It looks like two of the fastest-growing smartphone brands are at it again. Huawei, through its sub-brand Honor, and Xiaomi are about to go head to head in the next few months.
At Honor’s IFA 2018 press conference, Honor president George Zhao teased the successor to the Magic smartphone that they launched in December 2016. Meet the Honor Magic 2.
The device looks like the OPPO Find X, what with its notch-less, almost-all-screen design and its cameras and earpiece being moved to a sliding mechanism. However, instead of a motorized slider, you’ll actually just need to manually push the display down with your finger when you want to, say, take a selfie. Sort of like the Nokia sliders of yore perhaps?
Anyhow, according to the press release published here, the Honor Magic 2 will be the first to use the still-unreleased, 7nm-based HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, which is said to power the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro flagship phones, too. It will also feature the second generation of its 40W fast-charging mode; the first debuted on the original Magic.
The smartphone is at least two months away from release, Zhao told business publication Forbes in an interview before the event. However, they had decided to show it early because a certain competitor had gotten wind of the Magic 2’s design and was going to launch a similarly designed phone, Zhao claimed.
Well, true enough, just a few hours after Zhao teased the Magic 2, Xiaomi president Lin Bin posted an image of the Mi MIX 3, which does look like the Honor phone. Check out the picture below, and judge for yourself.
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