Honor Magic 4s Opening in Hand

Honor’s Magic Vs may completely change folds in 2023

Foldable smartphones are really exciting. Dual-purpose devices give you a small and large screen in one easy-to-use package, and it’s up to you whether you want that exposed screen to be more tablet or smartphone-like.

Samsung is dominating the market at the moment, but competitors are emerging – the latest being Honor with its Honor Magic Vs. It will launch globally next year, which is why you should pay attention.

Meet Honor Magic Vs

Honor Magic Vs opens slightly and holds a person's hand.
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The Honor Magic Vs (we’d consider it the Magic VS, not the Honor Magic Vzz) have managed to push the foldable smartphone game forward, and aren’t just parroting what we’ve seen from Samsung, Oppo, and Huawei already. It’s not a giant leap, but it’s still new territory for most manufacturers, and any progress is impressive. Especially from Honor, not because it lacks experience, but because it is a relatively new brand in this guise (sold by Huawei in 2019), and this is only the second foldable smartphone.

Let’s introduce Magic Vs before we move on. It’s a foldable smartphone with a large screen similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. It has a 7.9-inch wide screen when unfolded, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor with up to 12GB of RAM, and a triple camera. on the back. This has a 54MP main camera, a 50MP wide angle, and an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The 5,000mAh battery provides power, and it charges quickly to 100% in 46 minutes.

Nothing here really moves the folds forward, but the general specs aren’t what makes the Honor Magic Vs interesting. To understand where Honor has created, you need to see and feel the phone, and I had the opportunity to do this with one of the first models.

At this point, I can only report on the device itself, as the final software is not installed on the device. So the operating system and the camera are not ready for evaluation. That’s fine, because what I am A.m A very exciting vision.

Do something new

Honor Magic Vs open and hold one's hand.
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The Magic Vs is 12.9 mm thick, making it several millimeters thinner than the 15.8 mm thick Galaxy Z Fold 4, and the 15.9 mm thick Oppo Find N. It was revealed at 6.1 mm thick, which is again thinner than the Galaxy Z. Fold unfolded at 6.3mm. 4 and the 8mm-thick Find N. It’s the lighter of both at 261g. Some of the differences are small and may seem insignificant, but they are not when you hold the phone. It’s noticeably thinner than the Z Fold 4, which makes it feel “natural” in your hand.

Added to this is the size and aspect ratio of the external screen. It measures 6.45 inches with a 90% screen-to-body ratio and an aspect ratio of 21:9. The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s outer display may have slimmer bezels, but its 23.1:9 aspect ratio means it’s tall and thin. The Magic Vs’ external screen is still tall, but it’s not too thin, and in your hand, it’s much closer to other non-foldable phones. It’s not as “standard” feeling as the Huawei Mate Xs 2, but it certainly feels less cramped than the Z Fold 4.

This answers a big complaint about large-screen foldable devices, that they’re only suitable for use when the phone is open, which isn’t always convenient. While the complaint is still applicable to Magic Vs, it’s less clear-cut, and I think more people would be willing to compromise because of it. The keyboard on the Magic Vs is wide and comfortable to type on, adding to its everyday usefulness when closed.

The downside to the Magic Vs’ screen technology seems to be the refresh rate. While the external display has a refresh rate of 120Hz, the internal display appears to have a standard refresh rate of 60Hz. It’s disappointing when its competitors include 120Hz refresh rates on the internal display as well. There’s also a plastic bezel around the entire open screen that’s larger than the Z Fold 4’s, and you’ll notice that at first. However, using the phone does not disable it.

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Honor Magic Vs open screen and bezel.
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A gearless hinge holds the two Magic Vs’ sections together, and when closed there’s no visible gap between them, which means the 12.9mm thickness remains uniform. This differs from the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which has a slight taper and gap between the top and bottom sections at its thickest point. What can be seen is that the screen is not completely flat when unfolded, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

The other thing is that the camera unit on the back of the phone is large and protrudes out of the body by a large amount. Leave aside the effect this has on actual The thickness of the phone, it means the device doesn’t lie flat when closed either. Honor claims the screen has no crease, but that’s not entirely accurate. You don’t notice it with the screen on, but it’s clearly there when the screen is off, and you can feel it when you swipe across the middle of the panel.

Motion when opening the phone is smooth, fluid, and squeak-free — showing that it doesn’t need to be bed like the Z Fold 4. I recently opened the brand-new Z Fold 4 and the Smart Hinge still adjusts to be used, which means I can hear and feel the gears Working. It’s not noticeable or indicative of something wrong with the phone, but that’s missing from the Honor Magic Vs, which seem to use fewer parts inside the hinge than other foldables. Snaps closed with a satisfactory rag.

Honor Magic Vs. Camera Module
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Honor prides itself on durability, saying the hinge has been tested to 400,000 folds, which is enough to open and close the phone 100 times the next day. 10 years. However, there is no mention of water or dust resistance, which is something Samsung has worked hard to achieve with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Fold 4. This is an important part of keeping any device safe from harm, in particular, a foldable.

Coming soon at a low price?

The Honor Magic Vs is a very interesting smartphone. It’s appropriately different from the well-established flagship in the space, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, and it solves some of the issues people have with foldable devices. It is the most usable screen from the outside and the thinnest body. It may also remove another barrier to ownership when it goes on sale early next year, too.

It launches in China this week and will apparently cost the local equivalent of $1,046, or around £850. In early 2023, the Honor Magic Vs will have a wider international release, including in the UK, but not in the US, and will inevitably cost more than in China when it launches internationally, but even if it comes to £1,500 or $1,500 It’ll still be well below the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. While it’s not what you’d call affordable, it’s closer to what we’d now pay for a better iPhone 14 Pro Max or Galaxy S22 Ultra, and that’s another significant step forward in the foldable world. smart phones.

To summarize, the Honor Magic Vs is shaping up to be a beautiful, well-designed, large-screen foldable smartphone with a larger normal-sized external display, thinner profile, and the best processor in 2022. It will have Android 12 and Google Mobile Services installed on it, and it will be sold outside of China soon, and from Likely to be competitively priced.

Since starting out on its own at the end of 2020, Honor has teased us with its new devices, such as the Magic4 Pro, but the ghost of Huawei has always been present in some way. The Magic Vs don’t look like any Huawei phone, and they’re appropriately different from other foldable smartphones too, making them feel like a real Honor phone. If it can nail the software, camera performance and – crucially – the price when it launches in 2023, the Magic Vs will go from being starting Interesting that is likely to have a serious impact on the broad appeal of foldable phones. This is a very big problem indeed.

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