Honor Magic Vs Review | Ubergizmo

At MWC 2023, we have been excited to see Honor launching the Magic Vs, its first foldable that will likely be obtainable globally after its introduction in China in late November.

The Honor Magic Vs is the primary critical different to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 because it delivers a barely thinner and lighter type issue with the same construct high quality and system {hardware}. The shows and cameras are additionally on par, whereas the battery is bigger and comes with a 66W quick charger within the field.

The Honor Magic Vs will likely be obtainable with 12GB+512GB in Black and Cyan for €1599 in Europe. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 was priced at €1799 at launch.

There are not any plans for a U.S. launch the place the Z Fold4 was launched at $1799, which is just $99 lower than the transformed $1700 worth (from €1599).

The Magic Vs just isn’t waterproof, one other draw back in comparison with the Z Fold4 which options an IPx8 score.


The construct high quality is superb, with a chic shiny end on the again cowl.

Throughout the keynote occasion at MWC, Honor CEO George Zhao was proud to disclose that, in contrast to the Fold4, the brand new Magic Vs is gapless as soon as folded, and at 12.9mm, is slimmer than its nemesis (15.8mm). At 261g, the Vs can be a hair lighter than the 263g Galaxy Z Fold4.

The again cowl options curves on each lengthy edges, which convey a smoother really feel to the gadget when in comparison with its competitor, the flat Z Fold4.


The hinge was an essential a part of George Zhao’s presentation as it’s product of an aerospace-grade polymeric materials, and has considerably fewer elements than its predecessor. Their quantity was decreased from 94 to 4 to make room for a bigger 5000 mAh battery.

Honor claims that the brand new hinge can face up to as much as 400,000 folds, double of the 200,000 folds score of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4.

Folding Expertise

The foldable design incorporates a totally different expertise vs. basic telephones, nonetheless, Honor, following within the footsteps of Samsung, along with the giant 7.9” inside display screen, supplies a high-end 6.45” outer show that utterly covers the entrance of the gadget when it’s folded.

When folded at about 120 levels and positioned vertically on a desk, you don’t want a stand to eat content material or learn emails on one aspect whereas watching a video or consulting one other app on the opposite aspect. It may be extraordinarily handy and is basically a pure tripod.

Not like the Galaxy Z Fold4, the 90-degree folded place works provided that you place the quilt with the digital camera module on the desk, in any other case, it flips again open, most likely a trade-off of the lighter and extra sturdy hinge.


Each shows function superb picture high quality, responsiveness and luxury, and convey a superior visible expertise for consuming content material usually.

The 7.9” OLED incorporates a 2272 x 1984 pixels decision in a ten.3:9 side ratio (382ppi pixel density). The 90Hz refresh price is beneath the 120Hz functionality of the Galaxy Z Fold4, the Combine Fold 2 or the Oppo Discover N2.


In all probability to reinforce the common telephone expertise over the “pill mode”, Honor determined to offer the next 120 Hz refresh price and pixel density (431PPI vs. 381) to the 6.45” 2560 x 1080 pixels outer display screen.

The 1200 NITs peak brightness on the paper is much like the theoretical peak brightness of the Z Fold4, we nonetheless must measure the brightness to verify the declare.

The crease is as seen as within the foldable telephones we’ve performed with, such because the Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Z Flip4. I barely discover it, because the show high quality is superb.

Sound High quality

The audio high quality is superb, and the stereo twin audio system ship a strong and clear sound at most quantity. Nonetheless, when in comparison with the Galaxy S22 Extremely whose sound is nearly as wonderful because the Galaxy S23 Extremely and the Apple Professional Max,  I observed that the Magic Vs barely lacks bass.

Honor Magic Vs Digital camera

The Honor Magic Vs brings the digital camera efficiency shut the one discovered within the Galaxy S23 Plus and S23, and barely greater than the one of many Z Fold4.

Picture shot with the first broad digital camera

On the again, there’s a triple-camera module:

  • Major Digital camera (Extensive)
    • 27mm 54MP IMX800 Most important Digital camera (f/1.9)
    • Video: As much as 2160×3840 pixels
    • Picture: As much as 6144×8768 pixels
  • Ultrawide & Macro digital camera
  • Telephoto digital camera
    • 94mm 8MP f/2.4 3X optical zoom + OIS

Within the inside show, there’s a selfie digital camera:

Picture shot with the Ultrawide digital camera

Our algorithmic CAMERA HW rating ranks the Honor Magic Vs (rating=161) barely above the Galaxy Z Fold 4 (rating=155) and nearer to the Galaxy S23+ and S23 (rating=166), a great rating as impartial reviewers acknowledge the S23+/S23 as a great shooter within the premium section.

The first broad digital camera is provided with a big 54MP IMX800 sensor that’s similar to the one discovered within the Galaxy Z Fold4, in accordance with our algorithm.

Each the ultrawide and telephoto lenses are a little bit higher than those within the Z Fold4. The Magic Vs optical “3X” zoom is healthier as a result of it incorporates a longer focal lens 94mm than the 62 mm of the Z Fold4.

Each telephones function a high-resolution sensor for the first shooter. Nonetheless, in contrast to the Samsung gadget, the high-res photograph seize is unavailable in auto mode. With the Magic Vs, you will need to drill down two sub-menus to seek out it (digital camera mode menu>extra>excessive res).

System Efficiency

As a result of it’s geared up with the identical Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 because the Samsung Z Fold4, the efficiency may be very a lot comparable. Our assessments present the Z Fol4 has a small benefit within the Geekbench 5 CPU benchmark, but it surely’s one thing that customers would most likely not discover a lot in the true world. We definitely didn’t.

From a graphics/gaming standpoint, the efficiency we measured is almost an identical, which isn’t shocking. In any case, the conclusion is that the Honor Magic Vs performs precisely like what we might count on from a big high-end, Foldable android smartphone.

Battery Life

Due to the brand new hinge, the Magic Vs incorporates a 5000 mAh battery, the most important on the foldable market. Non-foldable flagships reminiscent of S23 Extremely or OnePlus 11 have the identical capability. 5000 mAh is usually thought of to be the utmost sensible capability, however it’s notably difficult for a foldable design.

Moreover, when it’s worthwhile to replenish the battery, this smartphone can cost as much as 66W of energy, which is quicker than any of the rivals we’ve seen till now. For heavy vacationers, it is a vital benefit as you possibly can cost 66% sooner earlier than boarding a flight or heading to your subsequent vacation spot.


The Honor Magic Vs is a powerful piece of know-how on the similar stage of system efficiency, design excellence, show high quality, and digital camera efficiency because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, its nemesis.


The slight distinction in our score is justified by the absence of water resistance which is essential for any gadget above $1500, and a greater consumer expertise for productiveness and multi-tasking discovered within the Samsung gadget.

The Honor gadget definitely feels thinner and extra agreeable to carry within the hand than the Z Fold4, with a greater digital camera, for 200 euros much less.

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