Honor introduces its first collapsible smartphone, the Magic V

After launching its first collapsible smartphone in December, Honor has revealed Magic V. Honor is joining companies like Huawei, which is its former parent company, and Xiaomi entering the foldable market.

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

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

The company says its teardrop-shaped hinge helps make the display look “wrinkle free.” Oppo uses a similar style of hinge on its newly announced Find N collapsible.

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

The phone has five cameras in total. The three-camera rear set has a wide camera, an ultra wide camera, and what Honor calls an “enhanced spectrum camera.” All three are 50MP sensors. There’s a 42MP selfie camera for each screen as well.

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

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

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