Honor unveils its first foldable smartphone, the Magic V

After teasing its first foldable smartphone in December, Honor has unveiled the Magic V. Honor joins Huawei, the former parent company, and Xiaomi by entering the foldable market.

Like Samsung’s Z Fold devices, this is a dual-screen smartphone. It has a 6.45-inch, 431 PPI external display with a resolution of 2560 x 1080, 120 Hz refresh rate and 21:9 aspect ratio. Open it and users can access a 7.9-inch, 381 PPI display with a 2272 x 1984 resolution, a 90 Hz refresh rate, and a 10:9 aspect ratio.

Both OLED screens are slightly larger than the respective screens of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and support a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Honor claims that the Magic V is the first foldable smartphone with IMAX Enhanced certification.

The company says the water-drop hinge makes the screen appear “wrinkle-free”. Oppo uses a similar style of hinge in its recently announced Find N foldable.

The Magic V is 72.7mm wide and 14.3mm thick when folded, and when opened those dimensions shift to 141.1mm wide and 6.7mm thick. The 160.4mm high case houses a 4,750mAh battery that supports 66W charging. Honor says you can fully charge the battery in 40 minutes or to 50 percent of its capacity in just 15 minutes.

The phone has a total of five cameras. The rear three-camera array has a wide camera, an ultra-wide camera, and what Honor calls a “spectrum-enhanced camera.” All three are 50MP sensors. There is also a 42MP selfie camera for each screen.

The Magic V runs on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, which has a 5G modem and Adreno 730 GPU built in. The Magic V has 12 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of storage, dual-SIM support and stereo speakers. It uses Honor’s new Magic UI 6.0, which is based on Android 12. There is also an independent security chip, which stores passwords and biometric data such as fingerprints.

The device has three color options: black, space silver and burnt orange. At 293 grams, the silver and black models weigh slightly more than the 288 grams orange version. The Magic V will only be available in China from the start. The 256GB model costs ¥9,999 (about $1,568) while the 512GB version costs ¥10,999 (about $1,725). The Magic V goes on sale on January 18.

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