Honor Magic 2's notch-less slide-down screen is tech sorcery at its best

Honor Magic 2's notch-less slide-down screen is tech sorcery at its best

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Honor is determined to try all the alternatives to the screen notch it can find, and for the Honor Magic 2, it has introduced a slide-down screen. We've been trying it out, and here's what it's like.

The positive is the screen looks fantastic. It’s a 6.4-inch AMOLED with a 2,340 x 1,080 pixel resolution. It’s a stunner with wonderful colors and deep blacks. All the usual benefits of an AMOLED panel shine through, made even better by the lack of a notch, and minimal bezels. These edges around the screen are still there, with a slightly pronounced chin being the most noticeable; but overall it’s definitely an ultra-modern, super-slick look.

The phone has a rear camera has three lenses, a 16-megapixel RGB lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 24-megapixel monochrome lens. This is a setup that’s close to the Huawei Mate 20, but we’re intrigued by the presence of the monochrome lens, which has been removed from Huawei’s latest phones. Features include a 2x zoom, a wide-angle mode, image stabilization driven by artificial intelligence, scene recognition, and plenty more.

We like the camera, and the Honor Magic 2 is also a lovely phone to look at and hold. It’s weighty at 206 grams, and you definitely know it’s in your pocket. Don’t let this put you off. The glass-bodied device feels expensive, well-made, and that slider mechanism is similarly high quality. The software experience is the same as you find on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the P20 Pro, and various other Honor phones. It’s Honor’s Magic UI 2.0, which is EMUI 9 in disguise, complete with the effective gesture control system. It’s not for everyone, as it’s quite different to Android on a Pixel 3 for example, and does need a little tweaking to get it working as you want.

All we want is for it to be sold where we can buy it, and at the moment, unless you live in China, the only way to get one is by importing it. That’s going to cost at least $630 based on the Chinese price for the 8GB/256GB model. It’s good value, as it neatly compares to the OnePlus 6T, but warranty concerns and the hassle of importing is a serious drawback.



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