors should be totally unusable as their DoF would be too shallow as those are way larger than 1/1.12" 🤔🤔

                                  An amazing array of cameras for sure, but the samples on DxOMark did disappoint me ever so slightly - The main camera is barely better than the one on P50 Pro with a sensor that is only half as large. I guess I'll have to use Google Translate to dive into Chinese reviews after a few weeks just to see if anything will have been improved (because apparently the custom ISP has not been activated in the firmware it was tested on).

                                  It's nice to see Honor pushing the boundary in terms of hardware specs, though. Thanks to a 1/1.12 inch sensor combined with a very wide F1.6 aperture lens, this phone can capture the most amount of light per exposure among any smartphones on the market, bar none. Now if it only had a variable aperture like Xperia Pro-I did..

                                    Anonymous, 17 Mar 2022Curious if honor did same test like xiaomi. RX100 = shu... moreI bet Mi 11 Ultra would have still come out on top if they adjusted the shutter speed to be the same and used a single frame capture on both - RX100 VII is a versatile shooter indeed, but in low light it really gets held back by its dim lens at the widest end. You can't really beat the physics.

                                      unxpctd, 17 Mar 2022Sensor size is the new megapixel war. You know what really ... moreThat is why I want to see physical variable aperture and built-in ND filter going mainstream again. I haven't seen the latter since the days of the Nokia 808 PureView.

                                        Anonymous, 17 Mar 2022The s22 ultra is garbage. Recycled mediocre camera (it is e... moreActually the camera is better than s21 ultra, there are some simple issues that can easily fixed with a firmware update, the SD card is a nice feature but a lot of high end phones are dropping it, for me 256gb of memory is more than enough.

                                        In the end the sales and market share will judge.