Honor Watch Magic 2 (46mm) vs (42mm) Compared

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The Honor Watch Magic released in 2018 was quite a success going by the popularity it garnered over this period. It now has a successor in the Honor Watch Magic 2 which is now more stylish, better equipped with more features, and has a more advanced Kirin AI chip under the hood which no doubt brings better performance to the new timepiece. Unlike its predecessor, the Magic 2 comes with 4GB storage, an improved heart rate sensor, and features blood oxygen measurement. Just like the Huawei Watch GT 2, the Magic 2 comes in two sizes, 46mm and 42mm, and in this post, we compare the Honor Watch Magic 2 (46mm) vs (42mm) to find out the differences.

Honor Watch Magic 2 (46mm) vs (42mm): Specifications Compared

 
 
Product Info
Honor Watch Magic 2 (42mm) Specs

Honor Watch Magic 2 (46mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Honor Watch Magic 2 (42mm) Specs

Honor Watch Magic 2 (42mm) Specifications, Features and Price

Price $199.99 $129.36
ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE ABOUT DEVICE
Device name Honor Watch Magic 2 (46mm) Honor Watch Magic 2 (42mm)
Device type Fitness/Classic smartwatch Fitness/Classic smartwatch
Gender Men Unisex
Release date December, 2019 December, 2019
Predecessor Honor Watch Magic Honor Watch Magic
Successor
Versions 42mm, 46mm 42mm, 46mm
BODY BODY BODY
Dimension 46 x 46 x 9 mm 42 x 42 x 9 mm
Weight (excluding straps), 41g (excluding straps), 32.5g
Shape Circular Circular
Case material Stainless steel, Thermoplastic Stainless steel, Thermoplastic
Strap material Fluoroelastomer, Leather Fluoroelastomer, Leather
Bezel material Ceramics Ceramics
Strap size 22 mm 20 mm
Screen protection Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass
Water resistance Yes, 5ATM Yes, 5ATM
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black Black
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
Display size 1.39 inch 1.2 inches
Display type 800nit, AMOLED, Full color 800nit, AMOLED, Full color
Display resolution 454 x 454 px 390 x 390 px
Pixel density 326 ppi 326 ppi
Always on Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen 2 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth v5.1 Bluetooth v5.1
Bluetooth calling Yes No
GPS Yes Yes
NFC (China only), Yes (China only), Yes
Wi-Fi No No
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM 16MB 16MB
ROM 4GB 128MB
Memory card slot No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None
SIM type None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio mp3 No
Bluetooth music Yes No
Loudspeaker Yes No
Microphone Yes No
Camera No No
Radio No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes
Ambient light Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes
ECG No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) Yes Yes
Thermometer No No
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No
Blood Pressure No No
Calories Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes
Floors climbed - -
Stress Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes
On-screen workout No No
Sport modes 15, Yes 15, Yes
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity 455mAh 215mAh
Battery life Regular: 14 days Regular: 7 days+
Charging type Charging dock Charging dock
Charging time 1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Solar charging No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset Kirin A1 Kirin A1
CPU Quad-core 1.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-core 1.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A7
GPU
Operating system Huawei Lite OS Huawei Lite OS
MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Huawei Wear Huawei Wear
Compatibility Android 4.4+, iOS 9.0+ Android 4.4+, iOS 9.0+
Payment system Yes Yes
Interchangeable strap 22 mm, Yes 20mm, Yes
Voice command Yes Yes
Find my phone Yes Yes
Box content Charger, Honor Watch Magic 2, Manual, Straps Charger, Honor Watch Magic 2, Manual, Straps
Price $199.99 $129.36

What’s the Difference?

The 46mm unit is more equipped than the 42mm unit. (Source: Honor)

Basically, the 42mm and 46mm units have the same activity tracking features, but the design and battery life differ.

Each of these two looks very elegant, stylish, and compact. Under the hood, both are equipped with a couple of sensors that enable step counting, sedentary reminder, calorie counting, sleep tracking, stress and heart rate tracking. Both watches also have an inbuilt GPS that enables tracking for outdoor activities such as locations, pace, and routes.

Another interesting thing about the Magic 2 is that, unlike the Honor Watch Magic, both the 42mm and 46mm units come with a 4GB storage capacity that allows for onboard music storage.

And when your phone is nearby, you get alerted when you receive a message and you can reply with preset quick replies.

However, there are slight differences between the 42mm and 46mm units of the Honor Watch Magic 2.

  1. The 42mm unit has a 3D glass design compared to the 2D glass of the 46mm unit. As a result, the 42mm unit has a somewhat geeky appearance compared to the classic appearance of the 46mm unit.
  2. The 46mm unit has a stainless steel bezel compared to the 42mm unit which has a bezeless design, thanks to the curved edges of the 3D glass.
  3. The 46mm unit has a bigger case size than the 42mm unit, as a result, it has a bigger display size.
  4. Furthermore, the 46mm unit is equipped with a microphone and speaker that enables you to make and receive calls directly from the watch when your phone is nearby.
  5. The battery life also differs, while the 46mm unit has up to two weeks of battery life, the 42mm unit has about 7 days of battery life.

In summary, the 46mm unit of the Honor Watch Magic 2 has a better design and more features than the 42mm unit. With the 46mm unit, you get to see more at a glance. You can also make and receive calls, and the battery life is longer.

On the other hand, the 42mm unit is cheaper. So, if you have a tight budget, you might want to go with the 42mm unit.