Honor introduces first foldable phone for global markets

Honor introduces first foldable phone for global markets

Honor is back with its second foldable phone of this year. The Chinese phone maker on Wednesday unveiled the Honor Magic Vs, the company’s first foldable device for countries outside of its native China.

The Honor Magic Vs is a book-style foldable phone that’s similar in look and feel to the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4, but it’s a few grams lighter. In addition to the folding screen, the Honor Magic Vs packs all the specs you’d expect from a 2022 flagship phone into snazzy hardware. It features a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen Plus 1 processor, a large 5,000mAh battery and 66W fast charging. It also has a triple rear camera with 3x optical zoom.

Honor plans to release this phone in the UK and EU, among others. The Magic Vs is available for pre-order now in China for 7,499 yuan, the equivalent of about $1,050, £880 or AU$1,575.

Before today’s launch of the Honor’s Magic Vs, I had the opportunity to test a sample device for a few hours. Honor emphasized that the software and software-enabled features, including the camera, are not yet ready for testing, so I will focus on the phone’s hardware.

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Honor’s Magic Vs features a 7.9-inch internal display.

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Needless to say, the main feature of the Magic Vs is the bendable display. Like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Magic Vs has a cover screen and another inner screen that expands into a tablet-sized display. I found both displays to be sharp, responsive, and bright. (So bright that the screen can act as a light or flash substitute when taking selfies. The cover screen automatically brightens when you snap a picture with the front camera in the dark.) Each The display can also be folded into the other with no discernible gap. It’s also worth noting that this is a tall and narrow phone given its 21:9 aspect ratio when closed.

Unfortunately, the Magic V’s inner display has a crease, although Honor said that wasn’t the case. In my experience, the crease is clearly visible and also palpable during the day from different angles. While it didn’t bother me much, it will likely be a deal-breaker for some. However, it may be the compromise of the book-style design for now. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 still has one, although it’s less noticeable than in the past. While Huawei’s Mate XS 2, which has a wraparound-style foldable phone design with a screen, is basically wrinkle-free.

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The Magic Vs can zoom 3x optically.

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Despite the Magic V’s fold, watching movies and flipping through pictures is fun and immersive on a tablet-sized display that also fits in a pocket. The Magic Vs features slim hardware that doesn’t feel heavy for a dual-screen foldable phone. Honor credits the relatively lightweight design to its upgraded hinge, which uses one-piece cast processing technology that “drastically reduces the number of components in the hinge from 92 to 46 while maintaining its durability and sturdiness.” According to Honor, the phone can endure more than 400,000 times or more than 10 years of use assuming 100 times a day.

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Honor credits its revised hinge with helping reduce the phone’s weight.

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As I mentioned earlier, the sample unit that was sent to me had limited functionality, so I didn’t have a chance to test the camera, battery, performance, etc. But check back at a later date as I will update this article once I get a definitive review device. Honor anticipates an international release early next year.

Key Specifications for the Honor Magic Vs

Display: 6.45-inch (cover), 7.9-inch (internal) Resolution: 431 ppi (cover), 381 ppi (internal) Refresh rate: 120 Hz (cover) Battery: 5,000 mAh (66-watt charging main) , 50 megapixels (ultrawide), 8 megapixels (tele)Processor: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 Weight: 261 grams RAM and storage: 8 GB + 256 GB; 12GB + 512GB

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