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Review: HONOR Magic4 Pro

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HONOR’s been churning out one quality smartphone after the other in quick succession and the latest to roll out of its assembly line is the beautiful HONOR Magic4 Pro. The phone which was announced officially at MWC 2022 in February 2022, is finally making its way to the regional shores. While the phone is all set to be launched officially in the region on June 14, 2022, we got out hands on this brilliant piece of tech a week in advance, thanks to the HONOR team!

So, let’s get on with the review. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is a beautiful device inside and out. The construction of the phone is made using a mix of metal and glass. On the right edge, you will find the volume rockers and the power button, while on the top edge, you will find the IR blaster, a noise-cancelling microphone, and the speaker grille. On the bottom edge, you will find the dual SIM slot, the USB-C port, and the speaker grille, along with a second noise-cancelling microphone.

 

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DISPLAY
On the front, you get a 6.81-inch Flex OLED display, which offers a resolution of 2848-by-1312 pixels. It also offers a pixel density of 460 PPI, a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a touch sampling rate of 360Hz. It covers 100% of the DCI-P3 colours and offers a brightness level of 1000 nits.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro also packs in the industry’s first LTPO Display with 1920Hz PWM Dimming. PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) is a technique for controlling the brightness of a display panel by varying the width of the light pulse. Simply put, you control how long the screen remains on or off. Lowering the brightness causes the screen to be off for longer than it is on, which is perceived as lower brightness.

PWM dimming provides a more precise output level and has a wider dimming range. This means the HONOR Magic4 Pro is the first smartphone to offer a PWM of 1920Hz. This technology minimises the strain on the eyes and provides a comfortable viewing experience, even in low-light environments.

To enhance the viewing experience, HONOR has also introduced an independent display chipset. According to HONOR, the Always-on HDR technology can optimise the image and easily upgrade the SDR videos to HDR in real-time. The MEMC (Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation), intelligently converts a video of a low frame rate to a higher frame rate resulting in a silky-smooth video.

HONOR Magic 4 Pro also comes with adaptive refresh rate technology. This essentially means that the display’s refresh rate can go down as low as 1Hz when it’s not in use thus saving battery. And when you need performance, the refresh rate can be pushed up to 120Hz.

CAMERA
The HONOR Magic4 Pro comes packed with a powerful set of triple cameras, placed in the “Eye of Muse” symmetrical design. The triple camera setup includes a 50MP Wide Camera, a 50MP Ultra-Wide Camera, and a 64MP Periscope Telephoto Camera. These cameras are all powered by the Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography technology, which allows the device to produce high-definition images with excellent clarity and sharpness.

You also get an 8×8 dTOF sensor and a flicker sensor as part of the triple camera setup at the rear of the device. On the front, on the top left corner of the display, you get a 3D Depth Camera with a 3D Face Recognition feature and a 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, with a 100-degree field of view.

During our tests, the camera performed really well, under good and low light conditions. Images shot using the HONOR Magic4 Pro came out really well with a good amount of clarity, sharpness, and colours. Ultra-wide shots, night photography, and HDR photography also came out looking brilliant.

If you are a content creator, you will be amazed at the videography capabilities of the HONOR Magic4 Pro. It offers the industry’s first 10-bit log 4K 60fps video recording capability, called HONOR Magic Log. The Log formats are commonly used to shoot professional-grade movies. This format allows you to enhance the look of your videos with cinematic colour tones in HDR clarity.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro also comes equipped with Cinematic 3D LUT (Look Up Table) capabilities. Thus, with its Magic-Log format, it helps you edit your videos in superior colour hues fit for the movies, allowing you to bring Hollywood-style colours and moods to your content.

In order to use the HONOR Magic Log, all you need to do is go to Camera, then Movie Mode and then turn on LOG mode. At this point, the video turns grey. Once you are done shooting, you can edit the log movie on your computer or on your phone, and add LUT to the grey movie to turn it into a vivid movie.

You can choose between eight different 3D LUTs, which are certified by IMAX Enhanced. These LUTs include Classic, Nostalgia, Sunsplash, Dazzling, Pure, Gloomy, Bravura, and Focus. Alternatively, you can also add your own LUTs by importing the video to your desktop PC.

You can also shoot the videos directly using the 3D LUTs. All you need to do, is to go to the camera, then movie mode and then select a LUT, before you start recording the video. This way, you can capture Log+LUT video directly.

SPECIFICATIONS
Under the hood, the HONOR Magic4 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chipset. It is also backed by the HONOR Turbo Engines which maximise the capability of the chipset, ensuring the hardware and software work seamlessly together to improve fluency, anti-aging, and power consumption.

With the HONOR Magic4 Pro also brings the industry’s first AI Super Rendering technology to mobile gaming through GPU Turbo X, delivering high framerates and network connectivity while generating less heat and lowering latency. You also get 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage space. The phone runs on the Android 12 operating system with Magic UI 6 running on top of it.

AI AND SECURITY
Usually, when you receive calls in a public area such as trains, buses, lifts, and so on, people around you are able to listen to some of your conversation, due to the leakage of sound. The HONOR Magic4 Pro offers a Privacy Call feature supported by AI and powered by Directional Sound Technology, which prevents sound leakage for more private phone calls.

The screen and the receiver work together to adjust the volume of the incoming audio to suit different environments. This means, that even if you are in a quiet environment such as an elevator, people standing next to you will not be able to hear the caller’s voice or spy on your conversation.

For enhanced privacy and security, the HONOR Magic4 Pro also comes with the Dual-TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) security system. Using this technology, HONOR will not share any biometric information of the user with online service providers. Instead, it will only store, calculate, and use it in the local Dual-TEE. The phone also offers 3D Face Recognition and Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensing capabilities, thanks to Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 technology.

BATTERY
The HONOR Magic4 Pro is powered by an ultra-large 4600mAh battery featuring HONOR’s most powerful SuperCharge combination to deliver an ultra-long battery life and all-day connectivity.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro is also the first to support 100W Wireless HONOR SuperCharge technology, which charges up the device to a 50% battery capacity in just 15 minutes. In addition, with 100W Wired HONOR SuperCharge, the HONOR Magic4 Pro juices up to a 100% charge in just 30 minutes. And unlike other smartphone vendors on the market, HONOR includes a 100W charger inside the box.

VERDICT
The HONOR Magic4 Pro will soon be available in colour options such as Black and Cyan. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet. Having said that, the overall design and build quality are top-notch. The performance of the phone was also very good.

The stand-out feature is the phone’s outstanding triple-camera module that does a very good job, whether it shooting photos or recording videos. Every sensor on the HONOR Magic4 Pro performs really well, whether it is an ultra-wide sensor, the periscope telephoto sensor, or even the main sensor. We consistently ended up with brilliant-looking images and outstanding videos.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro undoubtedly comes with the best camera on a flagship smartphone. The HONOR Magic4 Pro thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 3999, with gifts worth AED 2005

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The stand out feature is the phone’s outstanding triple-camera module that does a very good job, whether it shooting photos or recording videos. Every sensor on the HONOR Magic4 Pro performs really well, whether it is ultra-wide sensor, the periscope telephoto sensor or event the main sensor. We consistently ended up with brilliant looking images and outstanding videos.

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Sony Announces New Compact Beamforming Shotgun Microphone ECM-B10

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Sony Middle East & Africa introduced a new beamforming shotgun microphone, the ECM-B10. This new microphone features Sony’s industry-leading sharp directivity and digital signal processing, known as the ECM-B1M, in a remarkably compact form factor. The ECM-B10 applies digital signal processing to the sound collected by four high-performance microphone capsules using beamforming technology. This allows the user to customise how the audio is recorded by enhancing the microphone’s sensitivity from different directions.

The microphone offers three types of directivity in a single product, allowing the user to easily switch between super-directional, unidirectional, and omnidirectional. When using super-directivity, the microphone collects sound from a narrow field in front and suppresses sound from other directions. The super directivity setting is a great option for interviews, selfies, and other situations where the range of sound collection is limited to a narrow extent at the front.

The ECM-B10 also offers unidirectional sensitivity that suppresses sound from behind while collecting sound from a wide field in front. This option is perfect for recording conversations between several people. For additional flexibility, the user can also select omnidirectional sensitivity, which picks up sound equally from all directions and is ideal for recording environmental sounds.

The ECM-B10 offers crystal clear sound collection with effective noise suppression. Using digital signal processing within the microphone itself, the ECM-B10 effectively reduces noise for clearer sound collection and creates a more efficient post-production workflow since less audio edits are required. The ECM-B10 pairs with cameras that are equipped with a MI (Multi Interface) Shoe, either analogue or for best results; with cameras with a digital audio interface to transmit audio directly as a digital signal to deliver high-quality sound recording without degradation.

In addition, the microphone’s shock and vibration suppressing design effectively suppresses low-frequency vibration noise, while its cable-less design eliminates noise transmitted via cables. The supplied wind screen minimises environmental noises, making it easy to capture crisp audio even when shooting outside. For additional versatility, the ECM-B10 also includes the following audio settings:

  • ATT (attenuator) switch (0/10/20 dB).
  • FILTER switch (noise cut / low cut / off)
  • AUDIO LEVEL dial with AUTO/MAN (manual) switch
  • DIGITAL/ANALOG switch

The microphone’s compact body provides flexibility and mobility, even when using gimbals and grips. By connecting the ECM-B10 to a camera via the MI Shoe, users can also experience greater shooting flexibility without any cables to interfere with the side flip out screen, and replacement of batteries. Power is supplied directly from the camera to the microphone, so you can continue shooting without worrying about the microphone battery running out.

For detailed setting operation, a comprehensive range of audio settings are available on the back of the microphone. This lets the user check the setting status at a glance, preventing any settings set by accident and provides peace of mind. For added durability, the ECM-B10’s design is resistant to dust and moisture, which allows for worry-free outdoor shooting when combined with a similarly dust and moisture resistant body and lens. 

The new ECM-B10 will be available in the UAE from July 2022.

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HONOR Magic4 Pro Goes on Sale in the UAE

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HONOR recently announced the launch of HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G with the “Best Camera of Flagship Phone 2022” in the UAE. The latest device by HONOR is now available at an exciting offer for consumers. The revolutionary HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G boasts cutting-edge technology to deliver new breakthroughs in smartphone design, display, photography, videography, performance, and privacy and is supported by Google Mobile Services. We reviewed the HONOR Magic4 Pro recently.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro 5G pre-order rollout phase from 14th to 23rd of June was a huge success across the UAE, with all available units sold. This is a testament to the continued demand for HONOR products in the UAE market and HONOR’s expertise in developing cutting-edge technologies.

Consumers can buy the latest HONOR Magic4 Pro at a price of AED 3999 starting from 23rd June via HONOR Online Store, Sharaf DG, Jumbo, Emax, Carrefour, and other retail stores and get exclusive gifts worth AED 1156, including HONOR Earbuds 3 Pro, HONOR Magic4 Pro PU cover, 6 Months Screen Protection and 12 Months Extended Warranty. The offer comes as a part of the Eid promotion which also includes amazing offers on the HONOR X Series. From 23rd June, consumers can buy HONOR X8 for AED 799 instead of AED 899. HONOR X7 (4GB +128GB version) will be also included in the Eid promotion at a special price of AED 599 instead of AED 649.

Offering cinematic-level footage, the HONOR Magic4 Series features the HONOR Magic-Log Movie Master and AI Film Effects. With this, the HONOR Magic4 Series delivers the industry-first 10-bit Log 4K video recording in 60fps (frame per second), beating another industry benchmark.

The HONOR Magic4 Pro pushes industry benchmarks with a powerful Triple Camera combination featuring a 50MP Wide Camera that packs a 1/1.56-inch colour sensor, a 50MP 122o Ultra-Wide Camera, and a 64MP Periscope Telephoto Camera, all powered by best-in-class Ultra-Fusion Computational Photography which enables the device to produce high-definition images in stunning clarity. The lens supports up to 100x digital zoom as well as optical and electronic image stabilization, to clearly capture distant scenes.

Offering a groundbreaking new solution to sound-leaking, a common smartphone frustration for many, the HONOR Magic4 Pro debuts an all-new Privacy Calling feature supported by AI and powered by Directional Sound Technology, preventing sound leakage for more private phone calls. The HONOR Magic4 Pro is powered by an ultra-large 4600mAh battery featuring HONOR’s most powerful SuperCharge combination to deliver an ultra-long battery life and all-day connectivity. With 100W Wired HONOR SuperCharge, the HONOR Magic4 Pro juices up to a 100% charge in just 30 minutes.

Keeping consumer convenience as the top priority, HONOR strives to provide industry-leading, fast, and reliable Service & Repair solutions that offer numerous benefits for the users to meet all their needs. HONOR continues to push the boundaries of customer service experience, delivering a human-centric approach that surpasses customer expectations and empowers users to elevate their lives through technology.

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POCO Launches the F4 and X4 GT in the UAE

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POCO has launched the POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT in the UAE. Powered by the Snapdragon 870 flagship processor, POCO F4 brings to the table the brand’s highest frequency prime core yet. POCO X4 GT is an affordable performance speedster optimized for efficient and smooth performance in all aspects of gaming and entertainment. POCO X4 GT is equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset, giving users best-in-class power efficiency while reaching new heights in processor performance.

“POCO’s flagship products have always required best-in-class performance on all fronts, and as we present POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT, we’re confident that we’ve achieved just that. We are excited to venture forward with the Snapdragon 870 and MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipsets,” said Angus Ng, Head of Product Marketing at POCO Global. “Meeting the highest standards for top-quality entertainment while maintaining competitive affordability, is the approach that embodies the POCO experience.”

POCO F4 is equipped with the Snapdragon 870 flagship chipset and features a 7nm processor with 5G support. The device has POCO’s highest frequency prime core running at 3.2GHz. POCO F4’s processing power offers shortened app loading times, supporting high graphic games and a smooth scrolling experience on web pages and apps. High-level performance is sustained with its 3,112mm² super big vapor chamber by upgrading to LiquidCool Technology 2.0. POCO F4’s flagship-level LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 ROM enable faster data access and are great for multitasking between demanding applications.

POCO F4 is the thinnest model to date in the POCO lineup. The device boasts a 6.67″ E4 AMOLED screen and an ultra-tiny 2.76mm DotDisplay, one of the smallest in the industry. The flagship-level display features a 120Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate for lower response latency. With a screen peak brightness of 1,300 nits, POCO F4 ensures every moment is displayed at its ideal value for detail and contrast. Dual speakers, verified with Dolby Atmos, add to the immersive experience by delivering dynamic and crystal-clear sound. Its immersive user experience and high-performance functionality make it the most cost-effective device in terms of offering across-the-board strength in the flagship segment.

POCO F4’s triple rear camera setup features the first-ever addition of optical image stabilization (OIS) on the device’s 64MP main camera. This delivers clear and sharp photos even in low light, for near-perfect digital replicas of the moments that are captured. Accompanying the 64MP main camera is an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera. Together, this triple array captures even the finest details. POCO F4’s 4K-equipped camera setup comes with tons of fun and convenient features, including Panoramic Selfie Mode, Night Mode, AI Skyscaping 4.0 and AI Erase 2.0.

POCO F4 comes with a 4,500mAh (typ) battery and a 67W turbo charging, taking only 38 minutes to fully charge. With 100% battery power, it offers up to 10 hours of gaming, 21 hours of video playback and 119 hours of music playback. The device utilizes Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology, a method of fast charging that circuits electric currents into two split directions for improved charging speed and stability, sustaining the highest level of performance over long periods of time.

POCO X4 GT carries the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chipset and advanced TSMC 5nm processor, giving users fast performance while maintaining low power consumption and avoiding overheating. POCO X4 GT offers flagship-level LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 ROM, making this device one of POCO’s fastest for RAM and storage, and extremely adept in supporting high-frame-rate gaming. The LiquidCool Technology 2.0 cooling system can keep the SoC cool and maintain smooth performance, allowing users to push the device to the limit.

Available for the first time on a POCO device is POCO X4 GT’s innovative 20.5:9 LCD display ratio, making the device comfortable to grip and easy to hold. Offer one of the best LCDs on the market, it comes with POCO’s first LCD True Display. The display color temperature adjustment is contingent upon external environmental light conditions, allowing comfortable viewing. To provide a comfortable viewing experience, POCO X4 GT enables hardware-level harmful blue light reduction by up to 30%. POCO X4 GT brings one billion colors and supports DCI-P3 wide color gamut for sharper contrast and richer detail on-screen.

POCO X4 GT charges its 5,080mAh (typ) high-density battery quickly and safely with 67W turbo charging, powering up to 100% charge in just 46 minutes. In a 6-min wash-up, it can be charged up to 25%, and after a 30-min workout it will juice you up to 85%. Aided by Middle Middle Tab (MMT) technology, it enables you to game for more than 90 minutes with just 10 minutes of charging.

Sporting a versatile triple rear camera setup and Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, POCO X4 GT doubles as a 4K camera with convenient and cool features that help users reach their creative potential. Featuring a 64MP main camera, a 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP macro camera, to capture every detail, near or far. And for high-quality selfies, the 16MP front camera has users well-covered. Coming with 19 stellar vlog templates pre-installed, as well as the Drafts function, users will be able to film and edit quality content from the get-go.

True to their nature offering devices with some of the best technology on the market, POCO adds one more service to both POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT. Users can enjoy the premium after-sales service, which offers a one-time free screen repair service during the first 6 months after purchase. POCO F4 comes in three stunning colours such as Night Black, Moonlight Silver, and Nebula Green. Available in one variant: 8GB+256GB. It is available from 25 June 2022, with prices starting from AED 1,499 from official e-commerce channels, Noon and Amazon. POCO X4 GT will be coming soon and will be available in three colours such as Silver, Black, and Blue. This model will have two variants: 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB, with prices starting from AED 1249.

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