When the Vivo Apex concept was announced and then released as the Vivo Nex, it brought a new concept to smartphones: moving sensors. Since then, we’ve seen the Oppo Find X, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, and the Honor Magic 2 bring their own takes to this concept to deliver breathtakingly high screen-to-body ratios. The Honor Magic 2, in particular, is Honor’s latest experimental phone, and not just because of the slider camera, but also because of its software.
One of the highlights of the first Honor Magic was its curved display and outstanding design. The Honor Magic 2 stands out because of its 6 cameras, 3 of which are part of the slider, in-display fingerprint scanner, and Yoyo digital Assistant (which sadly is catered to the Chinese market only as the phone is only sold there.) The phone is running on Magic UI 2.0, which for now is basically a rebranding of Huawei’s EMUI 9. The newest update for the Honor Magic 2 begins the process of branding the software to Magic UI 2.0. For now, though, this is simply a rebranding, as the OS still looks, feels, and behaves like the same EMUI 9 you’ll find on the Huawei Mate 20. This rebranding does mean that Honor Magic 2 updates may take a different direction than EMUI 9 updates on other phones, though we can’t say for sure. There are a few software features that are unique to the Magic 2 (like YoYo and the real-time in-call voice translations) that warrant the new software branding, but it’s hard to tell the software apart from EMUI 9 for now.
Magic UI 2.0 on the Honor Magic 2.
The update also brings over the latest November security patches, but that’s pretty much it in terms of the changes. The newest Magic UI 2.0 update is currently rolling out to the Honor Magic 2 as an over-the-air update. Be mindful that, if you haven’t received it yet, it could be rolling out in waves, so keep an eye out for the update.
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