Huawei continued the trend of Chinese companies releasing smartphone Honor Magic 2 in the form factor slider.

Ergonomics

Design Magic Slide raises questions about the reliability but from the first minutes it is clear that poshatyvanie or jamming of the mechanism. “Magic Slide” electro — mechanical structure, consisting of fasteners and springs. There are two scenarios of use: launch the front camera, if you are in the appropriate app Huawei Camera, and the inclusion of the screen if the smartphone is locked. While third-party camera does not support the pull-out mechanism and does not interact with it.

Lately I’m starting to like how engineers design the body of the apparatus Huawei to whether they lay in the palm of the hand. Despite the size of the display 6.39 inches, he easily and confidently placed at his girth. Don’t even notice I hold in my hand almost (based on the size of the display) this tablet.

The rear part of the smartphone is covered with protective glass, which is quite slippery on any surface (be it leather, plastic and even paper) is a smartphone easily when inadvertently dropped. It is necessary to consider before buying, otherwise the first day will be able to damage or break a smartphone.

Specifications

Display 6.39 inches, Full HD, 19:9, AMOLED.

Chipset Kirin 980, 8 cores, 2.6 GHz, GPU Mali-G76 MP10.

RAM 6/8 GB LPDDR4X, built-in 128/256 GB UFS 2.1.

Main camera: 16 MP (f/1.8 color sensor) + 16 MP (f/2.2, wide-angle module) + 16 MP (f/1.8, monochrome sensor), front: 16 MP (f/2.0, primary sensor) + two modules on 2 MP (f/2.4).

The battery is 3500 mAh, fast-charging Magic Charge 40 watts.

Interfaces 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C.

Android operating system 9 Pie shells EMUI 9.0 or Magic UI 2.0.

There’s a fingerprint scanner in the screen and face recognition technology.

Weight 157,32×75,13×8.3 mm, 206 grams.

Huawei Honor Magic 2 works on an upgraded, but last year’s flagship chipset Kirin 980. Its composition includes OCTA-core processor. Used three clusters for the allocation of resources capacity for a particular task and power consumption. The exact scheme is similar to the Huawei Mate 20. Differences as there are none, but there are nuances.

The processor is divided into three clusters with a total number of eight cores (2×ARM Cortex-A76, 2.6 GHz + 2×ARM Cortex-A76, the frequency of 1.92 GHz + 4×ARM Cortex-A55, 1.8 GHz); architecture HiAI. Included two modules neural computing NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit). Kirin 980 uses an architecture Big+Middle+Little. The platform itself contains 6.9 million transistors and is fabricated for 7-nm process technology, that allows significantly to reduce power consumption and heating of the chip in complex tasks. The default value of temperature is 28 degrees.

Scores in AnTuTu:

Huawei Honor Magic 2 shows the results, which is slightly lower than the Huawei Mate 20. But it is important to note that passing these tests, the smartphone is less heated. There is a suspicion that the CPU frequency was somewhat underestimated the difference in 3000 points 20 Mate with suggest the idea.

In the benchmark Geekbench 4 the following results are obtained:

With a slight lag from Huawei Mate 20, Honor Magic 2 still remains at the level of his brother and copes well with synthetic tests.

In gaming applications, such as Asphalt 9, Defense Zone 3 HD and PUGB, Huawei Honor 2 Magic shows excellent results.

PUGB supports add-in full screen mode when you enable the app. Initializing automatic graphics settings are “High” frame rate (but manually set to “Ultra”) and the display level to “High”, while the graphics part is possible in the future to put “Ultra”.

Any drop of frame rate there. The game runs stably and smoothly, but there is a slight heating of the smartphone.

Defense Zone Ultra slightly improved version Defense Zone HD in terms of graphical interface. On some devices the difference is imperceptible, but on AMOLED-matrix notice a more intense and “real” parts, and the tips of the laser cannons is clearly visible burning laser when it is activated. This Huawei Honor Magic 2 copes. Smooth inspection field bits (the smooth parameter is enabled in the settings) and a maximum of 60 frames per second.

Asphalt 9 is still not perfect, but it shows a great and spectacular scenes with many details from the environment. Racing game is going very well. There are no brakes. Drawing great with the effects falling on the camera screen, water, smoke and broken glass.

Game control via the environment interface, where the virtual buttons are located at the edges and require a swipe in hand, is implemented directly. Playing action games is becoming unbearable, since any action is either multitasking or suspending the app and exit to the desktop.

Memory is represented by 16-bit modules LPDDR4X with a clock frequency of 2133 MHz working on a multi-channel memory architecture Quad Channel. In General, there is 8 GB which is 2 GB more than 20 Mate. In idle state consumes almost half the RAM (4GB), and an additional swap file ZRAM takes about 530 MB.

As a permanent store is memory standard UFC 2.1. The flash drive is very fast. For internal storage using a file system f2fs format. It was developed by Samsung Corporation and optimized for eMCC drives and SSD. The memory is divided into streams /data and /system. The last option is only Android and storage is 3.4 GB of which is occupied 3.4 GB. Section /data contains all other files, including those added by the user. Of the announced 128 GB is only displayed 108,9 GB, employing another of 10.8 GB for the needs of the user just to 98.1 GB. In the end, the user gets 30 GB less than stated by the manufacturer.

As an extension of the internal memory is used to support nanoSD. A memory card is a proprietary format nanoSD (Nano Memory Card or NM Card) — a serious drawback of the model. In the free course it in Russian nowhere. To purchase this card type can only have the Huawei that, for a moment, will cost 6,000 rubles. Moreover, for such maps there is no adapter, hence you will not be able to connect separately to your computer.

As the size of the nanoSD card is identical with the size of the Nano-SIM in the same slot can be used as a “SIM card” and the SD card. NM Card 45% less than microSD. Pleased with a top peak speed reading nanoSD — up to 90 MB/s.

Installed battery capacity of 3400 mAh, support fast charging Magic Charge 40 watts. Is the corresponding power adapter with output up to 4A. The charging speed is 50% in 20 minutes. Supported the wireless charging standard Qi.

The rate of discharge is 10% for 30-40 minutes. In active mode, involving the viewing of content on YouTube or any movie on the web site, the percentage of discharge is 15% for 30 minutes. In play mode this parameter is up to 24% in 30 minutes, which is very good for such a screen resolution.

Display and matrix

The screen resolution is 2340×1080 pixels. Uses a matrix type AMOLED, made companies Samsung. A density of 404 PPI-pixels when viewing images or content is discreet. The maximum specific luminosity of the screen surface is 450 CD/m2. When you increase the brightness is dominated by the blue hues of the screen that says about using adaptive color model RGB.

As the front camera of the smartphone is hidden under the sliding bar, the screen surface is more than 90% of the area of the front panel of the device, leaving the bottom of a small surface, it is possible to install the sensors-brightness and proximity. Compared with all iPhone 2018, frames in Honor Magic 2 already.

The screen has anti-reflective coating. On the protective glass of the screen is the oleophobic coating good level. Move your finger to the display is excellent, but poto and fat traces still remain.

Under the screen AMOLED-matrix is used unusual decision — tiles for the ultrasonic sensor unlock by fingerprint. However, the sensor does not work during a rain — water into an ultrasonic pulse, and on a Sunny day it is necessary to accurately and smoothly get to the point contact, is almost the first time do not get it.

Software

On the smartphone operating system Android 9.0. In our version of the smartphone is usual no EMUI. Instead, the Chinese version Magic version 2.0.

Any highly visible changes compared to the previous shell here. In the present setup Huawei HiAI. This optimization of applications based on artificial intelligence for easy personalization.

Co-processor chipset Kirin 980 is responsible for the position of the gyroscope and connected with changing degrees of tilt of the functions of the movements. You can turn, to take and hold it to your ear to make a screenshot with three fingers. You can also control the execution of actions using the knuckle of your finger. By the way, the knuckle is possible to divide the screen into a program.

Some of the features are redundant, as for example implemented “travel Assistance”. If the traveler is next to an attraction listed on the card or other service you will be provided with services that are directly associated with the tourist area of interaction.

Magic in Huawei Honor 2 comes with system preventing accidental operations while the phone is in your pocket or bag. The feature can be disabled. There is also a planned outage in a given time period. This feature is not new, it was implemented in Android 4.0.

In a system shell included protection from harmful UV radiation. Speaking in Russian, is a mode of exhibiting warm color of the matrix to view the screen at night.

System service HiTocuh is preset to isolate and analyze specific words or phrases, sentences, to analyze them and issue related service information service or delivery.

Online identification numbers to identify the incoming number.

In the tab “Security and privacy” there are such functions as “Fake base station”, which contains statistics on blocking cell points that are sending spam, or promotional offers

Smartphone can software to reduce the screen resolution to the level of 2340×1080 (FHD+) or 1560×720 (HD+), thereby reducing battery drain and increasing the graphic performance of the gadget. If you don’t see the difference, the “Smart resolution” is better to include at once — it will only become an asset in the operation of the apparatus.

Self management apparatus is performed with swipes (gestures) in a production environment consisting of applications without the widget menu button. Long hold with one finger on the screen generates personalization options, which includes “Wallpaper”, “Widgets”, “Navigation”, “Setting screen”. Interesting is the last aspect that has an add-in HiBoard. Huawei is trying to move away from using physical buttons in General.

HiBoard are like rows of widgets on the iOS operating system, which are displayed by swiping to the right on the Home screen or lock screen. Drop-down notifications menu is standard for any Android device and doesn’t include anything new. The settings menu includes tabs with shortcuts, tips, you can hide the login Huawei.

Several interesting points, such as private backup Cloud synchronized with your account Huawei, if you want to have cloud technology not only Google.

Installed the extension the gesture control, when you can hold your finger on the screen and start the Camera, or engine Magic LIVE AI Engine. The latter is responsible for audio-control — management by voice through machine learning.

Settings also includes a built-in utility “Digital balance”, which includes the monitoring statistics of application usage. In the tab “Battery” is parameter optimization, which not only closes the unnecessary applications, but also choose to manually disable the GPS or vibration. The battery has three modes: “Performance”, “energy Saving” and “Ultra”. Each of them disables either the most useless utilities and software modules that either makes total disconnection of everything, for the sake of battery level.

Multitasking programs is very similar to what is done in iOS. Yes, and how many other aspects like copy Spotilight, widgets and settings icons. However, here there is a snapshot button closing cached apps.

Negative aspects include the animation of the swipe and their inconvenient management — start transition is not so easy, it is not always right, and slightly slows down.

Built-in apps

The time has come descriptions. This section includes a large number of built-in system utilities. Some of them are observed in a review on the Huawei Mate 20, and then still they are present in the same volume that was previously specified.

But for Huawei Honor Magic 2 is typical of other new software. For example, such is the “Safe zone”.

“Safe zone” and KNOX from Samsung is an add-on operating system. Its main purpose protection input text messages, the definition of threats and system restore after rooting is to use NFC as a payment chip.

In software there is a matching rule for identifying risks.

At startup, automatically check for levels of protection with a choice of applications which are subject to the enhanced degree of protection

HiVoice

The program is analogous to virtual assistant Siri. When it starts, it is possible to use open tabs on your desktop.

Carry out the fullscreen control voice queries. But you have to understand, this is not a full-fledged assistant, and its imitation, which coincides with the extended recorder.

Since the smartphone came to me from people’s Republic of China, and therefore, by default there is no Google services, and therefore the Play Store. However, you can download it from the Chinese analogue of the AppGallery, which already requires an account Huawei.

Smart Home

Utility serves as the control center of the smart home, the list of which includes the regulation of light the lamp and control the movement of the vacuum cleaner.

In addition to the two template options, you can add the device, but only if the linked account Huawei. The app is in English.

Huawei Club

The program provides the latest information about activities of Huawei and released on smartphones and tablets. Of course, in addition to the surveillance events, there is a forum on the classification of devices where you can get relevant answers to popular questions. And of course, there is the account of Huawei. Do not forget that it is only in Chinese.

SkyTone

Program virtual SIM card to transfer data to other countries on traffic, which works without roaming tariffs. In the Chinese language.

Video — Youku Notice

Streaming online service. In the Chinese language.

Vmall

Online store of electronic equipment. In the Chinese language.

This is a store created just for purchases of goods from China within the Chinese Republic.

AppGallery

Chinese store games and apps.

It is similar to what is used in the usual Android Google Play.

Huawei Wallet

Huawei Wallet is a copy of the Wallet from Apple on iOS.

This is the same purse with credit and debit cards, discount club cards, membership cards and tickets. When opening the application are immediately prompted to add it to Safe share for integrity. Required as always account Huawei.

Huawei Themes or just Themes

The program for personalizing the desktop shell and the lock screen.

There are both paid versions and free. This program is the equivalent of Xiaomi MIUI firmware and bypass the different collections in Play store Market. Given that Google demands payment for the use of their services, for Huawei this is a great option. All related account, Huawei.

GameCenter

The app allows you to view the game content from the Internet and to download, actively discuss the experience of passing or issues with users on the forum.

The application is in Chinese and requires a connection to the Huawei account.

HiLives

Aggregator search of places of tourist recreation, tickets, transportation, trucking, taxis, phones, goods and products at discounted rates from various stores around the world.

The program is in Chinese and requires a connect account Huawei. And last, what to pay attention to this program “Music party”

The ability to play music across multiple devices over the Network. Connect to friends via QR code or NFC connection. The available options select playback channels of music content and the volume setting.

The rest of the software somehow fits with the fact that Huawei Mate 20. This HiSuite: backup and recovery. You can create backup data on any external storage device: memory card, USB drive, FTP. Or on a personal computer using the program. “Mirror” — turns the smart phone into a mirror using the front camera. “Phone Clone” — the transfer of information from your previous device to Huawei. Supports transfer data from iOS. HiCare — independent performance monitoring components. Use the diagnostics and search for current information. It is possible to find the authorized service center in the city where you live. There are also tips and recommendations on working with your smartphone. “Manager phone” — now an analogue of this program is on almost every smartphone with Android. The program performs various optimizations, closes unnecessary background processes and clears RAM. The app “Themes” much like the analog of the same program on Xiaomi. The application has a filter by category, rating, collections. There is a history of the use of certain topics. The app fulfills its function and does not cause the desire to put a third-party launchers. System add-in HiSearch is analogous to the Spotilight of iOS, and looks almost identical. The drop-down list from the search string contains four recommended apps that were running previously, and is frequently visited. In HiSearch you can search for contacts, applications and calendar events.

Compared to the older models does not support the technology Dolby Atmos.

Communication

Uses the following interfaces: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz/ 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 (support BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD, HD LDAC and HWA Audi), NFC, GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo. 4G/LTE supports the following Band: 1 — 9, 12, 17 — 20, 26, 28. Use one slot for two SIM-cards format NanoSIM or a NanoSIM and nanoSD.

Use technology distribution of frequencies in the channel: LTE (Long Term Evolution) is divided into two option FDD-LTE (Frequency Division Duplex), TDD-LTE (Time Division Duplex). The first allows you to load and unload data in parallel mode due to the segmentation of range. Second, it processes data sequentially, i.e. information transfer in one direction and then in the other by putting a priority on data download.

In Huawei Honor Magic 2 has the following range (from left to right: the number of baseband LTE Upload frequency range (MHz) frequency range Download (MHz) width range (MHz):

LTE-TDD
band 34 2010 — 2025 15 band 35 1850 — 1910 60 band 36 1930 — 1990 60 band 37 1910 — 1930 20 band 38 2570 — 2620 50 band 39 1880 — 1920 40 band 40 2300 — 2400 100
LTE-FDD
band 1 1920 — 1980 2110 — 2170 2×60 band 2 1850 — 1910 1930 — 1990 2×60 band 3 1710 — 1785 1805 -1880 2×75 band 4 1710 — 1755 2110 — 2155 2×45 band 5 824 — 849 869 — 894 2×25 band 6 830 — 840 875 — 885 2×10 band 7 2500 — 2570 2620 — 2690 2×70 band 8 880 — 915 925 — 960 2×35 band 9 1749.9 — 1784.9 1844.9 — 1879.9 2×35 band 10 1710 — 1770 2110 — 2170 2×60 band 11 1427.9 — 1452.9 1475.9 — 1500.9 2×20 band 12 698 — 716 728 — 746 2×18 band 13 777 — 787 746 — 756 2×10 band 14 788 — 798 758 — 768 2×10 band 15 1900 — 1920 2600 — 2620 2×20 band 16 2010 — 2025 2585 — 2600 2×15 band 17 704 — 716 734 — 746 2×12 band 18 815 — 830 860 — 875 2×15 band 19 830 — 845 875 — 890 2×15 band 20 832 — 862 791 — 821 2×30 band 26 814 — 849 859 — 894 2×35 band 27 807 — 824 852 — 869 2×17 band 28 703 — 748 758 — 803 2×45 band 31 452.5 — 457.5 462.5 — 467.5 2×5
The second SIM card is for LTE TDD is not different from the first LTE-FDD is missing one band pass — band 31.

3G TD-SCDMA does not make sense to consider in this review, as they are used only company China Mobile in China.

3G WCDMA involved in the transmission of data when the user simultaneously calls to another subscriber, thereby interrupting the connection to the Internet. It has the following bands: band 1, band 2, band 4, band 6, band 8 and band 19. Similar ranges has a second SIM card.

4G/LTE network catches confidently and almost always reflects the full scale of the fill signal. Sharp drops in connection do not exist. There is the presence of the IR port for normal control and built-in appliances.

As the interface for connection with computer and power adapter set USB Type-C to version 3.1 with support for OTG function (connecting a compatible USB adapters, or periphery). There is an NFC module for payment via a Bank card linked to Huawei Wallet.

Camera (front and rear)

The main camera, and there are three pieces that are 16 MP (f/1.8 color sensor), 16 MP (f/2.2, wide-angle module) and 16 MP (f/1.8, monochrome sensor) modules. There is optical stabilization, optical zoom and auto focus. Some times, Huawei is engaged in a tight working with the manufacturer of the camera and optics Leica. However, by default there is no logo to refer to the German vendor.

But there is an inscription “AI VISION”, which indicates the presence of the software functionality is artificial intelligence for processing photos. By analogy with the Huawei Mate 20, the smartphone automatically detects current weather conditions and accordingly sets the ISO, shutter speed, exposure. At the top there are solid flash. The camera can shoot the image in RAW format. There is a tab “Augmented reality”. It works mildly ill and its presence unnecessarily.

The front facing camera uses facial recognition technology. It works only when the slider moves forward, and this should be done manually. There is a slight hitch, when the user needs to pay attention to design before you can unlock the device. Besides, if the person often answers the notice and then turns off the camera, then he would have to move the slider up, wasting time. It was possible to do even without facial recognition, while saving in cost.

Please note the photograph taken in “selfie” mode. The background is frankly oversaturated white light, however, any distortion of the contours are missing. The sharpness in the foreground is not transferred Scharping, but allows you to examine fine detail even when zoomed in.

Below are pictures taken from a smartphone and comment on the final value.

The photo was taken during the day in cloudy weather with a small light source. Rooms on the surrounding machinery are distinguishable and you can even see a text on the bus. Sharpness at an acceptable level, but the detail in the background is not worked out. Automatic post-processing failed, in consequence of which the original image faded, as it was at that point in time.

Center weighted AF, details until the numbers of cars is well displayed, but prisutstvuet a little blurred. On the left edge of the image seen blur, noise and artifacts of the circuits. The blur is very noticeable, especially if you enlarge the photo.

Shooting against the sun worked out well, allowing you to fully display the objects in the correct color. Near there is good clarity of the coating asphalt. On the left edge there is a rapid fall-of-field to blur the frame. On the right frame in the presence of the light source, the situation is slightly better, but very close to these issues.

The optical two-fold increase. When the light source that falls on a monument of brass. Since this is not a portrait mode, any deep of field is not observed.

Patentnyi zoom. Artifacts contours, strong preserving. But almost no noise and blur.

There is activated cherogony module. An example of post processing, but motion blur multiple thick edges of the frame. Obviously AF has ignored almost all of the image.

The situation is slightly better, but the edges in blue and blur and visible small artifacts.

The portrait mode. Bokeh effect and good quality. However on the left edge, near the caps of the monument in the image of the boy, there is a clear blurring of details and obscure the contour of the part.

Light is directed to the side of the monument, however, the aperture ratio can not cope with the main part of the composition. The blur on the left edge, the details lose their definition and post-processing, almost none. As a consequence, a reduced level of ISO, shutter speed, exposure is not doing its job.

The resulting photographs illustrate either too small aperture for such a bright day, love is very big. In all shots it is clearly visible blur, and blur, especially with regard to the left edge. Post-processing is not always correct and to the point, the focus is clearly wrong and only considers the center of the frame. Most quality manifests itself wide aperture (f/1.8), which contributes to good bokeh and macro mode two-times optical zoom.

Image taken on a telescopic camera wide angle lens at 16 MP (aperture f/2.2). Just some unpleasant moments. No harshness, and the result is clearly showing the individual elements. Dominated by the blur in the grey frame is the noise average.

The module 16 MP (f/1.8). From let’s focus on what is now the stadium photographed in the abundance of the light sources. The image is significantly improved. Excellent sharpness, which is converted into light sharping, but sometimes a noticeable blurriness, and the murky shade. The trees are only slightly visible contours, which suggests that the camera with great difficulty copes with its task.

Again telescopic camera. She does not cope. There are no contours, sharpness and clarity. However, noise on the picture with the row of seats is not observed, the white balance is met. Have photos from the scene in shades of grey and there is a faint noise.

However, with abundant light, but the dimmer does not work autofocus. In the sky there is the noise average. The colors all right.

The other photos in night mode.

In automatic mode, the camera will not be able to handle the pictures at any time of the day and night and does makes lots of noise and artifacts. Justified modes only “aperture” and “Pro”, where all you will need to configure only their own. From the first day it seemed that Honor Magic 2 inferior Mate and Mate 20 20 Pro. Moreover, he gives such smartphones as Nokia Plus Nokia 7 and 8.1 that makes clear the true meaning of the first slider by the company with AMOLED-display.

Video camera Huawei Honor Magic 2 is captured with the use of chetyrehluchevoy electronic stabilization. Serious delays or sformatowany not seen. However, there is a constant effect of “swimming” pictures in motion. The detail display is rather scarce for this level of camera, autofocus is almost not involved. Video able to record in surround, but when viewing on a computer or other device, there is predominance of low frequencies and deafness.

Insights

Huawei has decided not to lag behind their colleagues, thereby returning to an old and time-tested solution, which appeared at the beginning of this century — phone-slider. After all, as we remember, the sliders seemed somewhat contradictory, however, allowed to place more items or to expand the space for the screen. A vivid example at sunset passing trend was Nokia N95, which had a huge display, by the standards of 2007, and the minimum number of keys on the front panel.

Huawei continues to build its own ecosystem, which each release being updated with new system integrations and applications. In the future she will be able to operate without total dependence on Google services, which will allow without restrictions or regulations of a Corporation to distribute its software.

Magic 2 has as a number of interesting advantages, and disadvantages.

Advantages:

The design of the smartphone does not have similarities with any other machine.

The design combines an anodized aircraft shockproof metal aluminum and safety glass on both sides.

Triple camera for shooting in different conditions.

Artificial intelligence technology to capture and process the images received from the camera.

A wonderful display, despite the technology of adaptive color model RGB RGB AMOLED.

Disadvantages:

The implementation of unlocking the ultrasonic sensor does not look modified, although works fast with excellent contact, but only in dry weather.

Unlock face works instantly, but you need to open the slider.

The phone is very slippery and prone to falling from any surface.

Swipe controls in horizontal and vertical mode it is missing the smoothness, you can not immediately make a call command.

Requires purchase of nanoSD card for memory expansion.

Not sold in the Russian Federation.

In action games play becomes difficult, as any swipe will involve the interface of the desktop environment.

Camera frankly “misses” in many frames, giving motion blur and artifacts.

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