Honor has officially unveiled the 'Magic 2' in China, a smartphone that
comes with a bezel-less display that slides down to reveal a front-facing camera, and a total of six cameras.
The Honor Magic 2 comes in three different configurations and has been priced starting at 3,799 yuan (~ Rs 40,000) for the 6GB+128GB variant. You’ll need to spend 4,299 yuan (~ Rs 45,000) for the 8GB+128GB variant and 4,799 yuan (~ Rs 51,000) for the 8GB+256GB variant.
The smartphone will be available in blue, teal and red. It will go up for pre-order tomorrow and will be available for purchase starting November 6.
Honor Magic 2 follows the lead of Oppo’s Find X and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 with a manual slider for the selfie cameras, sensors and more.
The Magic 2 packs triple cameras on the front and rear. The triple cameras on the rear are a 16MP RGB sensor, a 16MP super-wide angle lens, and a 24MP monochrome sensor. As for the front cameras, which are hidden in the slider, Honor has included a 16MP+2MP+2MP setup to give you a total of six cameras.
Backed by the dual-core NPU of the Kirin 980, Honor says the phone is capable of identifying 60+ categories and 1500+ scenes automatically. Honor Magic 2 also supports ultra-wide-angle night mode.
The sliding mechanism not only holds the front camera but also the company’s 3D Face Recognition technology, which will help unlock the device with just a look. Honor says it has developed the 3D facial recognition in house and it can record tens of thousands of feature points on your face to make it more secure than regular face unlock.
The Honor Magic 2 has a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels) that achieves a screen-to-body ratio of close to 100 percent. There’s an optical under-display fingerprint scanner, which is 32.48 square millimeter in size.
The device is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 980 chipset, coupled with Mali G-76 GPU, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. There’s also a 3,400mAh battery, which supports super-fast 40W charging.
Honor halso today debuted its own AI voice assistant 'YOYO'. It’s part of the company’s updated Magic UI 2.0 ecosystem for China.
Honor Magic 2 runs Android 9.0 out-of-the-box, with the company’s EMUI 9.0 skin on top. Connectivity options include AI-powered dual-frequency GPS navigation, Cat.21 wireless connectivity (speeds up to 1.7Gbps), Bluetooth 5.0, and dual VoLTE among other things.
Alongside the new phone, Honor also announced a new pair of true wireless earbuds called FlyPods Pro and the Honor Watch.
The FlyPods look similar to Apple’s AirPods, and they will launch on November 6th for ¥799 (around $115).
The FlyPods Pro support bone conducted voice recognition to better isolate your voice from the surroundings when issuing commands to Yoyo. This improves the accuracy of voice recognition by letting you unlock your phone for more secure voice actions that would normally force you to unlock your phone.
Honor also talked about HWA audio support and a feature that lets a missing earbud pair with another missing earbud. Lastly, the FlyPods can be charged via wireless charging while inside the case.
The Honor FlyPods Pro costs RMB 999 but is in the mass production phase and is coming soon.
Honor announced that there’s also a cheaper, standard FlyPods model that costs RMB 799 but does not support bone conduction. It’ll be available starting November 6th.
The Honor Watch has a 1.2-inch AMOLED screen. Honor boasts 1 week of use on a single charge via the Type-C port. It supports continuous heart rate monitoring for 24 hours. It also supports sleep detection via their Trusleep 2.0 feature and has swim detection. It can monitor your pressure in real-time and provide you with breath training when exercising.
The smartwach also supports GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. It has a barometer and compass, supports NFC, and also syncs with your phone to display notifications. It doesn’t run on the Wear OS platform but rather Huawei/Honor’s own OS.
The Honor Watch Magic will cost RMB 899 for the black model, and RMB 999 for the moonlight silver model. Both will be available starting today in China.