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The midranger in Honor's flagship Magic series comes back for another round in 2023 and offers quite a few upgrades over its predecessor. While last year's Magic4 Lite was somewhat underwhelming, we have higher hopes for the Magic5 Lite, mostly because it rights some wrongs from the past.
Notably, the Honor Magic5 Lite is a rebranded Honor x9a, which was released back in January in some Asian markets, so you can use this review to help you decide whether the x9a is worthwhile. The two handsets are identical.
The updated Lite comes with a superior OLED panel instead of IPS while still running at 120Hz, it has a better main camera, adds an ultrawide on the back, bumps up the battery capacity and offers a fresh new back design.
The phone still uses Honor's established design language, but we like the minimalist ring on the back better than before. Moreover, it's a distinctive look that no other midranger has.
The device also ships with an updated Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12, which promises more features and under-the-hood improvements. Of course, Google's Mobile Services are on board since the company is now a separate entity from Huawei.
One thing has remained unchanged, and that's the chipset. The new model shares the Snapdragon 695 SoC of its predecessor, which is a capable mid-range silicon but lacks 4K video recording capabilities. And that's our only beef with Qualcomm's offering. We'll make sure to check how well that chipset fares in the context of this year's midrangers in the following pages, so continue reading to find out more.
To our surprise, the Magic5 Lite arrived without a charger in the box. There is only a USB-A to USB-C cable used for charging and data transfers.
There wasn't any case inside the box either. Now, we can't be sure whether all markets get the same retail package, but our unit didn't get a charger. And yes, last year's Magic4 Lite had the appropriate 66W charger.
Until now Magic ui 7.1 not available. Also newly released budget models are available magic ui 7.1. What about this model? When the release date
My Honor x9a does not work on Android Auto by wire even using original honor hi current charging cable. Very disappointed on this kind of new bought phone. Lousy phone
Recently I bought the honor x9a mobile Every website mentioned the infrared port available . But infrared option not working.