Fresh off the press, phone brand Honor just announced the company’s second-generation foldable smartphone, the Honor Magic Vs. It aims to fix all the little kinks found in their first attempt while delivering a competitive product to the market. Here’s what makes it so interesting.
The highlighting feature is the weight reduction undergone by this Honor Magic Vs. The brand claims that this is thanks to an all-new gapless hinge design that better streamlines its aesthetics and provides a better hand feel as well. This groundbreaking hinge is apparently “carefully crafted with a single-piece processing technology,” containing less moving parts that can go wrong over time. From a sum of 92 to just 4, if the numbers are correct. That’s an impressive exponential decrease that will surely affect how solid the device feels when opening and closing, as well as longevity in everyday use. In order to walk the walk, the brand has tested it for over 400,000 folds with over 100 per day, surely above the usage habits of your average consumer.
Open up the device to find a 7.9-inch foldable OLED display with a 2272×1984 pixel resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness level of 800 nits. It should make for vivid color reproduction and a smooth scrolling experience. On the outside, the 6.45-inch OLED panel is quite tall with a resolution of 2560×1080, but with a higher 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. Since this display should be used for everyday tasks such as responding to messages and the like, that higher refresh rate should come in handy. Meanwhile, the inside is probably more for content consumption such as movies, videos, and shows.
Thanks to the latest hinge technology, it is rumored that the inner folding panel on the Honor Magic Vs will be creaseless. It’s a little bit hard to believe as of now since even industry leader Samsung hasn’t fulfilled this herculean task, but seeing this device in person should confirm or deny this information.
The rest of the specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 under the hood, which is the previous-generation flagship chipset. It’s plenty powerful but we’re also looking forward to seeing how its thermal performance will hold up under stress. It will also come with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 256/512GB storage options.
At the rear is a revamped triple-camera system led by a 54-megapixel Sony IMX800 main sensor, 50-megapixel ultrawide, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. On the cover display, meanwhile, resides the 16-megapixel selfie camera. Whether or not there is a camera on the foldable display remains a mystery.
The Honor Magic Vs will come packing a 5,000 mAh battery and will be available in three colors for all variants: Cyan, Black, and Orange. The highest ones will then receive two more colors, Black and Gold.
Honor Magic Vs Price
There is no local pricing yet, but the international pricing is set at CNY 7,499 (PHP 59,765) for the 8/256GB model, CNY 7,999 (PHP 63,750) for the 12/256GB model, while the range-topping 12/512GB variant will set you back CNY 8,999 (PHP 71,720).
Pre-orders are already being taken in China with November 30 as the official release date. The rest of the world is expected to receive the Honor Magic Vs in Q1 of 2023.