Huawei’s sub-brand Honor unveiled its flagship device – the Magic 2 – at an event in its home country today. The device was teased at Honor Play global launch event in August. It features top of the line specs with AI features and a sliding display. Let’s delve into the technical specifications:
Display & Design:
The Honor Magic 2 boasts of a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio. Design-wise, Honor’s latest smartphone doesn’t feature a notch on the top for front camera. Instead, the device joins the camera slider bandwagon by adding a sliding mechanism for the display. The absence of a notch provides a larger screen-to-body ratio. The Magic 2 features a in-display fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device. It is available in three gradient shades – Gradient Red, Gradient Silver, Gradient Blue.
The Honor Magic 2 rocks a triple camera setup on both the front and rear. The rear camera module comprises of a 16MP colour lens, 24MP monochrome lens and a 16MP super wide lens. Upfront, the Magic 2 gets a 16MP primary sensor and two 2MP depth sensors. The slider mechanism works manually, pretty much like the one seen on the recently launched Mi Mix 3. The camera is powered by AI-capabilities for enhancing images. The device also features 3D Biometrics to enable face unlock.
Hardware, Battery & OS:
At the core of Honor Magic 2 lies a powerful Kirin 980 processor based on 7mm architecture. The chipset currently powers Huawei’s flagship Mate 20 series. The processor is accompanied by a Mali-G76 GPU for better gaming performance. The Magic 2 is available in two RAM configurations i.e. 6GB and 8GB. In terms of storage, the 6GB variant offers 128GB storage. The 8GB RAM model is available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options.
The Honor Magic 2 is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery fitted inside. It supports 40W fast charging technology which the company has dubbed ‘Magic Charge’. On the software front, the Magic 2 runs the latest Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.0. The device features Magic UI 2.0 which offers various AI features, including the voice assistant Yoyo.
Pricing & Availability:
The base variant of Honor Magic 2 is priced at CNY 3,799 (~Rs 40,300). The 8GB/128GB model retails at CNY 4,299 (~Rs 42,604) while the 256GB model costs CNY 4,799 (~Rs 50,905). The 8GB/512GB bears a price tag of CNY 5,799 (~Rs 61,505). Pre-orders for the Honor Magic 2 start today, and the device goes on sale from November 6th in China. At the time of writing, there is no word on international pricing and availability.
With top-end specs, the Magic 2 still costs less than premium devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3 XL, and iPhone XS.