While Huawei has kept pumping out premium smartphones since the big Huawei ban of ’19, the lack of Google apps has made them questionable purchases. However Honor – once Huawei’s sub-brand, now under different owners – has finally stepped up to fill that void.
The new Honor Magic 3 series is the company’s first big global launch since the Honor 20 in early 2019, reviving its premium brand which last saw an entry in 2018 for limited markets. This new device is super flashy, with top specs in many departments.
In fact, if the handset didn’t have the Honor logo slapped on it, we’d think it was a Huawei phone. It has the same design language with a super-curved-edge display, large circular camera bump and absolutely top-spec rear cameras. That makes sense, because lots of the Honor team previously worked on Huawei devices.
The main differentiator here is that, since Honor is no longer owned by Huawei, it once again gets access to Google apps including the Play Store, making this arguably much more useful as a phone.
Honor’s move here is the equivalent of someone breaking up with their partner, then immediately dating someone who’s basically a better version of them: it sends the clear message “I won this breakup”. And, metaphor aside, it gives people who like Huawei phones but don’t like their app problems, a better alternative.
At the moment, we’ve got Euro prices for the phone, and will share conversions too, but the cost could be different in other regions.
|Phone||Euro price||USD conversion||GBP conversion||AUD conversion|
|Honor Magic 3||899||$1,060||£760||$1,430|
|Honor Magic 3 Pro||1099||$1,290||£930||$1,750|
|Honor Magic 3 Pro Plus||1499||$1,760||£1,270||$2,390|
Honor Magic 3 specs
There are actually three new phones: the Honor Magic 3, the Magic 3 Pro and the Magic 3 Pro Plus. We’ve been told the range is launching globally, though we don’t have specifics on where that actually means or how much it’ll cost in various regions.
All three devices share the same screen – it’s a 6.67-inch OLED panel with a 2772 x 1344 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and HDR 10+ support. It curves at the edges in a dramatic fashion, a design statement Huawei also makes in its Mate phones.
The handset comes in four colors – there’s white and black as well as Blue Hour, which is blue, and Golden Hour which is pink – the latter two are apparently inspired by the ‘magic hour’ in photography, which is the hour either side of sunset when colors look nice.
Another weirdly specific design detail is the circular camera bump, which Honor calls the ‘Eye of the Muse’ and is designed with mathematical ratios to… look nice? Some have suggested it looks like a film reel, which would work as a reference to the camera’s videography specs, but we think that’s reading into it a bit too far.
Oh, if you’re often getting your phone wet, you should know that while the Honor Magic 3 Pro and Pro Plus have IP68 protection, the standard model only gets IP54.
The Magic 3 Pro Plus has extra protection though with a Nano Crystal Shield, whatever that means, which apparently gives the device 3x anti-drop resistance – presumably that means you can drop the thing three times as often as you would normally, and it would be fine.
Specs-wise, the Honor Magic 3 has the Snapdragon 888 chipset, while the Pro and Pro Plus get the 888 Plus, which is the top processor available to Android phones as of launch. There’s also Flash Memory, which lets the device leverage spare storage power to temporarily bump up the RAM, and Honor estimates you can add 2GB of RAM if you toggle this on.
The devices all have 66W wired charging, as well as 50W wireless powering, so they’ll charge up in less than an hour regardless of how you power them.
The Magic 3 has three rear cameras: there’s a 50MP main, 64MP monochrome and 13MP ultra-wide snapper, as well as a laser autofocus. The Pro model keeps those specs but throws a 64MP extra sensor into the mix, paired with a periscope lens for 3.5x optical, 10x hybrid or 100x digital zoom – it also swaps the laser focuser for a digital Time-of-Flight sensor.
The Pro Plus is the same as the Pro but turns the ultra-wide snapper up to 64MP and also has a ‘multi-spectrum color temperature sensor’, which is a feature ripped straight from rugged phones.
Honor has introduced a new feature for its phones to aid in videography, by creating its own file format for videos. While lots of cameras (including phone ones) save in RAW, which is a file format for photos that retains lots of information to aid in editing, LOG is the equivalent for video, and Honor has created ‘Magic-Log’, a version that contains loads of data but doesn’t take as much space as standard Log. This should be useful for people who want to record professional videos on a phone, but keep lots of information for editing later.
All the phones also have two front-facing cameras, consisting of an ultra-wide selfie camera paired with a 3D depth sensor for improved bokeh background blur.
All-in-all, these phones sound like three impressive premium devices. We’ll have to test them out to be sure though – hopefully they’ll land globally soon so we can give them a spin.
Java News Roundup: Classfile API Draft, Spring Boot, GlassFish, Project Reactor, Micronaut – InfoQ.com
This week’s Java roundup for June 20th, 2022 features news from OpenJDK, JDK 19, JDK 20, Spring point releases, GlassFish 7.0.0-M6, GraalVM Native Build Tools 0.9.12, Micronaut 3.5.2, Quarkus 2.10.0, Project Reactor 2022.0.0-M3, Apache Camel Quarkus 2.10.0, and Apache Tika versions 2.4.1 and 1.28.4.
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Spring Boot 2.6.9 has been released featuring 44 bug fixes, improvements in documentation and dependency upgrades similar to Spring Boot 2.7.1. Further details on this release may be found in the release notes.
VMware has published CVE-2022-22980, Spring Data MongoDB SpEL Expression Injection Vulnerability, a vulnerability in which a “Spring Data MongoDB application is vulnerable to SpEL Injection when using
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Spring Data versions 2021.2.1 and 2021.1.5 have been released featuring upgrades to all of the Spring Data sub projects such as: Spring Data MongoDB, Spring Data Cassandra, Spring Data JDBC and Spring Data Commons. These releases will also be consumed by Spring Boot 2.7.1 and 2.6.9, respectively, and address the aforementioned CVE-2022-22980.
Spring Authorization Server 0.3.1 has been released featuring some enhancements and bug fixes. However, the team decided to downgrade from JDK 11 to JDK 8 to maintain compatibility and consistency with Spring Framework, Spring Security 5.x and Spring Boot 2.x. As a result, the HyperSQL (HSQLDB) dependency was also downgraded to version 2.5.2 because HSQLDB 2.6.0 and above require JDK 11. More details on this release may be found in the release notes.
Spring Security versions 5.7.2 and 5.6.6 have been released featuring bug fixes and dependency upgrades. Both versions share a new feature in which testing examples have been updated to use JUnit Jupiter, an integral part of JUnit 5. Further details on these releases may be found in the release notes for version 5.7.2 and version 5.6.6.
On the road to GlassFish 7.0.0, the sixth milestone release was made available by the Eclipse Foundation that delivers a number of changes related to passing the Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) for the Jakarta Contexts and Dependency Injection 4.0 and Jakarta Concurrency 3.0 specifications. However, this milestone release has not yet passed the full Jakarta EE 10 TCK. GlassFish 7.0.0-M6, considered a beta release, compiles and runs on JDK 11 through JDK 18. More details on this release may be found in the release notes.
GraalVM Native Build Tools
On the road to version 1.0, Oracle Labs has released version 0.9.12 of Native Build Tools, a GraalVM project consisting of plugins for interoperability with GraalVM Native Image. This latest release provides: support documentation for Mockito and Byte Buddy; prevent builds from failing if no test list has been provided; support different agent modes in the
native-image Gradle plugin, a breaking change; and support for JVM Reachability Metadata in Maven. Further details on this release may be found in the release notes.
The Micronaut Foundation has released Micronaut 3.5.2 featuring bug fixes and point releases of the Micronaut Oracle Cloud 2.1.4, Micronaut Email 1.2.3, and Micronaut Spring 4.1.1 projects. Documentation for the
ApplicationContextConfigurer interface was also updated to include a recommendation on how to define a default Micronaut environment. More details on this release may be found in the release notes.
Red Hat has released Quarkus 2.10.0.Final featuring: preliminary work on virtual threads (JEP 425) from Project Loom; support non-blocking workloads in GraphQL extensions; a dependency upgrade to SmallRye Reactive Messaging 3.16.0; support for Kubernetes service binding for Reactive SQL Clients extensions; and a new contract
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On the road to Project Reactor 2022.0.0, the third milestone release was made available featuring dependency upgrades to
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The Apache Tika team has released version 2.4.1 of their metadata extraction toolkit. Formerly a subproject of Apache Lucene, this latest version ships with improved customization and configuration such as: add a
stop() method to the
TikaServerCli class so that it can be executed with Apache Commons Daemon; allow pass-through of
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TikaResource class; and support for users to expand system properties from the forking process into forked
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