he wants you to forget about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
HONOR has introduced its second foldable smartphone, which is expected to be the first in the European market. Magic Vs has the cards to upset the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 on paper.
[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 launched the Magic Vs in China. This new model, which is an improved version of the Magic V, introduced at the end of 2021, allows the Chinese brand to make some changes. In particular, it takes on this book format, which has seen some success with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series. The good news is that HONOR isn’t just updating the internals and actually changing its formula.
Lighter, thinner and still strong
The manufacturer solves one of the shortcomings of the Magic V: its weight. At 288g (or 293g) on the scale, the first generation foldable smartphone was heavy. What is the new Magic Vs weighs more than 261 grams and shows 6.1 mm thick as opposed to 6.7 mm (14.3 mm) for its predecessor (12.9 mm when folded). As for the hinge, HONOR promises it Withstands more than 400,000 layers ; that’s more than ten years of use at a rate of 100 times a day.
The now illuminated Magic Vs retain their properties 7.9-inch OLED screen 1984 x 22272 pixels are displayed. This panel has a refresh rate 90 Hz and offers up to 800 nits of brightness. Externally, a 6.45 inch screen also retains its place and has the same features as before. The OLED panel displays 1080 x 2560 pixels at 120 Hz and supports HDR10+ technology.
Power to take the Galaxy Z Fold4
Under the hood, HONOR is updating the components of the foldable smartphone. To go the distance and measure it against a market benchmark, Magic Vs offers itself Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 flanked by 8-12 GB of RAM. It is no longer the reference chip at Qualcomm, which introduced the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Nevertheless, this SoC remains one of the most powerful on the market and allows Magic Vs to position itself as a high-end terminal. There are options on the internal memory side 256 or 512 GB.
For autonomy, you can count on one 5000 mAh battery matches with 66W fast charging. It will take three quarters of an hour (46 minutes) to complete a full charge.
Change for the photo part
Not always a strong point of folding models, the photo part improves by using a triple module. Equipped with Magic Vs 54 megapixel Sony IMX800 main sensor, with wide-angle optics at f/1.9. To accompany him a 50 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/2.0) and a 8 megapixel telephoto lens Available with x3 zoom (f/2.4). A configuration that is meant to be versatile and promising on paper.
As for the famous “Magic Pen” stylus, the foldable smartphone is really suitable. However, it is sold separately – the accessory connected via Bluetooth does not have a dedicated slot on the device.
In China it works under Magic Vs interface Magic OS 7.0 It is based on Android 12. It comes in three colors (orange, blue and black) and three configurations:
- 8GB RAM + 256GB, priced at 7,499 yuan (1010 euros excluding tax)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB, price 7999 yuan (1075 euros excluding tax)
- 12GB RAM + 512GB, priced at 8,999 yuan (1210 euros excluding tax)
Note that the manufacturer a The last option (black or gold); At the rate of 10,888 yuan (1465 euros excluding tax). Pre-orders for marketing in China began on November 30. HONOR CEO George Zhao confirmed the international launch; however, the brand is yet to reveal the details of its calendar. It will probably have to wait until the first quarter of 2023, the starting price promises to be high. It should be recalled that Samsung launched Galaxy Z Fold4 for sale at 1799 euros.