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Honor Magic 2 teardown reveals its magic tricks

Honor Magic 2 teardown reveals its magic tricks

Vivo and OPPO have started the elevating camera trend but it seems that they have also ended it with the NEX S and Find X, respectively. Huawei sub-brand Honor and Xiaomi, on the other hand, have opted for a less eccentric solution to that same problem. With the Magic 2, Honor is jumping into the fray with the return of the slider phone. And despite not having a motor to power its gimmick, the smartphone’s insides are just as interesting to see.

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Huawei, Honor phones getting EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie this week

Huawei, Honor phones getting EMUI 9.0 with Android Pie this week

Because of their heavy changes and customizations, Chinese OEMs are actually just as notorious as Samsung was (or still is) in how slow they are at rolling out new Android versions even to their latest smartphone models. That is also a by-product of their market, where Google and Android hold less weight that the names of Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, and the like. So even when it’s a few months overdue, the fact that Huawei will actually be rolling out Android 9 Pie to a few of its phones this week is definitely worth taking note.

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Honor Magic 2 packs six cameras into competitive Android slider

Honor Magic 2 packs six cameras into competitive Android slider

Honor has revealed its latest Android phone, the Honor Magic 2, driving screen bezels to their very minimum and doing so without having to resort to a notch. The newest device from Huawei's youth-obsessed sub-brand, the Magic 2 relies on a retractable camera section to avoid a screen cut-out.

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Honor Magic 2 teaser puts YoYo AI in focus, triple camera, Kirin 980

Honor Magic 2 teaser puts YoYo AI in focus, triple camera, Kirin 980

OPPO and Vivo may have seemingly given up on the elevating camera design but two of their rivals are taking it for another yet different spin. Huawei sub-brand Honor is marking October 31st, safely after Apple’s event, as the day it will make one more magic act. It will debut the Honor Magic 2, a curious nod to the slider phones of yesteryears but one that also brings today’s comforts, including a somewhat snarky AI assistant.

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Honor 8X Review: mid-range as good as premium

Honor 8X Review: mid-range as good as premium

You can probably already guess from the title: Honor has done it again. While it’s easy to knock the company as “just a Huawei sub-brand”, it has been rocking the smartphone global market, including the US, with affordable smartphones that sometimes rival even Huawei’s high-end models. While it definitely isn’t the Mate 20, the Honor 8X won’t leave you wanting despite its price tag. In fact, it could very well leave you satisfied because of it. This review shows exactly why.

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Honor Magic 2 official teaser hints at another magic trick

Honor Magic 2 official teaser hints at another magic trick

We have a rather interesting lineup of phones this month. In addition to the usual serving of high-end phones like the Pixel 3 and the upcoming Huawei Mate 20, we've also got the odd ones like the quad camera Galaxy A9 and, of course, the Honor Magic 2. This modern take on a retro design is going on state at the end of the month but its slider might not be its only act. Thanks to Honor's official teaser video, we can expect one or two more.

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Honor Magic 2 will dazzle the crowd later this month

Honor Magic 2 will dazzle the crowd later this month

Without any successors, it seems that OPPO and Vivo have given up their pioneering elevating camera designs. Huawei sub-brand Honor, however, hasn’t. In fact, it has yet to fully reveal its own take on the “hiding the front camera” design. It has, however, already confirmed that the Honor Magic 2 is a “screen slider” phone. But by the end of the month, it will finally be revealing all the magic tricks in its bag.

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Honor 8X brings affordable premium phone to Europe

Honor 8X brings affordable premium phone to Europe

Huawei may have unseated Apple as the world's second biggest smartphone maker, but it's no secret that it's sub-brand Honor played a large part in its ascent. Its blend of high-end features and easy to rich prices have sometimes even rivaled Huawei's top lines themselves. But while the new Honor 8X is no P20, its availability in Europe and, soon, other markets only means that consumers will have another notable smartphone contender to choose from.

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Honor Play Review: Inexpensive, Balanced, Unique

Honor Play Review: Inexpensive, Balanced, Unique

The Honor Play is a surprisingly low-cost smartphone made with gaming in mind. It features a 6.3-inch display with a notch and a relatively small chin, and it runs a unique sort of Android (with Honor's EMUI on top). The Honor Play is aimed at the newest wave of mobile gamers, bringing a bit of external aesthetic flavor to the mix as it packs in a decent bit of power under the hood.

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Huawei P20, Honor Play delisted by 3DMark for benchmark cheating

Huawei P20, Honor Play delisted by 3DMark for benchmark cheating

It really doesn’t come as a surprise that Huawei is now getting penalized for what it has more or less admitted to doing. Necroing a practice long thought dead, Huawei has been caught red-handed cheating benchmarks to boost numbers in favor of its Kirin 970 smartphones. Considering the scandal that practically endangered their business, 3DMark developers Futuremark reacted swiftly and has announced that four of Huawei’s and Honor’s smartphones are now delisted from its benchmark scores.

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Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max show size isn’t everything

Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max show size isn’t everything

Huawei sub-brand Honor definitely seems to be on a roll. In addition to being credited for making up more than half of Huawei’s total number of shipped phones last quarter, it has been pushing out one smartphone after another, from the Honor 10 to the Honor 7X to the Honor Play and upcoming Honor Magic 2 slider. But before that last one even hits the market, Honor is putting out the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max, the latter pushing the limits of what it means to be a smartphone.

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Huawei, Honor cheated benchmarks and this is their reason

Huawei, Honor cheated benchmarks and this is their reason

Thought the whole benchmark cheating scandal was behind us? Apparently not. Some OEMs have just gotten better at hiding it. Or at least that’s the picture that Huawei is painting after it was caught red-handed using a benchmark detection feature. But unlike other manufacturers in the past, it didn’t deny the allegation but instead tried to justify why it was doing so. Bottom line: its competitors are doing it anyway and trying to cheat it out of the market.

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