Huawei Honor magic 2 vs ZTE Nubia X: No bezels, different ways to kill the notch

From the past 2 years, the smartphone makers have been quite aggressive in terms of minimizing the bezels and making the screen bigger. With Mi Mix and Samsung galaxy s8 anchors of this trend, every smartphone has cut down its bezel to provide more display. Apple came out with the notch trend to provide a better user experience, the other copied. But the new trend of more finer bezels has got up with Oppo bringing the Find X with the motorized pop-up camera. Honor and Xiaomi have brought up the old school slider design with Honor magic 2 and Mi mix 3.

Honor magic 2

But, ZTE has sought a whole new way to deal with the notch, ZTE instead of going on the slider mechanism to house its selfie shooter. Has added up a screen at the back, which will access the rear cameras to take selfies.
ZTE has left out the front shooters in the wake of rear shooter acting as the front, in the other side.


Huawei Honor Magic 2

The Huawei Honor Magic 2 comes with a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2340 pixels at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch.

The Honor Magic 2 is powered by Huawei’s Hisilicon Kirin 980  processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone packs 128GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Honor Magic 2 packs three sensors a 16-megapixel (f/1.8) primary camera, a 24-megapixel (f/1.8) secondary camera and a monochrome sensor on the rear. On the front, it packs 3 shooters a 16-megapixel (f/2.0) primary camera, a 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary camera and another for an enhanced Facial recognition.

The Honor Magic 2 is powered by a 3500mAh non-removable battery and an In-display fingerprint scanner.

ZTE Nubia X

The ZTE Nubia X sports a 6.26-inch full-HD+ (1080×2280 pixels) primary display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It has a secondary 5.1-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with 19:9 aspect ratio, Corning Glass 3 protection, and 100 percent colour saturation.

Honor magic 2

The Nubia X is powered by the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. It comes with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. In terms of optics, the smartphone has a dual camera setup. There is a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, dual-tone LED flash; and a 24-megapixel secondary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. There is no front camera, but since the handset has a display at the back, you can use it to capture selfies.

The Nubia X is powered by a 3800mAh non-removable battery with 2 fingerprint sensors at both right and left side of the display.



The Huawei Honor Magic 2 powered by the latest Hisilicon Kirin 980, previously seen in the Huawei Mate 20 pro. The processor stands out with its first in class 7NM architecture, which improves the overall performance and battery performance.

The ZTE Nubia X is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the processor gives quite a snappier user experience. The tried and tested processor gives quite a big score on Antutu benchmarks as well. The 10NM structure used is a bit less efficient than the peer.

Battery and usage

The Honor magic 2 is powered by 3500 mAh battery with support for 40W fast charging, Phone comes with EMUI 9.0 which is based on Android Pie out of the box. EMUI is very finely built and optimized for supporting a better battery life on normal as well as heavy usage.

The in-display fingerprint is Cherry on the top, the looks quite decent at the back with nothing other than the camera on the back. Fingerprint is Fast takes less than 0.5 seconds to unlock.

On the Other hand, The ZTE Nubia X  is powered by 3800 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick charge 4.0, The battery looks decent but has to support two displays with it. Phone still comes with Android 8.1 Oreo-based Nubia UI, the Nubia Ui looks very similar to the iOS. With icon packages and user experience.

For a better transition between the screens, ZTE has added 2 fingerprint sensors at both left and right side of the smartphone, so that the user might not feel discomfort at any point.


The Honor Magic 2 bears a triple rear camera setup. It bears a 16-megapixel primary sensor with a f/1.8 aperture, a 24-megapixel monochrome sensor with a f/1.8 aperture, and a 16-megapixel sensor with a super wide-angle lens and a f/2.2 aperture.

On the front, the smartphone bears a triple camera setup, if one counts the 3D Face Unlock sensors, with a 16-megapixel primary sensor featuring a f/2.0 aperture, and a 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel combo with a f/2.4 aperture for 3D Face Unlock features. Both the ends have AI-enabled cameras which give the camera performance similar to the Huawei flagship.

The Nubia X does not feature a selfie camera. The dual rear cameras of the phone can be used to capture top-quality selfies. The rear-facing display can serve as a viewfinder while shooting selfie images. Hence, the company claims that the Nubia X could one of the best selfie capturing smartphones.  But the Camera performance of the ZTE smartphones has always remained average overall.


Both the smartphones are currently China exclusive, will hit the Foreign market after a maturity at home. While the Honor flagship is expected to be the One entering global first. Whereas the Zte flagship may even not be available for the global market before 2019.

Price of both the smartphones will be similar, being in the price range of 600-700$ (Rs 40000-50000 in India). Set against the new OnePlus 6T.

Also read: OnePlus 6T accessories to make your experience even better

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