We brought you a report of Honor teasing a foldable phone, and the brand has now released the Magic V.
The former Huawei-owned brand has announced its answer to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold. The Magic V uses a similar setup as the more established Z Fold. It has a smaller screen on the back but opens to reveal a tablet-sized screen.
It will be available in China from January 18th, where it starts from approximately $1570.
The bigger tablet screen measures 7.9 inches when unfolded and has a resolution of 2272 x 1984, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The aspect ratio is 10:9. The Magic V cannot escape comparison with the Z Fold, which has a slightly smaller screen at 7.6 inches. The Samsung foldable also has a lower screen resolution of 2208 x 1768. However, this difference might not be noticeable to the normal eye.
When folded, the Magic V has a bigger external screen than the Samsung phone (6.45 inches vs. 6.2 inches respectively). The Honor front screen has a 2560 x 1080 resolution with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The aspect ratio is 21:9, which doesn’t look as tall as the Z Fold. This should make it more pleasant to use when folded.
Honor’s Magic V is the first foldable with IMAX Enhanced certification, which means better image quality when viewing content on the screen. It also has DTS’ X Ultra audio algorithm for an enhanced sound experience.
The Magic V is 72.7 mm wide, 14.3 mm thick, and 160.4 mm tall when folded but opens into 141.1 mm wide and 6.7 mm thick. Overall it is slightly thinner than the Z Fold. However, the Honor Magic V tips the scale slightly more.
The Magic V can be folded and unfolded 200,000 times safely, similar to Samsung’s guarantee.
Honor offers the Magic V in three colors; orange, silver, and black.
Coming to the specs, the Magic V uses a Qualcomm chipset, the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The RAM is 12 GB, and you can choose between 256 GB and 512 GB storage options.
Powering the foldable phone is a 4,750 mAh battery that can accept 66 W. You can charge the battery up to 50 percent in 15 minutes at that charging speed.
The Honor Magic V has 5G connectivity for faster internet downloads and uploads.
Honor is using its Magic UI 6.0 software which is based on Android 12. Being the latest Android version, there is better support for opening multiple apps at the same time.
On the camera side, Honor is going all out with three 50-megapixel lenses on the rear, consisting of the primary shooter, an ultrawide lens, and a spectrum enhanced camera, whose function or capabilities Honor is yet to explain. There are two selfie cameras on this foldable, one on the outer screen and another on the inner screen. Each of them is 42-megapixel. In all, there should be no problem getting great pictures from this phone.
Phone makers are releasing foldables as they try to rejuvenate a market that is starting to settle. Apart from Samsung’s pair that pioneered the form-factor, Oppo has released the Find N, although it is also limited to China for now. Xiaomi and Huawei also have their own folding phones. Microsoft takes a different approach by using two separate screens for its Surface Duo, targeted at the productivity crowd. Apple is rumored to be working on a foldable as well, but it has a purported release date that is far in the future.
Honor has not revealed its plans for the Magic V availability outside of China. Honor is free to sell its phone outside China since it is not under ban like its parent company, Huawei. The phones can access the Google Playstore, a crucial requirement for phones outside China.