As 2017 approaches, the new trend for the smartphones of tomorrow seem to be edge-to-edge bezel-less displays. Following the footsteps of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, Huawei is rumoured to be the next manufacturer to release a bezel-less smartphone and it might just arrive sooner than you think. The Honor Magic (as it will possibly be called), could be revealed on December 17. It could have already been out and about, had the original release date of December 7 not been pushed back.
If the latest leak is to be believed, then the Honor Magic will be priced higher than a mid-high end gaming PC, two or three average laptops and even the Apple iPhone 7 Plus 256GB variant! JingDong has the Magic priced at RMB 9,999, which equates to around USD 1441/Euro 1385/1162 pounds. Let's just hope that this listing price is the result of an exaggerated pre-release hype rather than a reflection of the actual official price tag. Also take a look at what the Magic promises to bring with it, as per leaks and rumors.
Curved Super AMOLED edge-to-edge 4K display made by Samsung
A huge battery with charging tech that pumps up the battery from 0 to 50% in five minutes
Dual rear cameras
Fingerprint scanner below the curved glass
3D glass back cover
We are not entirely sure about the authenticity of these rumors, but the image that you see above seems legitimate. However, some of the other specs, as well as the price seem like, well... "Magic!"
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Honor is a leading smartphone brand affiliated with Huawei Group. Despite being an independent series, it is common to see Honor models sharing a similar design with their Huawei counterparts. The Honor 30 Lite 5G (Youth) is expected to launch under that flag name. The phone will be rebranded as Honor 30 5G lite for the rest of the world. Recently, we have seen some real-life images of the Honor 30 5G lite online that give us a glimpse of the rear design. The design look somewhere similar to Huawei enjoys Z 5G's design.
As per leaked images online, the device will feature a triple camera system housed inside a rectangular module placed at the top-left corner of the rear panel. The backside of the phone has an impression of sunbeams radiating from the bottom-left corner. As per rumors, the device will feature a 6.5-inch display which may likely hold a punch-hole design. The Honor 30 Lite 5G has a display with 1080 x 2400 pixel resolution, Full HD+, and a tall aspect ratio of 20:9. The refresh rate of the display is rumored to be 90Hz.
The phone is powered by a powerful MediaTek MT6873 SoC. So, far we don't know anything about RAM or storage configuration. The device holds a 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W fast charging. The phone runs on the latest version of OS - Andriod 10 out of the box. For the front camera, the device features a 16MP camera. The rear camera setup is made of a 48MP primary camera sensor teaming up with an 8MP and 2MP sensor.
Yesterday, Honor launched its large screen premium smartphone, the Honor X10 max in China. This is the only smartphone by the company which offers such a massive 7.09-inch display screen, ideal for watching movies or playing games. The phone is powered by the MediaTek Density 800 chipset, making it the third such Huawei/Honor device in the past few weeks. The phone follows a similar design as the Honor X10 was announced early in May. This includes a rectangular camera like the Honor X10. The Max variant features a traditional waterdrop display on the display. Thanks to the design team, the company decided to retain the 3.5-mm headphone jack as well as the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and power button, similar to its smaller variant.
The Honor X10 max comes with an RGBW color display replacing the traditional RGB. The additional W stands for white sub-pixels that are supposed to reduce the power consumption of the panel when white color is the display. The company claims that by using RGBW that have successfully reduced the power consumption. The panel also filters out harmful blue light that emits from the mobile phone screen especially at night time.
The Honor X10 max comes with 6GB RAM and 8GB Ram and has up to 128GB internal storage. To keep the prices of the handset, the company decided to skip the 256GB ROM option. The phone features a three-camera system at the rear side including the primary camera on the phone that it 48MP paired with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP depth sensor lens. For taking selfies, you get an 8MP selfie shooter housed in a waterdrop notch. Given the display screen size, the phone needs a large battery as well. You get a 5,000mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. The X10 comes with a 4,300mAh battery. The Honor X10 max uses 1217 linear stereo speaks with smart PA for amplifying its sound. The phone comes in three colors - Racing blue, black, and silver. The honor X10 max will go on sale from July 3 across all major retailers in China.
Come 2017, the Galaxy S8 will probably launch with a borderless, bezel-less display, but at this very moment the only two smartphones in the world that can boast of such a beautiful design are the Honor Magic and the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Although they share the same principle design element, it doesn't mean that they are all the same. In fact these two are poles apart from each other in a multitude of ways. Check out the comparison sheet below and let us know which one you think is the better of the two.
Xiaomi Mi Mix
158.8 x 81.9 x 7.9 mm (209 g)
6.4-inch edge-to-edge (86% display-to-body ratio) 1080 x 2040 pixels flat IPS LCD display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996) chipset
128GB/256GB internal storage without expandable card slot
Rear/front camera: 16-mp/5-mp
4,400 mAh battery
Available only in black
3499 yuan/3,999 yuan ($500/$575)
NFC, USB Type-C, rear mounted fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack, piezoelectric speaker, ultrasound based proximity sensor, dual SIM support, etc.
146.1 x 69.9 x 7.8 mm (145 g)
5.09-inch edge-to-edge (69.9% display-to-body ratio) 1440 x 2560 pixels curved AMOLED display
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 950 chipset
64GB internal storage without expandable card slot
Twin 12-mp rear camera and an 8-mp front shooter
Available in Golden Black and Porcelain White
3,699 yuan ($530)
NFC, USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner at the front, 3.5mm audio jack, AI virtual assistant, Honor Magic Live, Dual-SIM support, etc.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Honor has officially announced through a Weibo post that the company is releasing the next honor V40 smartphone on January 18 in China. Honor started as a Huawei sub-brand but in November the company decided to sell out the unit and let it be established as an independent manufacturer. The Honor 40 will be the first phone from the company after its separation from Huawei. Beginning from today, the Honor 40 will be available for pre-order through the official website, online E-commerce sites, and physical malls in China. The Honor V40's poster has been released by the company that showcases its design from the front side.
From the poster, it is clear that the phone has curved edges and its top-left corner has a cutout to house the two front-facing cameras. Recent reports suggest that the Honor V40 will feature the same 6.722-inch OLED panel that is available on the Huawei Nova 8 Pro. The device display may support a higher refresh rate up to 120Hz which is also getting into the mainstream these days. The phone will also have an in-screen fingerprint scanner to add an extra layer of security.
The Honor V is expected to be powered by the Dimesnity 100+ chipset with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. The phone will be running on a 4,000mAh battery with 66W fast charging. The device is rumored to arrive with support for 45W wireless charging. The device may come with Android 10 operating system based Magic UI version 4.0. It is also rumored that the company might also release another V40 variant alongside the regular Honor V40 but that has to be confirmed yet.
The Honor V40 may feature a 32-megapixel primary camera with a 16-megapixel camera sensor for the front photography option. The rear side of the phone may feature a 64-megapixel, an 8-megapixel, two 2-megapixel camera sensors from Sony.
Honor has revealed the Honor V40 with 5G network support in its homeland China. It is the first smartphone by the company after its separation from Huawei last year. Like other flagship smartphones expected this year, Honor V40 also supports 5G connectivity along with a powerful processing chip - Dimensity 1000 plus. It also features a large-sized OLED display screen with 80-degree curvature at its left and right side edges. The phone has a 6.7-inch screen with a dual-punch hole to house a two-camera system. It is the first V-series phone with an OLED display.
The screen features a Full HD+ resolution of 1236x2676 pixels resolution and 120Hz refresh rate which is trending these days. The display also has an integrated fingerprint sensor that appears to be fitted with the same technology which can be found on the Huawei Nova 8 Pro. According to the official listing, the phone features a screen to body ratio of 92.3 percent. As far as the rear design is concerned, the Honor V40 5G has a glass back, which doesn't get fingerprint marks or scratches. The device is lightweight and weighs only 186 grams with a slim profile of 8.04mm only.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ 5G chipset brings support for 5G and dual SIM connectivity. The phone is available in 8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal storage configurations. The smartphone runs on Magic UI 4.0 based on the Android 11 operating system out of the box. The device also comes with GPU Turbo X graphic acceleration engine that delivers a far improved and smoother gaming experience.
The device has a 50-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera sensor, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a laser autofocus unit at the rear panel. The rear camera offers features like dual front and rear photography. You can shot up to 4k HDR timelapse video. The phone is available in Magic Night Black, Titanium Silver, and Rose Gold and priced around $556 for a 128GB configuration.