Honor Magic 2 appears with three rear cameras, Kirin 980, and Android Pie

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.

Honor Magic 2The 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:

SpecificationsHonor Magic 2
Dimensions157.32 × 75.13 × 8.3 mm, 206g
SoftwareEMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie
SoCOcta-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 storage6GB/8GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB of storage
Battery3,400mAh, 40W super fast charging
Display6.39-inch Full HD+ (2340×1080) AMOLED with 19.5:9 aspect ratio
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE, Dual-band GPS (L1 + L5 bands)
PortsUSB Type-C port, dual nano SIM slots, 3.5mm headphone jack
Rear camera16MP primary camera
24MP secondary camera
16MP camera with telephoto lens
Front-facing camera16MP 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.

Note: Huawei has stopped providing official bootloader unlock codes for its devices. Therefore, the bootloader of the Honor Magic 2 cannot be unlocked, which means that users cannot flash Magisk/TWRP/AOSP-based custom ROMs.

Source 1: TENAASource 2: TENAAVia: FoneArena

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Idrees Patel
Idrees Patel

Idrees Patel is a smartphone enthusiast from India. He has been an Android user since the time he got the LG Optimus One in 2011. He has a bachelor's degree in Management Studies. The subjects in which he is interested are mobile processors, real-world UI performance, in-depth camera quality analysis, and many more. Contact him at [email protected]