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HONOR Magic Vs: What you need to know

This story was originally published on November 23, 2022, and last updated on February 27, 2023.

After teasing its launch, the HONOR Magic Vs is now official. It sports a design similar to the original Magic V with an inward-folding design. But the company claims it is now the lightest foldable smartphone out in the market. It comes in at 12.9mm thin when folded and weighs 261g.

The HONOR Magic Vs’ new hinge

The HONOR Magic Vs also gets a symmetrical and seamless design paired with a new simplified yet sophisticated hinge. Its gearless hinge has been carefully crafted using a single-piece casting process that drastically reduced the number of components from 92 to 4. But it retains its durability since it’s built with aerospace-grade materials. HONOR says the Magic Vs can withstand over 400,000 folds in its lifetime and promises this device folds without gap and has a creaseless display when unfolded.

HONOR Magic Vs

More screens to use

The magic (pardon the pun) with foldables like these is you get tons of screens to work with. When folded, the HONOR Magic Vs has a 6.45-inch display with a more typical 21:9 aspect ratio and 90% screen-to-body ratio. When unfolded, the Magic Vs gives you that tablet experience with its 7.9-inch screen. 

This device supports display tech like a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut for true-to-life colors, up to 120Hz refresh rate, Dynamic Dimming to adjust brightness, and a Circadian Night Display to minimize the effects of blue light. It gets stylus support, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold devices.

Computational photography updates

HONOR packs in a respectable triple-camera system, including a 54-megapixel IMX800 main camera, 50-megapixel ultra-wide and macro sensor, and 8-megapixel 3x optical zoom lens. There are also 16-megapixel selfie cameras on either display.

HONOR Magic Vs

The company then arms this phone with its proprietary AI-enabled HONOR Image Engine, which it boasts of having best-in-class computational photography capabilities.

Other HONOR Magic Vs specs & price

This foldable smartphone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage or 12GB of RAM and 256/512GB storage. It runs on Magic OS 7.0 based on Android 13. Its large 5,000mAh battery supports 66W SuperCharge wired charging capable of fully charging the Magic Vs in 46 minutes.

HONOR has begun selling the HONOR Magic Vs with a starting price of CNY 7,499 (around USD 1,047). HONOR plans to bring this foldable to the international market in the first quarter of 2023.

As for its international pricing, HONOR announced that the HONOR Magic Vs will retail for EUR 1,599 for the 12GB RAM and 512GB storage model in either Cyan or Black options.

UPDATE: 2023/02/27, 10:08 P.M. GMT+8 BY NICOLE BATAC

Added international pricing

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