Honor Magic 2 review
Our Honor Magic 2 review finds a hidden surprise in a pop-up triple-camera. Why do we need this? Well, it has allowed Honor to go notch-less with an uninterrupted display. It is yet to be seen if this approach will better that of upcoming phones with pin-prick style cameras that avoid a notch in a different way. However, it is probably a better approach for those who want a triple camera, because three pin-pick lenses in the screen would be simply ridiculous.
Magic FullView Display
It is no surprise that the first thing that we take a look at is the 6.39” Magic FullView 2.5D AMOLED Display with FHD+ resolution (2340x 1080 pixels). With the hidden camera, this is the closest thing to 100% front-screen that we have ever seen.
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The pop-up camera uses five sliding tracks and this butterfly multi-track sliding mechanism is strong, stable and durable. The curved back gets a nano-scale optical coating that creates a smooth colour-gradient. The colour options include Gradient Black, Gradient Blue, and Gradient Red.
Kirin AI Processor
Made by Huawei/Honor, the Kirin 980 2.6GHz 7nm AI octa-core processor has a dual-core NPU (for machine learning) and arrives with 125% improved graphics recognition. With 6GB RAM you get a really smooth and speedy experience.
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Phone Set Up
Optical In-Display Fingerprint Recognition
The Honor Magic 2 has an Optical In-Display Fingerprint Recognition system and this will be one of the must-have features of 2019. The clever design sees the sensor only become active when you touch the screen, which saves on valuable battery reserves. The sensor is pretty easy to use with a 3.2cm sensing area.
The Magic2 also has IR Face Unlock with a 3D bionic sensor that identifies almost 10,000 facial features and works in low light. This feature for many will be redundant though because you will have to pop-up the hidden camera, which is surely more effort than just putting your finger on the screen.
Moving your content over
The Honor Magic 2 has a healthy 128GB internal memory that should be plenty enough for moving content over to. There is no memory card slot though, so the few that need more will need to transfer content onto their PC or use online cloud storage.
YOYO is the AI-powered smart assistant and this will become your online encyclopedia. YOYO carries out the tasks that you ask it to and it becomes more intuitive to you over time, through machine learning.
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The Honor Magic 2 has either the Magic UI 2.0 or EMUI 9 user interface. Both of these give a slightly different look to the Android 9 Pie operating system. If you are a business user, then you may want to note that this Honor phone comes with a pre-loaded version of WPS Office.
Camera & Video
Ultra Wide-Angle AI Triple Camera
The Honor Magic 2 has a triple camera and this is comprised of three lenses:
- 24MP monochrome lens (black and white)
- 16MP RGB lens (Red, Green, Blue)
- 16MP ultra-wide angle lens
From experience, we can tell you that the AI Mode can’t easily be beaten by dabbling around yourself in Pro Mode, so it really is the go-to shooting mode. AI Mode recognises hundreds of scenes and 60 object categories, all in real-time. You can capture stunning landscapes and studio-quality portraits, while AI Stabilisation helps you get better night shots, a situation when the shutter stays open for longer.
Camera features include:
- Three-shot hybrid zoom
- Night Scene
- 3D Dynamic Panorama
- Streamer Shutter (for star track and light graffiti)
- Smile Shot
- Voice-activated Photo
- Fun AR
- Document Correction
- 4K Video Recording
- Super Slow Motion Video
AI-Triple Selfie Camera
As we previously mentioned, Honor Magic 2 has a retractable 16MP AI-Triple Camera, which includes two 2MP lenses. Shooting modes and features include 3D-Portrait Mode, Bokeh Mode, Portrait Lighting, and 3D Qmoji Creator.