Honor’s Magic 6 Pro launches internationally with AI-powered eye tracking on the way

A month and a half after introducing the Magic 6 Pro in China, Honor is announcing the global availability of its latest flagship at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ​​Spain. In addition, the company has also announced prices for the new Porsche Design Honor Magic V2 RSR, a special edition of the foldable Magic V2 with higher specifications and a design around the German car brand.

The Magic 6 Pro will be available for €1,299 (£1,099.99, approximately $1,407) with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage and will be available from March 1, while the Porsche Design Magic V2 RSR will cost €2,699 (£2,349.99 , approximately $2,625) will cost. ) with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage and will ship on March 18. Expect both to be available in European markets, but it’s unlikely they’ll be officially available in the US.

Considering it’s 2024, a big part of Honor’s pitch for the Magic 6 Pro is its AI-powered features. For starters, Honor says it will eventually support the AI-powered eye-tracking feature it teased at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit last year. Honor claims the feature can see when you’re looking at notifications on the Dynamic Island-like interface at the top of the screen (Honor calls this the “Magic Capsule”) and open the relevant app without you having to physically tap on it. I, for one, will be very interested to see how Honor draws the line between a quick glance and an intentional glance.

Other AI-powered features include ‘Magic Portal’, which attempts to detect when details such as events or addresses are mentioned in your messages and automatically links to the appropriate maps or calendar app. Honor also says it’s developing an AI-powered tool that automatically generates a video from your photos using a text prompt, which Honor claims is processed on-device using MagicLM technology. (Yes, the company remains a big fan of its “Magic” branding.)

Aside from the AI-powered features, this is a more typical flagship smartphone. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and has a large 5,600mAh battery that offers fast charging at up to 80W wired or up to 66W wirelessly. The screen is a 6.8-inch 120Hz OLED panel with a 2800 x 1280 resolution and a claimed peak brightness of up to 5,000 nits (although in normal use the screen’s maximum brightness will be closer to 1,800 nits).

On the back, you get a trio of cameras built into the phone’s huge circular camera bump. The 50-megapixel main camera has a variable aperture that can switch between f/1.4 and f/2.0 depending on how much depth of field you want in your shots. This is accompanied by a 50-megapixel ultra-wide angle and a 180-megapixel periscope with 2.5x optical zoom. The entire device is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance, which is the highest level of protection you normally get on regular phones.

In addition to the international launch of the Magic 6 Pro, Honor is also bringing a Porsche-themed version of the foldable Magic V2 that I reviewed in January to international markets. The Porsche version of the phone not only has the words “Porsche Design” printed on the back of the phone, and a camera bump design that’s supposed to evoke the look of the German sports car, but also has 1TB of internal storage instead of 512GB. more durable glass on the external display and comes with a stylus in the box. A similar Porsche-themed edition of the Magic 6 is coming in March, but Honor isn’t sharing images of the design yet.

Otherwise, the Porsche Design Honor Magic V2 RSR is the same as the Magic V2 that preceded it. It retains the same thin and light design, measuring just 9.9mm thick when folded (not counting the camera bump) and weighing 234 grams, thanks in part to its titanium hinge construction. The camera setup is the same on the two devices, with a 50-megapixel main camera, 50-megapixel ultra-wide angle and a 20-megapixel telephoto.

Despite being a newly launched variant, the Porsche Edition of the phone unfortunately still uses last year’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor as the Magic V2 was originally launched in China in July 2023.

Photography by Jon Porter / The Verge

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