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Honor Magic 2

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The Honor Magic 2 truly lives up to its name as it marks the return of the slider, which brings back tactile interaction in these times of swiping and incessant tapping. Combined with the first of its kind hardware with extensive AI capabilities, 100% screen to body ratio, Magic 2 is an astonishing technological marvel.

Key Features
Display
Battery
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Description

With the return of the slider – Honor Magic 2 brings back certain magic in its overall performance. It features a display of 6.4 inch AMOLED with a tiny bezel. This smartphone comprises of Huawei’s latest Kirin 980 chipset with 7nm magic included in the phone. Packed with 6GB RAM and 12GB of base storage running Andriod 9.0 OS and slider, this phone leaves hardly any room for complaints.

Highlights

If you are looking for a smartphone with a fresh design, then you wouldn’t stop yourself from grabbing this phone. 

 

Pros:

  • A cool slider which reveals three front-facing cameras
  • Excellent battery life with a fast-charging option
  • Amazing 6.39-inch AMOLED high-resolution display 
  • Total of six cameras including a dedicated monochrome camera

 

Cons:

  • Photo and video quality of the camera is not very impressive
  • No electronic stabilization
  • Not water resistant
  • Collects dust quite easily in the exposed areas when the slider is open

 

Overall Honor Magic 2 is a very special smartphone with an amazing triple camera and bezel-less display. It is one of the first phone with a sliding camera mechanism.

Expert Opinion

The Honor Magic 2 truly lives up to its name as it marks the return of the slider, which brings back tactile interaction in these times of swiping and incessant tapping. Combined with the first of its kind hardware with extensive AI capabilities, 100% screen to body ratio, Magic 2 is an astonishing technological marvel.

Display

Magic 2 has a large 6.39-inch full-view AMOLED display of 2340 pixels x 1,080 pixels and incredibly thin bezels surrounding all sides. Also, there is no notch, which means you get a full-screen experience with no cutouts on the sides. The display of the phone looks unique and gorgeous, with vibrant colors and fantastic viewing angles. The screen is crisp, which makes viewing content on display bright and enjoyable. The text on the display is sharp and easy to read too. The visibility on the display of the phone gets pleasantly bright to bring comfort to the eyes.

Screen Size6.39 inches
Display Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels

Design

The design of the phone is one of the prime reasons why you want to grab this phone. More importantly, it’s slider mechanism makes the design unique and sleek. Other than that, the phone looks like any other flagship smartphone from the outer appearance. Constructed with glass panels on the front and metal framing on the back, the build quality of the phone is robust and seems immune to breaking.

The phone gives a comfortable feel having a sleek appearance with rounded corners, slider, and tapered edges. The slide factor allows the phone to achieve a near bezel-less screen with no notch and hidden front-facing cameras. Sliding the screen downwards reveals the three front-facing cameras.

This Honor Magic 2 features gradient color schemes in black, blue, and red variants. The gradient color is stunning, but it’s hard to keep it clean from fingerprints due to its reflective finish. Overall the phone gives a feel of nostalgia if you ever used old school slider phones in your yesteryears.

Weight206 g
BuildGlass front, glass back, aluminum frame

Performance

There is no lag in the performance of the Honor Magic 2. The phone has the same horsepower as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with a Kirin 980 SoC and variants of 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The phone sets a benchmark with its powerful Kirin 980 chipsets. The applications launch extremely fast, and the phone’s multitasking capability offers smooth and silky experience navigation through the UI. Gaming on the phone is also a great experience with consistent frame rates and smooth running of graphics. Overall the performance of the phone is excellent, making it one of the best Android phones of the year.

RAM/Internal Storage128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Chipset GPHiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)

Camera

One of the truly unique features of Honor Magic 2 is the camera set up. It contains six sensors – three on the rear end and three on the front side. The primary camera on the rear is a 16 MP with a focal length of 1.8 accompanied by a 16 MP wide-angle and a 24 MP monochrome sensor. The dedicated monochrome camera is one of its kinds with a unique quality of capturing black and white pictures and portraits.

 

The primary camera on the front is also 16MP flanked additionally by 2MP cameras. Pictures can only be clicked through the primary sensor while the 2MP sensors unlock using the 3D facial, portrait mode, and lighting effects. The facial unlock is extremely fast and works very well. You need to slide the phone open to reveal the camera, and before you know it, the phone unlocks itself. It is also very secure and reliable compared to the fingerprint sensor and works much faster. The AI screen recognition enables the camera to recognize scenes and objects for the best results quickly. You can also switch off the AI enhancements and use the manual option to click pictures as per your choice.

The image quality is good and sharp, with almost accurate colors and excellent contrast. The dynamic range of cameras allows you to experiment with different pictures in different light conditions with significant effects on shadows and highlight details. Even in low light conditions, the camera performs decently well with crisp and sharp images giving very little noise. Thankfully there is no blooming or overexposure, which helps in retaining the crux of the picture.

Battery

The performance of the battery life for Honor Magic 2 is equally impressive. Honor magic 2 powers a 3400mAh battery. This battery is more than adequate for reading mails, sending text messages, browsing the internet, playing games, and watching videos on YouTube. The phone would easily last for an entire day, even if you stream video over Wi-Fi with full brightness. Screen-on time can reach up to approximately 9 hours before dying, which is more than enough for most users. The phone also brings a 40W fast charger to charge the phone up to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

Battery Capacity3500 mAh
Battery TypeLi-Po

Verdict

Honor Magic 2 is a great phone to get your hands on. It’s got an excellent display with decent battery life. The one of a kind feature that makes it stand out is the slider. Although the camera consists of 6 sensors, the qualities of the images clicked are not very extraordinary but quite decent and nice. 

If you are looking to grab one of the coolest design phones available in the market right now, then this phone is the right choice for you.

 


Tech- Specs

General
  • Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Design
  • Thickness0.33 inches
  • Height6.19 inches
  • Weight206 g
  • ColorGradient Black, Gradient Red, Gradient Blue
  • BuildGlass front, glass back, aluminum frame
  • Width2.96 inches
Display
  • Display TypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Screen Size6.39 inches
  • Display Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio19.5:9
  • Pixel Density403 ppi
  • Screen to Body Ratio0.848
Performance
  • CPUOcta-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie) EMUI 9 or Magic UI 2
  • Chipset GPHiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
  • GPUMali-G76 MP10
Memory & Storage
  • Expandable MemoryNo
  • RAM/Internal Storage128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Back Camera
  • Back Camera FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
  • AutofocusPDAF
  • Triple Camera16 MP, f/1.816 MP, f/2.224 MP B/W, f/1.8
  • Back Camera Video2160p30fps, 1080p30fps, 720p480fps
Front Camera
  • Front Camera Video1080p30fps
  • Front Camera FeaturesHDR
  • Dual CameraManual pop-up 16 MP, f/2.0Manual pop-up 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensorManual pop-up 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Sound
  • Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • HeadPhone JackYes
  • LoudspeakerYes
Battery
  • Battery Capacity3500 mAh
  • User ReplaceableNon-removable
  • ChargingFast battery charging 40W: 50% in 15min 85% in 30min
  • Battery TypeLi-Po
Communications
  • USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
  • RadioNo
  • SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Network SupportGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
  • NFCYes
  • GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Miscellaneous Features
  • SensorsFace ID, fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Launch
  • Announced On2018, October
  • StatusAvailable. Released 2018, November

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