Honor is continuing its revival as an independent company, and following the Honor 50 earlier this year it’s now about to launch the Honor Magic 3.
A global launch event has already been confirmed for the Magic 3, with the company gradually teasing its specs and design – while leaks point to a pair of phones with some pretty out there specs.. Here’s all we know so far about what the smartphones will contain.
When is the release date for the Honor Magic 3?
It was recently confirmed on the Honor Twitter feed that the official launch date for the new phones is 12 August 2021. It’s a global launch too, which is encouraging as the previous Magic phones didn’t make it to Western markets.
The arrival of the #HONORMagic3Series will commemorate the dawn of a new era. 12 Aug — save the date. #BeyondEpic pic.twitter.com/CzcbmsewKe
— HONOR (@Honorglobal)
July 15, 2021
Honor has also promised a global launch for the Honor 50, which has already been unveiled in China but is yet to be given a firm release date or price for international markets – though perhaps this will be revealed alongside the Magic 3.
How much will the Honor Magic 3 cost?
There’s no official word of what you’ll need to stump up for one of the new models, but we do have a rough idea thanks to Chinese site My Drivers. It posted that the Honor Magic 3 would cost ¥4000, which equates to around £450/$616/€525, while the Honor Magic 3 Pro will have a price tag of ¥5000 (£561/$770/€654).
If these prices are correct, then it brings the standard Honor Magic 3 into direct competition with the likes of the OnePlus 8T, Nubia Red Magic 6 and Moto G100.
If you fancy the Pro model, then it will have to prove its worth against rivals such as the Realme X50 Pro, OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S20 FE which all are available for around the same price.
What are the specs of the Honor Magic 3?
Again, with the release date so close, Honor has confirmed very little in terms of the specs that it will bestow upon the new smartphones. Not to worry though, as there has been plenty of information spilled by various tech tipsters.
Honor hasn’t revealed a full look at the Magic 3, but has teased its design by revealing a photo of an official case for the phone.
We can glean a couple things from this. Firstly, it’s pretty clear that the phone will have a large, circular camera module – perhaps not too dissimilar to the upcoming Huawei P50.
Second, the way the case cuts out along the sides suggests the phone will adopt an extremely curved ‘waterfall’ display – another Huawei and Honor trademark design.
Calm cool, this is very magic!#HONORMagic3Series pic.twitter.com/tybMRiUAdz
— Bhavya (@bhavis)
August 3, 2021
We get a look at the phone’s front – complete with dual selfie cameras – in the official teaser above, but it’s careful to avoid showing the rear of the phone or its camera.
Honor CEO George Zhao has also confirmed that the phone will launch in colours called Blue Hour and Golden Hour, which have supposedly been inspired by the photographic concept of ‘magic hour’. You can see them in his hands here, though we don’t get a detailed look at the phones.
Chipset & specs
Honor itself has confirmed that the Magic 3 phones will feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 Plus processor. This could make the Honor handsets the first devices to come equipped with the new silicon.
In its teaser posts on Twitter, Honor makes a big deal about the camera technology that will be featured in the Magic 3 devices.
The eyes of the #HONORMagic3Series enchant those who gaze upon them. Mark your calendar for 12 Aug, a new era of revolutionary camera tech is on its way. #BeyondEpic pic.twitter.com/lXi9kOy9h1
— HONOR (@Honorglobal)
July 16, 2021
As you can see, there’s an interesting, large lens that Honor seems particularly proud of on the new phones, which lines up with the official case seen above.
George Zhao has once again revealed more, showing the phone off in a video posted to Weibo. The phone is carefully kept in a case, stopping us from seeing it properly, but it’s clear that there are five separate cut-outs for camera lenses (screengrab courtesy of GSMArena):
One early leak from My Drivers says that the Honor Magic 3 will be equipped with a periscope telephoto lens that supports up to 100x zoom, while the main camera is expected to have great long-distance and low light capabilities. There has been speculation that the large lens will be a Pro exclusive, but nothing has been confirmed so far.
It’s likely that the standard model will arrive with a quad-camera array on the rear but miss out on the periscope as Honor has to differentiate the devices.
A short promo video for the phone shared on Weibo confirms a dual selfie camera on the front of at least one of the two models, though instead of an ultrawide this could mean one regular camera lens and a ToF 3D sensor alongside it for superior facial recognition and portrait selfies.
In terms of other capabilities, we’ve seen rumours of 12GB of memory and 66W fast charging (wired and wireless) on the standard model, with 100W fast charging and 50W fast wireless charging on the Pro.
Crucially, we can also expect the Magic 3 to launch with full Google Play Services support worldwide, as since being sold by Huawei Honor is now free to work directly with Google and has already promised Google support on the Honor 50.
The Honor Magic 3 phones are intriguing, and we can’t wait to get a look at those cameras to see what they can really do. Keep checking back to this page, as we’ll be updating the article as more details become available.
In the meantime, check out our guide to the best mid-range smartphone and best Chinese smartphones to see what the Honor Magic 3 will be up against.