HONOR Magic Vs 5G first impressions: Small refinements, large improve

HONOR invited us to London to go hands-on with the newly unveiled HONOR Magic Vs foldable flagship. It’s the primary foldable to be deliberate for launch exterior of China, and it makes us tremendous excited to see a brand new foldable compete towards the extra well-liked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. The HONOR Magic Vs has a 6.45-inch cowl show and a 7.9-inch internal display. Now we have already in contrast the Magic Vs towards the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the OPPO Discover N, a number of the greatest foldable smartphones in the marketplace.


HONOR invited choose media members to take a look at the corporate’s second foldable flagship, the HONOR Magic Vs. After enjoying round with it for greater than an hour, listed below are my first impressions, and I have to say, it appears actually good and promising.

It’s price noting that HONOR particularly requested us to not discuss in regards to the software program aspect of issues, because the machine was operating a pre-released model that didn’t include all of the options, and had some bugs in it, and to honor their request (pun meant), we’ll solely discuss in regards to the {hardware}. We’ll dive deeper in our upcoming assessment and hands-on.

Worth & Availability

HONOR didn’t unveil the worldwide pricing, however the Chinese language mannequin has a really interesting worth. The HONOR Magic Vs is offered in China from November 23, 2022, retailing for CNY 7,499 (~$1,050) for the usual mannequin, and CNY 10,888 (~$1,520) for the HONOR Magic Vs Final, a particular version. Talking of worldwide pricing, HONOR additionally confirmed that it’s launching the Magic Vs globally early subsequent 12 months, someday in Q1 2023.

HONOR has an opportunity to be an ideal different in the marketplace

Since we don’t have international pricing, it’s onerous to estimate how a lot the Magic Vs will price exterior of China, as OEMs don’t at all times do a one-to-one worth conversion, and normally add delivery, native taxes, and different charges on high of their smartphones. With that in thoughts, I feel HONOR has an opportunity to be an ideal different in the marketplace, particularly if it could possibly worth the machine proper, and properly under the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

Technical Specs

Class HONOR Magic Vs
Working System MagicOS 7.0 (Android 12)
Interior Show
  • Measurement: 7.9-inch
  • Decision: 2272 x 1984
  • Sort: Foldable OLED
  • Refresh Fee: 90Hz
  • Brightness: as much as 800 nits
Cowl Show
  • Measurement: 6.45-inch
  • Decision: 2560 x 1080
  • Sort: OLED
  • Refresh Fee: 120Hz
  • Brightness: as much as 1,200 nits
Stylus Assist Sure (HONOR Magic Pen)
  • Top:
  • Width:
    • Unfolded: 141.5mm
    • Folded: 72.6mm
  • Depth:
    • Unfolded: 6.1mm
    • Folded: 12.9mm
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 (4nm)
Storage 256GB, 512GB
Rear Cameras
  • Major: 54MP IMX800, f/1.9
  • Extremely-wide: 50 MP, f/2.0
  • Optical Zoom Digicam: 8MP, f/2.4
Entrance Digicam 16 MP, ƒ/2.45
Connectivity 5G, LTE, Twin-band Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
Battery 5,000 mAh
Charging 66W Quick Wired Charging
Ports USB-C
Colours Orange, Cyan, Black

Design & Hinge

HONOR Magic Vs unfolded

At first look, the brand new HONOR Magic Vs appears like its predecessor, the HONOR Magic V, which was launched in January 2022. That’s not a foul factor, given it has a contemporary tackle the design, and I have to admit, it appears loads higher in particular person than on pictures. The machine has every little thing that we’re used to seeing in different foldables. It has a speaker and microphones on the highest and backside, and the side-mounted energy button additionally doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

The machine can be suitable with the HONOR Magic Pen, supported on the interior show. Sadly, this wasn’t current on the occasion, and we couldn’t get a really feel for it. It’s price mentioning that the machine doesn’t have a devoted slot to retailer the pen, so that you’ll probably have to hold it in a separate case or on the aspect.

While you decide up the Magic Vs, you’ll discover that it’s barely lighter than different foldables, and HONOR shaved off 27 grams, leading to a powerful 261 grams. It’s nonetheless massive by all means, nevertheless it feels lighter, and slimmer in comparison with different gadgets, and whereas it may nonetheless be thought-about a brick by most individuals, those that purchased into the foldable smartphones will recognize how skinny and lightweight it feels, each in a folded and unfolded state.

The HONOR Magic Vs has a strong hinge mechanism, and it’s the primary from the corporate to characteristic the brand new gearless mechanism. It helps lighten the load of the telephone, offering extra inner area and making the hinge last more attributable to its elevated sturdiness. HONOR says it’s rated for 400,000 folds, which equals about 100 opens per day. That’s about 10 years of fixed folding and unfolding. It’s spectacular, nevertheless it’s but to be examined in real-life circumstances.

The hinge feels agency, however easy. Not like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, it doesn’t seem to permit the consumer to bend the show midway in small steps, because it largely focuses on two states, open and shut.


HONOR Magic Vs front

The quilt show packs a 6.45-inch OLED panel with 120Hz variable refresh price. It has a snug 21:9 facet ratio, making it straightforward to sort on and use as a conventional smartphone. The inner show is a 7.9-inch OLED panel with 90Hz refresh price that has as much as 800 nits of brightness, and it additionally helps HDR10+ playback. The square-ish panel feels good when utilized in panorama orientation, and whereas we couldn’t test it out for movies and video games, it looks like the proper stability for energy customers to take pleasure in content material and multitask.

Each shows characteristic a 1920Hz pulse with modulation (PWM) dimming to scale back display flickering, and so they look lovely, sharp, and crisp.The quilt show has a peak brightness of 1,200 nits, which will likely be very useful in direct daylight and vivid environments.

When the machine is folded, it closes shut with no hole within the center, eliminating objects getting by the center and scratching the show. HONOR says the Magic Vs “folds with no hole, and delivers a creaseless show when unfolded.” Whereas I can definitely again up the gapless design, the crease remains to be there, albeit, it’s a lot much less noticeable visually and on bodily contact in comparison with different competing gadgets in the marketplace.

LI HONOR Magic Vs with on-screen keyboard

I in contrast the typing expertise to the Galaxy Z Fold 4, and from the one hour I acquired the mess around with the HONOR Magic Vs, I have to admit, typing has by no means felt extra snug and gratifying than it was on the duvet show. The 21:9 facet ratio, and the marginally wider panel makes it really feel like a conventional smartphone, which is nice information for quick typers like myself, and those that are anxious and anxious about slender panels.


LI HONOR Magic Vs unfolded close up

The HONOR Magic Vs has a complete of 5 sensors. There’s a 16MP f/2.5 selfie digicam on the duvet display, one other selfie shooter positioned in a punch-hole cutout on the duvet display, and three extra sensors on the again. While you’re out and about, you’ll probably wish to use the duvet display’s entrance digicam to seize reminiscences and take selfies, and the interior display’s digicam ought to do an honest job for video calls with pals, household, and work.

LI HONOR Magic Vs camera close up

Flipping the telephone on its again reveals the remaining three sensors. It consists of a 54MP f/1.9 main digicam (Sony IMX800), a 50MP f/2.0 ultrawide, and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor. All cameras have AI options, which HONOR calls the HONOR Picture Engine. We’ll should put them by their paces earlier than forming an opinion about their efficiency, so keep tuned to our full assessment.


LI HONOR Magic Vs back

The HONOR Magic Vs packs a big 5,000 mAh battery with assist for 66W quick wired charging. The corporate claims it could possibly go from zero to 100% in simply 46 minutes, making it one of many fastest-charging foldables in the marketplace at the moment. Nevertheless, there’s no wi-fi charging, which, contemplating it’s a tool that may probably price greater than $1,000, is a bit disappointing. That being stated, the 66W quick charging technique can simply change your habits, and a fast top-up may web you a day’s price of cost in lower than an hour.

For reference, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 helps 25W quick wired charging, and 15W wirelessly. It’s sluggish, by at the moment’s requirements, and we’re glad to see HONOR supply a quicker choice, even when it comes with some sacrifices.

First impressions

LI HONOR Magic Vs on packaging

The HONOR Magic Vs looks like a small refinement over its predecessor. Nevertheless, there are some mighty adjustments internally. It packs a bigger battery, a much less visually intrusive crease, and a folding mechanism that feels easy, and sturdy. HONOR managed to shave off a noticeable weight, making it really feel snug and slim within the pocket – though it’s nonetheless a big machine, in comparison with conventional smartphones.

The upgrades are there, and we’re but to see how the software program can deal with the bigger display property and the folding mechanism, however one factor is evident. HONOR has an opportunity to be an ideal different in the marketplace, particularly if they’ll nail the pricing with an interesting price ticket. I, for one, am rooting for HONOR, as we’d like extra foldable gadgets in the marketplace that problem the likes of Samsung, which is at the moment the one firm that broadly sells foldable gadgets within the west.

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