Huawei Announces Honor Magic

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Huawei unveiled the curviest phone ever – the Honor Magic. Every edge and every corner of the device is as smooth as a pebble, but what’s inside is cutting edge.
The screen measures 5.09” – a tack sharp AMOLED with QHD resolution (577ppi) – and it sits below the curved glass. The flowing body of the phone measures 7.8mm thick and weighs 145g. It is available in Golden Black and Porcelain White.

On the back is a dual 12MP camera (color + monochrome) with an f/2.2 aperture and large 1.4µm pixels, plus an 8MP selfie camera (f/2.0). The Huawei Honor Magic runs Android 6.0 with “Honor Magic Live OS”. It has ample memory – 4GB of RAM and 64G storage.
Part of the magic is DeepThink, a digital assistant that collaborates with FaceCode. That uses an infrared camera to recognize users’ eyes so only you and people you trust can view your notifications. The Home key is a fingerprint reader too.
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The one iffy part is the Kirin 950 chipset. An octa-core processor (four of the cores are A72) offers enough speed, but the GPU is rather weak and the chipset can’t handle 4K 2160p video capture, which limits the camera’s capabilities.
The phone is powered by a 2,900mAh battery that gets 90% charge in half an hour with the Huawei Magic Power charger. It’s 20 minutes to 70% and 10 minutes to 40%, all while keeping the phone cool. The dual SIM card slot design is unique as it stacks the two cards.

The Huawei Honor Magic is priced as a premium device – CNY 3,700 (~$530/€500) – and is already available for pre-order in China (expected delivery: December 25).

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