The original Honor Magic was a very intriguing concept phone that was ahead of its time with quadruple display curves from all sides, and a harbinger of the AI buzzword baked in to demo the level of smart automation a phone can bring. Honor had no plans to launch it outside of China, where it sold for the equivalent of $530, but at the IFA expo the company teased a successor - Magic 2 - that will see a much wider release, or so they told us.
As you can see from our brief hands-on with the OG Magic below, it was a pretty unique phone for its time, but its successor might not be so ahead of its time, for the sake of broader global availability.
The teaser that Honor showed us on stage, included a device that is indeed all-screen, and the camera seemingly pops up in a doohickey from behind. Needless to say, Huawei's new 7nm Kirin 980 will be powering the Magic 2, presupposing greatly-enhanced artificial intelligence chops with Huawei's new NPU (neural processing unit) co-processor.
Still, a slide-out camera section to allow for a truly bezel-less phone is not a new idea, as the Oppo Find X is already on sale with one, while Xiaomi just teased a Mi Mix 3 that is indeed "all-screen" at the front, and every frontal paraphernalia is tucked in a slider behind the screen. With that out of the way, we are certain that Honor has other tricks up its unique feature sleeves for the time when the Magic 2 launches in the next quarter.