This is no Déjà vu, Honor has another folding phone hot on the heel of the first announced earlier. While the smartphone maker’s first folding, Magic V, is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the new Honor Magic Vs is powered by the newer Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform.
The new Honor Magic Vs is relatively thin, measuring just 6.1 mm when opened but not nearly as thin as Xiaomi MIX Fold 2. But it is comparatively light, tipping the scales at as little as 261g for the vegan leather version (the glass-back version is 267g).
One of the selling points is the self-developed gear-free hinge that has significantly fewer supporting structures, resulting in a hinge that is not only lighter and stronger but also makes for a smoother opening and closing.
Because of the reduced space required by the new hinge mechanism, Honor is able to pack a larger, 5,000 mAh battery into the Magic Vs. It is supplied with a 66 W super fast charger. No mention of wireless charging.
The Honor Magic Vs folding phone is outfitted with a 120 Hz 6.45” FHD+ (2,560 x 1,080 resolution) OLED external display in a 21.3:9 aspect ratio and opens up to a 90 Hz 7.9” 2K (2,272 x 1,984 pixels) OLED flexible display with an aspect ratio of 10.3:9.
Imaging, it has a triple camera setup consisting of a 54 MP wide-angle camera, a 50 MP super wide-angle camera, and an 8 MP telephoto camera with OIS. The front is a 16 MP selfie camera.
The rest of the spec-sheet details are pretty rudimentary, to be honest. And it is the case for most phones. The real difference between flagship devices is often in the build and the UI. However, the latter is nonconsequential if you use third-party launchers. That’s the beauty of Android.
Oh, wait. It does have an innovation known as “Pop Voice”, which is a near-field wake function that requires no wake word, developed in collaboration with Tsinghua University.
There are two versions of the Honor Magic Vs. There is the standard version, which has three colors to choose from, and the Ultimate Edition.
The former is offered in 8 GB + 256 GB, 12 GB + 256 GB, and 12 GB + 512 GB, and starts at 7,499 RMB (approx. US$1,046) while the latter comes with 16 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, priced at a grand 10,888 RMB (about US$1,518).
Images: Honor [CH].