Honor Magic 2 spotted on Chinese web without visible fingerprint scanner
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The Honor Magic 2 may be an interesting proposition, as it will be the first non-OPPO phone to feature a slide-down display. This technology leaves a display free of less-than-sightly notches or bezels on any edge. On the other hand, unlocking such a phone with your face may become a potential source of mechanical failure over time.
The Chinese actress Zhanilia Zhao, for once, would have you believe that the risk is worth it. She has recently showcased a model of the phone sent to her by Honor in advance of its release. The resulting photo-series shows that the phone has a 6.4-inch display, a 'mesmerizing' red color option and triple (16+24+16 MP) rear-facing cameras. Its slide-up modules hides dual 3D time-of-flight (TOF) cameras to facilitate a face-locking mode, as well as a 16MP camera. However, no mention was made of a fingerprint reader for the Honor Magic 2.
This implies two distinct possibilities: either the Magic 2 has no fingerprint reader at all, and relies solely on the 3D-TOF sensors alone for biometric authentication; or it has an in- or under-display scanner. However, the phone's TENAA listing did not mention such technology. We do know that the phone will be powered by the Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and run Android Pie skinned by Honor's EMUI OS. The phone is also currently estimated to cost about US$360. Therefore, the Magic 2's advantages may outweigh its one probable drawback.
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