Home Tech & Gadgets REVIEW Honor Magic 4 Lite, an attractive mid-range, at a good price

REVIEW Honor Magic 4 Lite, an attractive mid-range, at a good price


You might not expect a mid-range smartphone to compare to the big giants like the iPhone 13 Pro Max or the Galaxy S22, but the Chinese brand Honor, which came out of Huawei’s “tutelage” not long ago, does a very good job in terms of value for money.

The Honor brand was recently launched in Romania, during an event organized on May 5, 2022. The company detached from Huawei in December 2020 came to the market in our country with four phones and revealed details about its strategy. It’s about Honor X7, X8, Magic 4 Lite and the Magic4 Pro flagship. But in this article we will discuss the important details about Honor Magic 4 Lite.

So, at a price of 295 euros without a subscription, Honor Magic 4 Lite is a good smartphone for everything: it moves well on the internet, takes good pictures and you can watch Netflix like a small cinema. But most importantly, in order not to panic, even if it was under the protective wing of Huawei, Honor has Google. Honor Magic 4 Lite comes with all Google services: Gmail, YouTube, PlayStore etc and works very well on the Android 11 operating system. Maybe, who knows, it will soon receive Android 12.

So, the new Honor smartphone brings some interesting features: I noticed the very fast charging, the high refresh rate (120 Hz, to the enthusiasm of all gamers), the generous storage, but also the minimalist design.

Honor Magic 4 Lite Review – Technical Specifications and Construction

Measuring 166 x 75.8 x 8 mm, the Honor Magic 4 Lite is easy to hold and weighs just 189 grams. At the same time, it gives you security and an elegant look. The 16.7 million color LCD screen is practically on the entire front surface of the phone, and that gives me a sense of sophistication. It has 6.81 inches, a 19.9: 9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2388 * 1080 pixels, and the edges are almost non-existent – this can be an advantage when watching movies. Moreover, it has multi-touch gestures, up to ten supported touch points.

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The perfect combination for this smartphone seems to me the 4800mAh battery plus the charging with a power of 66W, compared to an S22 with a 3700 mAh battery that charges at 25W. Shall I say that the S22 is three times more expensive? The 66W charge reminds us of some Huawei phones, such as the flagship Mate 40 Pro, but also the mid-range Huawei Nova 9. In other words, Honor Magic 4 Lite has a revolutionary single-cell design and double loop which offers twice as fast a charge. The battery can be charged up to 81% in just 30 minutes for a new day, and smart charging even extends battery life.

If you talk a lot on the phone, I’ll let you know that this is the perfect phone for you. High battery capacity and HONOR’s smart energy-saving technology offer increased battery life: 12.8 hours of video playback and 25.6 hours of calls.

Honor Magic 4 Lite benefits from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 6nm chipset, which means it has low power consumption, and this indicates a phone that performs very well on the autonomy side. Functions include face unlock, Dark mode, eBook mode, App Lock and App Twin. Also, the connectivity part includes 5G, 4G, Dual SIM, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, USB C and fingerprint (on the side). For such a cheap smartphone, the 5G part is really interesting.

Moreover, with the new Honor, you can enjoy a smooth operation for multitasking. The efficient 8 GB RAM, along with HONOR’s dynamic Turbo RAM technology, can easily use the 2 GB ROM to expand storage.

But let’s talk about the part that probably interests you the most: the pictures. The three high-definition cameras and the optimized imaging algorithm allow you to capture unforgettable moments. The main camera on the back is a triple one: a 48 megapixel main sensor, a 2 MP macro camera and another 2 MP. Various preset templates such as RHYTHM, PARTY, VISITED and many more allow you to easily record all your precious moments and keep the most beautiful memories. Personally, I liked the selfie camera – although it is not the best, 16 megapixels, it captures the subject well. It also has the function of Dual View, to film the scene when you are at a concert, but, at the same time, your reaction when you see your favorite artist. However, the shooting is only Full HD, only at 30 fps – it would not be bad to have 4K function, even for a mid-range phone.

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In terms of sensors, Honor Magic 4 Lite has a gravity sensor, fingerprint sensor (side – fingerprint unlock), ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass and NFC.

Among the weak points, that no one is perfect, I can mention that it is not water and dust proof, it does not have a micro SD slot and it does not have a headphone jack at the bottom, next to the charging plug. So, if you’re planning on using your wired headphones when you buy your new Honor Magic 4 Lite, think about it. But still, his brother has a 3.5mm jack, the Honor X8.

Women on Silks, Bucharest

The phone I tested was in blue, but Honor Magic 4 Lite is also available in silver and black. Also, as accessories, in its box, you will find the Honor SuperCharge 66 W charger, cover and screen protector.

Women on Silks, Bucharest

In conclusion, Honor Magic 4 Lite really looks magical at this price. With an ultra HD screen of 6.81 inches1, a screen-to-body ratio of 94%, a refresh rate with smart adjustment of up to 120 Hz and a tactile sampling rate of 240 Hz, at a price of 295 euros, seems to be the ideal choice if you want a high-performance smartphone with an honest value for money.

Women on Silks, Bucharest
Women on Silks, Bucharest
Women on Silks, Bucharest

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