HONOR Magic V2 Review: An Impressively Thin And Light Foldable Phone

At IFA final September, I encountered the Honor Magic V2 for the primary time, which debuted in China in July 2023. The recipient of certainly one of our Better of IFA 2023 Awards, the Magic V2 went world on Jan 26, 2024. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and OnePlus Open in dimension and efficiency, this foldable telephone encompasses a thinner and lighter chassis. Honor additionally unveiled the Porsche Design model on the Leipzig, Germany, launch occasion, and we are going to publish the evaluate quickly.

Some folks expressed reservations about final yr’s Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. Nonetheless, the Magic V2 stays potent, with 16GB RAM and 256/512GB storage choices. Its standout characteristic is being the thinnest and lightest giant foldable available on the market, coupled with good digital camera efficiency for such a slim physique.

Competitors, Worth, and Availability

From a show high quality and computing energy viewpoint, the Honor Magic V2 is on par with the Galaxy Z Fold 5, apart from its lack of a waterproofing IP score (the Fold 5 is IP X8), its thinner chassis, and its considerably sooner charging velocity.

The Magic V2’s show and SoC are additionally just like the thicker Oneplus Open, apart from the digital camera efficiency.

Thinner and lighter than all its foldable counterparts, the Magic V2 seems to be like a normal 8-inch high-end smartphone, making it an interesting possibility for journey, doubling as a pill for content material consumption or work. At Ubergizmo, we’re critically contemplating ditching our telephone and pill combo for the Magic V2, resulting from our intense touring schedule.

Nonetheless, its multitasking characteristic lags behind the heavier Z Fold 5, which additionally gives further functionalities with the optionally available new Z Fold 5 S Pen and the S Pen Professional (together with air actions and distant management just for the latter).

Launching with out Android 14, its replace program stays just like the competitors. The HONOR Magic V2 is priced at £1,699.99 within the UK, and €1,999 in choose E.U. international locations (roughly $2,150). We advocate shopping for the Honor 66W quick charger along with your order,in some international locations just like the UK, it’s supplied as a bundled present (as of in the present day).It prices solely €1 in Germany (as of in the present day), as an alternative of the €29.90 worth supplied on the Honor France web site (as an alternative of the common €49.90 worth, as of in the present day).

Design

The Honor Magic V2 stands out for its key design components, notably its skinny chassis at 10.1 mm / 237 g (or 9.9 mm / 231g for the vegan leather-based model), surpassing the Galaxy Z Fold 5 (13.4mm, 253g), the Pixel Fold (12.1mm, 283g), and the OnePlus Open (11.7-11.9mm, 239-245g).

Unfolded, it measures solely 4.7 mm or 4.8 mm (glass-finish model), which is only one mm thicker than common smartphones such because the iPhone 15 Professional Max, which is 8.25mm and 221 grams.

The construct high quality is great, and we contemplate the Honor Magic V2 one of many best-designed foldable telephones, that includes a sublime purple shade for the glass end model (our evaluate unit).

“THE BUILD QUALITY IS EXCELLENT, AND WE CONSIDER THE HONOR MAGIC V2 ONE OF THE BEST-DESIGNED FOLDABLE PHONES”

The folding expertise is smoother than the Z Fold 5. Nonetheless, not like the Samsung’s giant foldable, it lacks a 45-degree folding place, which is a minimal trade-off. The redesigned hinge eliminates gaps, making the telephone ultra-thin whereas decreasing crease depth.

The bundle features a case with a built-in kickstand, usable in varied orientations, sustaining the Magic V2’s thinner profile in comparison with the Z Fold 5, even with the case connected.

Shows

The Honor Magic V2 encompasses a 6.43-inch OLED show on the entrance with a decision of 1060 x 2376,a 120Hz refresh price, and a theoretical peak brightness of two,500 nits.

Internally, it homes a virtually sq. attractive 7.92-inch show with a decision of 2156 x 2344, a 120Hz refresh price, and a claimed peak brightness of 1,600 nits. HONOR highlights its 3840Hz PWM dimming tech, doubtlessly aiding customers susceptible to eye pressure throughout extended telephone use.

The exterior display screen mirrors the dimensions of a daily smartphone with a curved proper edge, whereas the inner crease is barely noticeable throughout media consumption or gaming. Examined for 400,000 folding cycles, equal to 10 years of folding 100 occasions every day.

Digital camera

The Magic V2 has a typical triple rear digital camera, together with a 50-megapixel principal, a 20-megapixel telephoto with a 2.5x optical zoom, and a 50-megapixel ultrawide. There’s a 16 MP punch-hole selfie digital camera on every display screen, able to capturing 4K video at 30 fps. The rear digital camera can shoot 4K video at 60 fps.

Major digital camera evening:

Major (extensive) digital camera – 25 mm equal – evening shot

The Magic V2 has a barely much less performing major digital camera at evening in comparison with the opposite giant foldable telephones. Nonetheless, it does a very good job total, and the outcomes are passable for such a skinny chassis.

The Magic V2 evening image high quality is closest to the Pixel Fold, however the particulars are barely extra blurry, partially due to the sturdy filtering and sharpening algorithms, particularly for those who zoom in shut or crop the images. Apart from that, the digital camera does an ideal job of capturing pure colours and preserving the temper of the evening scene as you see it. The lighting stays pure and on-point and captures in a predictable means.

Total, the digital camera has good efficiency each in low mild and in vivid daylight. We couldn’t calculate Ubergizmo’s HW digital camera rating resulting from an absence of particular metadata within the images we shot, so we can not evaluate the {hardware} digital camera system towards the opposite foldable telephones we examined. We’ll attempt to get the data and replace the evaluate accordingly.

Major (extensive) digital camera – 25 mm equal

Ultrawide digital camera:

Day: The sundown shot is de facto attention-grabbing as a result of it challenges the digital camera to concurrently seize particulars and high-dynamic vary. The Magic V2 did properly with the HDR and particulars seize (together with texture) in our checks. Nonetheless, it tends to overshoot the publicity settings and different filters, making the ultimate photograph look slightly unnatural (too vivid/vivid) in comparison with what your eyes see.

Night time: At evening, the Magic V2 Ultrawide digital camera does a very good job of preserving the lighting, shade, and temper of the scene. Nonetheless, the ultrawide digital camera module just isn’t as highly effective as the first (extensive) digital camera, and the feel of sure supplies could be troublesome to protect. On this scene, the Ultrawide shot is akin to what we obtained with the OnePlus Open.

Zoom digital camera:

The two.5X zoom of the Magic V2 is extra suited to seize portrait images than competing with telephoto cameras that characteristic 6X or 10X optical zooms. At long-range (10X), the digital camera will depend on digital zooming, making small particulars comparatively blurry in comparison with the acute zoom cameras. That apart, the final 2.5X zoom picture high quality is sort of good, however like it’s typically the case with this digital camera, the images can generally look much less pure resulting from how the publicity is about and the way filters are being utilized.

Telephoto digital camera 2.5X optical zoom shot at sundown

Digital camera conclusion:

The Magic V2 rear digital camera system’s photograph high quality is spectacular for those who contemplate how skinny the chassis is. Certainly, cell cameras want as a lot depth (thickness) as attainable to host the digital camera lenses, and HONOR appears to have efficiently balanced telephone design and digital camera high quality.

SoC, reminiscence, storage, efficiency& software program updates

Software program updates

Honor commits to offering 5 years of safety patches and 4 years of Android updates for the Magic V2, aligning with Samsung and OnePlus’ assurances for the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and OnePlus Open, respectively. Google’s Pixel Fold ensures three years of Android model updates and 5 years of safety patches. Whereas the Magic V2 ships with Android 13, one replace is required to deliver it updated with Android 14. Not like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, the Magic V2 is but to obtain an Android 14 replace.

It homes final yr’s Qualcomm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, with configurations of as much as 16GB RAM and 512GB storage (expandable to 1TB within the Porsche Design variant).

Perceived Efficiency

Efficiency stays fluid in every day utilization, together with 3D gaming (I attempted a number of video games).

Measured Efficiency

CPU efficiency

As you possibly can see from the charts, the Honor Magic V2 has glorious efficiency within the context of foldable telephones regardless of its wonderful thinness. That is in all probability resulting from Honor’s efforts to supply a complicated cooling system referred to as Extremely-thin Bionic Cooling System.
In response to the corporate, the brand new cooling expertise combines an ultra-thin vapor chamber, ultra-high thermal conductivity graphite, thermal conductivity gel, and copper foil.

It ranks among the many highest CPU efficiency, which generally ensures that apps load quick and most duties are accomplished sooner.

GPU efficiency

From a graphics standpoint, the scores are additionally very excessive, making it a excessive performer for common graphics (GPU efficiency) but in addition video games. Take into account that with prolonged gaming classes, the warmth will finally construct up. That’s why all devoted gaming methods are inherently thicker with further cooling.

Battery

Battery capability

Regardless of its ultrathin chassis measuring 4.7 or 4.8 mm, the Magic V2 impressively integrates a 5000 mAh battery (the most important for a foldable telephone), due to its two-part silicon carbon battery expertise.

Debuting because the thinnest twin Silicon-carbon Batteries, averaging solely 2.72mm in thickness, the progressive battery system extends its cycle life by 40%, in accordance with HONOR.

It incorporates an electrochemical system that enhances longevity and options HONOR’s low-voltage cost energy-gathering expertise for enhanced energy output on the similar voltage as graphite-based batteries.

With common use, related to each 5G and Wi-Fi, the Magic V2 ought to final at the least a full day on one cost. Throughout my evaluate, which was performed solely on Wi-Fi (with out 5G) with intermittent use, the battery lasted for 3 days. I can not vouch for battery life as battery drainage extremely varies relying on utilization, with shopping and electronic mail having minimal influence in comparison with excessive workloads comparable to intense photograph shoots, video streaming, or 3D gaming classes. As ordinary, the battery’s capability (in mAh) is your greatest indicator for potential battery life.

Charging velocity

The Honor Magic V2 expenses 71% of its 5000 mAh battery in half-hour with the optionally available €30 66W charger (free or 1 bundle in some markets). That is just like the OnePlus Open charging time of 79% in half-hour for its 4805 mAh battery (with the included OnePlus 67W fast-charger). By comparability, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 expenses 49% in half-hour with its optionally available 50W Samsung charger.

Conclusion

The Honor V2 delivers spectacular construct high quality and show high quality within the thinnest and lightest foldable type issue available on the market.

This distinctive characteristic ought to persuade folks reluctant to hold thicker and heavier smartphones to attempt the folding smartphone expertise. Vacationers ought to contemplate switching to the Magic V2 because it will also be used as a pill for productiveness and leisure throughout flights.

Though the digital camera efficiency is barely under the one present in aggressive units, it’s glorious for such a skinny chassis.

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Highs

  • Tremendous skinny and lightweight designed for a foldable
  • Massive and vivid shows for the light-weight
  • Good digital camera system for such a skinny physique
  • Assist 66W SuperCharge quick charging (71% in 30 min with optionally available 66W charger)
  • 5000 mAh highest battery capability for a big foldable telephone

Lows

  • No waterproof IP score
  • No wi-fi charging
  • Final yr Android 13
  • Costly (charger not included in all international locations)
  • Not accessible within the U.S., you need to purchase it abroad (UK, Germany, France…)

Ranking + Worth

  • Ranking: 9.6/10
  • Worth: ~ $2150

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