Samsung Finally Has Competition in the Foldable Market

While there are many foldable phones in the market already, very few of them are available all over the globe like Samsung’s Galaxy Z series. But Honor is finally bringing the fight across the global market.

The Honor Magic Vs, the company’s newest foldable flagship, was announced as part of a two-day event in China that concluded today. It is lighter and thinner than its predecessor, and the weight reduction comes from an innovative hinge design that allows the device to close without a gap. Proportions wise it is quite similar to the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2.

It is only launching in China for now but will go global soon.

Design and Display

The inner screen is a 7.9-inch OLED with a 90Hz refresh rate, 800 nits brightness, 1 billion colors, and HDR10+ support, making it a solid competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series.

The external 6.45” OLED has a tall aspect ratio and a 2560 x 1080 pixel resolution, but also a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. Both panels have over 1 billion colors because they are 10-bit.

Honor claims the new foldable panel hinge has been carefully crafted using a “single-piece processing technology”, resulting in a virtually creaseless device. The hinge has been tested at Honor Labs to withstand over 400,000 folds, which is more than ten years of usage, with 100 folds per day. Instead of 92 elements, there are now only four to maintain durability and sturdiness.

Internals and Software

Even though the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is not the most recent Qualcomm chipset, it is still a powerful flagship processor. There are two memory variants, 12/256 GB and 12/512 GB, as well as a newly offered version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage that is more economical.

Honor’s MagicOS 7.0 runs on top of Android 12. It is optimized for foldable screens on the Magic Vs.

Cameras

The Honor Magic Vs features a revamped triple-camera setup, with an F/1.9 lens behind a 54MP Sony IMX800 main sensor – the same setup as the Honor 70 Pro series. An 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom is present alongside a 50MP ultrawide-angle camera that also acts as a macro lens.

Honor did not specify what sort of image sensor is on the front. However, it has an f/2.45 aperture and a 16MP resolution.

Battery and pricing

Despite being a slim device, it still manages to bring a 5,000 mAh battery with 66W fast charging that charges up the phone to 100% in 46 minutes.

The Honor Magic Vs will be available in three color options including orange, cyan, and black, as well as two unique alternatives in black and gold. The 8/256 GB model is priced at $1,050, the 12/256 GB at $1,120, and the top 12/512 GB version is priced $1,260 in China. Global prices are likely going to be higher.

Honor has confirmed that the Magic Vs is going global in Q1, 2023.

Specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.5 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510)
  • GPU: Adreno 730
  • OS: Android 12, Magic UI 7
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Display:
    • Primary: 7.9″ Foldable OLED with 1984 x 2272 pixels resolution; 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, 10-bit colors, stylus support
    • Secondary: 6.45″ OLED with 1080 x 2560 pixels resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 1200 nits, 10-bit colors, stylus support
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 8GB, 12GB
    • Internal: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
    • Card slot: No
  • Camera:
    • Rear (Triple): 54 MP, f/1.9, (wide), 1/1.49″, 1.0µm, PDAF, Laser AF
      8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS
      50 MP, f/2.0, (ultrawide)
    • Front: 13MP
  • Colors: Cyan, Black, Orange
  • Fingerprint sensor: Side-mounted
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh, 66W fast charging
  • Price: $1050



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