Years ago, smartphones used to flip and slide and twist thanks to unique design decisions, and it looks like Honor is ready to help bring that back to life in 2018.
The Huawei sub-brand has just officially launched its newest smartphone, the Honor Magic 2, in China. The handset features a slider design which hides the three front-facing cameras so that the handset doesn’t have to rely on a notch of any kind. That means you’ll have to slide down that 6.39-inch 2340×1080 AMOLED display to access the selfie camera.
Under the hood, the Magic 2 features the Huawei-made Kirin 980 processor and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The handset comes with a 3500mAh battery, Android 9.0 Pie, support for NFC, a USB-C port for charging, and an in-display fingerprint reader. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, though.
As for the cameras, there are three on the back, situated in a vertical fashion. The primary shooter is 16MP with an f/1.8 aperture. There is also a 24MP f/1.8 monochromatic camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 super wide-angle shooter. And around front, there is a primary 16MP f/2.0 camera and a pair of 2MP f/2.4 cameras.
Things are a bit different if you opt for the most expensive “3D Light” variant of the handset. This model actually drops the pair of 2MP front-facing cameras in favor of infrared sensors and an additional module with a dot projector.
There are three colors to choose from — red, blue, and black — each with a gradient that really makes the handsets pop. Pricing starts at 3,799 yuan (~$545) for the base model, which comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. Or you can pay 4,799 yuan (~$690) for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. That 3D Light model? It will retail for 5,799 yuan (~$830) when it goes on sale in December, and boasts 512GB of storage with 8GB of RAM.