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Honor launches Magic V, first foldable with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset

Honor joins the growing number of smartphone makers developing folding phones. And the new Honor Magic V packs in premium specs we expect from foldable devices. 

It is the first folding phone powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. It pairs that with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. The software it’s running is the Android 12-based Magic UI 6.0.

Of course, we have to talk about the display. The Honor Magic V’s design is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, making it look like a regular smartphone when folded. The inner screen is a 7.9-inch OLED display with a 2,272 x 1,984 resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. Its aspect ratio is 10.3:9 allowing the two sides of the screen to be approximately 21:9 when using two apps side by side. There is a hole punch in the big display for a 42-megapixel camera.

The Honor Magic V features the brand’s advanced waterdrop hinge technology, which the company says is the slimmest compared to similar products available now. As for its durability, Honor CEO George Zhao claims it should survive being folded and unfolded 200,000 times.

To enjoy what’s on the screen, the Honor Magic V has HDR10+ support, 10-bit colors, 800 nits of peak brightness, and an IMAX Enhanced certification, which is a first for any foldable.

It has a 6.45-inch 120Hz FHD+ screen in front with a hole-punch for the 42-megapixel selfie camera. This external screen’s dimensions are more similar to a typical smartphone with its 21:9 aspect ratio.

Aside from the two 42-megapixel selfie cameras, there’s a triple camera array of 50-megapixel sensors. There’s a primary camera with a 23mm equivalent lens, an ultrawide with a 13mm shooter, and then there’s a color spectrum camera.

Powering this foldable is a 4,750mAh battery with 66W wired charging support. The Honor Magic V comes in Titanium Silver, Black, and Burnt Orange colors.

In China, the Honor Magic V will available for purchase at the following prices:

  • 12GB+ 256GB: CNY 9,999 (around USD 1,570 or PHP 80,295 converted)
  • 12GB+512GB: CNY 10,999 (USD 1,725 or PHP 88,325)

According to GSMArenaHonor hasn’t decided yet whether it’ll offer the Magic V outside of China.

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