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Honor announces the Magic V, its first foldable smartphone

Former Huawei sub-brand Honor has simply introduced its first foldable smartphone, the Honor Magic V. It makes use of the same folding kind issue to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold gadgets, combining a big inside folding show with a smaller exterior show that can be utilized whereas the machine is folded. At the moment is the foldable’s Chinese language launch, the place its worth begins at ¥9,999 (round $1,569) for its 256GB storage mannequin. It can go on open sale on January 18th.

The Magic V’s flagship function, its inside folding display, measures 7.9 inches from nook to nook, has a decision of 2272 x 1984 with a refresh charge of 90Hz, and a facet ratio of 10:9. That’s barely larger than Samsung’s Z Fold 3, whose inside display is 7.6 inches with a decision of 2208 x 1768. Honor says the Magic V’s inside display is like utilizing two 21:9 screens aspect by aspect.

The Magic V’s exterior display can be barely bigger than the Z Fold 3 at 6.45 inches (in comparison with 6.2 for Samsung), with a decision of 2560 x 1080, a 120Hz refresh charge, and a 21:9 side ratio. Honor says this can assist make the machine extra usable while you don’t need to unfold it.

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The Honor Magic V in orange.

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Honor’s foldable, folded.

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When folded, the Magic V measures 72.7mm broad, 14.3mm thick, and has a top of 160.4mm, and when unfolded it expands to 141.1mm broad and is 6.7mm thick. That’s barely wider than Samsung’s newest Z Fold, whereas being barely thinner total when folded. Honor’s foldable is barely heavier, nevertheless. It’s accessible in three colours: orange, silver, and black, and Honor CEO George Zhao says it ought to survive being folded and unfolded 200,000 occasions.

Internally, the Magic V is operating Qualcomm’s newest chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which is paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. It’s received a 4,750mAh battery that may be charged at as much as 66W, which supplies you a 50 % cost in quarter-hour. It’s 5G suitable and is operating Honor’s Magic UI 6.0 software program on high of Android 12, which helps the show of a number of app home windows at the identical time, Honor says.

When it comes to cameras, Honor has included a trio of 50-megapixel sensors on the rear of the foldable, which embody a principal sensor, an ultrawide digicam, and one thing Honor is looking a “spectrum enhanced digicam.” We’ve adopted up with the firm for particulars on what precisely this third digicam does. The Magic V has a pair of 42-megapixel selfie cameras, one embedded in the outer show, and one embedded in the inside folding display.

Honor joins an more and more lengthy checklist of firms which have both introduced or have began to promote foldable smartphones. Most just lately, we noticed Oppo announce its Discover N late final yr, and Xiaomi and Honor’s former mother or father firm Huawei even have foldable gadgets of their very own. We’ve adopted up with Honor to seek out out if, or when, the Magic V may see a world launch.

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