Honor Magic V Official: does the “kink-free” display make the difference?

The Honor Magic V was presented for the Chinese market on January 10th. The first foldable smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer is being sold for 9,999 yuan, which is the equivalent of 1,400 euros (before taxes).


  • Honor Magic V Official in China on January 18th
  • The release date in Europe is not yet known.
  • Foldable 5G smartphone will run with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.

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The Honor Magic V adopts the form factor of a certain Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 with a hybrid smartphone/tablet format. The 6.45-inch external curved OLED display has an elongated aspect ratio of 21.3: 9. The large, internal and foldable panel has a diagonal of 7.9 inches in 10: 9 format. However, Honor wants to stand out from the competition in one very specific point. This is a hurdle that currently still prevents many from buying foldable devices from competitors such as Samsung.

A foldable smartphone, but without a kink!

Honor put a lot of emphasis on its “waterdrop” hinge technology, which is said to be the thinnest on the market. The manufacturer even goes so far as to promise a “creaseless” – that is, a wrinkle-free – display. A visible crease is one of the most common criticisms of Samsung’s foldable displays. Because it can already be seen after the first use. It remains to be seen how realistic Honor’s promise is.

The manufacturer has also bragged about the IMAX Enhanced certification that the Honor Magic V received for its display. That should be a first for a smartphone. The displays of the HONOR Magic V support 100% DCI-P3 color coverage and offer up to 1.07 billion colors. The whole thing benefits from a screen refresh rate of up to 120 Hz in collapsed mode and 90 Hz in expanded mode, which I find quite illogical overall.

In terms of design, the Honor Magic V is made of an alloy of high-strength titanium, zirconium liquid metal and high-strength carbon fibers, which reduce the weight of the device. The smartphone should be lighter and more balanced when it is in the palm of your hand, regardless of whether it is folded or unfolded.

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The Honor Magic V in the color Burnt Orange / © Honor

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High-quality specifications and no Google services (yet)

The Honor Magic V is the first foldable smartphone to feature the brand new 5G Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor from Qualcomm. According to the manufacturer, the Honor Magic V should deliver 30 percent higher performance compared to the previous generation.

On the photo side there is a quadruple-camera module with 50 MP and a selfie camera with 42 MP. The lens system comprises an 8 × 8 DTOF (for depth information) and three 50-megapixel sensors for wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and a “Spectrum Enhanced” sensor, which is supposed to cope with complex lighting conditions.

The Honor Magic V will run with the Magic UI 6.0, which logically works without Google services, since it is a Chinese interface. However, the manufacturer launched the Honor 50 in France a few months ago and it was actually equipped with GMS (Google Mobile Services).

Honor also states that its user interface is powered by the Honor Magic Live AI engine. “Thanks to the consideration of the context, the profile prediction and an extensive knowledge graph, Magic Live enables the HONOR Magic V to act like a personal assistant, intelligently learning the habits and behavior of the user in order to give him personalized recommendations”, it says in the press release for the market launch.

Finally, the HONOR Magic V is powered by a 4750 mAh battery that accepts 66 watt SuperCharge fast charging, which can charge the battery to 50% in just 15 minutes.

Colors, price and availability of the Honor Magic V.

The Honor Magic V is currently only marketed in China and sales will begin on January 18, 2022. The foldable smartphone is available in two versions, 12/256 GB and 12/512 GB, which are sold for 9,999 and 10,999 yuan, respectively 1,400 or 1,500 euros before taxes. Not quite as competitive a price when you compare it to the € 1,799 for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The Honor Magic V is available in China in three colors: Black, Space Silver and Burnt Orange.

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What do you think of the Honor Magic V Official? In your opinion, is the price-performance ratio competitive? Do you think Honor can establish itself in the foldable market or at least become a serious competitor to Samsung? And do you believe in the promise of a truly wrinkle-free screen?

Source: Honor

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