Snag a peek at the sleek Honor Magic 2 in white ahead of today’s launch

The front of the Honor Magic 2.

  • A white Honor Magic 2 is in the works, according to pictures uploaded to China’s TENAA website.
  • The images also give us a better look at the slider phone’s design.
  • The device is set to pack a triple-camera setup on the rear, along with multiple cameras on the front.

The Honor Magic 2 is the latest slider flagship of 2018, and the Huawei sub-brand has already given us a good look at the device. Now, ahead of the phone’s launch later today, we’ve received a close look at a new variant.

We already know blue and red Honor Magic 2 variants are coming, but China’s TENAA authority has now uploaded images of a white model. It doesn’t seem like a gradient color, as is the case with the blue and red models, but Huawei has dabbled with a white/yellow/pink gradient before.

The images also show the back of the device when the slider is popped out, revealing a smooth black surface, as you’d expect.

Honor Magic 2 pictures uploaded to TENAA. TENAA

We get a side view of the Honor Magic 2 too, and it doesn’t seem substantially thicker than other phones. In fact, the 8.3mm thickness listed for the device would actually make it slightly thinner than the Mate 20 Pro‘s 8.6mm. This thinner design does seem to come at the expense of battery life, as TENAA lists a 3,400mAh battery compared to the Mate 20 Pro’s 4,200mAh pack.

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As for other specs, TENAA lists a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen (2,340×1,080), 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, Android Pie, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and no headphone jack. The phone is also expected to pack a Kirin 980 chipset.

The website claims the phone will have six cameras, featuring a 24MP+16MP+16MP trio on the back and a 16MP+2MP+2MP combination on the front. The regulatory body notes that the phone has a “front 3D camera,” ostensibly used for facial recognition or (less likely) visual effects. This is most likely one of the 2MP cameras, because why else would you have two 2MP cameras when one is usually able to provide enough depth data for fancy effects? In any event, all will become clear soon enough when Honor launches the device.

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There are a lot of big phones out there, but which is right for you?

Let’s face it: big phones are here to stay. Samsung first made people want them with the original Galaxy Note, and we have not looked back since. Even companies like Apple, which stuck to smaller smartphones for years, eventually followed the trend with the iPhone 6 Plus in 2014.

There are now more options than ever when looking for a smartphone with a big displays — it’s easy to get overwhelmed. This is especially true right now, as the fall has brought a ton of new phones, many packing large screens.

Whether you are undecided or simply want a second opinion, here is our list of the best big phones available right now. 


Best all-around: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best big phones you can buy

Want a big 6.3-inch AMOLED display and equally-large 4,000mAh battery? They’re here. Looking for at least 6GB of RAM and at least 128GB of expandable storage? Look no further. Hate notches? There isn’t one in sight. The Note 9 even comes with the series’ characteristic S Pen, which now adds tons of extra functionality via Bluetooth. The phone has no peer when it comes to its sheer number of features.

Why you should buy

  • The bright and large display is the best on the market,
  • If you can think of a software feature, it probably has it.
  • The S Pen brings features that no other phone has.

Why you might want to pass

  • The phone starts at $1,000.
  • Bixby continues to not be particularly good and its button cannot be officially remapped.
  • Based on precedent, software updates will be slow to arrive.

Learn more about the Galaxy Note 9


Best Galaxy Note 9 alternative: LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ in hand showing home screen

The story of the LG V40 ThinQ starts and ends with its five cameras — three around back and two up front — something no other phone’s done. Even though we were not very kind to the V40 ThinQ, the phone has potential options not seen in other phones.

Why you should buy

  • The phone can take regular, wide-angle, and telephoto shots.
  • The 32-bit Quad DAC pumps out great audio through the headphone jack.
  • The Google Assistant button is actually useful.

Why you might want to pass

  • The images do not live up to the hype.
  • The features do not justify its almost-$1,000 price tag.
  • Based on precedent, software updates will be extremely slow.

Learn more about the LG V40 ThinQ


Best big phone with stock Android: Google Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 XL - best big phone for stock fans

It might not have the bells and whistles of the Galaxy Note 9 and V40 ThinQ, but the Pixel 3 XL focuses on speed, ease of use, and being helpful. We didn’t call the Pixel 3 XL the Android iPhone for “the clicks” or lulz, but because it is the Android phone designed to appeal to everyone else. Its value is more than just specs on paper.

Why you should buy

  • The software is extremely fluid and gets updates directly from Google.
  • The single rear camera delivers an excellent and consistent photo-taking experience.
  • The learning curve is one of the smallest we have seen from an Android phone.

Why you might want to pass

  • You do not want to spend $899 on a smartphone.
  • Most of its headlining software features will trickle down to existing Pixels.
  • There is a lack of widespread availability.

Learn more about the Google Pixel 3 XL


Best big phone on the cheap: Honor 8X

It’s not as flashy as the Galaxy Note 9 or as fluid as the Pixel 3 XL, but the Honor 8X one of the best mid-tier smartphones and one of the best affordable big phones you can buy. This is a supersized phablet that comes in at under 300 euros (~$345), yet it delivers snappy performance and a stunning design. Look no further than the Honor 8X if you want a smartphone to make your wallet happy.

Why should you buy

  • The 3,750mAh battery has no problem surviving two days of use.
  • The premium design, performance, and storage options are a cut above your typical mid-tier smartphone.
  • You can buy four Honor 8Xs for the price of one Galaxy Note 9.

Why you might want to pass

  • The camera performance is hit or miss.
  • Dated hardware choices, such as a Micro-USB port and single bottom-firing speaker.
  • There is no IP rating.

Learn more about the Honor 8X


Best non-Android: iPhone XS Max

In any discussion of big phones, the iPhone XS Max is the elephant in the room. Notch haters will gravitate to the top, but everyone else will focus on the smooth performance, fantastic display, and great cameras. It may be cliche, but the iPhone XS Max is what happens when hardware and software meet in the middle as equals. Also, you really don’t have many other options for non-Android these days, with Windows Mobile pretty much dead.

Why you should buy

  • The A12 Bionic and iOS 12 optimizations deliver excellent performance.
  • The display rivals the Galaxy Note 9.
  • The phone slots in nicely with the rest of Apple’s ecosystem.

Why you might want to pass

  • The phone starts at $1,099.
  • The software does not make proper use of the large display.
  • Reports of phones not charging and antenna problems.

Learn more about the iPhone XS Max


We will continually update this list as manufacturers release more phones. You should also look out for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X, though we haven’t had enough time to fully review them. Perhaps one or both will make the list soon!

If you feel like we left something out or believe we nailed it, let us know in the comments below!

Honor 8X launches in India – looks like a million bucks, available for less than $250

In a press conference in New Delhi, Honor announced the launch of its latest smartphone, the Honor 8X, in India. Honor has released a number of smartphones in 2018 — perhaps too many – but most of these offer exceptional value and build quality that punches well above their price tag. The Honor 8X fits into that portfolio easily.

Quintessential Honor Smartphone

The Honor 8X looks like the quintessential Honor smartphone, featuring a glossy textured glass back finish with its dazzling light reflecting properties, metal trim, notched display, and eye-catching looks all around.

The Honor 8X sports a 6.5-inch LTPS LCD display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution, producing a density of 397 pixels per inch. The 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and minimal chin are undeniably impressive, giving the handset more screen to work.

The combination of metal and gradient glass looks and feels great and the Honor 8X rivals the design and aesthetics of premium flagship handsets which cost significantly more.

Mid-range Specifications

While the display and design aesthetics appear premium, the hardware specifications for the Honor 8X hover somewhere between mid- and low-end. The Honor 8X runs Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with EMUI 8.2 on top.

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On the processing side, there’s a distinctly mid-range Kirin 710 SoC, which offers powerful Cortex-A73 CPU cores but a lower end Mali-G51 GPU. The handset comes in three memory variants with combinations of 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.

The handset’s microUSB connector with USB 2.0 data speeds feels dated though. Fast charging capabilities are included, but we’re capped at 5V/2A.

  Honor 8X
Display 6.5 inches
2,340 x 1,080
19.5:9 notched display
91% screen-to-body ratio
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 710
Octa-Core (4 x Cortex-A73 2.2 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A53 1.7 GHz)
GPU Mali-G51 MP4
RAM 4GB or 6GB
Storage 64GB or 128GB
Battery 3,750mAh
Cameras Rear dual cameras:
20MP (f/1.8 aperture) + 2 MP

Single front camera:
16MP (f/2.0 aperture)

Software Android 8.1 Oreo
Skinned with EMUI 8.2
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 and 5GHz)
Bluetooth 5
GPS
GLONASS
Network 900MHz, 1800MHz, 800MHz, 2GHz
Bands 38, 39, 40, 41 (2555-2575 MHZ, 2575-2635 MHZ, 2635-2655 MHZ)
Band 1, Band 3, 1.9 GHz, I, VIII
Ports microUSB
3.5mm headphone jack
SIM Dual nano SIM
Dimensions 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8mm
Weight 175g
Colors Black, Blue, Red, Purple

AI Cameras

There’s a familiar looking dual camera setup on the back of the Honor 8X. The primary sensor offers 20-megapixels of resolution with a f/1.8 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus. The 2MP secondary camera is used entirely for depth calculation, enabling re-adjustable aperture and bokeh after taking the picture. The front-facing camera is a 16-megapixel affair with a f/2.0 aperture.

Honor’s big selling point with all of its recent phones are their AI camera capabilities. The Honor 8X recognizes 22 different scenarios in which it can apply custom exposure and color corrections.

Pricing and Availability

The Honor 8X is a super-sized phablet with a premium design that stands out in a crowd with mid-range specifications sheet and dated hardware choices.

The Honor 8X comes in in blue, black, and red color variants and will be available for purchase in India starting October 24, exclusively on Amazon.in. The customers can also purchase 8X from www.hihonor.com/in.

The 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at 14,999 rupees ($203), the 6GB + 64GB variant at 16,999 rupees ($231), while the top variant with 6GB + 128GB will set you back with 18,999 rupees ($258).

What do you think of Honor’s latest mid-range smartphone, and would you like to pick up the Honor 8X? Tell us in the comments!