HONOR has just presented its second folding smartphone, the first expected on the European market. The Magic Vs has, on paper, the cards to annoy the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4.
[Mise à jour le 24 novembre 2022 à 18h : Dans un communiqué de presse, HONOR confirme que le Magic Vs sera disponible à l’international. Le smartphone pliant devrait être disponible « en début d’année prochaine », suivant la nouvelle stratégie Dual Flagship de la marque.
Cette dernière comprend le lancement de smartphones pliants sur les marchés internationaux, en plus des modèles classiques. « Le HONOR Magic Vs sera notre tout premier smartphone pliant à faire ses débuts à l’international et nous sommes convaincus qu’il apportera d’énormes avancées sur ce marché, transformant la façon dont les gens du monde entier utilisent leurs smartphones », précise George Zhao, PDG de HONOR.]
As expected, HONOR introduced its Magic Vs in China. An improved version of its Magic V launched at the end of 2021, this new model allows the Chinese brand to make some changes. In particular, it takes up this book format which has had some success with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series. Good news, HONOR is not just updating the internals and really tweaking its formula.
Lighter, thinner and still strong
The manufacturer is tackling one of the flaws of its Magic V: its weight. With 288g (or 293g) on the scale, the first generation folding smartphone was a heavyweight. The new Magic Vs ne weighs more than 261 g and displays 6.1mm thick (12.9 mm when folded), against 6.7 mm (14.3 mm) for its predecessor. As for the hinge, HONOR promises that it withstands over 400,000 folds ; that is more than ten years of use at the rate of 100 folds per day.
Now lightened, the Magic Vs retains its 7.9 inch OLED display displaying 1984 x 22272 pixels. This panel has a refresh rate of 90Hz and offers brightness up to 800 nits. Externally, a 6.45 inch screen also keeps its place and has the same characteristics as before. The OLED panel displays 1080 x 2560 pixels at 120 Hz and supports HDR10+ technology.
Power to take on the Galaxy Z Fold4
Under the hood, HONOR updates the components of its folding smartphone. In order to go the distance and measure itself against the market reference, the Magic Vs offers itself a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flanked by 8 to 12 GB of RAM. It is no longer the reference chip at Qualcomm, which has just unveiled the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Nevertheless, this SoC remains one of the most powerful on the market and allows the Magic Vs to position itself as a high-end terminal. range. On the internal storage side, there are variants with 256 or 512 GB.
For autonomy, you can count on a 5000mAh battery compatible with the 66W fast charging. It would take about three quarters of an hour (46 min) to complete a full charge.
Change for the photo part
Not always the strong point of folding models, the photo part improves by using a triple module. The Magic Vs is equipped with a 54-megapixel Sony IMX800 main sensor, with wide-angle optics opening at f/1.9. To accompany it, a 50 megapixel ultra wide-angle (f/2.0) and a 8 megapixel telephoto lens with x3 zoom (f / 2.4) are present. A configuration that is intended to be versatile and – on paper – promising.
Regarding the famous “Magic Pen” stylus, the folding smartphone is indeed compatible. However, the accessory sold separately – which connects via Bluetooth – does not have a dedicated slot in the device.
In China, this Magic Vs runs under the interface Magic OS 7.0 which is based on Android 12. It comes in three colors (orange, blue and black) and three configurations:
- 8GB RAM + 256GB, priced at 7,499 yuan (1,010 euros excluding tax)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB, priced at 7,999 yuan (1,075 euros excluding tax)
- 12GB RAM + 512GB, priced at 8,999 yuan (1,210 euros excluding tax)
Note that the manufacturer plans to launch a Ultimate variant (black or gold); at a rate of 10,888 yuan (1,465 euros excl. tax). Pre-orders have started in China, for marketing on November 30. HONOR CEO George Zhao has confirmed an international release; but the brand does not yet detail its calendar. It will probably be necessary to wait for the first quarter of 2023, with a starting price that promises to be high. As a reminder, Samsung launched its Galaxy Z Fold4 from 1,799 euros.