We were on the ground in London, UK, on November 23, checking out the latest flagship from our MUO favorite, Honor. The brand is set to launch its new foldable phone globally soon, after literally dropping the device into the hands of Chinese Honor fans.
So, what is the Honor Magic Vs all about? Let’s take a preliminary look at the hardware of the device…
Workout with Honor Magic Vs
The honor magic vs It is the latest device to be introduced in a rapidly growing lineup of super smartphones stocking the brand’s steadfastness. It’s a foldable smartphone, released in China for the first time for 7,499 yuan (about $1,050, or £900), with a global release planned sometime in the near future (dates and territories TBC). Let’s take a look at some hardware specifications.
Unfolding the Honor Magic Vs: the form factor
As mentioned, the Honor Magic Vs is a foldable smartphone. If you are looking for a true comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is probably the closest you can get in terms of looks. When folded, the device is just 12.9mm thick and weighs just 261g (making it two grams lighter than the Z Fold 4).
Thanks to the Magic Vs’ innovative hinge deployed, the phone unfolds like magic, with no noticeable crease down the center of the screen. All good there then. Plus, Honor tells us you’ll get 400,000 folds from your device; That’s about 100 times a day for ten years, by which time you’ll likely be on Honor’s fifth foldable smartphone, if you want to keep up with smartphone trends.
The process of folding/unfolding the phone is incredibly smooth. This is likely due to the gearless hinge design Honor has adopted, which has fewer moving parts and is thus structurally better positioned to handle the constant folding and unfolding of competing foldable phones.
Honor Magic Vs: Dual Delight Display
Honor’s Magic Vs fold on the vertical axis, that is, down the middle, from top to bottom. When folded, you have a 6.45-inch front display, featuring a non-wrinkle 90% screen-to-body ratio and 21:9 aspect ratio. Unwrinkling the device gives you a wrinkle-free dual display interior, with a 7.9-inch tablet-like display.
The screen supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which means it can render 1.07 billion colours. Basically, any media you watch on the device will look great. The 120Hz refresh rate means any media an act Watching, it’s going to be very smooth, and so will everything else that’s going on on the screen.
The screen is a delight to look at. Flipping between the front screen and the larger inner screen is instant, and both screens are incredibly responsive to touch. Scrolling is excellent, with no noticeable blur or stutter when flying through the app drawer.
Hotshots: The Honor Magic Vs Camera
Honor’s previous version, Honor 70 (cf Our review, here), the first smartphone to use a 54MP Sony IMX800 sensor. Fortunately, Honor has continued to use this sensor with the Magic Vs, so we know we’ll get some great shots with this phone.
Along with the 54MP main sensor, we have an impressive 50MP wide-angle camera and an 8MP optical zoom camera. The hardware makes use of Honor’s AI-powered image engine, which (from previous experience) allows the phone to layer shots from all three sensors, resulting in epic smartphone photos.
The camera array on the back of the phone follows a more familiar shape, as Honor tries to reduce the weight of the device. Gone is the “Eye of Muse” present on the Magic4 Pro, there are no double rings according to the Honor 70. Instead we have a rectangular camera island.
Honor Magic Vs: Pure processing power
On paper, it looks like the Honor Magic Vs will perform perfectly, and may even outpace some of their main competitors (with attention to Samsung?). The phone comes loaded with Qualcomm’s SnapDragon 8+ 1st Gen processor, so it’ll be fast, no matter what you throw at it. And with such a tablet-like screen, you can bet that you’ll be packing productivity with this in your hands.
The device also runs on MagicOS 7.0, so this is the latest version of the Android 12 operating system interface produced. Honor promises a “bundle of smart features” that will enable the user to be more productive with their smartphone.
Honor Magic Vs: Life in Color
So, what about colorways? Well, the Magic Vs come in three colors that, if this writer’s memory serves him right, are the same colors as the Magic4 Pro. So, it will come in orange, cyan, and black (our working version is the black variant). As with the Magic4 Pro, the Vs orange version also sports a rather elegant PU leather back, which makes for a good smartphone feel.
We examined all three colors, and (perhaps a little biased given this writer’s ginger hair) prefer the Orange Phone over the other two.
Introducing Honor Magic Vs
So, this is your first look. We are sure you will agree that the Honor Magic Vs looks and feels like a top-notch smartphone, and in particular a top-notch foldable device. Keep your eyes peeled for our full review, coming soon.
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