Honor Magic 2 to Launch on October 26 With In-Display Fingerprint Scanner, Sliding Camera in China

Honor revealed the smartphone at the IFA Berlin event.

Honor Magic 2 Featuring Kirin 980 SoC, FullView Display with Manual Sliding Mechanism Announced

Smartphone makers are picking up different trends to break conventional designs and offer something new to tech lovers. Now that the waterdrop notch is not a buzzword anymore, the unconventional camera set up has started to pick up. We saw Vivo Nex with a popup module, the Oppo Find X had a sliding camera and the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is also expected to feature a sliding camera. Huawei sub-brand, Honor unveiled the Honor Magic 2 at the IFA event earlier this month. The Honor smartphone is also expected to come with a sliding camera.

Honor Magic 2: Launching on October 2?

A new teaser has surfaced recently that suggests that the Honor Magic 2 will launch on October 2 in China. Although, the image does not come from the official Honor source or social media handle, it sure looks compelling.

As seen in the teaser image, the smartphone will have an in-display fingerprint scanner along with the sliding camera mechanism.

Honor Magic 2: Expected Specifications, Features

During the IFA Berlin event, Honor revealed that the smartphone will bear a FullView display with an extremely high screen-to-body ratio. Inspired by the designs of Oppo Find X and the Vivo Nex, the Honor Magic 2 will feature a premium exterior. The design is more inclined towards the Oppo Find X since we have the sliding camera in the scene. The sliding camera mechanism also works because the front of the device hosts nothing but a FullView display.

In terms of specifications, the Honor Magic 2 is expected to boast a 6-Inch AMOLED display with 1440×2880 pixels resolution. It will have an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and pixel density of 537 PPI. The other features to look out for include the 40W ‘Magic Charger’ that comes with 15 layers of protection which is expected to charge much faster than the existing fast chargers. The fast chargers we currently use come with a maximum capacity of up to 20-24 watts. Honor has not revealed if it will provide the upcoming device with the Qi wireless charging support.

In the imaging department, there will be a dual-camera set up which is expected to feature 12MP+12MP lenses at the back. On the front, the device will most likely host a 24MP camera for selfies and video calling. The smartphone comes with a fast charging option, so we expect the battery capacity to be somewhere around 3300mAh.

Under the hood, the Honor Magic 2 will be powered by the Huawei Kirin 980 processor, which would make it the first. The processor is combined with Mali-G76 GPU for handling the graphics. The latest Kirin 980 is developed using TSMC’s advanced 7nm FinFET technology. This technology promises to deliver at least 20 percent better performance and up to 40 percent better energy-efficiency. This chipset is the first Cortex-A76 based in the world and has a 75 percent improvement in single core performance.

The standard variant is expected to feature 6GB RAM along with 64GB onboard storage, which is likely to be expandable. On the software front, the device is expected to run on Android 8.1 (Oreo).

Honor Magic 2: Price in India, Availability

Judging by the exteriors, hardware specifications and other features, the Honor Magic 2 fits on the list of premium-grade devices. The device is expected to cost somewhere around Rs. 39,990. There is no information on the availability of the device in India, as of now. If the Honor Magic 2 makes it to the Chinese market by the end of October, we can expect its Indian arrival soon. We will keep you posted.

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Gargi’s inclination towards gadgets developed over the four years that she invested on her Electronics and Communication degree. She last worked at HeyMojo Inc., where she lead the product marketing team and designed chatbots for the top QSRs around the world. Currently, she is a regular contributor at MySmartPrice and plans on enlightening readers with interesting news on smartphones and telecom industry. Oh, and did we forget to mention that she is also a growth hacker.