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Honor Magic Four Lite 5G Assessment: Huge however LCD



It’s not usually I begin a evaluate with a touch upon a telephone’s total measurement, however the Honor Magic Four Lite 5G is a hefty slab of tech. Whereas I am glad the time period ‘phablet’ has gone the best way of the dodo, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Honor Magic Four Lite 5G is huge.

That’s largely right down to its whopping 6.81in display screen, but it surely’s additionally fairly tall, too – even taller than the iPhone 13 Professional Max I usually use. Whereas it’s not the brightest display screen round due to its LCD tech, it’s nonetheless going to attract a crowd due to its monolithic nature and excessive refresh charge.

One of the best a part of the Honor Magic Four Lite 5G, although, may be in its efficiency, with video games like Name of Obligation: Cell actually benefiting from the Snapdragon 695 5G chipset and pushing the panel to its 120Hz limits.

Sadly, although, it’s not all excellent news. The telephone’s cameras, regardless of first rate specs and megapixel counts, are inconsistent at finest, with daytime photographs trying washed out and darkish mode really being clearer in most cases, whereas a single speaker on the backside of the machine makes it really feel much less of a multimedia powerhouse than the display screen would have you ever consider.

One word: the Magic Four Lite 5G has additionally launched elsewhere because the Honor X9 5G. My evaluate pattern is technically an X9 5G, however from the design to the specs it’s similar to the Magic Four Lite 5G, which is the identify the telephone is bought below in Europe.

Design & Construct

Massive telephone however surprisingly skinny and light-weight
Premium type
No IP ranking

The Honor Magic Four Lite 5G is available in Titanium Silver, Midnight Black, or, as per my evaluate unit, Ocean Blue. As I preserve mentioning, the entrance of the machine is dominated by that vast LCD panel, with skinny bezels throughout however a barely thicker chin on the backside.

There’s a hole-punch digicam located centrally on the high of the show with a 16MP sensor inside. For such a big telephone, it is spectacular to search out it is simply 8mm thick and 189g.

On the right-hand facet, you’ll discover a fingerprint scanner for unlocking embedded within the sleep/wake button, in addition to a quantity rocker. That’s it for bodily controls, although, so don’t count on to summon Google Assistant with a {hardware} button. 

On the backside, you’ll discover a USB-C charging port, a SIM tray, and a speaker grille, whereas the highest has an earpiece that’s strictly for listening to calls. There’s additionally no headphone jack right here.

Flip the telephone over, although, and similar to the Honor Magic Four Professional, there’s a hefty array of sensors specified by a round outer ring. It’s a dialog starter for positive, and whereas it was a bit of jarring in the course of the preliminary unboxing I got here to understand Honor attempting one thing completely different.

Talking of unboxing, you’ll additionally discover a slimline clear case inside, too. That’s useful as a result of the Honor Magic Four Lite 5G collects fingerprints like no person’s enterprise. Nonetheless, the telephone does not include any sort of waterproof ranking.

Display & Audio system

6.81in LCD
Full HD+
120Hz refresh charge
Mono speaker

Whereas I’ve been crucial of LCD panels up to now as a result of they lack the vibrancy and color element of their OLED cousins, I’ve to say I could have prejudged the Honor Magic Four Lite too quickly.

That’s as a result of whereas it’s an LCD that tops out at 1080p (with round 385 pixels per inch), it does supply help a 120Hz refresh charge.

That makes a giant distinction when gaming (which I’ll get to shortly), but in addition merely navigating the OS and scrolling by way of social media feeds, YouTube playlists and extra.

Nonetheless, viewing angles aren’t nice. Colors can seem washed out, blacks are extra gray, and the display screen is fairly reflective in direct daylight. Watching YouTube and the like indoors is nice although.

Nonetheless, you may doubtless wish to use headphones because of the primary speaker setup. Most “all-display” telephones use an earpiece that doubles as a speaker for stereo output whenever you’re watching a film in panorama, for instance. The Magic Four Lite 5G doesn’t, as a substitute placing all sound by way of the mono speaker on the backside of the telephone.

That makes audio really feel messy in addition to unbalanced, and positively means you’re unlikely to achieve for the telephone as a conveyable music participant whenever you’ve obtained firm.

All in all, the sheer measurement of the show earns some plaudits, but it surely’ll pale compared to one thing just like the Poco X4 Professional 5G which has a extra fashionable AMOLED show and retains 5G connectivity, as does the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G.

Specs & Efficiency

Mid-range however chippy Snapdragon 695
As much as 8GB RAM
128GB storage

The Snapdragon 695 5G contained in the Honor Magic Four Lite 5G, plus the Adreno 619 GPU, imply it punches above its weight – and, in a number of methods, its pricing class. The identical is true of the Poco X4 Professional 5G.

The telephone comes with 6- or 8GB of RAM and I’ve examined the latter. The result’s loads of horsepower for racking up the wins in Name of Obligation: Cell, PUBG: Cell, or the likes of League of Legends: Wild Rift. Whereas video games don’t precisely pop on the LCD display screen like they do on AMOLED, they do give that 120Hz refresh charge a exercise.

It’s not going to provide flagships a run for his or her cash, but it surely’ll smash duties you throw at it, letting you progress between work and play with no discernible decelerate – even with a good variety of apps stacked up in multitasking. That’s aided by that prime refresh charge, although, making scrolling really feel silky easy.

Operating by way of our normal suite of efficiency benchmarks, the Magic Four Lite 5G outperforms the likes of the £199/€199 Xiaomi Redmi Be aware 11 and Realme Eight as you’ll count on, however is a bit of behind the Poco and Nord. 

Lastly, a word on storage. The Magic Four Lite 5G comes packing 128GB of inside storage, however there’s no growth slot for an SD card.

Cameras

48Mp major sensor
2Mp depth and macro sensors
16Mp selfie digicam

The Honor Magic Four Lite 5G presents a quartet of cameras, with a 2MP depth digicam and 2MP Macro lens flanking the primary 48MP snapper on the again, and a 16MP selfie digicam.

Images are clear, and supply loads of element, but it surely seems one thing could also be up with the ISP as a result of we discovered we consistently wanted to show down the publicity. As you may see with the images of youngsters’ toys and Duplo blocks, the whole lot is simply overexposed.

That then has the knock-on impact of missing accuracy relating to colors. The basketball hoop on the facet of the childrens’ slide that you simply see within the pictures is definitely purple, however the Honor exhibits it as being nearer to pink.

And but, in darkish mode, the place you’d count on further gentle, the Magic Four Lite 5G performs significantly better. Within the shot of the baseball cap, particulars are clear, as is the mannequin sitting on a desk within the night. Fortunately, publicity could be altered, however it’s possible you’ll must spend a while to actually get the stability proper.

That macro lens, sadly, isn’t something to write down residence about – as you may see from the dandelion shot. That is just about the case for any telephone with a 2Mp macro lens.

The entrance selfie digicam is stable, though it mechanically provides the ‘Magnificence’ filter – don’t fear, Honor, I wasn’t offended. This softens the picture, however turning it off made issues look a lot clear sufficient if a bit of overexposed once more.

In the event you’re seeking to file video, although, that publicity situation is exacerbated considerably, usually switching issues up in inconsistent lighting, going from one excessive to a different. It’s additionally shaky with no optical picture stabilisation (OIS) and capped at 1080p 30fps.

Battery & Charging

4800mAh
66W SuperCharge
Adapter included

Regardless of the facility and the large display screen, maybe the most important shock with the Magic Four Lite 5G is battery life. I ran our normal take a look at, with the PCMark Battery Work 3.zero and hit a genuinely spectacular 15 hours and one minute.

That’s greater than the Poco M4 by about 4 hours, and most rivals, too. This could get the overwhelming majority of customers by way of a traditional day and light-weight customers could properly get two.

Even higher, the Honor SuperCharge adapter included within the field runs at 66W. That’s sufficient to cost the 4800mAh battery shortly. Customers can count on 44% in simply 15 minutes, or 77% after half an hour.

Software program & Apps

That is the place issues get a bit of difficult. The Honor Magic Four Lite 5G is definitely operating Android 11 with Honor’s personal Magic UI operating on high of it.

That signifies that technically, the brand new telephone is already operating an previous OS. Honor has dedicated to rolling out Android 12, however that could possibly be a means off – though Magic UI has already hit model 6.zero for Android 12 so it could possibly be sooner.

Magic UI 4.2, the model the Magic Four Lite 5G ships with, isn’t any slouch although. It appears good, options intuitive gestures like calling Google Assistant by swiping from the underside, and packs quite a bit much less bloat than different mid-range handsets.

Curiously, although, I couldn’t get the Honor Magic Four Lite 5G to supply the multi-window multitasking that Honor permits on a lot of its related spec gadgets. That’s a disgrace as a result of the large show feels ripe for opening a number of home windows without delay.

I additionally needed to get used to the weird wallpaper picker that seems when swiping wherever on the lock display screen. After years of with the ability to swipe up from the underside of the display screen to go residence, it felt unusual being despatched to attempt new wallpapers when attempting that right here – but it surely’s straightforward to regulate to dragging up from wherever on the display screen versus the very backside.

Worth & Availability

The Honor Magic Four Lite 5G is obtainable in Europe now priced at €349.90 (roughly £295) for a 6+128GB mannequin. You should purchase it from the Honor retailer within the likes of France, Germany, and Italy, in addition to Amazon.

As talked about earlier, the telephone can also be referred to as the Honor X9 5G in Malaysia the place it prices RM1,299 and will get you the 8+128GB model examined right here.

The spanner within the works for this handset comes within the type of the Xiaomi Poco X4 Professional 5G, which as talked about earlier has related specs and options however a greater AMOLED show. It is also cheaper at £259/€299. You may also think about the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G at £299/€349, which additionally presents AMOLED.

Try our rating of the finest mid-range telephones to see extra choices.

Verdict

The Honor Magic Four Lite 5G/X9 5G is a formidable 5G machine relating to efficiency, however its media potential suffers on account of dismal audio system and bizarrely inconsistent digicam outcomes.

And but, there’s a lot to love. The battery life is sweet, the display screen is big, and it doesn’t sacrifice energy to chase that 5G dragon.

Nonetheless, these aforementioned rivals from the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus are cheaper and have superior AMOLED screens so if they’re accessible the place you reside then they make for higher buys.

Specs
Honor Magic Four Lite: Specs

Android 11 with Magic UI 4.2

6.81in LCD, 1080 x 2388, 120Hz

Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G (6nm)

8GB RAM

128GB storage

48Mp major digicam

2Mp depth sensor

2Mp macro digicam

16Mp entrance digicam

5G/4G/3G supported

Twin SIM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 5.1

NFC

USB-C

4800mAh battery

66W SuperCharge quick charging

166.1 x 75.Eight x 8.1 mm

189g

Titanium Silver, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black

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