Honor Magic 2 Review

Huawei’s sub-brand named Honor launched a premium Flagship smartphone Named Magic 2 in China and other international markets. This Moto G7 PowerHonor Magic 2 SmartPhone was released in India on 4 OCT 2018. 

Honor Released Magic 2 SmartPhone in only 6 and 8 GB Ram in only one storage model which is 128GB Internal Storage Model Along this Model Honor Announced Honor Magic 2 3D with 3D front Cameras for Face Unlock. when I’m using Honor Magic 2, I got a premium feeling when holding in the hand with Front and back Glass with Sliding Mechanism and Triple Camera setup on the rear and triple camera setup on Front and Beautiful Display 6.39″ AMOLED Display on the front makes this Sliding Smartphone a true flagship.

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone features the kirin chip from Huawei named Kirin 980 which is available on Mate 20 Series. this chip is made of 10nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 2 x A76 High power cores which are clocked at 2.6GHz, second part features 4 x A576 high powered cores which are clocked at 1.92GHz and Third Part consists 4 x A55 Single core which is clocked at 1.8GHZ. it has Mali G76 MP 10 GPU which increases its work by 20% compared to Kirin 970 the last Flagship processor from Huawei. it has a Cat 21 LTE Modem which has Download and Uploads speeds of 1.4GBPS & 500MBPS. Coming to the AI Department it does have a built in the NPU in the processor for dedicated Ai Capabilities, it has also Ai Optimizations which helps in AI.

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone has a Triple Camera setup the on the rear and on the front which comprises a 16MP F/1.8 aperture with PDAF Auto Focus + 16MP F/2.2 + 24MP Black and White Sensor F/1.8 and pop-up Mechanical Pop-up frame 16MP F/2.0 + 2MP F/2.4 Depth Sensor + 2MP F/2.4 Depth Sensor on Front and lets user takes normal, ultrawide angle and portrait images from  back and front Depth Cameras Will Work For Face Unlock Feature.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of  
Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone e and Jump into the review.

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone

Honor Magic 2
  • 6.39″ Full HD+ SAMOLED display with waterdrop notch protected
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Kirin 980 Octa Core CPU
  • Mali G76 MP 10 GPU
  • 6 / 8 GB RAM
  • Nano Sim / Nano Hybrid
  • 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage
  • 16MP F/1.8 PDAF + 16MP F/2.2 + 24MP Balck and White F/1.8 triple rear camera with HDR, pixel binning support
  • 16MP F/2.0 + 2MP F/2.4 Depth Sensor + 2MP F/2.4 Depth Sensor Triple Front Mechanical Pop-up camera with HDR
  • Android 9 Pie with Magic UI 2 on top
  • Dual 4G Volte
  • 3500 mAH battery with 40W fast charging support
  • Wifi / Bluetooth 5.0 LE / Dual GPS
  • USB Type-C / NFC

6.39″ FULL HD AMoled screen :

Honor Magic 2

here in Display Department Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone, Features an Excellent FULL HD+ AMOLED panel screen with 403 pixels per inch, the colors are vibrant and excellent, viewing angles are perfect. There are No issues & problems with screen quality of Magic 2. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. This Display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Honor is Using DCI-P3 Technology in thier Displays For better Quality of AMOLED Display.

Single Speakers and USB-C Port:

In Honor Magic 2, Honor Used their traditional Single Speaker System which were is very loud and Equal to their Older honor 10 Smartphone. these speakers are supported by Smart Amp Sound technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus) which help to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker. here earpiece which is included in Mechanical Frame provides a louder sound.

Coming to Headphone jack and earphones, the headphone jack is not provided. insted of that they provided a Dongle to use. the Audio Quality is Good with excellent base and perfect Volume. there are no special Features like Dolby atoms or others to tune the sound. but theSound Quality is good from speaker and Type c And 3.5mm Dongle..

Build Quality : 

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone is Build with a 6000 Aluminium frame on the side and Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla glass 5 like OnePlus 6t. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with 6000 Series Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with build quality. It is well built with a Full View and there are no bezels are to place an Almost 6.39″ AMOLED screen.

In Display fingerprint scanner: 

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone Features an In Display fingerprint sensor. By looks, it is so Small to see but, very fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. This placement of this sensor is on the Rear bottom Side of the phone.

Face unlocking:

Honor Magic 2

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone Uses the face unlock with its 16MP + 2MP Depth + 2MP Depth Cameras. the face unlocking is Quite fast and Secure. it works in the pitch dark conditions with Low Amount of light from the AMOLED Panel. Here Depth Sensors Does a Wonderful Job In Face Unlocking.

Weight balance: 

Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone weighs 206 Grams, it feels Heavy and with 6.39″ Screen and 3500 mAh battery equipped. This Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone cannot be used by one hand. The weight balance is done Average on the device. After using a Week You will notice that Heavy of the Device.

Battery life:

Honor Magic 2

 My Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 21% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 3500 mAH Battery. The ideal drain of Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone is very low as other Latest Flagships like S10 Plus and Apple Smartphones. the 40W Quick charging makes a difference and charges the phone in less than 60 min which is good.

Magic UI 2 Based On Android 9 Pie Operating System :

Magic UI 2 based Android 9 Pie present on the Magic 2 SmartPhone is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has a ton of bloatware like honor and Huawei Devices. There are some extra features like Inbuilt Face Unlock System, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display, Perfect Gaming Mode makes this Magic UI 2 OS special for Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone. there are some Battery Optimizations Present on Magic UI 2 makes Magic 2 SmartPhone last longer.


Honor Magic 2

My Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone managed to do day to day tasks very well like the lastest Flagships. there are No issues and problems with the Operating system and there are no heating issues with Magic 2 SmartPhone.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this Magic 2 SmartPhone. It features 8GB LPDDR4X Ram and I did not notice any lags with the device and there are no reloading of apps on this Magic 2 SmartPhone. Multitasking experience is nice.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. Kirin 980 Processor is very suitable for heavy gaming.

Call Quality :

the Call quality on Magic 2 SmartPhone is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality on Dual Volte Network. we have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. the earpiece is included in Pop-up Mechanical Frame and it is very loud. the Voice Calls From speaker is also Good and Clear. 


Honor Magic 2

Coming to the Camera Department, Magic 2 SmartPhone features a Triple Camera setup on the back & front of the device. this Camera system works perfectly in Magic 2 SmartPhone. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them.

1.RGB Camera: 

the 16MP main Camera is Awesome and features a Fixed Aperture of F/1.8 and PDAF Auto Focusing. The daylight pictures are not great and contain Normal details like an Artifical photo. Exposure is in control with Dynamic decent range to take good pictures in good lighting Conditions. there is Softness Adding to the Photo which we should not see in rear Camera. AI Makes sense and Captures Photo with good Colours. in Nighttime AI Does not make Difference for Normal photo and AI photo. in low light Conditions, the images are very clear and Sharp without noise which is good to see

2. Ultra Wide Angle Camera: the 16MP ultra wide angle lens on 
Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone does a good job in good lighting conditions. the exposure is in control with a decent dynamic range. in low lighting conditions, the 16MP camera has a noise because of F/2.2 Aperture.

3. Black & White Camera: the 24MP Black and white lens on 
Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone does a good job in good lighting conditions. it captures Black & white Pictures with good details. the exposure is in control with a decent dynamic range. in low lighting conditions, the 24MP camera has a Low noise because of F/1.8 Aperture. the images Come pretty soft which we should see. due to the Black and white sensor, we cannot See the Colour Saturation. But it is good to see. Honor has to fix this Image Softing issue with Software Update.

Video recording can be done up to 4k@30fps .the video footage has excellent Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Stabilization is not good in 4k@30fps And 1080p FHD recording. The video quality in the low night conditions is average with decent Sharpness and Decent Dynamic range.

Selfie camera :

Honor Magic 2

 Honor Magic 2  Smartphone features a 16MP + 2MP + 2MP normal & Depth selfie camera  80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0 for 16MP. Picture quality is good. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

Front Selfie camera can record Video at 1080p @ 30fps which is good with EIS On which is good. the picture is not wide Becuse of EIS Cropping the Footage.

There is a Dedicated Depth camera can be used to take portraits images from the front which is good to see. the Sliding mechanism in interesting to see and the cameras will not interfere in the display

there is an Aperture mode in Honor Magic 2 gives an Extra feature to user take Selfies in Different Aperture modes like F/0.95, F/1.4, F/2.8, F/16. here you can Adjust the Aperture for Different types of selfies.

Here Honor Magic 2 takes an Edge in camera department than of other flagship devices from Chinese manufacturers in $650 to $700 Price range.

Gredient Back:

Honor Magic 2

Honor has implemented a Beautiful Gradient back from Outside Under the Glass. this Honor Magic 2 Has A Dual Gradient Finish which looks Good and interesting.


Slider back looks Intersting

Great Battery life

40W Superfast Charging is Excellent and charges the Phone in 60 Min

Round Edge design

Excellent Monochrome Camera

Excellent camera Features


Pictures Quality is Average

Average Video Quality

No Electonic and Optical image stabilization

No wireless charging


Who can Get Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone view: 
if you want a True Affordable Sliding Flagship Phone with Bright AMOLED Full HD+ screen, with Kirin 980 processor and 40W Wired fast charging, then you can go with Honor Magic 2 SmartPhone. If you want the Same Full-Screen Design Smartphone then

Honor 8X

Vivo Nex

Vivo Nex 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Lenovo Z5 pro GT and if you want better cameras With in the Same Price Range then

Oneplus 6T

Samsung S10E

Huawei P20 pro can be your Alternatives to Magic 2.

If you are using Honor Magic 2 then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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