As competition heats up for the best foldable smartphone on the market, Honor throws its hat into the ring with the début of its much-awaited Honor Magic V. The new smartphone is the brand’s first 5G foldable flagship smartphone.
For this new device, Honor says the team has focused a lot on the way the foldable should look. The Honor Magic V body features orderly curves around the edges, creating a sense of fluidity which achieves a slimmer outlook as well as a smooth and rounded grip to guarantee an easier and more comfortable grasp. The Magic V measures 14.3mm in thickness when folded and 6.7mm when unfolded, weighing just 288g, making it the thinnest in fold smartphone compared to similar products available on the market.
When folded, there is no gap between the left and right screens of the Honor Magic V, creating a seamless look when closed. The seamless design not only provides a more comfortable and slimmer grip, but also minimises scratches caused by dust accumulated on the internal screen.
Since the hinge is a critical feature for any foldable phone. The design and placement of the hinge can have a significant impact on the phone’s overall look and display design. For the Magic V, Honor says it has developed the Floating Waterdrop Hinge technology, integrating a perfect hinge and foldable design to offer a symmetrical, thin, and seamless form factor, the hinge design allows the phone to be closed seamlessly.
A more interesting part of the design is the expansive display. The device features a 6.45-inch 44-degree curved OLED display when folded, achieving a wider 21.3:9 aspect ratio, allowing the screen to function as a traditional smartphone, rather than appearing long and narrow. The Magic V unfolds to an extra-wide 7.9-inch creaseless display, delivering a more immersive tablet-like experience that is ideal for viewing content, multi-tasking and increasing productivity while working.
Another major step for this foldable is that the body incorporates aerospace-grade materials to ensure greater precision, more strength and durability while also providing a lighter weight for the hinge mechanism, including zirconium-based liquid metal, which Honor says is three times tougher than stainless steel. The premium aerospace-grade materials help the device to be lighter and create more balance, resulting in a phone with an excellent centre of gravity.
Plus, the Magic V features the same Tri-ring camera design that appears across Honor’s other premium smartphone lines. The device is available in Space Silver, Bright Orange and Gloss Black for a bold look.
The device will initially only be sold in China and runs on Honor’s own OS, Honor Magic UI 6.0, so don’t expect it to have Google’s services installed. It is priced at ¥9,999 (R24,600) for the 256GB model and ¥10,999 (R27,100) for the 512GB version.