Honor Magic 2 leak shows off a Huawei P20 Pro lookalike and a pop-up camera


  • Several Chinese celebrities got hands-on time with the upcoming Honor Magic 2.
  • The images show off a slider mechanism, three rear cameras, and a color gradient.
  • The Magic 2 also has a TENAA listing, which revealed flagship-level hardware.

Even though Honor has yet to release the Magic 2, several lucky Chinese celebrities got some hands-on time and gave us a first look at the upcoming smartphone in action on their respective Weibo pages.

Based on the images, it looks like the Magic 2 will feature a slide-out section that hides the 16-megapixel camera and two TOF lenses used for 3D facial recognition. Honor already touted the mechanism during IFA 2018, though it looks like you have to manually slide out the cameras instead of there being a motor to do it for you. Singer Jiacheng Wu said the sliding mechanism felt “very good,” though fellow celebrity Enqi Zhong took it the the next level and turned the clicking sound into a song beat.

Elsewhere, the back of the Magic 2 is very reminiscent of the Huawei P20 Pro’s due to the camera alignment. From top to bottom, the cameras reportedly come in at 16, 24, and 16 megapixels. We do not know which sensor is for what, though we can guess the camera array will be some combination of regular, monochrome, and telephoto sensors.


Taking a look at the back some more, we cannot help but stare at the mirror finish and gradient that takes the phone from red to purple. There will likely be other color options, though the red option looks stunning.

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Thankfully, the Magic 2’s listing on TENAA shows us that the phone is not just about its looks. The Magic 2 sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and almost a 100 percent screen-to-body ratio, thanks to the lack of a notch and the front camera hidden in the slider mechanism. The phone might also feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, since there is no such sensor around back or below the display.

Under the hood, the Magic 2 features Huawei’s new Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 3,400mAh battery. The battery size might be average, but the phone reportedly comes with a 40W charger that debuted alongside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Lastly, the Magic 2 runs EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie.

We should learn much more about the Magic 2 at the end of October, when Honor will reportedly release the phone.

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