Chinese smartphone maker Honor is officially launching its first foldable smartphone, Honor Magic V, as it wants to step firmly out of the shadow of former parent company Huawei by promising to do the seemingly impossible.
The Honor Magic V offers high-end specs across the board, including 5G connectivity, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor with 12GB of RAM, a trio of 50-megapixel rear cameras, and two 42-megapixel selfie cams – one on the outer display at the folder and one on an inner screen.
Probably the biggest selling point, however, is its design. Honor attaches great importance to the “advanced water drop hinge technology”, the Magic V-folding functions, which enable the device to turn into an extra-wide 7.9-inch anti-kink display with a resolution of 2272 x 1984 pixels (10: 9 Aspect ratio) to unfold) and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
After not seeing the handset, we are intrigued, to say the least, at how a “wrinkle-free” design can be achieved when folding seems to rule out such a possibility – but we are ready to wonder.
When folded, the external screen of the Magic V is billed as a curved OLED display with a size of 6.45 inches, a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels (21: 9 aspect ratio) and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is 14.3 mm thick when closed or 6.7 mm thick when unfolded.
The device is scheduled to go on sale on January 18th. Prices start at 9,999 yen for a 256GB model in orange, silver, or black. That equates to around £ 1,150, or $ 1,570, where we have to mention that the international rollout has not been confirmed – although there is a listing for Saudi Arabia on the Honor website as well.