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Honor Magic 2 REVIEW

 

Honor Magic 2 from china market could pave the way for future smartphone. The phone has slider design, six cameras, and in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a notch-free bezel-less display.

Design

The outside of the phone looks an average flagship smartphone the front part is made of glass panel and the rear with a metal frame holding it all together. The built quality is exceptional. The phone is made up of heavy use of rounded corners, sides and tapered edges for a sleek appearance that’s more comfortable.

The uniqueness of the Honor is its slider machine that is similar to Xiami Mix 3 and will give you feeling of nostalgia if you ever used old school slider phones from yesteryears. The slider mechanism of Honor help phone to achieve nearly bezel-less screen with no notch and have the front facing cameras hidden. Sliding the screen downward will reveal three front facing cameras. Although the phone has the sliding effect in its phone but it raises the concern over hardware failure . The slider mechanism feels sturdy, durable, and solidly holds the front and back half of the phone into place whether the phone is opened or closed. The slider mechanism has a loophole it prevent the phone from being water and dust resitant. Actually the dust collects quite easily in the areas exposed when the slider is open.  So far this hasn’t affected the Magic 2 in any way. The phone comes in different color such as black edition but it looks more silver than black, it is also available in red and blue variants. The black model consist of bright silver on the top half to a dark blue on the bottom half of the phone.  Gradient color is beautiful and eye catching, reflective finish makes the phone hard to keep clean from figerprints. The rear camer lenses on the rear are also a magnet for dust and equally difficult to keep clean.

Design

The honor magic 2 features a large 6.39-inch full-view 2340×1080 AMOLED display with incredibly thin bezels surrounding all sides. There is no notch in the phone you will get full cutout. Color are vibrants, viewing angles are fantastic, and the screen is sharp and crisp. Outdoor visibility on the phone display  also posed no issue, it gets plenty bright to comfortably see in indirect sunlight.

Performance

The Honor Magic 2 has no slouch in performance. The Magic 2 has same horse power as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with a Kirin 980 SoC and 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The Kirin 980 is one of the most powerful chipset on the market so it’s no surprise that the Magic 2 performs very well in benchmark and real world use. The phone is extremely fast to launch application, multitask, and navigation through the UI is a sliky smooth experience. Battery life is quite impressive although the 3,400mAh battery is not large as though but adequate for the Honor Magic 2. Screen on time consistently reached the five-hour mark which should be more than enough for most users. With good mixture of reading emails, text message, browsing social media, playing games and watching YouTube the Magic 2 can last for a full day. The Magic 2 also features a 40 W fast charger in the box that gets you 50% charge in only 15 minutes.

 

Hardware

Hardware on the Honor Magic 2 mill is fairly run of the mill. The phone has USB Type-C post at the bottom accompanied by a single speaker. There is no headphone jack anywhere on the device and no wireless charging in the phone. No microSD expansion as Magic 2 offers plenty of internal storage with 128GB and 256GB options. The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor, there is a issue with fingerprint sensor that is slowness and inconsistency. This technology will get considerably better over time but we probably will not get to that point until next year.

Camera

The unique feature of the Honor Magic 2 is the camera setup, because it has six sensors three on the rear and three on the front. The main camera on the rear is a 16 megapixel f/1.8lens, accompanied by a 16 megapixel wide angle and 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. The monochrome sensor is used for capturing black and white photos and portrait mode photography.

The main front facing camera is also 16mp with additional 2mp cameras. The 2mp camera is for 3D face unlocking the 3D facial unlock works very well and is extremely fast.

Software

The phone runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top. Magic UI is essentially the same interface as EMUI found on other Honor or Huwai devices.

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