Slider phones are back in the spotlight thanks to Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Now, Honor has also unveiled a slider smartphone, with it’s own unique features. Called the Honor Magic 2, the slider mechanism works pretty much the same way as the Mi Mix 3, but there’s more going on on the inside.
Let’s take a closer look.
Design and Display
Starting with the design, Honor Magic 2 features a glass build with an aluminum frame on the sides. It has a 6.4″ OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution at a 19:9 aspect ratio, going up to an impressive 91.5% screen to body ratio.
There’s no notch here, instead the phone’s front slides down to reveal the triple front camera setup and 3D face scanning tech.
Also onboard is an under-display fingerprint reader, in case you don’t want to slide the phone open every time to unlock it. There’s no headphone jack on the Magic 2, unfortunately.
Hardware and Software Features
Powering the Honor phone is Huawei’s latest and greatest 7nm Kirin 980 chip, with 6/8 GB RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot on the Magic 2.
It will run Magic UI 2.0, which is based on Android 9.0 Pie. There’s a host of features that Honor announced for the Magic 2, some of which will be enabled via a software update later on.
There’s a new AI assistant on this phone as well, called YOYO. It’s quite similar to other AI assistants, however it borrows a few things from Google Duplex. If you recall, Google Duplex was able to make calls and converse with people using natural language, all thanks to advanced machine learning and AI algorithms. Honor demoed something similar with YOYO, making a hotel reservation using the new AI assistant.
Another interesting feature is the Magic 2’s dock mode. Instead of using a dedicated dongle or a dock like Samsung DeX, Honor Magic 2 connects to your monitor or TV using Miracast, letting you use the phone in desktop mode.
There’s a total of 6 cameras on the Magic 2, 3 on the front and 3 at the back. The back cameras include a 16MP f/1.8 RGB sensor, a 24MP f/1.8 B&W (monochrome) camera, and a 16MP super wide-angle f/2.2 lens. It supports scene recognition for 1500 different scenes, HDR, night mode and 480fps slow mo video recording.
On the front, the smartphone has a single 16 MP camera with two 2MP depth sensing lenses.
Battery and Price
Keeping everything running on the Magic 2 is a 3,400 mAh battery with 40W Magic Charge (fast charging). It can charge the phone up to 50% in just 15 minutes, going up to 85% in 30 minutes.
It’ll be available in Red, Blue and Grey colors, priced at:
- ¥3799 (~$545) for the 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage model
- ¥4299 (~$616) for the 8 GB+128 GB variant
- and ¥4799 (~$688) for the top of the line 8 GB+256 GB version
Pre-orders begin November 2nd with official sale commencing on November 6th.
Honor Magic 2 Specifications
- CPU: Octa-core 2.6 GHz
- Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 980 (7nm)
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Magic UI 2.0
- Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
- Slider design
- 3D Face recognition
- Under-display fingerprint reader
- 91.5% screen to body ratio
- 6.4-inch OLED FHD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio
- RAM: 6/8GB
- Internal: 128/256 GB
- Card slot: no
- Primary (Triple):
- 16 MP RGB, f/1.8, OIS, AF
- 24 MP f/1.8 monochrome
- 16 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle
- Secondary: 16MP+2MP+2MP
- Primary (Triple):
- Connectivity: USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot, NFC
- Battery: 3,400 mAh battery, 40W fast charging
- Price: $550 (6/128 GB), $615 (8/128 GB), $690 (8/256 GB)