The former Huawei Honor sub-brand just announced its first foldable smartphone, the Honor Magic V. It uses a foldable form factor similar to that of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold devices, combining a large internal foldable display with a larger external display. small that can be used while the device is folded. Today is the Chinese launch of the foldable, where its price starts at 9,999 (around $ 1,569) for its 256 GB storage model. It will be on sale on January 18.
The flagship feature of the Magic V, its internal folding screen, measures 7.9 inches corner-to-corner, has a resolution of 2272 x 1984 with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and an aspect ratio of 10: 9. It’s slightly larger than Samsung’s Z Fold 3, which has an internal screen measuring 7.6 inches with a resolution of 2208 x 1768. Honor says the Magic V’s internal screen is like using two 21: 9 screens. side by side.
The Magic V’s external screen is also slightly larger than the Z Fold 3 at 6.45 inches (compared to 6.2 for Samsung), with a resolution of 2560 x 1080, a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a format of 8. ‘image 21: 9. Honor says this will help make the device more usable when you don’t want to unfold it.
When folded, the Magic V is 72.7mm wide, 14.3mm thick, and has a height of 160.4mm, and when unfolded it expands to 141.1mm wide and 6 , 7 mm thick. It’s slightly wider than Samsung’s latest Z Fold, while being slightly thinner overall when folded. Honor’s foldable is, however, slightly heavier. It comes in three colors: orange, silver, and black, and Honor CEO George Zhao has said it should survive folding and unfolding 200,000 times.
Internally, the Magic V runs Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. It has a 4,750mAh battery that can be charged up to 66W, giving you a 50% charge in 15 minutes. It’s 5G compatible and runs Honor’s Magic UI 6.0 software on Android 12, which supports showing multiple app windows at the same time, according to Honor.
In terms of cameras, Honor has included a trio of 50-megapixel sensors on the back of the foldable, which includes a main sensor, an ultra-wide camera, and something Honor calls an “enhanced spectrum camera.” We’ve reached out to the company for details on what exactly this third camera does. The Magic V has a pair of 42-megapixel selfie cameras, one built into the exterior screen and one built into the interior foldable screen.
Honor is joining a growing list of companies that have announced or started selling foldable smartphones. More recently, we saw Oppo announce their Find N at the end of last year, and the former parent company of Xiaomi and Honor Huawei also have their own foldable devices. We followed up with Honor to see if, or when, the Magic V could see a worldwide release.
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