December 5, 2023 8:44 PM

Forget Foldables, Honor’s New Flagship Phone Lets You Control It With Your Eyes

Honor 6 comes with 'Magic capsule' technology. (Image: Honor)

Honor 6 comes with ‘Magic capsule’ technology. (Image: Honor)

Honor Magic 6, its latest flagship—announced during Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit—allows you to control it using your eyes. Here’s what you must know.

It is quite seldom that we see phone reveals that do something truly different—whether it’s the Soli radar when Google launched the Pixel 4 or the Dynamic Island that debuted with the iPhone 14 Pro. And now, the Honor Magic 6 has caught our attention with its ability to track your eyes to control apps.

Yes, Honor’s latest flagship—announced during Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit—allows you to control it using your eyes. Honor is calling it the ‘Magic Capsule,’ and in the tech demo shown by the brand, we can observe a woman interacting with the Uber application. Once she changes her gaze, the application opens in full.

Uber app opens fully once the woman’s gaze changes. (Video: Honor)

According to Honor, the technology involves “eye-tracking-based multimodal interaction,” and it certainly looks promising from what we saw in the demo. However, it remains to be seen how functional this could be in real life and what kinds of interactions app makers can come up with—especially for such a niche product.

In the past, we saw Google power the Pixel 4 with the military-grade Soli Radar. It’s safe to say that despite the initial promise, which involved the ability to control the device with hand gestures—the technology never really took off, and Google dropped support in the next generation itself when the Pixel 5 was launched. Here’s hoping that Honor could bring a different experience that remains functional.

Notably, Honor also revealed other details about the Honor Magic 6. Like some of the other upcoming flagships, such as the iQOO 12 and OnePlus 12, which will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, the Honor Magic 6 will also feature this powerful chipset.

Additionally, the Honor Magic 6 receives a fair share of generative AI support thanks to the integration of Qualcomm’s on-device Large Language Model (LLM). The primary use case is AI video generation; you can create quick videos using this technology once you submit prompts to the YOYO assistant. “Users can easily create short videos featuring photos and footage stored on their devices. Templates, themes and music of the generated videos can also be customized with additional prompts for personalized results,” Honor notes.

On that note, Honor hasn’t given us a release date or even a window yet; so it could be a while before we see the phone landing up in people’s hands.

In related news, Honor made a comeback in the Indian market last month, when it launched the Honor 90, an upper mid-range device. It comes with a 6.7-inch quad-curved AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset with up to 12GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 inbuilt storage.

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