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Honor Magic Vs

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With the Magic Vs, Honor raises the bar on the foldable type issue with a assured design that’s a pleasure to make use of. Points with app compatibility, MagicOS and the general value of the machine maintain it again considerably, however anybody trying to hop on the foldable prepare will discover so much to love right here.


  • Gapless fold
  • Beautiful eye-catching end
  • Massive battery


  • Solely 90Hz refresh charge on inner show
  • App help nonetheless a difficulty
  • Not the newest Qualcomm chipset


  • EuropeRRP: €1599
  • CanadaTBC
  • AustraliaTBC

  • Gapless folding mechanismThe Honor Magic Vs folds fully closed with no noticeable hole, defending the inside show from mud and different particles.

  • Succesful camerasThe mixture of a 54MP principal, 50MP ultrawide and 8MP 3x telephoto look to offer the Magic Vs the sting in comparison with most book-style foldables in 2023.

  • Massive batteryThe 5,000mAh battery of the Honor Magic Vs ought to assist it final all day lengthy after which some.


With its sights set on taking down the Galaxy Z Fold 4, Honor has taken the plunge into the worldwide foldable area with the Honor Magic Vs.

Regardless that its competitors is increasing, Samsung has loved an prolonged interval of dominance over the foldables market. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 have develop into the go-to reference factors when speaking in regards to the tech, not within the least due to Samsung’s continued promoting efforts and the truth that the corporate was one of many first to market with the idea.

Of the 2 units, the Z Flip has simply seen essentially the most competitors at its doorstep from the likes of the Oppo Discover N2 Flip and the Motorola Razr (2022), however the Z Fold has remained comparatively unmoved from its perch. Honor is trying to change this with the Magic Vs, which not solely undercuts the Z Fold in value, but in addition gives a spec sheet that leaves a considerable amount of Samsung’s feature-set within the mud – on paper anyway.

So has Honor truly made the cellphone to dethrone the Galaxy Z Fold 4? Right here’s our verdict.

Folding the Honor Magic Vs at a 45-degree angle
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Design and screens

  • The hinge can fold at totally different angles
  • With out a case, the machine is slippery
  • Some inconsistency between display refresh charges

Earlier than handing the Magic Vs over for testing, one of many first issues Honor was eager to level out was that not like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Vs folds fully flat when the inside display is just not in use. To its credit score, the Magic Vs does look extra assured in its type issue than the Fold 4, one thing that Honor has managed to attain with a redesigned hinge that has whittled the inside mechanisms down to only 4 elements.

From a design standpoint alone, it’s a powerful piece of tech and the flatter crease does enable the Magic Vs to take a seat extra simply in your pocket than the competitors (regardless that it’s nonetheless a reasonably weighty 267g). The crease itself continues to be seen from an angle, however in case you’re trying on the cellphone dead-on then it disappears fully. I solely want that there was a groove on the sides of the cellphone to make it a bit of simpler to open and shut.

As a forewarning to anybody trying to purchase the Honor Magic Vs, enable me to problem a PSA by imploring that you just instantly connect the case that’s bundled with the cellphone. The Vs’ glass construct signifies that there’s little or no to grip on to, and earlier than I connected the case the machine continuously felt susceptible to slipping out of my arms.

That’s solely a minor gripe nevertheless because the cellphone itself seems like a really premium product, and the folding mechanism doesn’t really feel flimsy within the slightest, with the flexibility to be propped up at a 90-degree angle, very like a laptop computer.

Using the Honor Magic Vs in 'laptop mode'
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Except for having the ability to fold flat, the Honor Magic Vs additionally has one other apparent step up from the Fold 4 in that boasts bigger outer and inside shows than its competitor. When closed, you can also make use of a slender 6.45-inch show however opening up the machine presents you with a powerful 7.9-inch show (the Z Fold 4 has a 6.2-inch outer show and a 7.6-inch inside show by comparability).

With AMOLED tech that’s HDR10+ prepared, each shows on the Magic Vs look unbelievable, however I shocked myself with simply how a lot use I received out of the inside show. From typing to studying paperwork, every little thing is a lot simpler with the added actual property, and that’s earlier than mentioning the apparent advantages in the case of watching content material. Even with movies that use a letterbox format, the clean area across the video can be utilized for subtitles, which is such a fantastic use of the design.

A part of my choice for the inside show additionally comes from the truth that I discover the outer show to be only a bit too slim for my liking. Typos turned a extra common incidence and it’s just too tall for use comfortably one-handed. As a facet be aware, the 2 shows aren’t constant in the case of refresh charges, with 120Hz being the ceiling for the outer show, whereas the inside is capped at 90Hz.

This may sound like trigger for alarm on paper, and I’m positive that some show purists should baulk on the thought, however this inconsistency by no means brought about me any points through the testing interval and until I actually honed in on the variations, they went fully unnoticed throughout on a regular basis use.

The crease on the Honor Magic Vs is visible from the side
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  • Dependable generable efficiency
  • Teriffic in low-light scenes
  • x3 zoom is a bit of disjointed

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 made some notable enhancements to its digital camera system after a considerably lacklustre method from its predecessor, so I used to be intrigued to see how Honor would compete on this entrance. Samsung telephones are identified for taking stable and vibrant photographs however Honor has began to make a reputation for itself on the earth of smartphone images (simply see how the Honor Magic 5 Professional has been marketed).

The camera module on the Honor Magic Vs
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For starters, the Magic Vs has a good digital camera set-up on paper with a 54MP principal sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide and an 8MP telephoto lens. In actuality, the digital camera expertise is hampered by just a few quirks however on the entire, the Magic Vs is able to pumping out some great-looking photographs in each daytime and low-light scenes.

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In nearly all eventualities, I discovered the primary sensor to be extremely dependable and when operating by way of the crowded halls of MWC in Barcelona, the digital camera greater than held its personal once I wanted to take a few product photographs. The digital camera presents a pure bokeh, as seen within the shot under, and there’s loads of color to be discovered too.

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The identical may very well be stated for photographs taken after the solar has gone down. After I returned to the UK, the Magic Vs saved up with the change in climate and I discovered myself fairly shocked at simply how a lot color it was in a position to dissect from scenes that I do know would have tripped up numerous different smartphone cameras. There’s nonetheless some noise current within the sky from the shot under, however the digital camera picked up the pink of the tarp much better than I might when trying on the identical scene within the second.

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Sadly, the identical can’t be stated when swapping to the x3 optical zoom to seize one thing within the distance. In comparison with the expertise I’ve had with the likes of the iPhone Professional vary, shifting to x3 seize adjustments the color profile to such a level that I discovered myself avoiding the characteristic completely as a rule. There’s additionally a x10 digital zoom that’s useful in a pinch however not detailed sufficient to the purpose the place it may very well be genuinely really helpful to be used.

The cellphone does deal with itself fairly properly within the realm of macro images. When given the prospect, the Honor Vs can seize a good quantity of element on an impressively small degree, however I solely want that this mode may very well be toggled manually – at current it solely kicks in while you transfer shut sufficient to an object and there’s no solution to cease that from taking place.

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When you might have individuals as your topic, the Magic Vs greater than holds its personal with portrait images. Even with out portrait mode enabled, there’s a pleasant quantity of pure bokeh to be discovered however while you do toggle the unreal bokeh, the separation between the topic and the background is dependable. The identical may be stated when utilizing the 16MP selfie digital camera – even on a cloudy day, the front-facing sensor was in a position to seize a stunning quantity of color from my admittedly pale face (which I’m grateful for).

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Video efficiency is fairly stable too, capturing the same diploma of color vibrancy in preferrred settings. What actually impressed me nevertheless is the stabilisation, which is certainly creeping up on the iPhone’s capacity to ship easy video when out and about.


  • Final-gen chipset
  • Strong general efficiency
  • App compatibility wants some work

As with every foldable cellphone, the promote is in what the shape issue can do {that a} typical smartphone can’t and to that finish, the Magic Vs makes a fantastic case for itself. Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless numerous work that must be accomplished on the software program facet. Apps like YouTube and Google Chrome already make nice use of the design with the flexibility to look at movies in ‘laptop computer mode’ and to interrupt off into a number of home windows respectively, however loads of fashionable apps like Instagram lack help for the boxy facet ratio.

A look at the homescreen on the Honor Magic Vs
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Just like multitasking on the iPad, a easy faucet of the highest of the display reveals the multitasking bar which helps you to delve into split-screen viewing or having one app float in a window whereas one other app is operating. To offer one instance of sensible use right here, I jotted down factors in Evernote whereas having Slack float in a window above in order that I might keep in contact with my colleagues with out leaping from one app to a different.

In moments of productiveness like this, the foldable type issue positively has its deserves. When you’re the kind of one that’s continuously on the transfer then I reckon you’ll get numerous use out of it. The draw back is that the software program isn’t fairly on the identical degree because the {hardware}, and the Magic Vs will nearly at all times immediate you to relaunch an app everytime you unfold the machine.

Some apps, just like the streaming service Now, will merely shut down in case you attempt to fold or unfold the cellphone. It’s not preferrred by any means, however not sufficient to break the expertise fully and I’ve hope that as foldables develop into extra fashionable, builders will optimise their apps in flip.

Operating the present contained in the Magic Vs is the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 which is a bit outdated now that the Gen 2 has already made an look in just a few handsets, however I by no means felt as if the general efficiency was hampered by this. Quite the opposite, the Honor Magic Vs is a speedy cellphone and I by no means encountered any noticeable slowdown.

Multitasking on the Honor Magic Vs
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The fingerprint reader (discovered throughout the energy button) could be very speedy and by no means gave me any grief, and gaming efficiency wasn’t a difficulty both – Stardew Valley runs an absolute deal with and actually advantages from the bigger inside show. Operating the cellphone by way of Geekbench 6, it got here again with a really respectable 996 single-core rating and 3866 multi-core rating within the CPU benchmark, in addition to an OpenCL rating of 6434.

One of many points holding again the Magic Vs is undoubtedly Honor’s MagicOS. Regardless that it’s constructed upon Android 13, MagicOS features a few quirks which might be considerably tough to stay with. For example, there’s no app tray to talk of on the Magic Vs, not less than in the interim. I’ve been instructed by Honor reps that an app tray will likely be made accessible sooner or later, however what’s made the expertise extra irritating is which you can’t delete Honor’s own-brand apps from the cellphone, forcing me to maneuver them across the homescreen.

To its credit score, a few of Honor’s apps are surprisingly good – the Notes app feels eerily just like Apple’s model which helped with the leap from iOS to Android – however I don’t recognize the way in which during which they’re compelled upon the consumer and it’s one thing I wish to see modified sooner or later.

Talking of the longer term, Honor has taken be aware from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Google by promising a minimum of three years of OS updates and 5 years of safety updates to offer the Honor Vs a good quantity of longevity. It’s nice to see this changing into the norm however within the Magic Vs’ case, it’s a welcome piece of reports given simply how a lot the machine prices.

Playing a spot of Alto's Adventure on the Honor Magic Vs

To choose up the Honor Magic Vs model new, you’ll be anticipated to half with €1599. UK and US pricing has but to be introduced, but it surely roughly interprets to £1400 and $1700 respectively. That’s no small change, and it dashes any hopes of the Magic Vs being the primary really reasonably priced foldable within the face of the market’s present sky-high costs.

The one upside is that there’s just one model of the Magic Vs on the market and it comes with an enormous 512GB of storage and 12GB RAM as well. For comparable specs, the top-tier model of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 prices round €1919 which is a sizeable value distinction compared.

Battery life

  • Excellent battery life
  • You may stand up to 2 days of use
  • 66w wired quick charging accessible

Provided that there are twice as many screens to take care of, there’s at all times a slight fear in regards to the battery lifetime of foldable telephones however fortunately, Honor hasn’t skimped out right here.

There’s a 5000mAh battery housed contained in the Honor Magic Vs and from my testing, it does a unbelievable job at protecting the cellphone going all through the day, even when subjected to a good quantity of pressure.

The outer display on the Honor Magic Vs is quite tall and slender
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On a regular day that concerned a little bit of social media, messaging and listening to audiobooks throughout my commute, I managed to get from roughly 8am to 11pm with 65% left within the tank, with a registered two hours and 13 minutes of screen-on time. In these eventualities, I see no cause why you wouldn’t be capable of get roughly two days of use out of the Magic Vs.

When put below a bit extra pressure with a number of hours of streaming and a complete screen-on time of 5 hours and 14 minutes, I managed to make it to about midnight from 9am with 40% of the battery remaining.

There’s additionally 66W quick charging as well with the Magic Vs, though the charging brick I used to be supplied was constructed to go well with an EU electrical socket, which prevented any detailed testing on that entrance. Utilizing a regular charger nevertheless, I used to be in a position to get from a flat battery to 100% in two hours and quarter-hour which, given how unlikely it’s to even attain 0% with out deliberately trying to take action, isn’t the worst factor.

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Must you purchase it?

You wish to go all in on foldables: With a unbelievable design, bigger screens than the Fold 4 and high-end specs as well, the Magic Vs does a fantastic job of displaying why foldables are worthy investing in.

You need a cellphone for content material creation: The Magic Vs’ type issue doesn’t lend itself to content material creation in the identical means that flip telephones and customary handsets can, plus you may get unbelievable footage and photographs from telephones which might be half the worth.

Closing Ideas

Any scepticism I had about the way forward for foldables has properly and really dissolved after utilizing the Honor Magic Vs. The cellphone’s premium construct by no means left me with any worries the place sturdiness is worried, and I’ve come to understand having the bigger display at hand once I wish to dabble in a bit of labor or make amends for the newest must-watch TV present.

Regardless that the Magic Vs in all fairness priced towards the competitors, significantly for the specs you get, it nonetheless requires a severe funding and until you envision taking advantage of its design, it’s tough to suggest to the vast majority of individuals over a conventional handset. There’s additionally room for enchancment the place software program is worried, however this seems like extra of a difficulty going through the foldable market at massive.

Nonetheless, I’ve completely loved my time with the Honor Magic Vs, and in case you’re trying to make the leap into the world of foldable telephones then Honor’s handset is a good place to start out.

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Can the Honor Magic Vs fold midway?

Sure, the Magic Vs is able to folding at a 90-degree angle, very like a laptop computer.

Will the Honor Magic Vs obtain safety updates?

Honor has promised three years of software program updates for the Magic Vs, and 5 years of safety updates.

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