HONOR has just introduced its second foldable smartphone, which is expected to hit the European market first. Magic Vs, on paper, has the cards to upset 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 has introduced its Magic Vs in China. An improved version of the sound Magic V launches at the end of 2021this new model allows the Chinese brand to bring some modifications. In particular, it takes on this book format that has had some success with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series. Good news, HONOR isn’t just updating the internals and really tweaking its formula.
Lighter, thinner and stronger
The manufacturer addresses one of the Magic V’s drawbacks: its weight. With 288 grams (or 293 grams) on the scale, the first generation of foldable smartphones were quite heavy. The new Magic Vs ne game Weighs just over 261g presents 6.1 mm (12.9 mm when folded) versus 6.7 mm (14.3 mm) for its predecessor. As for the hinge, HONOR promises just that Resists over 400,000 folds ; That’s over ten years of use at a rate of 100 times a day.
Now relaxed, Magic Vs keeps it going 7.9 inch OLED screen 1984 x 22272 pixels wide. This panel has a refresh rate 90 Hz It provides brightness up to 800 lumens. Externally, a 6.45 inch screen It also holds its position and has the same characteristics as before. The OLED panel displays 1080 x 2560 pixels at 120Hz and supports HDR10+.
The ability to take charge of Galaxy Z Fold4
Under the hood, HONOR is updating the components of its foldable smartphone. In order to go the distance and benchmark itself against the market reference, Magic Vs presents itself Snapdragon 8+ Gen1 around her 8 to 12 GB of RAM. It is no longer the reference chip at Qualcomm, which it just unveiled Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Nevertheless, the SoC remains one of the most powerful on the market and allows the Magic Vs to position itself as a high-end workstation. On the internal storage side, there are variants with 256 GB or 512 GB.
For autonomy, you can count on a 5000 mAh battery Compatible with 66W fast charging. A full charge will take about three-quarters of an hour (46 minutes).
Change to part of the image
Not always the strong point of folding models, the image part improves with a file Triple unit. Magic Vs is equipped with Sony IMX800 main sensor with a resolution of 54 megapixels, with a wide-angle lens that opens at f/1.9. To accompany him, A.J 50 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/2.0) and a 8MP telephoto lens With x3 zoom (f / 2.4) present. A composition that is meant to be versatile and promising – on paper.
Regarding the famous “Magic Pen”, the foldable smartphone is already compatible. However, the separately sold accessory—which connects via Bluetooth—doesn’t have a dedicated slot in the device.
In China, Magic Vs runs under the interface Magic OS 7.0 operating system Which is based on Android 12. It comes in three colors (orange, blue and black) and three configurations:
- 8GB RAM + 256GB at 7499 yuan (1,010 euros excluding taxes)
- 12 GB RAM + 256 GB, priced at 7999 yuan (1075 euros excluding taxes)
- 12 GB RAM + 512 GB storage, priced at 8999 yuan (1,210 euros excluding taxes)
Note that the manufacturer plans to release a The ultimate alternative (black or gold); priced at 10,888 yuan (1,465 euros excluding tax). Pre-orders in China began to market on November 30. HONOR CEO George Zhao Confirmed international release ; But the brand hasn’t detailed its calendar yet. It will probably have 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.