As expected, Honor took to MWC 2023 in Barcelona to present a series of novelties. The brand introduced the Honor Magic5 series with the Honor Magic5 Pro stealing the show. However, the event was also the stage for the Honor Magic Vs to make its entrance into the international scene. The Honor Magic Vs is the brand’s first foldable to reach the global audience and will pose a threat for the days of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series. So far, Samsung did not face much competition in this category of foldable. Now, the Honor Magic Vs comes with the task of conquering consumers with its gorgeous design, flagship specs, and arguably better hinge implementation.
Honor Magic Vs key features
The Honor Magic Vs comes with cutting-edge specifications and a premium design. In fact, the phone has a hinge that seems to be far superior to what Samsung has with its Galaxy Z Fold4. When in its folded state, the device has basically no crease. The brand states that the Honor Magic Vs is the perfect device for entrepreneurs as well as those who put mobile entertainment above all else. The device comes with a set of software features to enhance productivity and improve the multitasking experience.
The Honor Magic Vs is thin for a foldable with just 12.9 mm of thickness when folded and 276 grams of weight. Despite the compact form factor, the device packs a 5,000 mAh battery – the largest capacity among foldable phones. Talking again about the hinge, the design is a great development for the lineup. The hinge can withstand up to 400,000 folds as tested by TUV Rheinland, which is equivalent to more than ten years of use based on 100 folds per day. We don’t think many users will keep this device for ten years. The device folds without a gap and has an almost fully flat screen when unfolded. That’s a serious improvement in one of the most sensitive aspects of foldable devices.
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Honor Magic Vs specifications
The Honor Magic Vs dimensions are 160.3 x 72.6mm x 12.9mm when folded and 160.3 x 141.5 x 6.1 mm when unfolded. The device boasts a 7.9-inch inner OLED display with 2,272 x 1,984 pixels of resolution. It has up to 90 Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and up to 800 nits of brightness. There is also a 1920Hz PWM dimming support. The outer cover display has 6.45 inches and is also of the OLED kind with HDR 10+ support. The panel has a typical 2,560 x 1,080 resolution and offers up to 120 Hz refresh rate and up to 1,200 nits of brightness.
Under the hood, the Honor Magic Vs boasts the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 which right now is the latest available on foldable phones. The device has up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of Internal Storage and brings an Adreno 730 GPU with GPU Turbo X feature handled by MagicOS 7.1
In terms of optics, the Honor Magic Vs packs a 54 MP Sony IMX800 main camera, a 50 MP ultrawide and Macro camera, and an 8 MP telephoto snapper with 3x optical zoom. The phone supports 4K video recording. It has two 16 MP selfie shooters – one for each display.
The device draws power from a huge 5,000 mAh battery which is more than Samsung’s Z Fold4 offers. The company also overcomes its competitor in the fast-charging department with 66W Honor SuperCharge. The device has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 6.2. In terms of features, it supports Dual Speakers with IMAX Enhanced certification. There is also a 3-MIC Stereo Voice Reception and DTS:X support. The Honor Magic Vs also boasts enhanced security features. NFC and USB Type-C 3.1 are also part of the package.
The Honor Magic Vs runs Android 13-based MagicOS 7.1. There are a lot of features to improve the experience such as Magic Text, Smart Multi-Window, App Extender, and more.
Pricing and Availability
The Magic Vs will sell in Cyan and Black colorways for about €1599.