Samsung has long been the leader when it comes to foldable smartphones but it’s about to be challenged by an all-new rival and it could fix one of the biggest issues with bendy screens. Chinese firm HONOR, which used to be part of the Huawei brand until it split in 2021, has just revealed its first flexible device called the Magic V.
One of the headline features of this smartphone is that it includes a 7.9-inch display that, once fully opened, doesn’t have a crease going right through the middle of it. That’s something Samsung’s foldables have long been criticised for as it can be hugely distracting when trying to binge on a boxset.
Along with that technology, this phone certainly has plenty of other things going for it with Honor boasting that it features a 6.45-inch curved OLED display when folded which achieves a wider 21.3:9 aspect ratio making it far more useful.
Both screens also feature a speedy 120Hz refreshed rate for silky smooth scrolling and stutter-free gameplay.
Another area where the Magic V could beat its biggest rival is when it comes to raw power with this new phone getting the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G processor. This Qualcomm-made chip was announced late last year and offers more power, better efficiency and improved camera features.
Talking of the snappers packed into this phone, the Magic V gets a quad-camera array powered by AI with a 50MP rear camera and a 42MP front camera.
Users will be treated to all the usual photography functions including stunning night shots and the ability to zoom in on the subject they are shooting.
HONOR is also promising pro-style shots thanks to some impressive AI which automatically tweaks the settings to make sure images look top-notch.
If design is important to you then the Magic V features a waterdrop hinge which makes things thinner than most foldable plus it’s made from high-strength titanium alloy which not only makes it light but able to survive the odd drop on the pavement.
“We are thrilled to launch our first 5G foldable flagship, the HONOR Magic V, which demonstrates our expertise and innovation in system design and our commitment to always delivering a best-in-class user experience.” said George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co, Ltd. “HONOR has strong ambitions to become the top performing smartphone brand in the premium foldable market and we are confident our first flagship foldable will be very competitive compared with existing models.”
There’s no word on price or a release date just yet but don’t expect this device to be a bargain as most foldables of this size cost well over £1,000.