Hands-on: The Honor Magic looks out of this world

We saw the launch of a couple of concept smartphones from Chinese OEMs at the tail end of 2016, with one being the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix, while the other was a part of the Honor series by Huawei. Here at CES 2017, we got to spend some time with the latter. Here is a closer look at the Honor Magic!

The first thing that will stand out to you about the Honor Magic is its design. The device features curved glass on both sides as well as the top on the front and back, and with a metal frame to go along with it, the design and build quality of the Magic is absolutely top notch.

We saw the launch of a couple of concept smartphones from Chinese OEMs at the tail end of 2016, with one being the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix, while the other was a part of the Honor series by Huawei. Here at CES 2017, we got to spend some time with the latter. Here is a closer look at the Honor Magic!

The first thing that will stand out to you about the Honor Magic is its design. The device features curved glass on both sides as well as the top on the front and back, and with a metal frame to go along with it, the design and build quality of the Magic is absolutely top notch.

The Honor Magic features some impressive hardware as well. Up front is a 5-inch display with a Quad HD resolution, which some may consider overkill for a screen of this size. Under the hood is an in-house 2.3 GHz octa-core processor backed by 4 GB of RAM. You get 64 GB of internal storage, and keeping everything running is a 2,900 mAh battery. On the back is a 12 MP dual camera setup, and up front is a 8 MP shooter.

Apart from the fantastic and unique design, another big feature that sets the Honor Magic apart from the rest is the built-in artificial intelligence that works by taking advantage of existing sensors like the proximity sensor. Additional sensors include an infrared sensor, and even the metal frame itself works as one.

There is a lot the AI can do with this package of sensors, such as have the device automatically wake up and turn on the display whenever you pick up the phone. The device also has the ability to scan your face using the infrared sensor in order to recognize you, and it will only show you notifications on the lockscreen if it knows that it’s you that has picked up the phone. It’s a great way to avoid other people being able to see snippets of your messages and emails on the lockscreen, and the impressive part is that it can be set up to work with or without spectacles.

On the software side of things, the Honor Magic is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but instead of the regular Emotion UI that you may be familiar with from other Honor smartphones, the Magic is running what Honor is calling the Magic Live UI. This is what allows a lot of the AI to work, and it is quite a different experience not only from Huawei’s own user interface, but any software experience you may be used to.

It is a lot cleaner and much more simplistic take on Android, and it doesn’t feel cartoon-ish or intrusive. There are some useful features baked in of course, including some Google Now-esque actions. For example, a tracking number for a package you are waiting for, or a boarding pass for a flight you have to catch will pop up on your phone when the time is right.

 

[Source:- Androidauthority]

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