Huawei’s sub-brand Honor showed up at IFA 2018 with a surprise announcement: an early tease of its new Honor Magic 2 smartphone that’d come with almost 100 percent screen-to-body ratio.
In the smartphone design world, full of notches and chins, Magic 2 dares to bring a truly bezel-less phone. However, it is isn’t the first one to do so; Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex both sport a full-screen design.
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But the bezel-free screen leaves one problem — where to place the selfie camera? This is where Honor took inspiration from decades-old Samsung and Nokia that came with sliders to hide the notch.
Again, Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex have already implemented some kind of motorized slide-out camera mechanism to place their selfie cameras. But Honor made it more efficient by taking the motor out of it and replacing it with a slider.
This gives the device an almost edge-to-edge display screen that is about 6.1 inch and of course, it’s OLED. It reminds me of the recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 which also features a similar sliding camera and edge-to-edge display.
As far as the processor is concerned, you can expect the unreleased Kirin 980 chip in it, that is reported to be as fast as the upcoming Snapdragon processor and Apple A12 processors.
It might also come with support for Huawei’s 40W quick-charge that facilitate faster charging and has 15 different safety features.
Sadly, the company did not launch the Honor Magic 2 right away, as it was just a preview. The rest of the specs along with price and release date are also unknown at this point.
But Honor President George Zhao confirmed in an interview with Forbes that the Magic 2 is at least “two months away from officially being launched.”