Honor Magic 5 Pro review: undercutting and outperforming Samsung's S23 Plus

Excellent value and balanced photo processing make the Honor Magic 5 Pro stand out for all the right reasons

5 Star Rating
A photo of the Honor Magic 5 Pro
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Honor Magic 5 Pro launched with a number-one camera ranking from DxOMark, and we can see why. Despite missing out on best-in-class specs across the board, Honor's refined image processing helps photos feel balanced, and with competitive pricing, a great screen, impressive battery life, loads of storage, and premium design, the Magic 5 Pro delivers on all fronts.


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    Excellent value

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    Versatile camera system

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    Long-lasting battery

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    Huge storage capacity

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    Face scanning biometrics


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    Black version is a fingerprint magnet

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    MagicOS still feels like Huawei's EMUI

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    "100x" on the camera panel is misleading

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    Not available in US

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The Honor Magic 5 Pro's triple 50MP camera system looks mighty on paper. The primary sensor isn't far off 1-inch, so it should deliver rich depth of field, comparable to superphones like the Xiaomi 12S Ultra, and Vivo X90 Pro. Unlike those two phones, though, you can buy it in the West, with UK pricing starting at £949 (roughly $1,185) – lower than expected given the phone's 512GB storage. 

This isn't Honor's first foray into premium smartphone territory. Last year's Honor Magic 4 Pro seriously impressed us with its own triple camera system, so it isn't beyond reason to think its successor might clinch the top spot in our best camera phones list, or at least be one of the best Android phones on the scene.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.