Honor introduces Magic V, its first foldable smartphone

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Honor has forayed into the foldable smartphone space with its first foldable phone — the Magic V.

Unveiled in China on Monday, January 10, Honor Magic V has an elongated form factor starkly similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series.

It has a 7.9-inch primary display with a 2272 x 1984 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate, and 10:9 aspect ratio. It was designed to appear creaseless using its water-drop hinge, which is identical to the one on the Oppo Find N.

When folded back up, users get a 6.45-inch external display with 2560 x 1080 resolution, 120Haz refresh rate, and 21:9 aspect ratio. Honor says this size sets the Magic V apart from other foldables, as it is proportional to conventional smartphones, “rather than appearing long and narrow.”

Both displays come with 10bit colors, support for HDR10+, 800nits peaks brightness. Magic V is also the first foldable handset to come with an IMAX Enhanced-certified display.

Magic V boasts of a camera powerhouse at the back that comprises a 50MP main, 50MP ultrawide, and 50MP color spectrum sensors. The system is complemented by two 42MP punch-hole selfie cameras on the outer screen and the inner folding screen.

The device runs Android 12 with Magic UI 6.0 on top. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, making it the world’s first foldable to sport the chipset. This is paired with 12GB RAM, a storage of either 256GB or 512GB, and a 4,750mAh battery with 66W wired charging.

Honor Magic V comes in three colors: black, Space Silver, and Burnt Orange. It is slated to roll out in the Chinese market on January 18, with a price of CNY9,999 for the 12+256GB version and CNY 10,999 for the 12+512GB variant. Honor has yet to announce if the handset will be released in other regions.

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