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I am in the process of reviewing the new Honor Magic5 Pro, which features the excellent Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

I have already benchmarked the SD8 Gen2 chipset in comparison to the previous SD8 Gen1, but this was using the Redmagic gaming phones, which have active cooling and aggressive performance focussed tuning.

Therefore, it makes more sense to benchmark the chipset on the phone, the Honor Magic5 Pro, which is a phone that should represent the performance most flagship phones can achieve and how much better the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is in comparison to the Gen 1 chipset that was on the Honor Magic4 Pro.

Honor Magic5 Pro vs Magic4 Pro Specification

HonorMagic5 ProMagic4 Pro
DisplayLTPO OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1800 nits (peak)
6.81 inches, 113.7 cm2 (~91.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1312 x 2848 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~460 ppi density)
LTPO OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1000 nits (peak)
6.81 inches, 113.7 cm2 (~93.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1312 x 2848 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~460 ppi density)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Rear Cameras50 MP, f/1.6, 23mm (wide), 1/1.12″ 1.4µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
50 MP, f/3.0, 90mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom
50 MP, f/2.0, 13mm, 122˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.5″, AF
TOF 3D (depth)
50 MP Sony IMX766, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF, Laser AF
50 MP, f/2.2, 122˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.5″
64 MP, f/3.5, 90mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.7µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.5x optical zoom
TOF 3D (depth)
Front Camera12 MP, f/2.4, 100˚ (ultrawide), 1.22µm
TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
12 MP, f/2.4, 100˚ (ultrawide), 1.22µm
TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Battery5100 mAh4600 mAh
Charging66W wired
50W wireless
Reverse wireless
5W reverse wired
100W wired
100W wireless SuperCharge (separate purchase)
ProtectionIP68Aluminosilicate glass

Honor Magic5 Pro vs Magic4 Pro Benchmarks


TotalCPUGPUMEMUXTemp IncreaseBattery Decrease
Honor Magic5 Pro109285720487854019220169514609284
Honor Magic4 Pro93846419716944063114826015240410.75
OPPO Find X5 Pro8426601664084352091114661295777.55
OPPO Find X3 Pro777229192437300378137073147341

At first glance, the Antutu results don’t look overly impressive, a 16.5% increase from the previous generation and well below the massive score of 1,264,868 that the Redmagic 8 Pro achieved.

Looking at the breakdown of score, the UX score is holding it back. This has actually gone down from last year, for some reason. The CPU only goes up by 3.9%, which is a bigger improvement than the Redmagic. The GPU score then goes up 22.6%, and memory is a massive 36% improvement.

Perhaps most important of all, there is a smaller temperature rise and battery decrease, indicating a more efficient chipset.

Geekbench 5 & 6

Geekbench 5ChipsetSingle CoreMulti Core
Honor Magic5 ProSnapdragon 8 Gen 214814932
Honor Magic4 ProSnapdragon 8 Gen 112203569
Xiaomi Mi 11Snapdragon 88811393693
OnePlus 9 ProSnapdragon 88811093487
Samsung Galaxy S21 UltraExynos 210010793381
Google Pixel 6Google Tensor10422957
XiaomiDimensity 8200-Ultra10053744
OPPO Find X5 ProSnapdragon 8 Gen 19763484
Asus ROG Phone 3
Snapdragon 865+9753357
Realme GT Neo 3Dimensity 81009663672
OPPO Find X3 ProSnapdragon 8889283357
Realme X50 ProSnapdragon 8659103205
Infinix Note 30 VIPDimensity 80508543047
Redmi K30 UltraDimensity 1000+7822890
Samsung Galaxy S20Exynos 9907722590

Geekbench 6 is out now, but I don’t have the Honor Magic4 Pro to test that with and therefore had to install the older Geekbench 5.

With this, the results were similar to the Redmagic 8 Pro. There is a 21.4% and 38.2% uplift in performance for the single and multi-core results, respectively.

As for Geekbench 6, this phone scores 1949/5235 while the Redmagic 8 Pro achieved 1980/5627.

3DMark Wildlife Stress Testing / Thermal Throttling

3DMarkChipsetWild Life HighWild Life LowStabilityTemperatureBattery
iQOO 12 RetestSnapdragon 8 Gen 3183461214466.2%26° to 42°87% to 73%
iQOO 12 First TestSnapdragon 8 Gen 318087754941.7%25° to 39°96% to 82%
Samsung Galaxy S24 UltraSnapdragon 8 Gen 317580982855.9%24° to 42°79% to 66%
Honor Magic5 ProSnapdragon 8 Gen 212726856767.3%19° to 38°100% to 92%
Honor Magic4 ProSnapdragon 8 Gen 110189644563.3%24° to 44°86% to 72%
OPPO Find X5 ProSnapdragon 8 Gen 19537606063.5%21° to 44°33% to 23%
Pixel 8 ProGoogle Tensor G38434559966.4%27° to 44°83% to 72%
Pixel 7 ProGoogle Tensor G26527476673%
Pixel 6Google Tensor6908348750.5%
Xiaomi 13TDimensity 8200-Ultra6485587990.728° to 42°83% to 74%
OnePlus 9 ProSnapdragon 8885775348960.3%
OPPO Find X3 ProSnapdragon 8885765380466%
Samsung Galaxy S21 UltraExynos 21005466640462.3%
Xiaomi Mi 11Snapdragon 8885550504590.9%
Realme GTSnapdragon 8885850323455.3%
Oppo Find X3 NeoSnapdragon 8655038494298.1%
Realme GT Neo 3Dimensity 81005446539999.1%32° to 38°100% to 94%
Infinix Note 30 VIPDimensity 80504565450698.731° to 46°100% to 91%
OnePlus Nord 2Dimensity 12004161293270.5%

The 3DMark Wildlife stress test may not be the best benchmark for real-world performance, but it gives us a good idea of how the performance has improved and if the chipset can achieve this performance efficiently.

The SD888 was a big step back in terms of efficiency, and then the Google Tensor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 continued the trend, both suffering from serious thermal throttling issues, high temperatures and high battery drain.

The switch back to TSMC with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ showed a big improvement with these problems and my benchmarks of the Redmagic 8 Pro indicated Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was a superb chipset with high performance while not draining too much batter or running too hot.

The Honor Magic5 Pro isn’t quite as good as I would have liked to see, but it is still an improvement compared to its predecessor.

You have an impressive 25% increase in the high score and 33% improvement in the lowest score. However, the stability has only improved from 63.3% to 67.3%, and the temperature increased 19° vs 20°.

One thing worth noting, I also ran the Wild Life Extreme Stress Test shortly after the normal stress test, and this went from 25° vs 38°. So the temperature range is significantly reduced, and the top temperature is reduced. I suspect they could have let it run to 44° for much superior stability but at the cost of the battery.

Furthermore, if you look at the graph of the stress test. The Honor Magic4 Pro dips at the 5th loop dropping from 10k to 8k, then again at loop 12, going down to its lowest score by loop 14.

The Magic4 Pro doesn’t dip until loop 9, it even bounces back up, and from the 14th  loop onwards, it has a stable result. So, even those the full test indicates there is not a significant improvement in stability across 20 loops; it is able to sustain peak performance for over twice as long as the Honor Magic4 Pro.

The battery is bigger on this phone, which is always a big selling point for me. Some rough maths indicates that the Honor Magic5 Pro used 408mAh for the stress test, whereas the Honor Magic4 Pro used 644mAh. I calculated that the Redmagic 8 Pro used 720mAh, but that had almost perfect stability with a low score of 13521.

Assuming my maths isn’t wrong (and it probably is), that’s a significant improvement in efficiency.

PCMark Battery

Performance ScoreWork 3.0 Battery
Honor Magic5 Pro1431013h 38 mins
Honor Magic4 Pro1467010h 32 mins
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Exynos 2100
1363812h 46min
Pixel 8 Pro
1209112 hours 56 mins
OPPO Find X3 Pro119329 hours
Pixel 7 Pro
Tensor G2
1155011h 39min
Pixel 6
114439h 45min

I don’t really like the PCMark benchmark, as the results are all over the place between phones. Though this shows how some brands tune phones differently, some running a phone at max performance (likely to manipulate results), and others have more natural peaks and troughs, showing the CPU frequency dipping for less demanding tasks.

PCMark has been upgraded to version 3 since I reviewed the Honor Magic4 Pro, so this isn’t a very good comparison at all.

The Honor Magic5 Pro achieved 13 hours and 38 minutes with an average score of 14310.

The Honor Magic4 Pro achieved 10h 32 mins with a score of 14670.

I wouldn’t be too concerned about the score, that’s likely a result of the new version of the benchmark, but the battery score is a massive improvement. The battery has 11% more capacity, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, should be and has proven itself to be more efficient, so this improved performance was expected.


The results of the Honor Magic5 Pro benchmarks were more or less as expected. While they look less impressive than the Redmagic 8 Pro, when you look at the performance improvement from the Honor Magic4 Pro to the Magic5 Pro, it follows the same trend as Redmagic with the 7 Pro and 8 Pro.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 was undoubtedly going to be a powerful chipset, but the main improvement is that Qualcomm is finally reining in the power draw of its flagship chipsets thanks to the superior TSMC fabrication process.

The Honor Magic4 Pro was one of my favourite phones of last year as it had a good balance of flagship features and price. The Honor Magic5 Pro follows suit, it is priced lower than flagship options from Samsung, Google and Xiaomi yet still offers the flagship experience many of us want.

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