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Honor Magic 2 Review – Impressive Slide Design with Three Rear and Two Front Cameras

Last updated on December 24th, 2018

The Honor Magic 2 in Australia brings back the good old vibes of sliding smartphones. Well, it’s not entirely about a retro feel – a slide mechanism is used for hiding and uncovering FaceTime sensors, enabling the screen to cover up the full front face of the handset without any kind of notch.

The handset is indeed taken to Vivo’s most gorgeous Nex S smartphone which comes with a pop-up front-facing camera. The Magic 2 undoubtedly qualifies in all respects as a flagship smartphone as it’s backed by HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chipset which is the fastest and strongest processor you’ll find on any Android device. Also, backed up with a plethora of memory and onboard space as well as 3 rear and 2 FaceTime sensors. Let’s find out more in our Honor Magic 2 review in Australia.

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Price and Competition

The official Honor Magic 2 release date in Australia was somewhere in November 2018 which means it’s available on shores across Australia officially and audience from all major cities such as Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide can get their hands on one.

The Honor Magic 2 Price in Australia is AU$1019-1099. If you want a sliding mechanism – though, there is nothing to compete with it.

The most closet rival is probably Vivo Nex S which set users back around AU$938 with its motorized pop-up selfie camera.

Another handset coming up with the same blisteringly fast Kirin 980 Processor is Huawei Mate 20 Pro which goes for AU$1584. Alternatively, Qualcomm’s flagship processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset is found in LG G7 ThinQ and OnePlus 6T.

Honor Magic 2 Specs

The Honor Magic 2 specifications in Australia include an excellent 6.39-inches AMOLED screen, HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chipset, Android 9.0 Pie and Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. Rest of the details are listed below:

  • Dimensions: 157.3 x 75.1 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 206 grams
  • Display Size: 6.39-inches AMOLED screen
  • Display Resolution: 1080 x 2340 Pixels
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • RAM and ROM: 6GB with 128GB of ROM and 8GB with 128GB/256GB of ROM
  • Rear Cameras: 16MP + 16MP + 24MP
  • Front Cameras: Mechanical Pop-up 16MP + 2MP + 2MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • Sensors: Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Accelerometer, Face ID and on-screen Fingerprint Scanner
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Colors: Gradient Black, Gradient Red, and Gradient Blue

Design and Display

Magic 2 in terms of design looks a lot like any other smartphone with a candy bar form factor. Just grab one and you’ll be dazzled by its extra-shiny gradient design. The Ceramic should keep scratches at bay but makes that handset prone to shattering in case if falls.

The Rear Triple Cameras sound similar to Huawei P20 Pro especially with a vertically aligned tri-camera set up. It comes with a glossy 7000 series Aluminum frame. Talking about the sliding mechanism, it’s impressive, honestly. The company has designed Magic 2’s slide mechanism with care to ensure an even weight distribution.

The major reason behind the existence of Magic 2 is Full-Screen display. Comprising 6.39-inches Magic Full View display which is practically a complete display alongside extremely narrow bezels. Since a sliding mechanism requires an adaptable screen panel, Honor has used an AMOLED Technology and the renders images at a resolution of 2340 x 1080 Pixels. The AMOLED panels are known for producing ultra-vibrant dynamic range and eye-popping contrasts.

Performance

Powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chipset – based on 7nm fabrication process and house an Octa-core processor – paired with up to 8GB of RAM, Mali-G76 MP10 GPU and 256GB of onboard memory that can be expanded no further. Performance-wise, it’s up to snuff and offers users glitch-free experience while playing graphics enriched games or working on multiple apps simultaneously.

Camera

For Honor brand, a camera is always a core focus and interestingly, Magic 2 is no different. Starting with a rear unit, a standard 16MP sensor plus a 16MP wide-angle sensor and a 24MP monochrome sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/1.8 respectively.

Out front, you see a camera with a 16MP sensor – partnered with F2.0 lens for capturing good-looking selfies with enough details. The camera app is loaded with numerous features such as LED Flash, Panorama, HDR, Autofocus and much more. And one can record 2160p videos at 30fps as well.

Battery

The Honor Magic 2 is equipped with a 3500mAh non-removable battery. And as far as battery performance is concerned, with power efficient Kirin 980 and AI-focused EMUI 9.0 could offer users battery life up to a single day under heavy usage. However, if you’re a kind of moderate user, it will last you more than a day with 20% juice left in the tank.

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Pros
  • High-Quality Cameras
  • Impressive All-Screen Display
  • Exceptional Performance Without Any Lag
  • Gorgeous Battery Life
  • Addictive Fidget Toy

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Cons
  • Bloated Default Experience
  • Fewer Options for Slider Trigger
  • Lacks 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Lacks Wireless Charging
  • NO Water Resistance

Review overview

Design8
Display7
Camera7.9
Features8
Usability9
Performance6
Battery8

Summary

7.7The Honor Magic 2, without a shadow of a doubt, a premium smartphone with affordable price and offers so many fully-baked features. The cameras are very appropriate for capturing moments nicely and other features include a hefty RAM and super-fast processor etc. What else do you want? Let us know down in the comments.

the authorStaphanie Kyle
Staphanie Kyle is one of the youngest members managing gadget reviews and other high priority news and stories for TechenGuru. When she isn’t working, you can find her listening songs and watching documentaries and sports.

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