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Honor Magic 2
Honor magic 2
Honor Magic 2 is a very attractive smartphone by the company with lots of things to offer its users, The device is not the first to be designed with a sliding body to pop up the camera nor will it be the last. we have the likes of Oppo Find X, Vivo NEX, Lenovo Z5 Pro and many more.
About Honor: Honor, is a sub-brand belonging to networking and telecommunications equipment and services company known as Huawei.
Honor Magic 2 is a very attractive smartphone by the company with lots of things to offer its users, The device is not the first to be designed with a sliding body to pop up the camera nor will it be the last. we have the likes of Oppo Find X, Vivo NEX, Lenovo Z5 Pro and many more.


The design adopted on the Honor Magic 2 is very appealing to the eye with its curve back glass design that reflects with light, a metal frame in-between the rear and front glass pulling both sides together and Honor designers/engineers employed a nano-scale optical coating technology. The device edges are all rounded from both the display and body making it look more elegant and appealing to eyes, the slider design helped in achieving a high body to screen ratio by hiding the front camera.
The slider mechanism feels like the old school devices if you ever used one but only this time around and it called the butterfly multi-track sliding mechanism, it is highly upgraded with a more durable and strong sliding process/mechanism and however, the slider has cut off the ability of the device having dust and water resistant but this does not affect the device in anyways (dust) but it is advised to always stay away from dusty environment when the device is being slid up.
Honor Magic 2 has 6 camera designs (3 front and 3 back), in-display fingerprint keeping the back smooth asides the vertically aligned back block-like camera.
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Moving over to the display; we have a 2340 x 1080p of 6.3″ inch AMOLED display, no notch on this one, just a small tiny speaker at the top of the display, plus it tiny bezel to all sides gives the device a really wide display and viewing angle. Honor Magic 2 displays up to 16.7 million colors and its ~403PPI (pixel-density) makes the display appear more vivid, vibrant, beautiful and fantastic in both low and high light environment.
The display is protected using a 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass to make the screen un-scratchable and more durable.
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Image: Android Authority


Having up to 6 cameras might not be a big deal, can it deliver or the essence of having them is what really matters. Just like what we’ve seen on the second best camera smartphone in the world, 2019, the Huawei P20 Pro, a triple AI camera design. Going into details; the main primary camera on the back is the 16MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture which lets more light gets into the lens to produce a better picture output, while the second in line is a monochrome 24MP camera which primary function is to capture a black and white photo plus portrait mode shots and finally another 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera lens making zooming easier and more detailed plus it captures more space like if a user wants to take a group selfie nd so on.
The rear primary camera is further equipped with AIS (Artificial Image stabilization) tech.
the camera produces nice shots on both AI mode turned on/off, portrait mode and photo mode.
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The front camera is hidden as mentioned above, it appears when the device is being slid up. We have a triple camera setup also with 16MP being the primary camera that takes the shots, while the other two are 2MP + 2MP which takes care of bokeh effects, portrait mode, and most importantly the 3D facial unlock. The 3D facial unlock system has proven to be the most reliable way on the device, it is fast and more secure and reliable than its fingerprint system (in-display) and it also helps in creating 3D Emoji.
Where does AI kick-in? The cameras on Honor Magic 2 utilizes the ability of the AI processor (Kirin 980) to recognize scenes like food, objects, animals, sky, pets and up to 60 objects categories in total plus hundreds of scenarios in real-time. The AI also helps in processing a studio level portrait shots and it is further equipped with an AIS technology (Artificial Image Stabilization), giving users upper hand to control night shots.
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Honor Magic 2 feature the in-house built AI chipset, the Kirin 980, making it the first 7nm process AI dedicated SoC chipset of the Kirin-series. According to Honor, the new processor boasts a high improvement (up to 125%) in graphic, recognition speed while delivering even greater intelligence and AI-processing power.
With an 8GB or 6GB of RAM, launching apps should not be a problem, apps load faster and playing games are highly smooth so is performing everyday activities on the device ranging from navigating through the device, surfing the web on different platforms which will result in multi-tasking, switching between apps and so on. Its memory speed is up to 2133MHz and we have an internal memory of 128GB for the 6GB version of the device, while we have 256GB for the other and there is no memory expansion support on both versions.
Power is another area valued by users of smart devices with high-quality, and on the Honor Magic 2, we have a Lithium Polymer 3,400mAh non-removable battery with a 40W magic fast charge technology (10V/4A) which gives the device up to 50% juice in just 15min and 85% in 30min of charge.
According to Honor, “The powerful 40W charging support adopts the latest high-voltage-and-low-current design and has achieved functional safety management certification accredited by TÜV Rheinland, along with a three-tier identity authentication protocol and fifteen layers of protection, enabling a faster and safer charge”. So no damage will be caused by the new power technology and we have no wireless charge.
The overall performance of the Honor Magic 2 is not really different from what we have on the professional smartphone by parent company Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro.
Next is the hardware, we have a USB Type-C port at the bottom with a speaker by the side, no headphone jack i.e users have to use the USB Type-C to headphone connector, no physical fingerprint sensor but rather we have an in-display fingerprint which is not bad but I’d have preferred the normal physical sensor.


Honor Magic 2 uses the normal EMUI skin based on Android v9.0 Pie which comes with a new AI assistant called YOYO assistant. YOYO is an AI-oriented Honor smart assistant created to learn about the world at large and make advancement just like humans and it is highly powered by the new chipset, they said on their launch event.
The device uses a dual SIM (both are Nano type) with both SIM supporting 4G LTE (Volte) which helps in accessing the internet while on call or playing mobile games, and we have an interesting feature on this device which is powered by AI in the network section; Honor Magic 2 is designed to turn on network modes based on the environment users find themselves e.g subway mode, and it detects and respond to surrounding network data when in a place like the train or elevator.
Connectivity includes; Wi-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz, Bluetooth v5.0, Dual frequency GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, NFC, and USB Type-C.
Honor Magic 2 is priced within $631 – $800 for the 6GB version.
Honor Magic 2 is priced within $856 – $955 for the 8GB version.
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