Honor Magic 2 is a new smartphone from the company Huawei. Why in 2019 need the slider? Why mobile phone manufacturers have returned to this format? And what are his pros and cons? Read the latest review of Dmitry Bibi Bevza.

Specifications Housing: slider, material — aluminum alloy, safety glass;

Color: black/metallic;

Size: 157.3×75.1×8.3 mm;

Weight: 206 grams;

Operating system: Android 9.0, the interface is Magic UI 2.0;

Display: AMOLED, diagonal — 6.39 inches (84,8% screen-to-body ratio), resolution — 1080×2340, aspect ratio — 19.5:9. Pixel density of 403 ppi;

Camera: three modules, 16 MP f/1.8, 16 MP f/2.2 24 MP B/W of f/1.8;

Front camera: 16 MP f/2.0 sensor depth 2 MP, f/2.4, sensor depth 2 MP f/2.4;

CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 980, eight cores (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76, 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76, 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55);

Memory: 128/256 GB, 6/8 GB of RAM;

Protection against splashing water and dust: none;

Battery: 3500 mAh.

Huawei Honor 2 Magic almost became the world’s first smartphone-slider, but “insidious” Xiaomi it will have his slider Mix Mi 3 ahead of Huawei for two days. And, by the way, just a day after the presentation of the Honor Magic 2 your slider Z5 Pro showed Lenovo. What does this mean? First, good competitive intelligence for Chinese companies. Secondly, that mobile vendors are struggling to find new and remember well forgotten old solutions, which can be used to increase display size without increasing the size of the smartphone. You also cannot forget the more than urgent global design update smartphones. With this there were obvious problems in recent years and all manufacturers.

Important Magic Honor 2 is slider. If anyone remembers, slider form factor mobile phone with a sliding top panel. Very beloved at the time by Nokia, and the slider 8110 thanks to the movie “the Matrix” has become legendary.

The General meaning of the slider in that in the folded position some of its elements are hidden. Previously, it was the keyboard. In the new reincarnation into the body of the slider is hiding the camera. Why is it necessary? According to the latest mobile fashion, frame around the screen should be minimal. But where in this case to put the front camera? Apple made a cutout in the upper part of the screen — “the unibrow”, but this is clearly a compromise solution, as the unit is front facing cameras still “eats” part of the display.

Huawei did more radical and made a mechanical slider. In the closed state, three front-facing camera just hidden behind a screen.

Design and ergonomics For such a large (6.39 inches) of the screen, the ergonomics of the smartphone is quite good, largely because the original form factor. There is however one but. If your fingers are dry, they slip across the screen and mirror the back panel of the smartphone. That is, in this case the smartphone have to push with some force.

With design Honor Magic 2 full order. It looks impressive: firstly, due to the original design, and second, mirrored, black and silver surface of the rear panel of impact-resistant glass looks very futuristic. Are her fingerprints? Alas, how. But beauty, as we know, requires sacrifice.

Display and the hardware Here, as they say motorists, “full stuffing”. Top seminomatous processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 as the flagship Huawei Mate 20 Pro, 6/8 GB RAM, 128/256 GB storage. Slot for Micro SD no, but with such a volume of own memory is not very important.

In the benchmark AnTuTu, showing the performance of the smartphone, Napag Magic 2 gaining 275 thousand points. It’s about a 15-th result. It is even higher than the Samsung Galaxy S9+. There is only one speaker, but it’s pretty loud, has support for all wireless standards, including NFC. Why do we separate the NFC, to be described later. Not only wireless charging. Apparently, this is due to the slider design.

Screen Nopah Magic 2 is made by technology AMOLED, has support functions are Always On Display. Full HD+. In fact, only a lower resolution and features a screen Nopah Magic 2 displays from the most high-end devices. Otherwise it is expensive and of good quality.

Note that in most of the cases, Napag Magic 2 is branded turbotrade, allowing you to charge your smartphone for an hour with 0 to 100 percent.

Unlocking the device is done on the fingerprint reader located right on the screen.

And also by face recognition. For this you need to move the rear part of the slider up, the “freeing” of the front camera.

Recognition works almost perfect, but the on-screen fingerprint scanner is a bit “slow”. It is necessary to press with too much force, and sometimes twice.

Camera Camera Nopah Magic 2 six. Yes. That is six to three rear and three front. Why do we need three front-facing camera? To create depth of frame and achieve the bokeh effect. This makes the portrait more expressive.

Three main camera — standard, wide angle and black and white.

Remove Nopah Magic 2 is very good, but the top-end machines, such as Pro Mate 20, P20 Pro, iPhone XS, Galaxy Note 9, it is still inferior. Primarily in detail and noise. But all the special modes, especially with the included module artificial intelligence in Napoh Magic 2 implemented well. Night scene, portrait mode, macro mode, adjustable aperture — the pictures are at a consistently good level. Perhaps there affects the operation of the module artificial intelligence (AI), which is equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin processor 980. In General, AI-modules in smartphones Huawei/Honor gradually becoming more and more significant impact on camera performance. What is called “perfect money” spent on their development.

Examples of camera Nopah Magic 2. Day shooting:

Wide angle camera:

Night scene:

Selfie camera:

Nopah Magic 2 running Android Pie 9.0 and the graphical interface Magic UI 2.0 — Huawei new developments. You can replace the three bottom virtual buttons on gesture control, which we did. In General, replacement buttons for gestures is also one of the mobile trends 2018, another way to increase usable screen space. Magic UI 2.0 is quite different from stock Android 9.0, but leaves a pleasant impression.

Formal Nopah Magic 2 now sold only in China, so we are very surprised by the presence of the NFC module. As you know, in China this standard is not popular. Perhaps this is a sign that after some time the unit will appear in the global retail, although Russian retail sector is unlikely to reach.

Total Us Nopah Magic 2 like. Its conceptual novelty, powerful advanced iron, appearance. But to recommend it for purchase, we will not. The thing is that in Russia it is officially not for sale. Yes, buy Nopah Magic 2 on AliExpress you can easily approximately 42 thousand rubles, but… first, without a guarantee. We emphasize, 42 thousand and no warranty. By the way, the likelihood that you will come to the Chinese version without support for Google Mobile Services, is also not zero. Our test sample was just that. Yes, you can use alternative app stores instead of Google Play. Yes, you can flash the mobile, but it’s not really something that counts the “normal” buyer, laying 42 thousand. But for early adopters and geeks of Napoh Magic 2 is a viable option. Moreover, it is a very interesting smartphone, but you will still be able to impress friends and acquaintances superduper device.

In this article we first of all wanted to tell our readers about the new class of smartphones, which obviously will get to Russia in 2019, officially. As we mentioned, in addition to Huawei, smartphones-sliders made Xiaomi and Lenovo, and Oppo Find X in its generally set automatically leaving the cell block. So progress does not stand still, and hope that 2019 will give us a lot of new and original devices.

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