Launched: Huawei’s ‘Magic’, AI-powered super-smartphone!

As expected, Huawei unveiled the ‘Magic’ smartphone earlier today, at an event in China. There’s quite a bit of magic going on in the Magic, keep reading.

Known as the Huawei Honor Magic, the phone uses AI algorithms to predict and realise what the user is most likely to do. For instance, the phone realises when it’s in the hands, and in that case, doesn’t ring but only vibrates when there’s a call.

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On the spec side of things, the Honor Magic is pretty power-packed; it comes with a 5-inch 2560 x 1440p display, making it a phone with a really high pixel density. Like the ZUK Z2 and some Meizu phones, the home button on the Honor Magic isn’t just a home button. It also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner and navigational aid.

The Magic is powered by the Kirin 950 SoC and along with that, has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. A 12 mega-pixel dual-lens sensor (borrowed from the Honor 8) is combined with an 8 mega-pixel sensor on the front… All this is powered by a 2900mAh non-removable battery.

Another highlight of the phone, and perhaps something that you’ll notice is the design — it’s a phone that’s curved on all eight edges, as opposed to two or four. Not quite sure how this will enhance usability, but of course Huawei claim it makes the device a lot more ergonomic.

All that said, it’s the ‘Honor Magic Live’ — a proprietary operating system — which happens to be the highlight of the phone. It serves contextual recommendations (Google Now-style), and provides interactions that make the phone a lot more easy to use (than a standard vanilla OS).


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  1. vjuricic
    December 16, 2016

    I just can’t shake the feeling this is not a ocncept phone or very inovative. Xiaomi is still more exciting piece of tech.

    • December 16, 2016

      I agree with you. I prefer the Mi Mix to this so called “Magic” phone anytime, anyday. There is nothing spectacular about this phone.

    • SmartPhoneTech
      December 16, 2016

      u seen ONLY one ok design from xiaomi and u saying is more exciting ..
      huawei has much more exciting phones..

      • dref
        December 16, 2016

        Agree, Xiaomi is at best a tier2 company, some people don’t understand the size do matter in this business… and the R&D budget too… is it exiting to break a 600 USD phone by droping it from 30 cm? Huawei was and will continue to be a tier1 vendor, Xiaomi like every year promise things they KNOW they can’t deliver, i don’t call that a good company strategy and i don’t trust that they will achieve anything by repeating the same error (look at MI5…who was supposed to kill all flagships…)

  2. December 16, 2016

    The soap bar phone. 😀

    • MattD
      December 16, 2016

      My thought exactly ?

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  3. SmartPhoneTech
    December 16, 2016

    looks interesting but needed to see real..

  4. Muhammad Yasir
    December 16, 2016

    if its conspicuously CHEAPER than Mi Mix , then its a CLEAR winner !

    also , if the camera is better than the crap on Mi Mix , then it already has the edge (pun intended)

    • Raky_b
      December 16, 2016

      Half of MIX price

  5. MattD
    December 16, 2016

    I think it’s underwhelming, but maybe it’s just that I almost fell for the “active digitalizer” rumor… But again, I’m for actual features over “curved design” and such, so I might be biased or something

  6. Marco Lancaster
    December 16, 2016

    It’s rather cool than revolutionary, and we need to see the OS working in fact. And… The edgy thing is going out of control…

  7. Lazar Prodanovic
    December 16, 2016

    I don’t like it & AI it carries will be at pity full lv as rather old Tensilica DSP it caries is far from capable this day’s & the other side with GPU (Open CL 2.0) also isn’t much better. Would call its AI capabilities more of a marketing. Also I ain’t for 2K display, it will throttle even more than Honor 8 & have disappointing battery life. When they come with a 5.5~5.7″ 2K Amoled & Kirin 960 with juicy big battery bearing reasonable price we will talk about it. This way it’s half fling not much good for anything.

  8. Faux-News
    December 18, 2016

    Great review here. Really.