The best phone camera ever? Unexpected Android flagship claims top spot

The Honor Magic 5 Pro has the highest-rated camera of any Android phone ever (says DxOMark)

Honor Magic 5 Pro
(Image credit: Honor)

At Mobile World Congress 2023, which is the largest mobile technology show in Europe, there was an unexpected product announcement that claims to deliver the best camera phone, well, ever.

I'm talking about the brand new Honor Magic 5 Pro, which isn't just a case of Honor touting its new flagship as the new all-round camera winner - it's got the backup from DxOMark, an independent testing outfit based out of Paris, France.

I'm often sceptical about results that use numerical data only to emphasise a point, but I've been to DxOMark's testing facilities some years ago, so have seen how many different methodologies and real-world assessments are employed to derive their results. So the Magic 5 Pro landing at the number one spot is backed by science rather than just self-assuredness. 

Honor Magic 5 Pro

(Image credit: Future / Mike Lowe)

I have an Honor Magic Pro 5 for testing and look forward to exploring its triple rear camera system, which comprises three 50-megapixel sensors to cater for main, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses. That sounds mighty similar to the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which I recently reviewed and was blown-away by how accomplished those cameras are.

In addition to Honor's big camera claims, the Magic 5 Pro presents a massive 6.81-inch OLED display, top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 platform, significant 5100mAh battery, and reasonably speedy 66W charging.

So is this new Android flagship going to be your next camera phone? The Honor Magic 5 Pro is set to be priced at €1099 when it launches in early May this year (UK pricing is TBC), making it a potentially appealing prospect. 

The Honor Magic 5 Pro will be available in Black or Meadow Green, the latter of which you can see in my photo above. No fancy orange finish for the European launch, which is a shame, but as I've already theorised before: 2023 does seem to be the year of sombre colours

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.