I’ve never used a folding phone like this one before | Digital Trends

I’ve never used a folding phone like this one before | Digital Trends

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Honor took its sweet time to bring the Magic V2 out of China – six months, to be precise. Given the amazing hardware, it’s been a long wait.

I’ve had a test unit since July 2023, which didn’t have the software and cameras ready until earlier this month. After using it as my primary device for a few weeks, I can confidently say that the Honor Magic V2 is the most comfortable foldable phone I’ve used to date.

Perfectly bridging the gap between a regular and foldable phone

Galaxy S24 Ultra, Magic V2 and OnePlus Open top view.
Galaxy S24 Ultra (left), Honor Magic V2, and OnePlus Open Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

For a long time, my major issue with using foldable phones has been how they feel in the hand. It started with the Galaxy Z Fold (and still remains the same with the Galaxy Z Fold 5), which feels like holding two regular candy phones together. We got closer to a slab phone-like form factor on a foldable with the OnePlus Open, but it’s still thick. The Honor Magic V2 solves this problem with a thinner, lighter, and better form factor than ever.

Starting with thickness, at 10.1mm, the Magic V2 brings the foldable phone form factor closer to a slab phone experience than ever. The Ultimate variant with a vegan leather back is even thinner at 9.9mm.

For reference, mainstream foldable like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Google Pixel Fold, and the OnePlus Open measure 13.46mm, 12.1mm, and 11.7mm in thickness, respectively. While slab phones like the new Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro are 8.7mm and 8.8mm in thickness, respectively. The Magic V2 lies in the middle of these.

Secondly, the Magic V2 weighs 237 grams, which is eight grams lighter than the current best foldable phone, the OnePlus Open. The Samsung and Google foldables weigh way more at 253 grams (Galaxy Z Fold 5) and 283 grams (Pixel Fold), while the Galaxy S24 Ultra weighs 233 grams. The thin and light design makes it comparable to slab phones, which is a big feat for the foldable segment.

Honor made this possible by working on the material, hinge, and battery. First, it uses proprietary steel that is said to be 25% thinner and 20% stronger than the Honor Magic Vs. Second, the hinge is made out of titanium, which is 42% lighter than before. Third, the company made a slimmer silicon-carbon battery and doesn’t use a lithium-ion cell like other folding phones.

Honor Magic V2 cover display.
Honor Magic V2 cover display Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

Another aspect that gives it a slab phone-like form factor is a 21:9 aspect ratio cover display. On flagship phones like the Galaxy S24 Ultra or iPhone 15 Pro Max, you get an aspect ratio that is closer to 20:9. But on foldables, this is all over the place — from the tall Galaxy Z Fold 5 to the wide Pixel Fold. The OnePlus Open is the only other foldable with a 21:9 aspect ratio on the cover screen. This is important because it prevents apps from misbehaving, and they load like they would on a regular smartphone.

All of these factors combine to offer an amazing day-to-day experience. Using the new Honor foldable in daily life doesn’t feel like I’m using two phones slapped into one. As a result, holding it to browse, doomscroll on social media, and read is a better experience than other foldables. Moreover, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable when carried in my pocket because it fits in my pants like a regular phone. The shaving off of millimeters and grams from the build does wonders.

Unlike other foldables, the Honor Magic V2 isn’t a big screen that folds to give you a slab phone-like experience. Instead, it feels like a regular phone that unfolds to give you a big screen. And that is an amazing feat to achieve.

What else should you know about the Honor Magic V2?

Honor Magic V2 in hand with OnePlus Open in the background.
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The Honor Magic V2 features a 6.43-inch cover display and a 7.92-inch foldable screen inside. Both of these are OLED panels that offer a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and support for the Honor Magic Pen stylus. Both the screens are sharp and bright, with clear visibility in direct sunlight.

I enjoyed watching movies and videos on this phone, especially when I could fold it halfway in cramped flights. However, there’s no Dolby Vision support. I liked taking notes with the Honor stylus but didn’t carry it around because there’s no place in the phone or on its case to keep it. If you want to use the Magic Pen, you’ll have to carry it separately.

The hinge is solid and remains in the position you want it to. The crease situation is much better than the Galaxy Z Fold 5, but the OnePlus Open’s near non-existent crease is still the best implementation on a foldable screen. However, I enjoyed using the Honor Magic V2 because MagicOS 7.2 (based on Android 13) offers good multitasking capabilities.

You can run two apps side by side, and I’ve been using it to research stories on one side and take notes on the other. It works like a breeze – without any lag or stutter. There are plenty of gestures to make things easy and intuitive with swipes. I got used to them within a couple of days. That being said, OnePlus’s Open Canvas remains the multitasking benchmark in foldable software. Honor’s multitasking capabilities are on par with Galaxy Z Fold 5’s multitasking.

The Honor Magic V2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which might seem old on paper but is still capable. It is paired with 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage.

Talking about the processor, it was the flagship chip when the phone was released in China last year, but by the time the Magic V2 made its way to Europe, there had been plenty of phone launches with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. However, its main competitors, the OnePlus Open and Galaxy Z Fold 5, both carry the same chipset. You won’t feel like the Magic V2 is slow or last-gen by any means – it remains a top-notch device.

As for the cameras, the Honor Magic V2 sports three rear cameras that include a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 50MP ultrawide-angle lens, and a 20MP telephoto camera with 2.5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. On the front, you get 16MP cameras – one on the cover display and the other on the big inner screen.

The Honor Magic V2 captures a lot of detail on all three cameras. I like the color tuning and portrait photos. Photos taken at 10x are social media sharing-worthy, too. You can go up to 40x, but those aren’t good quality. The nighttime photos come out pretty well, too.

When compared to the OnePlus Open, the Magic V2 loses in telephoto camera performance. The Open clicks better zoom photos, but the Magic V2 has a better ultrawide camera output. As for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 comparison, I’d pick the Magic V2 over the Samsung foldable for the overall camera performance.

The Honor Magic V2 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging. In my time using it as my primary phone, it lasted me throughout the working days. For reference, my regular usage includes jumping around X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, WhatsApp, Slack, and Teams throughout the day with hours of browsing, clicking some photos, and about 20 minutes of navigation.

Innovation comes at a steep price

Honor Magic V2 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 in hand.
Honor Magic V2 (left) and Galaxy Z Fold 5 (right) Prakhar Khanna / Digital Trends

The Honor Magic V2 is now available in Purple and Black color options for 1,700 British pounds/1,999 euros in Europe (without offers). It’s an expensive price tag when considering the Galaxy Z Fold 5 selling for 1,899 Euros and the OnePlus Open costing 1,799 Euros. However, I’d still recommend the Honor Magic V2 because it changes how you interact with foldable phones.

If you need the most value-for-money foldable phone, the OnePlus Open should be your go-to option. It offers the best camera setup on a foldable and near-crease-less inner display. But if you want a folding phone that doesn’t feel like you’re holding two phones when interacting with the cover display, the Honor Magic V2 should be your pick. It features an excellent design, great displays, smooth performance, an all-day battery life, and good cameras. It’s a remarkable package — and one that cements Honor as one of the top players in the foldable world.

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Foldable Smartphones Shipments Beat Expectations in Q3 2023: DSCC Report

Foldable Smartphones Shipments Beat Expectations in Q3 2023: DSCC Report

Foldable smartphones were more popular in the third quarter of 2023 than was anticipated earlier, according to a new report. The shipments of foldable smartphones and their panels surged in the quarter due to two major reasons, as per the numbers revealed in the study – firstly, the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 in July this year and secondly, the sheer rise in the number of foldable smartphones launched from different brands, especially in China.

According to the Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) report, the shipments of foldable smartphones in Q3 2023 rose 215 percent Quarter-on-Quarter and 16 percent Year-on-Year to 7 million units. This is 1 percent above the outlook and surpasses the earlier record of 6.1 million units in Q3 2022 by 16 percent. South Korean OEM Samsung led market share in the quarter with 76 percent, with leading demands in European markets, as per the report.

Huawei claimed the second spot in the market share at 9 percent. The company launched the Huawei Mate X3 in March this year with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and a 4,800Ah battery with 66W wired and 50W wireless charging support. The book-style foldable carries a 7.85-inch (2,224×2,496 pixels) OLED inner display and a 6.4-inch OLED (1,080×2,504 pixels) cover panel.

Honor grabbed onto the third spot with an 8 percent market share with its Magic V2 model. This is another book-style foldable smartphone launched in China. It is backed by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC and a 5,000mAh battery with 66W Honor SuperCharge support. This phone features a 7.92-inch interior display with a resolution of 2,344 x 2,156 pixels, and a 6.43-inch outer screen with a resolution of 2,376 x 1,060 pixels.

The DSCC report added that in Q4 2023, foldable smartphone shipments are expected to fall 35 percent QoQ and rise 47 percent YoY to 3.6 million. Samsung’s brand share is also expected to take a tumble to land at 42 percent, according to the report.

DSCC CEO Ross Young noted that the entry of new players in the foldable smartphones market with Google Pixel Fold, OnePlus Open, Tecno Phantom V Flip and Tecno Phantom V Fold has helped this rise in shipments. 

Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 alongside the Galaxy Tab S9 series and Galaxy Watch 6 series at its first Galaxy Unpacked event in South Korea. We discuss the company’s new devices and more on the latest episode of Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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Something amazing happened to folding phones in 2023 | Digital Trends

Something amazing happened to folding phones in 2023 | Digital Trends

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Samsung has been in charge of leading the foldable segment for too long. For years, Samsung dominated the foldable landscape with little to no competition. But that changed in 2023.

While the company put in the work to improve the Galaxy Z Flip 5 with a bigger cover display, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 seemed to remain an afterthought. Fortunately, other smartphone manufacturers started rolling out more foldable phones globally this year, and now, Samsung’s aren’t the go-to choice anymore. There’s finally healthy competition and choice for folding phones, and I’m so here for it.

Finally, some real competition

OnePlus Open and Google Pixel Fold camera modules.
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Samsung started facing the heat from Google in June with the rollout of the Google Pixel Fold. It introduced a new form factor with a wide cover display and a horizontal aspect ratio on the inside. In my opinion, it isn’t an ideal form factor, especially with the weight and not having a vertical display on the inside. But it brought actual competition for the foldable phone market in the U.S. — a critically important task.

Honor showcased the slimmest and lightest foldable with the Honor Magic V2 in September, and it was a turning point for me. It lies in the middle of the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold in terms of form factor. It solved the major design issues that were a norm for book-style foldables.

The Honor Magic V2 is closer to a slab phone in more than one way. It is thin enough to feel like a regular slab phone and weighs less than my then-primary phone, the iPhone 14 Pro Max. In fact, Honor made a whole new slim 5,000mAh battery for its foldable. Plus, It has a crease less than the other two Folds and packs a 20:9 cover screen, which is close to what you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra or the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

While the Honor Magic V2’s global availability hasn’t been announced, it is slated to launch sometime in Q1 2024. It showcased what a book-style foldable can be and became a benchmark for design – at least for me. And it remains one even after the launch of the OnePlus Open (more on that below).

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 next to the Motorola Razr Plus, both showing their cover screens.
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Additionally, we saw the return of Motorola Razr with the Motorola Razr (2023) and Motorola Razr Plus. The latter was arguably better than the Galaxy Z Flip 5, with a bigger cover screen and better battery life. Globally, Oppo had already rolled out the Find N2 Flip, which introduced a new vertical cover screen on the outside.

Samsung made a good comeback with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 in Q3, which brought a solid hinge and new cover screen but with the same dual camera setup and gutter-like crease in the middle. The Oppo Find N3 Flip solved both concerns with a triple rear camera setup that included a dedicated telephoto lens on a flip phone for the first time. Plus, the crease situation was much better than Samsung’s phones.

One phone beat Samsung at its own game

OnePlus Open from the back, in hand and less than half folded.
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If the Honor Magic V2 had been released outside of China, it’d be my go-to recommendation for a book-style foldable. But OnePlus did what Honor couldn’t with its first big foldable, the OnePlus Open. It not only challenged Samsung but beat it in almost every way — despite undercutting it on the price.

Similar to the Honor Magic V2, the OnePlus Open features a 20:9 aspect ratio, which I consider ideal for this type of foldable. As a result of the slab-like cover screen, apps don’t misbehave, which is an issue on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Pixel Fold – whether with black borders or the app not being comfortable and displaying zoomed-in text on an irregular aspect ratio. But the OnePlus Open did two other things that no other folding phone has done yet.

First, It offered a camera setup that’s better and more versatile than any big foldable phone. At launch, it had some issues with tuning for the new Sony sensor, but it has only gotten better with updates. Plus, the 6x zoom feels straight out of a more traditional flagship phone.

Two games running simultaneously on OnePlus Open held in hands.
Botworld (top) and Whiteout Survival running on OnePlus Open simultaneously. Tushar Mehta / Digital Trends

Second, the crease is almost negligible. You can still feel it, but it’s notably less than the Samsung, Google, Honor, or Tecno foldables. You can’t see it 99% of the time, and for that 1% you can, you have to view it at a specific angle. It’s a non-issue.

The OnePlus Open also took multitasking to the next level with its Open Canvas feature. For the first time, you can now have three apps simultaneously on your screen, with each interaction just a tap away. When you use it, you realize how much you can accomplish on the big inner display. I can plan for my next story or my next trip with Chrome, YouTube, and Google Keep all open simultaneously.

The OnePlus Open is easily my favorite phone of the year that’s available globally.

2023 did something else for foldables

Tecno Phantom V Fold and Tecno Phantom V Flip.
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It’s no secret that folding phones come at an expensive price tag, and oftentimes, it’s the price that keeps consumers from jumping on the foldable bandwagon. But Tecno democratized the market by launching a book-style foldable and a flip phone at unbelievable prices.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold was launched at 79,999 Indian Rupees (INR), which translates to $960, less than most regular flagship phones. YouTuber Michael Fisher famously called it the “a fold at the price of a flip” – something Tecno used at its launch event.

The Tecno Phantom V Fold's open screen.
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The Phantom V Fold isn’t a bad foldable by any means. It offers a more useable cover screen and a lesser crease on the inner screen than the Galaxy Z Fold 5. There were obviously instances where Tecno had to cut corners. For example, the hinge is either at 90 degrees or 180 degrees flat, and the cameras aren’t something to boast about, but they’re workable.

As if that wasn’t enough, Tecno also launched a flip phone at 49,999 INR ($600), which brings it to a mid-range phone category, similar to the Motorola Razr launch price in the US. It is selling for 54,999 INR ($660) and still remains the cheapest flip phone on the market, slightly cheaper than the $700 Motorola Razr.

You might not get the fastest performance or the best cameras on these two flip phones, but they are democratizing foldables, which have long remained a novel pursuit. In 2023, folding phones aren’t something you have to splurge on, and that’s a big win for the form factor.

Folding phones are here to stay

Honor Magic V2 and OnePlus Open in hand.
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In short, 2023 was an outstanding year for folding phones.

Samsung faced more competition than ever, which exposed its lazy approach with the Fold 5. Google entered the segment. Honor showed you can make foldables as slim and light as a slab phone. OnePlus led the form factor with great cameras, a near-creaseless display, and next-level multitasking. Oppo introduced a dedicated telephoto camera on a flip phone for the first time. Motorola and Tecno brought foldables to the masses.

That’s more activity in the global foldable market than we’ve seen in the last four years combined — since the launch of the first Galaxy Fold in 2019. I’m still amazed by having a 7.6-inch tablet-like display right inside my pocket that enables me to do so much more than a regular, non-folding phone.

I hope 2024 continues to be amazing for foldables and that Samsung pushes itself to make the Galaxy Z Fold 6 more than an iterative upgrade. This is the best year we’ve had yet for folding phones, and I can’t wait to see where the niche is another year from now.

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Honor Magic V2 Makes Global Debut As World’s Slimmest Foldable at IFA 2023

Honor Magic V2 Makes Global Debut As World’s Slimmest Foldable at IFA 2023

Honor Magic V2 made a global debut on September 1, alongside Honor V Purse, at IFA 2023 that took place in Berlin. The smartphone was previously launched in China in July 2023. The latest foldable from Honor weighs only 231g. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, and packs a 5,000mAH battery. The company has not announced the launch date and the pricing details of the smartphone yet. Meanwhile, the Honor V Purse gets an outward folding design, and can be carried like a handbag. 

The company is yet to announce the launch date for the Honor Magic V2 in Europe markets. However, according to an Android Authority report, the release is confirmed for the first quarter of 2024. It also suggests that as per the foldable smartphone’s listing, it will launch in select markets including Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, and the UK. It could be also expected to release in a few Latin American markets.

The pricing of the smartphone hasn’t been revealed for the global market yet. To recall, it was launched in China at the starting price of CNY 8,999 (roughly Rs. 1,03,000) for the base 16GB RAM + 256GB storage variant, while the 16GB RAM + 512GB storage model was marked at CNY 9,999 (roughly Rs. 1,14,500). The high-end variant with 16GB RAM + 1TB storage was released for CNY 11,999 (roughly Rs. 1,37,400).

Packing similar features as its Chinese variant, the Honor Magic V2 for global markets will feature a 6.43-inch outer display with a resolution of 2,376×1,060 pixels, and a 7.92-inch interior display with a 2,344×2,156 pixel resolution. Both OLED display panels feature a 120Hz refresh rate. The foldable is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, paired with 16GB RAM and up to 1TB internal storage. It boots Android 13-based MagicOS 7.2 out-of-the-box.

For optics, it houses a triple rear camera unit housed in a rectangular module. The setup includes a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 20-megapixel telephoto unit. Meanwhile, both interior and exterior screens of the Honor Magic V2 get a 16-megapixel selfie camera.   

The foldable is backed by a 5,000mAh battery unit with support for 66W Honor SuperCharge charging. The Magic V2 from Honor also gets connectivity support for 5G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.3 LE, GPS, NFC, and USB 3.1 Type-C. 

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Honor Magic Vs 2 Visits 3C Certification Listing; Could Launch Soon

Honor Magic Vs 2 Visits 3C Certification Listing; Could Launch Soon

Honor is all set to host its keynote at IFA 2023 in Berlin on September 1, where it will launch Honor Magic V2 smartphone in select global markets. Ahead of the company’s keynote, another foldable smartphone has reportedly visited China’s 3C certification website revealing some of the key details. The smartphone, rumoured to be Honor Magic Vs 2, is tipped to be an outward folding device. However, any official details regarding the smartphone are yet to emerge. Meanwhile, Honor Magic V2 has already been launched in China.

According to a report by MyFixGuide, Honor is likely to expand its foldable smartphone range with a rumoured Honor Magic Vs 2. The smartphone, which is being speculated to debut later this year in October, has recently visited China’s 3C certification site. The purported handset is listed with the model number VCA-AN00. It is tipped to come as the company’s first outward folding device. The listing also suggested that the Honor Magic Vs 2 could be supported by 35W charging and 5G connectivity.

Previously, a foldable smartphone speculated to be named Honor Magic V Slim was spotted on MIIT in China with the codename “Victoria’. However, it is now being said to be launched as Honor Magic Vs 2.

Meanwhile, the Honor Magic V2, which is set to be showcased at IFA 2023, was launched in China last month. The smartphone sports a 7.92-inch full-HD+ (2,344 × 2,156 pixels) LTPO OLED inner display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a screen-to-body ratio of 90.4 percent. On the outer side, the handset features a 6.43-inch full-HD+ (2,376 × 1,060 pixels) LTPO display panel, offering a peak brightness level of up to 2,500 nits and a 120Hz refresh rate.

It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, paired with up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of inbuilt storage. It runs on Android 13-based MagicOS 7.2 out-of-the-box. 

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The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is about to get a serious new rival | Digital Trends

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 is about to get a serious new rival | Digital Trends

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Samsung has won foldables for 2023 with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, right? Both phones are expertly crafted, lovely to use, and have been highly praised since their launch.

Well, maybe not, because at the IFA technology trade show on September 1, Honor is going to launch not one but two new folding smartphones — meaning Samsung won’t be the newest foldable game in town for very long this year.

Honor? IFA? What?

A person opening the Honor Magic Vs.
Honor Magic Vs Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

Before we get into why this is a potentially big deal, time for some background. Honor doesn’t sell its smartphones in the U.S., but it does in the U.K. and elsewhere in the world. The IFA trade show happens annually in Berlin, and last year it was the launchpad for the Honor Magic Vs big-screen folding phone, which was subsequently released in the U.K. in early 2023. This means the devices announced at this year’s IFA show will almost certainly get a wide global launch.

Long-time mobile fans will remember Honor was once part of the Huawei family but was sold off so it could survive on its own when the U.S. decided to restrict sales of components to Huawei, cutting it off from Google and other U.S. tech companies. Since then, Honor has released a variety of devices, from phones to smartwatches, complete with Google Services and 5G connectivity.

The Honor Magic Vs was its most ambitious and high-profile release yet, and although the software wasn’t quite up to the standard we expect from the brand, there’s no doubt the hardware is excellent. It’s also quite a lot cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and the Google Pixel Fold, its two main rivals. Honor has always been great at design, and the sleek Magic Vs proved it hasn’t lost its touch since separating from Huawei.

What’s new?

A press shot showing the different Honor Magic V2 models.
Honor Magic V2 Honor

For 2023, Honor is returning to IFA, and it’s coming with two new foldable smartphones. Better yet, we already know what one of them will be, as earlier this year, Honor announced the Honor Magic V2 in China. A tweet announcing the IFA event from Honor’s official account included the Magic V2 hashtag, so there’s no question it’ll be on the roster.

It’s an incredibly thin foldable, measuring just 4.7mm unfolded and 9.9mm folded up, making it far thinner than the competition. It’s light at 231 grams too. It also has all the right specs we want to see in a 2023 flagship, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, a 50MP main and wide-angle camera, plus a 20MP telephoto camera, a 5,000mAh battery, a 7.92-inch inner screen, and a 6.43-inch cover screen.

A press shot of the Honor Magic V2 Ultimate in black.
Honor Magic V2 Ultimate Honor

If the Magic V2 is a given, what is the second folding smartphone Honor will bring to Germany? This is still a mystery, but it’s not a stretch to imagine it may be a compact folding smartphone to take on the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Motorola Razr 40, and Motorola Razr Plus. If it is, then it’ll be the first major brand to release both a large and small folding smartphone to take on Samsung outside China. For example, Oppo only released the Oppo Find N2 Flip in the U.K. but kept the Oppo Find N2 for China.

Don’t get carried away just yet

The invitation to Honor's IFA 2023 event.

Before we get too carried away, there is a slight chance Honor is playing fast and loose with the way it’s counting the number of new foldables coming to IFA. There are actually two versions of the Honor Magic V2, a standard model and the Honor Magic V2 Ultimate, which has an eco-leather back, more RAM, more storage, and a stylus called the Magic Pen included with it. Depending on how you look at it, that is two new foldables — just not two distinctly different new foldables.

Either way, there’s a lot riding on the Honor Magic V2 and the mystery second phone. The Magic Vs went from being a really exciting phone to one that was released too late and with a less-than-impressive camera. Honor needs to get the Magic V2 right this time and into stores this year, preferably soon after its launch at IFA, if it wants to be a viable alternative to the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

We’ll find out which folding smartphones Honor has for us on September 1, when it will hold an event at its IFA booth. It says the event will be a “beautiful fusion of tech, fashion, and sustainability.” We’re excited about it, as we’re still keen to have more competition in the foldable space, and will bring you all the news on the day.

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