Honor Magic5 Pro Benchmarks 3DMark by Mighty Gadget 1

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

Card NameVRAMMax TDPh.264 StreamsHEVC StreamsAV1 StreamsApprox PriceAmazon Link
GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB)4GB185W33£160[amazon box=”B089YYRWZ1″ description=” “]
GeForce GTX 1660 (6GB)6GB125W55
GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4GB)4GB125W33£223[amazon box=”B093Z4TMHP” description=” “]
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6GB)6GB125W55£311[amazon box=”B07NWCMYMW” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3050 (8GB)8GB185W66£270[amazon box=”B09RMX7BXK” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3060 (12GB)12GB185W1010£330[amazon box=”B0BGLBX8HG” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB)8GB290W66£660[amazon box=”B098Q5RC7M” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3080 (8GB)8GB450W66[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3080 (10GB)10GB450W88[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB)16GB450W1113[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3080 (20GB)20GB450W1116[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3090 (8GB)8GB450W66[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3090 (10GB)10GB450W88[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3090 (16GB)16GB450W1113[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 3090 (20GB)20GB450W1116[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 4070 Ti (12GB)12GB285W666[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 4080 (12GB)12GB285W666[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 4080 (16GB)16GB320W777[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]
GeForce RTX 4090 (24GB)24GB800W111111[amazon box=”ASIN” description=” “]

Honor Magic5 Pro vs Magic4 Pro Benchmarks

Antutu

Honor Magic5 Pro Benchmarks Antutu by Mighty Gadget 1
SoCSnapdragon 888Snapdragon 865Dimensity 1000+Kirin 9000
CPU1x ARM Cortex-X1 @ 2.84 GHz1x 2.84GHz (Cortex A77)4x 2.6GHz (Cortex A77)1x Cortex A77
@ 3.13Ghz
3x ARM Cortex-A78 @ 2.42 GHz3x 2.4GHz (Cortex A77)4x 2GHz (Cortex A55)3x Cortex A77
@ 2.54Ghz
4x ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz4x 1.8GHz (Cortex-A55)4x Cortex A55@
2.05Ghz
GPUQualcomm Adreno 660
+35% perf vs SD865
Adreno 650Mali-G77 MP9Mali-G78
24 Cores
ProcessSamsung
5nm (5LPE)
7nm7nmTSMC
5nm

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

SoCSnapdragon 765GSnapdragon 750GSnapdragon 690Mediatek Dimensity 800
CPU1x Cortex A76 @ 2.4GHz (765G)
1x Cortex-A76 @ 2.2GHz
2x Cortex-A77
@ 2.2GHz
2x Kryo 560 (CA77)
@ 2.0GHz
4 ARM [email protected]
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz6x Kryo 560 (CA55) @ 1.7GHz4 ARM [email protected]
GPUAdreno 620 @ 625MHz
+38% perf vs 730G
Adreno 619
+10% perf over 730G
Adreno 619L
60% perferformacne vs 675
ARM Mali-G57 MC4
DSP / NPUHexagon 696
HVX + Tensor
5.4TOPS AI
Hexagon 694
HVX + Tensor
4TOPS AI
Hexagon 692
HVX + Tensor
Memory Controller2x 16-bit 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s2x 16-bit 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s2x 16-bit 1866MHz LPDDR4X 14.9GB/s2x 16-bit 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 17.0GB/s
ISP/CameraDual 14-bit Spectra 355 ISP
1x 192MP or 36MP with ZSL
2x 22MP with ZSL
Dual Spectra 355L ISP
48MP single 32+16MP dual
Spectra 355L
48MP single 32+16MP dual
Up to 32MP + 16MP
Up to 32MP + 16MP
Integrated ModemSnapdragon X52
LTE Category 24/22
5G NR Sub-6 4×4 100MHz
mmWave 2×2 400MHz
Snapdragon X52
LTE Category 24/22
5G NR Sub-6 4×4 100MHz
mmWave 2×2 400MHz
Snapdragon X51
LTE Category 24/22
5G NR Sub-6
Snapdragon 5G modem
Category 15/13
5G 2CC, NSA & SA, Sub-6GHz
Fabrication ProcessSamsung
7nm EUV (7LPP)
Samsung
8nm (8LPP)
Samsung
8nm LPP
TSMC 7nm N7

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

Honor Magic5 Pro Benchmarks 3DMark Stress Test by Mighty Gadget
Google Pixel 6 ProGoogle Pixel 6
Price:£849£599
Colours:Stormy Black, Cloudy White, Sorta SunnyStormy Black, Kinda Coral, Sorta Seafoam
Display: size (resolution):6.7-inch (1440 x 3120, 512ppi)6.4-inch (1080×2400 pixels, 411ppi)
Refresh rate:Up to 120HzUp to 90Hz
Processor:Google Tensor with Titan M2Google Tensor with Titan M2
RAM:12GB8GB
Storage:128GB | 256GB | 512GB128GB | 256GB
Rear cameras:50MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.85)
12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2)
48MP telephoto (ƒ/3.5)
50MP wide-angle (ƒ/1.85)
12MP ultrawide (ƒ/2.2)
Zoom:4x optical and 20x Super Res digital7x Super Res digital
Front camera:11.1MP (ƒ/2.2), 94-degree field of view8MP (ƒ/2.0), 84-degree field of view
Video:Rear: 4K and 1080p (both up to 60fps), Front: 4K at 30fps, 1080p at up to 60fpsRear: 4K and 1080p (both up to 60fps), Front: 1080p at 30fps
Authentication:Fingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensorFingerprint Unlock with under-display fingerprint sensor
Battery:5003 mAh4614 mAh
Battery life:1970-01-01 07:53:001970-01-01 08:13:00
Dimensions:163.9 height x 75.9 width x 8.9 depth158.6 height x 74.8 width x 8.9 depth
Weight:210 g207 g

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

Elite 85tElite 75tAirPods Pro
Call Noise ReductionsYes, 6-microphone technologyYes, 4-microphone call technology
Audio codecs supportedSBC, AACSBC, AAC
Speaker size12 mm / 0.47 in6 mm / 0.24 inNot stated
Speaker bandwidth20Hz to 20kHz20Hz to 20kHz
Speaker bandwidth Calls100Hz to 10kHz100Hz to 8kHz
Microphone type6 x MEMS4x MEMS4
Microphone bandwidth100Hz to 10kHz100Hz to 10kHz
ANCYes, via 4 of 6 micsYes, via 2 of 4 micsYes
HearThroughYes, adjustableYes, adjustableYes
In-ear pressure reliefYesYes
Battery ANCUp to 25 hours total
Earbud 5.5 hrs
Charging case 19.5 hrs
Up to 24 hours total
Earbud 5.5 hrs
Charging case 18.5 hrs
Earbuds 4.5 Hours
Battery no ANCUp to 31 hours total
Earbud 7 hrs
Charging case 25 hrs
Up to 28 hours total
Earbud 7.5 hrs
Charging case 20.5 hrs
Earbuds 5 Hours
24 hours of listening time
ChargingYes – QiUpdated in 2020 to include QiYes , Qi
Charge TimeUp to 3 hours wired
3.5 hours wireless
Up to 2h 20mins wired
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth profilesHSP v1.2, HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, SPP v1.2HSP v1.2, HFP v1.7, A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.6, SPP v1.2
Operating rangeUp to 10 m / 33 ftUp to 10 m / 33 ft
Main unit dimension (LxWxH)23.1 x 19.0 x 16.2 mm21.9 x 19.4 x 16.2 mm30.9 x 21.8 x 24 mm
Charging case dimensions (LxWxH)64.8 x 41.1 x 28.5 mm64.8 x 41.1 x 28.5 mm
Weight (each earbud)7 g5.5 g5.4g
IP rating (earbuds)IPX4IP57IPX4
Warranty2-year warranty +
dust & water
2-year warranty +
dust & water
1 year Warranty with optional 2yr AppleCare @ £29
£25 AppCare excess
£85 each out of warranty fee
Price219.99169.99249

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.

Overall

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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