Honor Magic V is the company’s first foldable phone

Comes with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip inside!

Release Date
January 10, 2022
Starting Price
¥9999 (~$1569)

A year ago, if we talked about foldable phones, then there were only a couple of smartphone makers that we thought of, like Samsung or Huawei. But now, we are seeing more and more smartphone brands coming into the foldable phone space. There are already foldables by Xiaomi and Oppo in China & now, Honor has also joined the party. The brand launched its first foldable phone in China named the Honor Magic V, and it is also the first foldable phone that is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

Honor Magic V

Design-wise, it does not look much different than the other foldable phones as the basic idea is still the same, i.e., a secondary display on the outside and a foldable screen on the inside. But, compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which is perhaps the most popular foldable phone currently in the market, the Magic V by Honor seems to have a better secondary display when it comes to dimensions. The secondary screen on the Z Fold 3 is tall and narrow, but on the Magic V, the second screen has similar dimensions as normal smartphone displays.

Honor Magic V

The aspect ratio of the outer screen is 21.3:9 on the Honor Magic V, whereas it is  25:9 in the case of the Z Fold 3. So, you get the idea.

Speaking of the display specs, Honor Magic V has a 6.45-inch 10-bit OLED on the outside with up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The resolution of the panel is 2560 × 1080 pixels. On the inside, there is a 7.9-inch foldable screen, and it is a 10-bit flexible OLED with up to a 90Hz refresh rate. The resolution of this panel is 2272 × 1984 pixels. This is also the first foldable phone with IMAX Enhanced Certification.

There are three cameras on the back, and for both the displays, Honor went for a hole punch cutout.

Honor Magic V

Regarding camera specs, Honor Magic V has a triple camera setup on the back, and each of these cameras has a 50MP sensor. There is a main 50MP camera (f/1.9), a secondary 50MP ultrawide (f/2.2), and a third 50MP color spectrum camera. There is no OIS for any of the cameras, so all that you get is software-based stabilization or EIS. You can shoot up to 4K videos. For selfies, Honor went for a 42MP camera sensor for both displays. So yeah, when it comes to cameras, Honor Magic V has some big numbers on paper.

Honor Magic V

Under the hood, the phone has Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SOC, so that’s the most powerful chip Snapdragon makes right now. There is 12GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB storage. The battery capacity is 4,750mAh, and the phone also supports 66W fast charging. There is no support for wireless charging.

Finally, Android 12 runs out of the box with MagicUI 6.0 on top.

Honor Magic V

The phone comes in three colors – Burnt Orange, Black & Titanium Silver. The Burnt Orange color variant has a leather-like finish on the back, the Black color variant has a glossy back panel, and the Titanium Silver variant has a textured finish. Here is the pricing for the Chinese market –

  • 12GB + 256GB – ¥9999 (~$1569)
  • 12GB + 512GB – ¥10999 (~$1725)

In China, you can get the phone starting January 18th.

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