The slimmest foldable in the marketplace

After a gradual begin, the foldable telephones market is quick changing into a busy market, with each cellphone producer value its salt throwing its hat into the ring with an possibility for consideration.


Honor is a kind of, introducing its third foldable in simply over 18 months, following on from the Magic VS final 12 months. It is working quick, and the Honor V2 is the outcome – one thing that might not be a shock for anybody who retains their eye on the Chinese language launch market. It launched over there simply a few months in the past, and now it has confirmed it’s getting ready to launch in world markets.

I’ve received my fingers on this new flagship forward of the launch to get a really feel for its design and a few of its fairly spectacular specs – preserve studying to see how I’ve discovered it.

Honor Magic V2

First impressions

Honor’s Magic V2 is a super-slim foldable cellphone that, for the primary time, provides the entire advantages of a foldable cellphone expertise, in a type issue that rivals a conventional handset. If the software program expertise can match the {hardware} on provide, this can be a really thrilling cellphone certainly.

Design

  • 9.9mm thick when folded, 4.7mm unfolded
  • 231g

In all probability the very first thing you may discover whenever you maintain the Magic V2 is simply how slim it’s. In truth at 9.9mm when folded (and 4.7mm unfolded), it’s the first foldable cellphone to get beneath 1cm. By comparability, the Galaxy Fold 5 folds all the way down to 13.4mm, so Honor has shaved a substantial quantity from the body.

Honor V2_8

It isn’t but on the stage the place it would not really feel such as you’re holding a foldable, but it surely’s going that means, with dimensions of 156.7 x 74.1 x 9.9mm and weighing simply 231g, it’s simply as straightforward to place in your pocket as another flagship bar cellphone. In truth, it’s smaller within the hand than the iPhone 14 Professional Max (though the iPhone continues to be clearly thinner).

It feels nice within the hand too. There’s an possibility for fake leather-based again panel or glass – the model I noticed was the glass and it feels beautiful – it was a frosted, matte end known as Silk Purple. It appeared good for repelling fingerprints, however different finishes are the extra of the normal shiny end.

Honor V2_10

The hinge is without doubt one of the greatest tales within the Honor V2 design, produced from titanium and rated for 400,000 folds. It feels stable and easy on opening and secure when open, with the notorious crease on the centre of the display when unfolded delicate and never distracting in use.

Screens

  • 6.34-inch cowl show, 7.92-inch inner
  • 3840Hz PWM dimming

In terms of screens, the V2 has a 6.43in cowl show, with a 7.92in unfolded show – each OLEDs with a 120Hz refresh fee and only a contact greater than the shows on the Fold 5. In my very quick time with the cellphone, the screens appeared brilliant and vivid – with on paper specs of two,500 nits peak brightness for the quilt show and 1600 nits for the interior show.

The shows are additionally tremendous sharp, with 2156 x 2344 pixels (2376 x 1060 unfolded), and 402 ppi throughout each. There’s assist for HDR 10+ and 100 per cent DCI-P3 color gamut, which ought to imply watching video on the V2 is nice, and definitely scrolling around the interface was snappy and responsive.

Like we noticed within the Honor 90, Honor is once more touting it eye-friendly 3840Hz PWM know-how, which can minimise the just about invisible flickering that screens do and the fatigue they virtually unknowingly trigger to our eyes. It is a first for a foldable cellphone and extends Honor’s dedication to this aspect of show know-how.

{Hardware} and software program

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • 16GB RAM, as much as 1TB storage
  • 5000mAh battery

Honor is utilizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset within the Magic V2, with 16GB RAM and as much as 1TB of inner storage.

There is a super-slim 5000mAh battery preserving this working, a battery so slim it seems like a bank card, and this partly has enabled Honor to get the V2 as slim as it’s. As we’re used to from Honor, it can assist super-fast 65w charging over a wired connection.

It’s going to run on Android 13 with Honor’s Magic 7.2 OS excessive, although I at the moment have had no affirmation on what number of years of updates it is going to be supported for.

By way of hardiness, there is no official IP score right here, however Honor has stated that it’ll stand up to rain and delicate splashes simply tremendous – simply do not go dunking it within the bathtub.

Cameras

  • 50MP fundamental, 50MP ultra-wide, 20MP telephoto
  • Entrance-facing twin 16MP cameras

There’s a triple rear digital camera setup on the Magic V2, with a 50-megapixel fundamental digital camera (f/1.9, OIS), a 50-megapixel ultra-wide digital camera (f/2.0), and a 20MP telephoto digital camera (f/2.4, OIS).

Honor Magic V2_9

The front-facing twin digital camera setup options two 16-megapixel cameras (f/2.2) and helps numerous seize modes for creators to seize and produce content material, with that tremendous secure titanium hinge serving to you to entry totally different angles to get the shot you want.

Honor V2_12

We weren’t in a position to take a look at the digital camera throughout our transient fingers on, however as all the time, we’ll you should definitely be placing it by its paces in our full overview.

First impressions

Whereas I did not get to place the Honor Magic V2 by its paces to any nice diploma, there is no such thing as a doubt that it feels unimaginable within the hand, and is the primary foldable to really really feel like an everyday cellphone in your pocket – bringing every thing that is nice in regards to the foldable expertise with none of the compromises. If the software program expertise can stay as much as the exterior one, then it is going to be a foldable that Samsung, and others, ought to be watching intently.

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