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Honor launches Magic V: Folding flagship that’s still useful when closed

Honor has announced its first folding flagship phone, the Magic V powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This is also the first time Snapdragon’s flagship chip has been used in a folding phone.

The phone is made a book-like form factor that we’ve already seen with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series and Oppo’s latest Find N as well. The main folding screen comes in at 7.9-inch and can fold completely flat paired with an external 6.45-inch cover screen. 

The device will be available in China starting January 18 at RMB 9,999 for the 12+256GB version and RMB 10,999 for the 12+512GB version. Currently, there’s no news of an international release.

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Yet another tablet phone?

A double-rotating screen-axis linkage constructs the hinge, which Honor claims create an “approximately seamless visual effect”. While this is different to Oppo’s approach to a seamless, flat closing folding screen, it does seem to have the same result.

Honor launches Magic V: Folding flagship that's still useful when closed
The Magic V promises a seamless folding display | Source: Honor

Display

However, the screen falls short in terms of refresh rate compared to other offerings on the market. The device has a 7.9-inch OLED main screen at 2272 x 1984 pixels with a 90Hz refresh rate. 

Honor launches Magic V: Folding flagship that's still useful when closed
The external screen is closer in size to standard phones | Source: Honor

Honor has emphasised the importance of the external screen here, aiming to make the phone more usable when closed. The external screen is 6.45-inches and uses a 21.3:9 aspect ratio closer to standard smartphones. The external screen is also OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels.

Cameras

The phone has five cameras, three on the back, one on the inside folding screen and one on the external screen. The front cameras are both identical hole-punch cameras coming in at 42MP.

The rear is a different story. The phone offers a triple camera setup as follows;

Honor launches Magic V: Folding flagship that's still useful when closed
The rear gets three 50MP cameras | Source: Honor
  • 50MP wide angle 
  • 50MP ultra-spectrum
  • 50MP ultrawide

Honor’s in-house Image Engine supports the cameras to add AI and computational photography enhancements to get better pictures regardless of the lighting conditions.

Battery

The Magic V is powered by a 4750mAh battery which supports up to 66W fast charging using Honor’s SuperCharge tech. Unfortunately, there’s no wireless or reverse wireless charging into the phone, but Honor’s hoping to compensate for that by giving buyers a charger in the box. 

Soc, memory and storage

As mentioned before, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the latest and greatest from Snapdragon’s camp. Apart from this, the phone is offered in two different variants with 12GB memory and 256GB or 512GB storage. 


Honor Magic V Specifications

Here are the hardware specs for Honor’s latest phone

SpecificationsHonor Magic V
ProcessorSnapdragon 8 Gen 1
Storage and Memory12GB memory
256GB/512GB storage
Main display7.9-inches OLED 90Hz
2272 x 1984 pixels
External display6.45-inches OLED 120Hz
2560 x 1080 pixels
Rear Cameras50MP wide-angle (f/1.9)
50MP ultra-spectrum (f/2.0)
50MP ultrawide (f/2,2)
Front Cameras42MP punch hole camera
2D face recognition
Battery4750mAh
66W wired SuperCharge
OS Magic UI 6.0 (based on Android 12)

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