Honor has quietly found its place alongside its parent company, Huawei, as the up-and-coming challenger brand. Of the three laptops released by the brand at IFA 2020 in Berlin, the MagicBook Pro is the one which garners the most interest partly because of its very affordable price tag and its main target, the 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro.
The MagicBook Pro, unveiled at IFA 2020, is the top-of-the-range model with a 16.1-inch Full View screen surrounded by a 4.9mm bezel. It boasts a 90% screen-to-body ratio, plus 100% sRGB color gamut at 300 nits brightness and flicker-free performance. The sandblasted aluminum chassis is 16.9mm thick and weighs 1.7 kilograms.
The design language of the MagicBook Pro shares common features with the Xiaomi Mi laptop brand, the Dell XPS 15, and, of course, the Apple MacBook Pro. Note the Space Gray color scheme paired with an aluminum chassis rather than a magnesium alloy one (lighter but also displaying more flex) and a frosted matte finish.
Inside is AMD’s Ryzen 5 4600H processor with an integrated Radeon graphics card, and the laptop can be specified with up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD. Honor promises the MagicBook Pro will keep cool under pressure thanks to its dual-fan and dual-heat pipe cooling system design, while the battery will return 11 hours of use before needing a recharge. A 65-watt fast-charging system boosts the cell to 50% in about 30 minutes. Other features include a fingerprint sensor set inside the power button, a pop-up webcam inside one of the function keys, two USB 2.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, and an HDMI port too.
The MagicBook Pro is joined by a new MagicBook 14 and MagicBook 15 laptop, which retains the same design as the models released earlier this year, but with new AMD Ryzen 5 4500U processors and the option for a 512GB SSD. Otherwise, these lightweight, low-cost laptops remain the same, but that’s no bad thing.
The MagicBook 14 weighs only 1.38kg and the MagicBook 15 1.53kg. Due to the slim bezels, the screen-to-body ratio for each one is high — 84% for the MagicBook 14 and 87% for the MagicBook 15. All three new Honor laptops have Windows 10 installed and come with a one-month Microsoft Office free trial.
At the time the Honor Magic Book Pro is on sale direct from the manufacturer in the UK, France, and Germany with other territories likely to follow. Only one model is available, one with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD and a price tag of £850, which includes a free Honor watch worth £120. That translates to a VAT-free price of about $940.