Honor Magic 3 Release Date, Price, Specs, News and Rumours



Honor may have been relatively quiet recently, but this is set to change with the release of two new models under the branding of Honor Magic 3. Here’s all we know so far about what the smartphones will contain.

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

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.

Processors

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.

Cameras

In its teaser posts on Twitter, Honor makes a big deal about the camera technology that will be featured in the Magic 3 devices.

As you can see, there’s an interesting, large lens that Honor seems particularly proud of on the new phones. More light is shone upon this in an image that appeared on the My Drivers report that shows the large main optics joined by three-in-a-row lens configuration directly below. Here it is:

Honor Magic 3 release date specs and rumours: Camera

The Chinese site also says that the Honor Magic 3 will be equipped with a periscope telephoto lens that supports up to x100 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 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.

The Pro may also feature a front facing camera that’s hidden under the display, making it again a first in the marketplace. This also allows an uninterrupted front panel, that’s rumoured to be full HD+.

Other specs

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.  

As for design, you’ve seen the unusual rear design above, but expect to find more colourful options too. Honor CEO George Zhao has confirmed that the phone will also launch in colours called Blue Hour and Golden Hour – presumably alongside the black/grey seen above – which have supposedly been inspired by the photographic concept of ‘magic hour’.

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.

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