Honor briefly showed off its upcoming Magic 2 phone a few months back, revealing a bezel-less screen and a sliding mechanism that opens up to a camera. The company will unveil the device officially on October 31st, but until then, Honor is teasing the phone with a series of hands-on videos by Chinese celebrities giving their impressions. We can see from the video there are three rear cameras, similar to the P20 Pro by Huawei, its parent company.
Honor is also leaning hard into the clicking sound the slider makes, by releasing videos featuring “beats” made with the slider. Here’s a video featuring a Chinese singer unboxing the Honor 2, and then singing over the beat. It’s cringeworthy, but not as difficult to watch as this TikTok video featuring someone using two Honor Magic 2 phones as a pair of dang drumsticks. Watch as they click open and close the phone, and hit the poor, uncovered phones against a table to a beat.
Aside from the light phone abuse, another thing to take away from this video is that the sliding mechanism reveals a front-facing camera that’s rumored to be 16-megapixels, according to specs leaked on Chinese website MyDrivers, via TrustedReviews. The leaks also state that the phone has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. We also know that the phone will have Huawei’s new Kirin 980 processor, and will come with Android 9 Pie installed.
Sliding camera mechanisms have been gaining popularity among Chinese phones like Oppo’s Find X and Vivo’s Nex. Instead of having the cameras pop up automatically though, Honor’s “Magic Slide” mechanism is manual, and the company’s clearly trying to market it as a “fun” feature. We’ll know more about the Magic 2 when Honor launches the phone in China on October 31st.