Honor Magic 2 appears with three rear cameras, Kirin 980, and Android Pie
A new type of smartphones is slowly rising. The prevalent design goal in smartphones this year has been to reduce bezels. However, device makers can’t remove the front-facing camera, which now becomes an obstacle. This is the reason why the display notch has become so common this year as a compromise. At the end of the day, the notch remains a compromise, which is why some device makers have been looking towards unconventional ways to remove it. The removal of the notch has been achieved in a few smartphones this year thanks to the use of a popup front-facing camera, or a motorized bezel, or even a manual slider. The Vivo NEX was the first 2018 flagship to adopt moving parts for the front-facing camera, and it was followed by the OPPO Find X. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the Honor Magic 2 are two upcoming smartphones that have been confirmed to have a manual slider.
Honor first teased the Honor Magic 2 back at IFA. Honor’s CEO confirmed at the time that the phone would be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, just like the flagship Huawei Mate 20 series. It will have a slide-out design, which is called Magic Slide. The phone will be launched in China on October 31. Now, it has received TENAA certification, revealing nearly everything about the phone.
The Honor Magic 2 will have a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, and will be powered by the Kirin 980 SoC. It will have up to 8GB of RAM, and it will run Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0. The phone will have triple rear cameras: 16MP + 24MP + 16MP. On the front, it has a 16MP camera and two TOF lenses for 3D face unlock. There is no microSD card slot.
In terms of charging, it will have 40W super fast charge with 15 layers of safety protection and auto identification of three critical parts. It will be powered by a 3,400mAh battery—a noticeable decrease from the battery capacities of the Mate 20 series. The full specifications of the Honor Magic 2 are noted below:
|Specifications||Honor Magic 2|
|Dimensions||157.32 × 75.13 × 8.3 mm, 206g|
|Software||EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie|
|SoC||Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 (2x Arm Cortex-A76 cores @ 2.6GHz + 2x Arm Cortex-A76 cores @ 1.92Ghz + 4x Arm Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.8GHz); Mali-G76MP10 GPU @ 720MHz|
|RAM and storage||6GB/8GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB of storage|
|Battery||3,400mAh, 40W super fast charging|
|Display||6.39-inch Full HD+ (2340×1080) AMOLED with 19.5:9 aspect ratio|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, Dual-band GPS (L1 + L5 bands)|
|Ports||USB Type-C port, dual nano SIM slots, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Rear camera||16MP primary camera|
24MP secondary camera
16MP camera with telephoto lens
|Front-facing camera||16MP with two TOF lenses for 3D face unlock|
The pricing details for the Honor Magic 2 will be revealed at the phone’s launch next week.