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(Pocket-lint) - The Honor Magic 2, the phone with the clever slide-up front camera, will be officially unveiled in Beijing on 31 October but we have a sneak peak of the device ahead of the launch.

We've seen a leaked hands-on and images in recent days and weeks, but these come from Honor itself as it seeks to quash the rumours with better-looking shots and clips of the handset.

We posted the teaser video ourselves on the @Pocketlint Twitter feed.

The Honor Magic 2 was first spoken about during the Honor Play launch in August, where the innovative "Magic Slide" sliding screen was revealed.

It ditches the notch found on many handsets these days in favour of an almost 100 per cent display, with the front-facing camera cleverly sliding up from the rear instead.

It will also be Honor's first Kirin 980 phone, with only the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and standard Mate 20 ahead of it.

More recent speculation showed an in-display fingerprint scanner, although also suggested a 26 October launch date, which we now know not to be the case.

It is understood that after the Honor Magic 2 is launched in China, we'll have to wait until early next year for a global rollout. We fully expect, therefore, a proper UK launch event sometime in January/February 2019.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Originally published on 24 October 2018.