Honor's biggest trick at CES wasn't the 6X, instead it was the Magic

Today, Honor unveiled its latest for the United States and EU with the Honor 6X. Although there was quite a bit of excitement for the affordable mid-range flagship, there was something else at the event that was catching the eye of those in attendance.

After the announcement, Honor provided guests with some hands-on time with the 6X and other accessories that were announced during the press event. Although the Honor 6X was the star of the show, oddly at the demo tables many weren't spending their time with the newly announced unit. Instead, the interest was directed more towards the firm's experimental handset, the Magic, announced last month as an experimental concept device similar to Xiaomi's Mi MIX. But with limited availability, most would never get to see in the flesh, let alone, handle the device.

So what does the Magic feel like? If you've ever held a Samsung S6 edge or S7 edge, the Magic feels very similar. The Magic does feel better in hand since it is a bit smaller compared to the S7 edge and it feels relatively light. While the shape does make it very easy to hold, the glossy front and back make it an absolute fingerprint magnet, especially since it comes in a glossy black finish.

The experimental portion of the handset goes far beyond the looks, as it offers unique security features like WiseScreen which utilizes sensors in the frame of the device and the infrared front-facing camera to understand who is picking up the device. In understanding this, the Magic can choose what kind of information to display based on the user handling the device. Unfortunately, a demo of this was not possible as the product specialist for the Magic was unavailable.

Overall, the handset seems like a solid entry, especially considering that it is priced a tad over $500 USD and packs higher-end specifications. For those interested and outside of China, you will most likely have to secure your handset through various third party dealers.

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