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What does it take for a phone to be “magic”? According to Huawei, maker of the brand-new Honor Magic, it’s a whole lot of built-in AI that makes the phone know who you are, what you’re doing now, and what you might want to do next.

A few examples of the Magic’s powers:

You pick it up and its infrared sensors scan not just your face, but also your hands to verify that you’re really you (there’s a fingerprint scanner built into the home button as well).

The Honor Magic only surfaces notification messages when the phone has verified it’s you, so that nosy neighbors don’t get to see who’s pinging you or why.

GPS meets your calendar and other apps to pull up stuff you need to reference at the exact time you need it, like: Your tracking number surfaces on-screen when you get to the post office, or perhaps your boarding pass pops into view when you arrive at the airport.

If it’s dark, the phone can surface a flashlight option. You still decide if you want to turn it on or off, but having the flashlight at your fingertips will theoretically make it faster and easier to find and use.

Huawei also points out some capabilities that seem like rebranded features from Google Now on Android, like pressing and holding the home screen button to find out more information about a topic or place (Huawei calls this “deep think”). On the whole, though, we haven’t seen sensors used to quite this extent, and it sounds like it makes a lot of useful sense. I definitely want to try out this “magic” for myself.

 

Long story short, lets take a look at some of its capabilities:

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DESIGN

The Honor Magic is one the curviest phone device ever. With a 146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8 mm (5.75 x 2.75 x 0.31 in) dimension and a 145 g (5.11 oz) body weight, the Huawei Honor Magic is one helluva ‘feather’.
Every edge and every corner of the device is as smooth as a pebble, but what’s inside is cutting edge. Just wait for it.

DISPLAY AND RESOLUTION

The screen measures 5.09” with a sharp AMOLED screen with a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (577ppi) – and it sits below the curved glass… and of course it supports multi-touch.

PROCESSOR

The Honor Magic is definitely not lacking in this aspect. Running on Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow) and Hisilicon Kirin 950 Huawei chipset, maximum fluidity is assured. It also houses dual Octa-core processors (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53) and Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, which is rather weak and the chipset can’t handle 4K 2160p video capture, which limits the camera’s capabilities.

STORAGE

With 4GB of RAM, the Honor magic holds a lot of promise and potentials in handling heavy usage and activities like gaming, watching movies, multitasking and so on.

Its 64GB Internal memory also provides enough disk space to keep information and other media files. Erm… don’t get too excited yet, the Honor Magic comes with no SD card slot for storage expansion.

CAMERA

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).

Other exciting camera features are; Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR

SENSORS

The conspicous home button doubles as the Fingerprint scanner (front-mounted) which could be used in unlocking the Hauwei Honor Magic, taking pictures, locking and unlocking certain applications, media and personal files etc. An accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass are sensors that the Honor Magic houses.

BATTERY

The Honor Magic 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. Impressive Fast charge technology I must say.

SIM

This device owna a dual SIM card slot design that is uniquely designed to stack the two cards in their positions properly.

PRICING

The Huawei Honor Magic is tagged as a premium device with an expected price range of $530/€500 – and is already available for pre-order in China (expected delivery: December 25).

 

So there you have it people, the TECHPRODUCTS Honor Magic review. The device that will leave you enchanted!… as designed by HUAWEI.

See you in our next review session. *winks*

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