Honor’s “concept phone” has arrived and it’s gorgeous



Huawei took to the stage at an event in China where it unveiled the latest flagship for the Honor sub-brand. The Honor Magic has been rumored for about a month or so, but the device that was unveiled was nothing like we were expecting it to be.

The spec-sheet is definitely flagship level and replaces the Honor 8 as the “big” device for Honor. Starting off with a 5.09-inch AMOLED display, the Magic also features Huawei’s own Kirin 950 processor while being supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of Storage.


Moving to the cameras, the Honor Magic includes an 8MP front-facing camera, while the rear camera includes a 12MP dual-lens setup. The rear camera is largely the same as what was released with the Honor 8. But what’s special here comes with the selfie camera. Due to the Honor Magic featuring many different new AI features, the front camera includes an IR sensor which recognizes the user’s eyes before unlocking the device.

Speaking of the AI features of the Magic, Honor has decided to implement new features across the board, including a new software overlay. With the Honor 8 and other Honor devices, you can find Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI), but with the Magic, the overlay is known as Honor Magic Live OS.

Other than the aforementioned IR sensor, Huawei has also included a “frame sensor” which is intended to recognize the owner’s hands. This will make for faster unlock capabilities while ensuring that your device locks immediately after you put it away.


Something truly special about the Magic’s battery is that although it’s a tad small, weighing in at just 2,900mAh, Huawei states users will be able to charge to 90% in just 30 minutes. Huawei also states that it only takes 20 minutes to get to 70% and 10 minutes to charge up to 40% from 0%.

Huawei Honor Magic Specs: 

  • Display: 5.09-inch AMOLED
  • Processor: 2.3GHz Huawei Kirin 950
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Front Camera: 8MP with f/2.0 aperture
  • Rear Camera: 12MP dual lens with f/2.2 aperture
  • Battery: 2,900mAh
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ Honor Magic Live OS

Finally, another cool feature included with the Magic is the fingerprint scanner/home button. Instead of relying on capacitive buttons for accessing your recent apps or going back, Honor is implemented software features which allow you to use gestures on the home button.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem as though the Honor Magic will be making its way to this side of the world. However, pre-orders for the device began today in China for CNY 3,700 (~$530/€500) and can be purchased from Vmall, JD, Tmall, and Suning. 

Let us know what you think about Honor’s “concept phone”, the Honor Magic, and whether you would snag one if it came to the US.

[Android Authority]


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