Huawei has been releasing teasers for its upcoming “concept” phone, the Honor Magic, for a little while now, but today, the teasing is over. The new phone is now official and it does indeed have a number of interesting features that make it stand out from the crowd.
Honor officially launched its Honor Magic phone in China this week and is billing it as a device from the future. I’ve got to say: it does look pretty future, but maybe it’s just the space background Honor used that’s making me think that.
Honor Magic specifications and software
|Display||5.09-inch AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution
|Processor||2.3GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 950|
|Cameras||Rear: 12MP dual lens sensor with a f/2.2 aperture
Front: 8MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture
MicroUSB (USB 2.0)
GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou Navigation Satellite System
|Sensors||Hall effect sensor
Ambient light sensor
Phone status indicator
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Honor Magic Live
|Colors||Golden Black, Porcelain White|
|Dimensions and weight||146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8mm
Honor Magic standout features
With the core specs out of the way, we can get to the good stuff. The Honor Magic is supposed to have several interesting additions, many of which are supposed to showcase AI driven features. One of these standout features is the widescreen sensor, which combines a sensor in its frame and an infrared sensor in the front-facing camera. What exactly does this do? When the owner of the Honor Magic picks up the phone, the frame sensor and the camera are supposed to recognize the owner’s hand and eyes, which then turns on the screen. When the phone is put down by the owner or put away in a pocket, the screen is supposed to turn off in one second.
Another new feature is called FaceCode Intelligent Recognition. Any message notifications on the phone will only reveal themselves for pre-registered faces. That means you shouldn’t have to worry about anyone picking up the phone and seeing messages that they are not suppose to see.
Honor Magic design
While the phone’s special AI features and sensors are obviously the showcase features here, it’s also worth talking about the phone’s design. For starters, the Honor Magic has a 5.06-inch 2K AMOLED screen with a curved design. The double 3D glass covers are supposed to reflect bright, shining lights. The phone’s home button has been designed to also replace the standard “back” and “overview” smartphone buttons. Users will be able to touch, double tap or swipe on the same home key for all those functions. This is supposed to make the phone’s overall screen bigger than normal. The home button also has a fingerprint sensor.
The phone’s battery is supposed to be made of a “special graphite molecular structure”. Combined with a new charging circuit design, the Honor Magic is only supposed to take 10 minutes to get up to 40 percent of its battery charge, and 20 minutes to charge up to 70 percent of its battery charge. Finally, the phone has a 12MP dual lens rear camera. One of its lenses is supposed to take the black and white image while the other lens takes color photos. This is supposed to offer more detail and more colorful photos compared to the normal smartphone camera set up.