Huawei is that it again and this time they have come with a louder bang, with the release of the Huawei Honor Magic 2.
The Honor Magic 2 is one of several recent handsets that mark the return of the slider – bringing back a level of tactile interaction almost forgotten in these times of incessant tapping and swiping.
The back of the phone has a gentle curve, much like the original phone, and a special nano-coating makes the color transitions possible.
Design and Display
Similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, that the Honor Magic 2 seems entirely normal right up until you slide its screen is the main victory. The handset is thicker than average at 8.3mm, and about 10% heavier than the category norm too.
The SIM card tray is on the left and our review unit is dual SIM. Down on the bottom you’ll find the USB-C port in the middle, the only loudspeaker on the left, and the primary mic on the right. Up top, there’s another mic and what we initially thought was an IR blaster, but it turned out to be an ambient light sensor. The earpiece gets a port on the top edge of the display slab so you can talk with the slider closed, but the actual sound driver is underneath.
The Honor Magic 2 has one truly notable feature. Drag down on the screen with your thumb and its front slides downwards. This reveals a glass lip up top, which is home to the phones front cameras.
Honor Magic 2 will come with a 6.39 inch full HD AMOLED display having a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Offers 19.5:9 cinema-like screen ratio that’s perfect for viewing of videos, photos and games.
There are six camera lenses in total on the Honor Magic 2. The front camera array is made up of a 16-megapixel main sensor, and then two 2-megapixel sensors, while the rear camera has a 16-megapixel RGB sensor, a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 24-megapixel monochrome lens.
The rear camera uses artificial intelligence for scene recognition, and includes the artificial image stabilization (AIS) technology we’ve seen on Huawei phones including the P20 Pro.
Honor has installed Android 9.0 Pie with its own Magic UI 2.0 over the top. This new UI has a full range of AI capabilities, including natural semantic understanding, computer vision scanning technology, AI deep learning, and intelligent decision-making and recommendation systems.
Storage and Processor
An option of either 6GB or 8GB of RAM is offered, along with storage space of either 128GB or 256GB. The Magic 2 3D comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space.
Honor Magic 2 packs 7nm Kirin 980 octa-core processor, incorporates the Mali-G76 MP10 GPU, two Cortex-A76 cores running at 2.6GHz, two at 1.92GHz, and four Cortex-A55s at 1.8GHz.
The powerful device comes with a 3500mAh battery. . It does come with Honor’s 40w Magic Charge technology, where 15 minutes plugged in will take the battery to 50 percent capacity, and 85 percent in 30 minutes.
More importantly, this fast-charging uses 15 layers of protection to ensure it remains safe.
Solid battery life
Bold notch-free screen
High quality cameras
Comes with the latest Android OS
No headphone jack
The phone is heavy
No MicroSD support
The Magic 2 also features an amazing triple-camera system offering great photo capabilities.
This device is a beautiful piece of hardware, and the slider function pulls double duty as a satisfying novelty and the enabler of that big, beautiful display. In an all this smartphone is good value for money.