While smartphones with a sliding mechanism are nothing new, Honor Magic 2 is the world’s first phone with six cameras. The latest Honor flagship smartphone has all the top-tier specifications you would expect from a high-end phone, with the exception of a 40MP sensor and wireless charging support. However, since Honor sells affordable phones, the omission of these two features is hardly surprising.
Honor Magic 2 Comes With the Best Android Flagship Specs You Could Hope for, but Loses out on Things Like the Headphone Jack and Wireless Charging
The phone has a slider to house the three selfie cameras so that the 6.4-inch FHD+ screen OLED display can achieve a higher screen-to-body ratio, though the number has not been detailed by Huawei’s sub-brand. The Kirin 980-powered phone also has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Memory options include 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage, but the 512GB variant will come next month. The phone packs in a decent 3400mAh battery which could be topped up quickly with Huawei’s super-fast 40W charging technology.
Coming to the camera specifications, the rear camera system has two 16MP sensors and one 24MP lens, which means the super wide-angle lens and monochrome sensor are supplementing the main sensor. On the front, there is a 16MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor for bokeh portraits, and a 2MP sensor for 3D face unlocking.
The Honor Magic 2 doesn’t have a magnetic sliding mechanism like the Mi MIX 3, so it remains to be seen which one of the two would be more durable. The phone has a glass body and features a Type USB-C port, but the 3.5mm jack has been removed. It also has Huawei’s virtual assistant Yoyo.
Unfortunately, the device will be shipping without expandable storage, which is disappointing as the flagship comes without a 3.5mm audio and support for Qi wireless charging. It appears that Honor has made a lot of compromises in the smaller features just to keep up in the design segment. For those that demand the best aesthetics will certainly get a kick out of the Magic 2. For others that want the basic functionality to be present might not appreciate the latest handset.
Unlike the original Honor Magic, the follow-up device will be released outside of China too. It is available in gradient Blue, Black, and Red, and the base version costs $545. Pre-orders have begun, with shipments starting from November 6. If you want the Honor Magic 2, you’ll have to be patient, as the flagship will be listed at third-party online retailers in the future.