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Can HONOR’s crazy thin Magic V2 dethrone Samsung’s foldables?

HONOR’s Magic V2 foldable boasts 120hz displays, flagship specs in slim frame

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HONOR has unveiled its latest foldable, the HONOR Magic V2. This isn’t HONOR’s first foldable – they previously launched the China-exclusive Magic V in 2022 and Magic Vs in February 2023.

However, HONOR claims the Magic V2 is their most ambitious foldable yet, and the thinnest on the market.

Measuring just 9.9mm thick folded and 4.7mm unfolded, it does appear slimmer than rivals like the Google Pixel Fold (12.1mm folded, 5.8mm unfolded) and other ~11mm thick foldables when closed.

In comparison, HUAWEI and Xiaomi’s foldable smartphones measured up to 11mm in thickness when folded and just over 5mm when unfolded.

HONOR says the V2’s titanium hinge cover is 150% stronger and 27% narrower than the previous Magic V hinge, rated for 400,000 folds.

HONOR Magic V2 specs and style support for both displays

FeatureDetails
DisplayInternal: 7.92-inch OLED variable refresh rate up to 120 Hz | External: 6.43-inch OLED variable refresh rate up to 120 Hz
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 2 Leading Version (Overclocked)
CameraThe triple camera module on the back: 50MP primary shooter, accompanied by a 50MP ultrawide lens and a 2.5x 20MP telephoto camera. A 16MP can be found on both screens for selfies and video calls. 
Battery5,000 mAh battery with 66W wired fast charging
Storage Variants & RAM Options256GB, 512GB, 1TB – paired with 16GB RAM
Price16GB/256GB- 8,999 yuan ($1,253)
16GB/512GB- 9,999 yuan ($1,393)
16GB/1TB- 11,999 yuan ($1,671)

Starting with the display, the HONOR Magic V2 has a 7.92-inch folding OLED internal display with a 2,344 x 2,156 resolution and a 10:9 aspect ratio.

The internal display has a peak brightness of 1,600 nits. The external display is a 6.43-inch OLED with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 2,500 nits of peak brightness. Both displays are 120 Hz LTPO. 

Both displays on the HONOR Magic V2 support stylus input with sub-millisecond response times, 0.42ms input lag, and a stroke prediction algorithm, According to HONOR.

However, the screen doesn’t have ultra-thin glass, which is disappointing as the rest of the foldable brands are offering it. 

HONOR Magic V2 Thinnest Foldable Smartphone
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HONOR’s new foldable device is powered by an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. The CPU clock speed has been boosted to 3.36Hz,` and the GPU frequency is 719MHz.

This is the same variant used in the Galaxy S23. The processor is paired with either 16GB of RAM and a storage option of 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB.

In terms of the camera, The HONOR Magic V2 has three cameras on the back. There is a 50MP main camera, a 50MP wide-angle lens, and a 20MP telephoto camera with 2.5x zoom. It also has a 16MP front-facing camera on both screens for selfies and video calls.

Lastly, HONOR Magic V2 has a hefty 5,000 mAh battery that supports 66W wired fast charging. Unfortunately, the company skimped out on wireless charging.

HONOR Magic V2 price and availability

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Currently, the HONOR Magic V2 is only available in China, with a starting price of 8,999 yuan, which is equivalent to $1,253. The base model comes with 16GB of memory and 256GB of internal storage.

If you require more storage, there is also a 16GB/512GB variant available for 9,999 yuan, approximately $1,393. The top-tier model comes with 1TB of storage and costs 11,999 yuan, roughly $1,671.

HONOR has suggested that its foldable smartphone will be available worldwide in 2023 but failed to mention any time window.

Currently, the only way to get the device is by importing it from China. However, if you’re interested in a foldable smartphone, there are plenty of options from brands like Samsung, Google, OPPO, and OnePlus.

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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