Honor’s new flagship phone, the Honor Magic6 Pro, has some very powerful cameras on the back, but the company would really like you to know that you’ll get a lot of help from artificial intelligence while taking your photos.

Originally launched in China in January, the Magic6 Pro saw its global debut ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with the recently launched Magic V2 foldable phone, as well as Honor’s MagicBook Pro 16 laptop and the Honor Pad 9 tablet.

That big camera on the back is a 180-megapixel, periscope telephoto shooter.
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The phone is a powerful contender, with a 6.8-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, and a massive, 5,600mAh battery with 80W wired charging and 66W wireless charging.

The main camera is of the throw-in-the-kitchen-sink variety, with a 50-megapixel main camera with variable aperture (f/1.4 and f/2.0), a 50-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 180-megapixel periscope telephoto camera with 2.5x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom (the digital part helped with that huge megapixel count). There’s overkill on the other side of the phone, too —the selfie camera is a 50-megapixel shooter with an f/2.0 aperture.

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The front side of Honor’s new Magic6 Pro reminds us of a very popular phone.
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With the numbers out of the way, the most interesting thing about this phone’s camera is its AI capabilities. Honor calls this the Falcon Camera System, and it includes features like AI Motion Sensing Capture, which is an algorithm that predicts and captures decisive moments in high definition. Honor has coined a term for it: ‘Sportography,’ which assists in capturing key moments in a game. We find this concept appealing, though its effectiveness in practice remains to be seen.

Design-wise, the Honor Magic6 Pro is very iPhone-like on the front, with a pill-shaped camera cutout, though the curved edges will remind you that this is indeed an Honor phone you’re holding. On the back, you’ll find a large camera bump, with the imposing periscope telephoto camera lens taking center stage.

Honor Magic6 Pro

We have to admit, crashing the phones into each other was pretty cool.
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The company in particular boasts the Honor Magic6 Pro’s toughness, claiming that it’s more resistant to drops than the competitors. To show it, Honor showed us a video, during the phone’s unveiling, in which it literally crashed the Magic6 Pro into an Apple iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy S24, with Honor (unsurprisingly) faring the best. Don’t try this at home, kids.

The Honor Magic6 Pro, available in Black and Epi Green, starts at 1,299 euros in Europe and 1,099.99 pounds in the UK, with pre-orders starting on March 1.

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