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Honor Magic V2 vs Google Pixel Fold: Which foldable is greatest?

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The Google Pixel Fold is a advantageous, if not barely flawed, first try at a foldable – however how does it evaluate to Honor’s Magic V2?

Whereas the Google Pixel Fold boasts strengths within the software program division, Honor’s newest foldable {hardware} blows not solely the Pixel Fold however most different book-style foldables out of the water with an impressively skinny, light-weight construct, massive battery, succesful cameras and extra. 

The Honor Magic V2 is China-only for now, however as with the Magic Vs, we count on the Magic V2 to launch internationally within the coming months. 

The query is, which is greatest on your wants? We break down among the key variations between the Honor Magic V2 and Pixel Fold proper right here. 

The Honor Magic V2 is thinner and lighter

Google praised the design and construct on the Pixel Fold’s announcement in Might, claiming that it was the thinnest foldable telephone round measuring in at 12.2mm thick when folded. It was certainly the case at launch, however inside just some months, that was now not the case. 

The Google Pixel Fold continues to be a comparatively pocketable smartphone in terms of foldables, with choices just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 measuring in at 14.2mm thick, although it has been blown out of the water by the Honor Magic V2. When folded, it measures in at 9.9mm, making it round 4.95mm thick when unfolded. 

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It’s not simply skinny both; it’s additionally light-weight at 231g, making it not solely fairly a bit lighter than the 283g Pixel Fold and different book-style foldables, however it’s really lighter than Samsung’s 234g Galaxy S23 Extremely too.

Contemplating the shape issue, that’s a powerful achievement and can doubtless be one of many large causes to go for the Magic V2 as soon as it’s launched worldwide.

The Google Pixel Fold gives the inventory Android expertise

As confirmed by Honor on the Bejing announcement, Honor Magic V2 sports activities Honor’s personal tackle Android 13 within the type of MagicOS 7.2. In China, that comes with out Google Play providers, however it’ll nearly actually come full of Google’s storefront as soon as it makes its worldwide debut. 

We’ve not used MagicOS 7.2 on the Magic V2, however now we have used MagicOS 7.1 on the Magic Vs and, whereas it’s not precisely inventory Android and comes with a little bit of bloatware pre-installed, it has a number of helpful advantages like massive folders on the house display. Our reviewer commented that it does nonetheless want some work, nevertheless, with key options like an App Tray unavailable on the foldable.

The Google Pixel Fold, however, comes with the identical inventory Android 13 as the remainder of the Pixel household. It’s a clear, easy-to-use UI with customisation options like Materials You that syncs varied UI components to the color scheme of your wallpaper, and there are many AI-powered options too – however extra on that in a bit. 

Google Pixel Fold on a table
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Our reviewer beloved the general expertise with the Pixel Fold in comparison with a lot of the foldable competitors, although quite frustratingly, it doesn’t provide the power to run unsupported apps in full-screen on the inner show, that means lots of the apps you employ each day shall be accompanied by massive black bars both facet. 

Virtually each different foldable producer means that you can do that, limiting simply how helpful the inner show of the Pixel Fold might be till extra builders implement foldable help. 

The Honor Magic V2 has larger shows

Whereas display measurement isn’t all the things, it’s value noting that Honor’s Magic V2 boasts each bigger exterior and inner shows than Google’s most up-to-date foldable.

Extra particularly, the Honor Magic V2 sports activities an exterior 6.43-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED show and an inner 7.92-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED panel, whereas Google opted for a 5.8-inch FHD+ 120Hz AMOLED exterior show and a 7.6-inch 2K 120Hz AMOLED inner show. It’s not so simple as the Fold being the smaller of the 2 although; it’s primarily all the way down to side ratio.

You see, the Pixel Fold has a shorter and squatter design than the Honor Magic V2 with a 17.4:9 side ratio on the exterior panel and 6:5 on the within, in comparison with 20:9 and 10:9 respectively from Honor. 

This does make the Google Pixel Fold a pleasure to carry and use, as famous by our reviewer, significantly in terms of that exterior show. The side ratio makes it really feel like a compact candybar telephone, which not solely permits for simpler use however makes it really feel extra comfy too. 

That may’t fairly be mentioned for Honor’s taller exterior panel, although it’ll be fascinating to see the way it fares in the actual world as soon as we get a pattern in for evaluation. 

Google Tensor G2 vs Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

One of many large differentiators between the 2 foldables is the chipset that powers them; Honor sports activities the newest Qualcomm chipset whereas the Pixel Fold sports activities Google’s home-grown chipset – and the 2 couldn’t be extra totally different.

The Honor Magic V2 sports activities Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, a chipset discovered within the majority of 2023 flagships together with the Asus ZenFone 10, Oppo Discover X6 Professional and OnePlus 11. Whereas we’re but to check the Magic V2, now we have used loads of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-equipped gadgets and, primarily based on that, we’re anticipating blisteringly quick speeds and benchmark-topping scores.

The Google Pixel Fold, however, sports activities Google’s in-house-developed Tensor G2 chipset. In contrast to the Snapdragon equal, the Tensor G2 doesn’t concentrate on pure efficiency energy and, as such, gained’t have the ability to compete with the Magic V2 when it comes to benchmarks. 

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The truth is, with Geekbench 6 multi-core scores of 3677, the Tensor G2 within the Pixel Fold is extra in step with the MediaTek Dimensity 8020 of the £529 Motorola Edge 40 than a flagship-level processor. Nonetheless, regardless of this, our reviewer discovered the Pixel Fold fared nicely in day-to-day use with no notable slowdowns or lag. 

In addition to, AI is the main target of Google’s chipset, permitting the Pixel Fold to do cool issues like display incoming calls in your behalf, mechanically hear for and determine music as you go about your day, take away distracting components from pictures utilizing Magic Eraser and extra. 

So, whereas the Honor Magic V2 will nearly actually be the extra highly effective of the 2, there’s extra to it than pure graphical grunt. 

The Honor Magic V2 is perhaps cheaper

With all that mentioned, you may assume that with a thinner chassis and higher specs, the Honor Magic V2 would be the dearer of the 2 foldables – however that may not be the case.

That’s largely all the way down to the truth that the Google Pixel Fold is among the most costly foldable accessible within the Western world, beginning at £1,749/$1,799. The Honor Magic V2, however, is a China-only gadget for now, however as with the Honor Magic Vs, it’ll doubtless be launched worldwide within the coming months.

What’s extra fascinating is that the Honor Magic Vs is among the cheaper book-style foldables with a £1,399 price ticket. Whereas not confirmed simply but, that might be an indication of Honor’s price-cutting ways with the upcoming Magic V2 to tempt customers from extra established foldable gamers like Samsung. Let’s hope so, anyway. 

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