At the end of the presentation today for the Honor Play, George Zhao, CEO of Honor, showcased the upcoming Honor Magic 2. Following on from the original Honor Magic, Mr. Zhao stated that the brand name ‘Magic’ holds a special no-compromise element within the company, and after the Magic was the first smartphone with AI, the new Magic 2 will also introduce a number of firsts.

No details about the smartphone were given, except that it will be using the unannounced Kirin 980, which is set to be a big part of Huawei’s Keynote presentation at IFA. Aside from the SoC, the big thing with the Magic 2 will be the totally FullView display – with the camera and speaker on a sliding up panel, the full front of the phone is the display.

The sliding mechanism for the cameras and speaker looks similar to that from Vivo Nex launched earlier this year, but differs because the sliding mechanism on the Magic 2 looks like a manual process, whereas other versions of the slide seem to use a motor. We were also told that the smartphone will feature a second generation of its 40W charging mode which debuted with the Magic.

On other details, we were told that we have to wait for a future launch date for the Magic 2.

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  • jjj - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - link

    You mean OPPO Find X not Vivo Nex as the Nex has a little pop up cam.
    Anyway, if they show only the upper part, they likely have a significant lower bezel.
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - link

    But they didn't show only the upper part. They showed the entire thing.
  • cfenton - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - link

    Back in the feature phone days, sliders were trash. They were cool, but they broke a lot. Stuff would get in the mechanism and make it hard to slide, or the screen would go because the cable connecting it to the main board would come loose. It wasn't even just from one manufacturer. The LG Shine was bad, the Sony W580 was bad, and even the Nokia 5300 was bad. That's not to say it's impossible to make a good slider, but the past doesn't bode well for them.
  • SL4KR - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - link

    Maybe for the bu that wasn't true for me. Every slider I've owned...shit they still work, 10 years or more later.
  • leo_sk - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - link

    My nokia 6500 is still up and well. The speakers have malfunctioned, the screen has got scratches, but the sliding mechanism is good as new
  • erple2 - Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - link

    I really liked my Sony W580 (other than the Sony proprietary expandable storage). It had a great display (for the time), great battery life, and all around was very good. The slider had a nice positive action to it that never broke for me.

    To be fair, what broke on the phone was the screen when it hurled out of my pocket one fateful day. about 2/3 of the screen didn't work after that. Curiously, the rest of the screen was fine.
  • leo_sk - Thursday, August 30, 2018 - link

    If they are manual, it is going to be lot more helpful. Lot faster, simpler and intuitive than motorised one
  • CedarWind - Saturday, September 1, 2018 - link

    Thank you! Let's get rid of the notch ASAP on all phones
  • eastcoast_pete - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - link

    Stupid spambot. Update your text scanner
  • eastcoast_pete - Sunday, September 2, 2018 - link

    I tried to post a comment about my preference for larger screens with 16:9 ratio, and your Spambot thought I was spamming. Really?

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