Beyond China, Honor’s new foldable phone will be sold

The Magic V, a premium foldable smartphone from mobile hardware startup Honor, was only made available in China at the time. The honor was formerly a sub-brand of Huawei. The Magic Vs, the company’s second folding phone, is currently slated for global distribution.

According to firm CEO George Zhao, “The Honor Magic Vs will be our very first foldable flagship to debut in global markets and we are convinced that it will deliver enormous breakthroughs, completely changing how consumers use their smartphones.”
The new flagship foldable has a similar high-end appearance to the Magic V model with an outside OLED display resembling that of a smartphone that spans 6.45 inches diagonally and has the same resolution and refreshes rate as before.

When folded, the Magic Vs is only 12.9 mm (0.5 in) thick and weighs 261 g (9.2 oz), according to Honor, making it the lightest foldable device to yet.

George Zhao, CEO of Honor, introduces the Magic Vs folding phone.
George Zhao, CEO of Honor, unveiled the Magic Vs folding phone. According to Honor, the proprietary gearless hinge now only has four components instead of 92, and the company claims it has been designed to withstand more than 400,000 folds before showing signs of wear. This equates to 10+ years of daily use at 100 folds per day.

The inner OLED panel spreads to 7.9 diagonal inches with 2,272 x 1,984 pixels and up to 90-Hz refresh rate, according to reports. The hinge mechanism is said to boast a gapless fold and a tablet-like display when unfolded. The smartphone includes dynamic dimming and a low blue light mode to lessen eye strain, and it supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

The hinge mechanism’s parts have been reduced by Honor to just four.
The hinge mechanism’s parts have been reduced by Honor to just four.
A 54-MP main camera with a Sony IMX800 image sensor is located at the back, together with a 50-MP ultra-wide/macro and an 8-MP telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom. Honor claims that its AI imaging engine will enable best-in-class computational photography and that it will also enable 4K UHD video recording and optical picture stabilization. A front-facing 16-MP selfie cam completes the imaging team.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform from Qualcomm, which has an octa-core CPU and integrated graphics, powers the Magic Vs. It can be ordered with up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. All-day battery life of 5,000 mAh is promised, and 66-W fast charging is available for a complete top-up in 46 minutes. Additionally, it runs MagicOS 7.0 from Honor, which is based on Android 12.

Today, The Magic Vs became available for pre-order in China for RMB 7,499 (about $1,050 USD), while the international release date has not yet been announced.

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