Honor President, George Zhao wrapped up the launch of the gaming-focused Honor Play at IFA with an Apple level ‘one more thing’, ending his presentation by revealing the existence of the Honor Magic 2.
Although Zhao and his colleagues were unsurprisingly cagey about spilling too many details on the finer points of this upcoming smartphone, it sounds like it will be the most powerful device Honor releases this year. Trusted Reviews was at the Honor Play’s Berlin launch event and gleaned some of the fundamental hardware specifications that the phone is supposedly bringing to the table.
The original Honor Magic never made it to markets like the US or UK but that didn’t stop it from causing a stir. It sported a curved glass design front and back, and it was one of the first devices to bandy about the term ‘AI’ with regards to its feature set.
The Magic 2 looks to follow in the footsteps of its precursor, with a curved all-glass form. While the company’s latest smartphones all already possess what it calls ‘FullView’ displays; adopting narrower aspect ratios to cover more of a device’s front without making them any wider, they all also still feature obvious bezels and in most cases an iPhone X-style notch.
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Honor’s Magic 2 does away with both, taking a leaf out of Oppo and Vivo’s book and granting the phone a ‘Magic FullView Display’ which features neither notch nor any real bezels. The obvious issue with this design is the loss of the front-facing camera, so in a similar fashion to its Chinese rivals, Honor has added what it calls a ‘Magic Slide’ feature.
Like the Oppo Find X, the top of the phone pops up above the display, revealing the front camera (unlike the Oppo Find X, the rear cameras are permanently exposed on the back of the phone). In a Q&A session after the presentation, Zhao confirmed that the Magic 2 won’t feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, as found on the Vivo Nex S and as such we’re expecting the phone to either solely rely on face unlock or feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Additional specs include an improved version of the 40W Magic Charge fast-charging technology that Honor introduced on the first Magic, which Honor says has now been made safer. In addition, it would appear the company stole Huawei’s thunder by confirming that the phone will feature the, until now, unconfirmed Kirin 980 processor. Honor’s parent company is expected to launch the new chip at the IFA technology trade show on 31 August, this year.
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Aside from a vague 2018 release window, nobody yet knows what the Honor Magic 2 will be available to buy, or which countries it will launch in but based on the original Magic, its successor is expected to be hard to find and expensive.