Huawei has been releasing teasers for its upcoming “concept” phone, the Honor Magic, for a little while now, but today, the teasing is over. The new phone is now official and it does indeed have a number of interesting features that make it stand out from the crowd.
Honor Magic specifications and software
|Display||5.09-inch AMOLED display
2560 x 1440 resolution
|Processor||2.3GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 950|
|Cameras||Rear: 12MP dual lens sensor with an f/2.2 aperture
Front: 8MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture
MicroUSB (USB 2.0)
GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou Navigation Satellite System
|Sensors||Hall effect sensor
Ambient light sensor
Phone status indicator
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Honor Magic Live
|Colors||Golden Black, Porcelain White|
|Dimensions and weight||146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8mm
At first glance, many of the specs here are pretty standard fare, with the Honor Magic sharing the same Kirin 950 as found in the Honor 8. However, things really get interesting when you look at some of the unique extras onboard.
With the core specs out of the way, we can get to the good stuff. The Honor Magic is supposed to have several interesting additions, many of which are supposed to showcase AI driven features. One of these standout features is the WiseScreen sensor, which combines a sensor in its frame and an infrared sensor in the front-facing camera. What exactly does this do? When the owner of the Honor Magic picks up the phone, the frame sensor and the camera are supposed to recognize the owner’s hand and eyes, which then turns on the screen. When the phone is put down by the owner, or put away in a pocket, the screen is supposed to turn off in one second.
Another new feature is called FaceCode Intelligent Recognition. Any message notifications on the phone will only reveal themselves for pre-registered faces. That means you shouldn’t have to worry about anyone picking up the phone and seeing messages that they are not suppose to see.
The phone’s battery is supposed to be made of a “special graphite molecular structure”. Combined with a new charging circuit design, the Honor Magic is only supposed to take 10 minutes to get up to 40 percent of its battery charge, and 20 minutes to charge up to 70 percent of its battery charge. Finally, the phone has a 12MP dual lens rear camera. One of its lenses is supposed to take black and white image while the other lens takes color photos. This is supposed to offer more detail and more colorful photos compared to the normal smartphone camera set up.
Huawei clearly wants the Honor brand to be a leader in offering innovative smartphone design and features. On paper, the Honor Magic seems to fulfill that goal, but it’s too bad that it will only be available in China. We look forward to seeing some or all of these features making their way to more widely available phones from the company in the future.
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