Honor today launched its most impressive flagship smartphone yet at an event held in China. Successor to the Honor Magic from 2016, the Honor Magic 2 is the company’s first flagship smartphone to sport a “butterfly mechanism” slider design, allowing it to achieve a near full-screen front. It is also the first Honor-branded smartphone to run on the 7nm Kirin 980 SoC, which was officially announced at IFA this year.
Honor Magic 2 Price, Availability
The Honor Magic 2 will be available for pre-order in China starting from tomorrow. It will go on sale for the first time at 10:08 AM on November 06 on Huawei Mall, JD.com, Tmall, Suning, VIPshop, and Gome. Honor has priced the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant of the smartphone at 3,799 yuan (INR 40,300), while the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at 4,299 yuan (INR 45,600 approx.). The 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant of the smartphone is priced at 4,799 yuan (INR 50,900 approx.). It comes in three gradient colors – Red, Blue, and Black. As far as global availability is concerned, Honor has not announced any plans just yet.
Honor Magic 2 Features, Specifications
The Honor Magic 2 sports a 6.39-inch Magic FullView AMOLED display with 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to the manual camera slider design, the Honor Magic 2 achieves an impressive 91.5% screen-to-body ratio without any notch at the top. The smartphone features an in-display fingerprint sensor as well. Powering the latest Honor flagship smartphone is HiSilicon’s Kirin 980 7nm octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.6 GHz with a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. As shown by the Mate 20 Pro, the Kirin 980 is an absolute beast in terms of performance and easily beats the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in almost every benchmark out there. Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, however, is more powerful than both. The Kirin 980 processor is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of onboard storage.
In the camera department, Honor Magic 2 comes with a triple-camera setup at the rear with a single 24MP sensor and two 16MP resolution sensors. The smartphone features a 16MP + 2 MP + 2MP triple-camera setup for selfies as well. As mentioned earlier, the front-facing cameras are housed within the slide-out top. In addition to the in-display fingerprint sensor, Honor Magic 2 also comes with 3D facial recognition for easy access.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS (L1 + L5 dual-band), GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, USB Type-C port, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Honor says the Magic 2 supports the world’s fastest Wi-Fi download speeds at up to 1.7 Gbps, all thanks to the Hi1103 chip. The chip, combined with the Broadcom 4775 chipset, also helps increase positioning accuracy by 100%. Since there is no 3.5mm headphone jack in the Magic 2, Honor will bundle a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.
Keeping the lights on is a 3500mAh capacity battery with 40W Magic fast charging technology and a stand by time of up to 17.8 days. Honor claims it only takes 15 minutes for the battery to achieve a 50% charge. In 30 minutes, you can expect the Magic 2 battery to be charged all the way up to the 85% mark. On the software front, Honor Magic 2 runs on Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 with a host of integrated AI features. The Magic 2 also comes with the company’s YOYO smart assistant.