Honor Magic 2


Honor Magic 2
Honor Magic 2
HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa-core, 64-bit
Graphics adapter
8192 MB 
6.39 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, capacitive, 10-point multitouch, AMOLED, glossy: yes
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 116101 GB free
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: USB-C to 3.5-mm audio adapter included, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: proximity sensor, accelerometer, rotation sensor, orientation sensor, magnetometer, gyroscope, pedometer, USB-C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 157.3 x 75.1 ( = 0.33 x 6.19 x 2.96 in)
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Primary Camera: 24 MPix AI-supported triple-camera system with AIS (artificial image stabilization); 16 MP f/1.8 PDAF; 16 MP f/2.2; 24 MP monochrome f/1.8; LED, HDR; video: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix AI-supported triple-camera setup; 16 MP f/2.0; 2 MP f/2.4; 2 MP f/2.4
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, modular power supply (China), USB cable, SIM tool, quick-start guide (Chinese), safety- and warranty booklet (Chinese), Magic 2.0 (UI), Huawei Game Center, Dual SIM/Dual VoLTE, fanless
209 g ( = 7.37 oz / 0.46 pounds), Power Supply: 114 g ( = 4.02 oz / 0.25 pounds)



Average Score: 79.31% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 76%, features: 48%, display: 90% mobility: 91%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the Honor Magic 2

88.4% Honor Magic 2 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Unfortunately, Honor does not officially sell or distribute the Honor 2 in Europe. Officially, Honor claims that the intelligence built into the Magic 2 was designed to make life easier for the Chinese, and it would not work at all in countries outside of China. However, there is something cooking, and Huawei's subsidiary is working on bringing the Magic 2 to other countries as well. We have decided to take a quick look at Honor's high-end smartphone.
Honor Magic 2 review: A slider phone with premium design but you can’t buy it in India
Source: The Times of India English
Honor Magic 2 is a premium phone done right. Slider seems more of a novelty than a necessity in the phones right now. Unfortunately, the phone is not available in India and is unlikely to come in the near future. With capable phones such as Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 3 XL already around, we don’t think you should take the pain of buying this phone from China for the just slider. And if you like the slider, you may consider Oppo’s Find X.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/30/2018
Honor Magic 2 first look: A good phone with a bad design
Source: Trusted Reviews English
There’s plenty that’s good about the Honor Magic 2: it’s fast, has a decent screen and fast charging. It’s a shame then that the design feels like it’s been built to generate headlines rather than offer a good user experience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/24/2018
Honor Magic 2 Review: A Great Phone You Can’t Buy (Yet)
Source: Unbox English
Here’s the rub: as great as the Honor Magic 2 is, it’s still only available in China as it hasn’t officially made its way outside of Honor’s home country. Over there, the Magic 2 costs RMB 3,799 (Php 29K) for the base 6GB/128GB model, RMB 4,299 (Php 33K) for the 8GB/128GB model that we reviewed, and RMB 4,799 (Php 37K) for the 8GB/256GB model.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/19/2018
Honor Magic 2 Review: 10 Things You Need to Know
Source: English
Our first glimpse of the Honor Magic 2 was back in August over at IFA 2018. Huawei’s sub-brand teased the phone with super slim bezels, a Kirin 980 processor, and a slide-out selfie camera. We knew it was coming soon and as a video teaser showed, it arrived with a slider camera design. It was teased several times before the official launch a couple of months ago, making an impression with a total of six cameras and that slide-out mechanism as revealed by a teardown analysis.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/15/2018
76% Honor Magic 2 review
Source: GSM Arena English
Looking back on the time we spent with the Honor Magic 2, it's clearly not a bad phone. It's got a very good display, battery life is plenty, and... we may sound like a broken record here, but... it's a slider!
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 76%
70% Honor Magic 2 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Magic 2 is a beautiful piece of hardware, and the slider function pulls double duty as a satisfying novelty and the enabler of that big, beautiful display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
Honor Magic 2 review: A phone full of new tricks
Source: Android Authority English
Unless you live in China, the Honor Magic 2 won't be easy to obtain but it's a phone that comes with some impressive hardware. With a total of six cameras, a slider design, a notch-less display, and an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the Honor Magic 2 is what the future of our smartphones should be.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2018
60% Honor Magic 2 review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Magic 2 is quirky but it's not for everyone, and the software is a pain, but it shows you what a notch-free future looks like.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Honor Magic 2 Review: enchanting but mildly disappointing
Source: Slashgear English
The Honor Magic 2 definitely has the “Wow!” factor of the Vivo NEX S and the beauty of the OPPO Find X. But it also does a lot better than either of those, providing competitive performance, a more robust mechanism, and an overload of choices. It definitely has the makings of being one of the best Android phones of the year.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
First Shots: Honor Magic 2
Source: Unbox English
We didn’t feel that the 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with 2x 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensors that are embedded on the sliding mechanism added better bokeh to shot. We’ll have to take more selfies this weekend to see if the two additional depth sensors are worth it.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/18/2018
Honor Magic 2 Unboxing, First Impressions: Love At First Slide
Source: Unbox English
And that’s pretty much it for the Honor Magic 2. We’re still playing with it and will be giving you our full take on the device once we’re done. While Honor hasn’t officially announced if the phone is making its way to the Philippines, the phone was sent by the brand themselves so we know they’re at least thinking about bringing it over. The phone is priced at RMB 3,799 or around 29K without taxes for the 6GB/128GB version, so it’s a great budget flagship for people looking for an alternative to the usual suspects.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2018
Honor Magic 2 initial review: Could it be magic now?
Source: Pocket Lint English
Overall, then, the Magic 2 sets out Honor's stall to be taken seriously as a flagship contender with its own ideas. Good ideas at that. The slider phone is an intelligent way of fixing the 'notch problem' and getting the most out of screen-to-body ratio.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2018

Foreign Reviews

Honor Magic 2 So tickt das neue Slider-Handy
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/13/2019
85% Honor Magic 2
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% display: 100% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
85% Recensione Honor Magic 2: occasione mancata!
Source: Chimera Revo Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2019
Rating: Total score: 85%
88% Recensione Honor Magic 2: lo slider phone che vorrei in Italia
Source: Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 88%
80% Recensione HONOR Magic 2
Source: Andrea Galeazzi Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% display: 85% mobility: 92% workmanship: 89%
Test du Honor Magic 2 : et la magie opère !
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; frameless; nice display; good speakers; high autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/22/2018
Honor Magic 2 : notre prise en main frustrante d’un smartphone réussi
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Positive: Stylish design; solid workmanship; nice display; good price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2018
80% Honor Magic 2: флагманский смартфон в 2 раза дешевле, чем Huawei. Надо брать?
Source: RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Обзор Honor Magic 2: первый слайдер от Huawei
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Bright display; decent battery life; nice cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/11/2018
Знакомство с Honor Magic 2: крутейшая автоматика среди всех смартфонов!
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Good price; stylish design; nice performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2018
80% مراجعة للهاتف Honor Magic 2
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%


Model: I don't know if any of our readers remembers the day when the hardware mattered the most, not the outlook of the device you own. I think we are getting to these days for smartphones as well. The problem I see with modern devices is that they are mostly copies from other devices and there is no real innovation.

Is Honor’s Magic 2 any different than that? Well maybe yes, but mainly no. I say yes, because it is equipped with 6 lenses, which is pretty interesting. Then there is this sliding screen thingy, but it is a copy feature from Oppo / Xiaomi in my opinion. But I don't call those features to be innovative. Why? Having 6 lenses does not mean anything if you are not able to take crystal clear pictures. There were times where we had seen smartphones with 21X zoom or 50MP cameras, but they were useless since the lenses couldn't keep up with claims made by the manufacturer. It seems like the same applies here as well. But it is too early to speak, while nowadays with some magical software update new stuff can be added on to devices and god knows what could be possible with so many lenses. Having said that, I can't keep myself from asking the question: Do I need that many lenses? Really?

Sliding the phone is a feature from early 2000s I guess. Does it add a real usefulness to device? I doubt that.

Besides all other things, I think the most appealing feature of the device is that its screen is almost bezelless. Then it also has a strange resolution, but I will skip that for now.

A smart assistant called YOYO is coming to greet you. The claim is that it can read your mind. But who died because of making promises?

There is competition though. Especially with Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. They share too much in common.

Should you be buying this device? My honest answer, I don't know. I mean, a sliding phone, six lenses, YOYO etc. etc. Having spend long time reviewing too many hyped devices, for some reason my gut feeling tells me to skip this one. After all, it is Honor not Huawei, so people would already be skeptical. Its segment is not high end. When you put too many shiny features in one thing, we know what mostly happens. They break. It is too early to make a claim, as more user reviews come out, it will be easier to make a judgement of the device. But at the end of the day, it is hardware-wise mediocre and for its price, there might be other alternatives.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

ARM Mali-G76 MP10: Integrated graphics card based on the second generation of the Bifrost architecture. Uses 10 of the 20 possible clusters and according to ARM offers twice the performance per cluster than the old Mali-G72. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Kirin 980: ARM based octa-core SoC with 2x Cortex-A76 up to 2.6 GHz (performance), 2x A76 with up to 1.92 (balance) and 4x Cortex-A53 with up to 1.8 GHz (power saving). Furthermore, it integrates a fast LTE modem with up to 1.4 GBit/s and is manufactured in 7nm at TSMC.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

Only a few smartphones have larger screens.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.209 kg:

This weight is typical for smartphones.


In 2014 Huawei created the sub brand Honor and offers certain smartphone series under this name. Occasionally the products are also called Huawei Honor.

The market share of Honor products is manageable, but there are several reviews on Honor smartphones with average ratings (as of 2016).

79.31%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Honor View 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980
Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980
Huawei Mate 20
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980

Devices with the same GPU

Huawei Mate 20 X
Mali-G76 MP10, Kirin 980, 7.2", 0.232 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

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Honor 8C
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 632, 6.26", 0.167 kg
Honor View 10 Lite
Mali-G51 MP4, Kirin 710, 6.5", 0.175 kg
Honor 8X
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Honor Note 10
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 6.95", 0.23 kg
Honor Play
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 6.3", 0.176 kg
Honor 7C Pro
Adreno 506, Snapdragon 450, 5.99", 0.164 kg
Honor 7S
PowerVR GE8100, Mediatek MT6739, 5.45", 0.142 kg

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