Honor Magic 2 Slider Phone Launched: Watch Live Streaming, Live Updates As It Happens

The Honor Magic 2 with Kirin 980 processor and six cameras will launch today in China. Here are the details and live updates.


Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is all set to launch an interesting and capable Android smartphone today. The Honor Magic 2 is a flagship-class smartphone that packs the next-gen Kirin 980 processor. However, that’s not the only highlight of the Honor smartphone. The Honor Magic 2 has an industry-first six-camera setup.

Honor, a popular Chinese smartphone brand has been actively engaged in launching several appealing, attractive and powerful smartphones. Some of the recent handsets bearing the ‘Honor’ logo include the Honor Play, the Honor 9N, and the Honor 8X. Surprisingly, majority of the high profile smartphone launches of the Honor brand have taken place in the last four months. Given the frequency and intensity, smartphone enthusiasts could think Honor may take a break. But on the contrary, the Huawei’s majorly online smartphone sub-brand recently hinted it was working a few Android smartphones based on the revolutionary new Kirin 980 SoC. One of these devices, the Honor Magic 2 will debut today at an event in China.

Honor Magic 2: Launch Time, Live Streaming

The Honor Magic 2 launch event will start today at 4:30 PM IST in China. It’s been about two months since Honor first mentioned the existence of the Honor Magic 2. However, the capable Android smartphone has been appearing in several reports. Quite recently the Honor Magic 2 appeared in the leaked official press renders. Incidentally, the Honor smartphone will have a AI-powered virtual assistant called ‘Yoyo’

The Honor Magic 2 appears to be following a new trend to increase screen real estate by steering away from the notch. Instead of the rectangular or the teardrop notch, latest smartphones from Vivo and OPPO have a sliding mechanism. We know the sliding mechanism houses three front-facing cameras. Moreover, the device features three rear-facing cameras as well. This makes the Honor Magic 2 the first commercial Android smartphone to feature a total of six cameras.

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Honor Magic 2 Specifications

The Honor Magic 2 features quite a few industry-first features. It will undoubtedly be Huawei and Honor’s first smartphone to feature a slider mechanism. Moreover, it will be the first Honor smartphone device to feature a curved 2K AMOLED display. The reportedly large 6.39-inch AMOLED display panel will have a QHD display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels an a tall 19:9 aspect ratio.

The Honor Magic 2 will be the first Honor device to pack the next-gen HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset. The processor is based on the 7nm manufacturing process. The only other phones to feature the revolutionary new processor with Dual NPU feature are the Huawei Mate 20 Series devices. The SoC will work with ARM Mali-G76 GPU. The Honor Magic could launch in two RAM and storage variants with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage.

The imaging department is where the Honor Magic 2 truly outshines almost all other smartphones. The phone will have six cameras in total, three on the front, and three on the back. The front camera system consists of a 16MP self-timer lens, and dual 2MP TOF lens for collecting depth information and implementing 3D face recognition. There will be two 16MP sensors and one 24MP lens on the back.

A decent 3,400mAh battery will power the Honor Magic 2. The smartphone may run on Android 9 Pie based EMUI 9.0. But Honor is planning something unique.

Honor Magic 2 Features

The Honor Magic 2 will offer three ways to securely unlock the phone. In addition to having an in-display fingerprint scanner and supporting 3D face recognition, the phone will also offer voice unlocking. However, buyers will reportedly need an Honor branded headset to use the third option.

Interestingly, Honor has embedded a grapheme based battery that will help with heat dissipation. Also, the battery will support 40W Fast Charging technology. Honor is calling the Fast Charging tech, ‘Magic Charge’.

Another interesting aspect about the Honor Magic 2 is Magic UI. Developed specifically for the Magic Series smartphones, the UI will have a lot of AI features, including the voice assistant Yoyo.

Honor Magic 2 Price, Availability

The first generation Honor Magic cost Rs. 39,065. We expect the the Honor Magic 2 to cost around Rs. 42,000. Needless to mention, despite packing several top-end specifications, the smartphone will still cost way less than premium high-end devices like Google Pixel 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max.