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Honor Magic6 Pro Display test

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We put the Honor Magic6 Pro through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance across four criteria. In this test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 6.8 inches OLED
  • Dimensions  162.5 mm x 75.8 mm x 8.9 mm
  • Resolution: 1280 x 2800 pixels, (~453 ppi density)
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

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Pros

  • Well-suited brightness levels for different lighting conditions
  • Very few frame mismatches in all content
  • Accurate, reactive, and smooth touch panel
  • Good HDR video experience in low-light conditions

Cons

  • Immediate color shift when viewing at an angle
  • Perceivable striped pattern on a dark uniform background when in dark-room conditions

The Honor Magic6 Pro Display put in a top-scoring performance, with an all-around excellent user experience in all our use cases, particularly in gaming.

The Magic6 Pro’s readability was overall excellent in all lighting environments, with a steady and reliable performance. While the maximum brightness did not reach the same levels attained by some of the Magic6 Pro’s competitors, the screen was consistently and comfortably readable in all conditions – not too bright in low-light or dark conditions and not too dark when outdoors to affect the user experience.

Additionally, the outdoor brightness level remained consistent for all types of displayed content, which is not the case for most competitors’ devices, whose display luminance decreases as white areas on the screen increase. Although the device appeared uniform in our test, a faint striped pattern was visible on the screen when room or background conditions turned dark. However, this striped pattern was not visible in other lighting conditions.

The device was flicker-free, showing reduced temporal light artifacts thanks to high pulse width modulation (PWM).

The screen’s colors were slightly above average, remaining generally accurate and quite stable outdoors, but our testers did note some immediate color shifts when holding the device at an angle. Although most screens shift colors at wide angles, the Magic6 Pro’s colors were shifting at relatively lower angles when compared with the competition.

The HDR video-watching experience was quite satisfying and comfortable, with very good brightness and contrast in low light. Under indoor lighting conditions, however, peak brightness was too high, and dark tones lacked some details, but rending remained comfortable. In SDR, the device adapted brightness and contrast in all tested conditions.

The device’s display showed significant improvements over its predecessor the Honor Magic5 Pro in all subscores. The Magic6 Pro’s exceptional management of frame mismatches and motion blur, provides the user with an excellent experience watching high-quality videos or playing video games.

In touch, the Honor Magic6 Pro came very close to the top score, but the screen lacked some smoothness when viewing the gallery. However, users who like to play video games on their phones should take note of the Honor Magic6 Pro’s impressive touch response time at 53 ms, which shows a marked improvement from the Magic5 Pro’s 70 ms, and even surpasses the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+’s measured 65 ms. (For those keeping track, the fastest touch response time we have tested so far was on the Lenovo Legion Y90, which clocked in at 41 ms!) An added plus: The Honor Magic6 Pro had no unintended touches on the screen.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis, a device undergoes a series of objective and perceptual tests in controlled lab and real-life conditions. The DXOMARK Display score takes into account the overall user experience the screen provides, considering the hardware capacity and the software tuning. In testing, only factory-installed video and photo apps are used.  More in-depth details about how DXOMARK tests displays are available in the article “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”

The following section focuses on the key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Full reports with detailed performance evaluations are available upon request. To order a copy, please contact us.

Readability

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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
How Display Readability score is composed

Readability evaluates the user’s ease and comfort of viewing still content, such as photos or a web page, on the display under different lighting conditions. Our measurements run in the labs are completed by perceptual testing and analysis.

Luminance under various lighting conditions
This graph shows the screen luminance in environments that range from total darkness to outdoor conditions. In our labs, the indoor environment (250 lux to 830 lux) simulates the artificial and natural lighting conditions commonly seen in homes (with medium diffusion); the outdoor environment (from 20,000 lux) replicates a situation with highly diffused light.
Contrast under various lighting conditions
This graph shows the screen’s contrast levels in lighting environments that range from total darkness to outdoor conditions. In our labs, the indoor environment (250 lux to 830 lux) simulates the artificial and natural lighting conditions commonly seen in homes (with medium diffusion); the outdoor environment (from 20,000 lux) replicates a situation with highly diffused light.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Luminance vs Viewing Angle
This graph presents how the luminance drops as viewing angles increase.
Skin-tone rendering in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left to right: Honor Magic6 Pro, Google Pixel 8 Pro, Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
(Photos for illustration only)


Readability in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Honor Magic6 Pro, Google Pixel 8 Pro, Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
(Photos for illustration only
Average Reflectance (SCI) Honor Magic6 Pro
5 %
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Google Pixel 8 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
SCI stands for Specular Component Included, which measures both the diffuse reflection and the specular reflection. Reflection from a simple glass sheet is around 4%, while it reaches about 6% for a plastic sheet. Although smartphones’ first surface is made of glass, their total reflection (without coating) is usually around 5% due to multiple reflections created by the complex optical stack.
Average reflectance is computed based on the spectral reflectance in the visible spectrum range (see graph below) and human spectral sensitivity.
Reflectance (SCI)
Wavelength (horizontal axis) defines light color, but also our capacity to see it; for example, UV is a very low wavelength that the human eye cannot see; Infrared is a high wavelength that the human eye also cannot see). White light is composed of all wavelengths between 400 nm and 700 nm, i.e. the range the human eye can see. Measurements above show the reflection of the devices within the visible spectrum range (400 nm to 700 nm).

Uniformity
This graph shows the distribution of luminance throughout the entire display panel. Uniformity is measured with a 20% gray pattern, with bright green indicating ideal luminance. An evenly spread-out bright green color on the screen indicates that the display’s brightness is uniform. Other colors indicate a loss of uniformity.
PWM Frequency Honor Magic6 Pro
4320 Hz
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Google Pixel 8 Pro
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
Displays flicker for 2 main reasons: refresh rate and Pulse Width Modulation. Pulse width modulation is a modulation technique that generates variable-width pulses to represent the amplitude of an analog input signal. This measurement is important for comfort because flickering at low frequencies can be perceived by some individuals, and in the most extreme cases, can induce seizures. Some experiments show that discomfort can appear at a higher frequency. A high PWM frequency (>1500 Hz) tends to be less disturbing for users.
Temporal Light Modulation
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the most important modulation. The combination of a low frequency and a high peak is susceptible to inducing eye fatigue.

Color

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How Display Color score is composed

Color evaluations are performed in different lighting conditions to see how well the device manages color with the surrounding environment. Devices are tested with sRGB and Display-P3 image patterns. Both faithful mode and default mode are used for our evaluation. Our measurements run in the labs are completed by perceptual testing & analysis.

White point color under D65 illuminant at 830 lux