Following up on the Magic V from the start of 2022, Honor just announced an improved version of its large-size foldable marked by an ‘s’ – the Magic Vs. Developments are advertised in many areas, including build, displays, and, in a way, the camera system.
With the phone scheduled for a market launch on November 23 in China, however, there are still a few things to be ironed out on the software side. The hardware is very much hands-on-ready, we’ve been assured, so we’ll settle for that.
But let’s quickly go over the key changes first. A gearless hinge has replaced the geared one of the Magic V – Samsung made a similar move going from Fold3 to Fold4 – bringing the number of components down from 92 to just 4 (though there has to be some semantics in there to explain the new component count). A switch from aluminium to magnesium and titanium, meanwhile, has helped shave off some 10% of the V’s weight.
The displays are now brighter, with an 800-nit peak claimed for the foldable panel and 1200 nits for the outer one, though the internal screen does remain capped at 90Hz – Samsung’s is 120Hz. We will do some brightness testing later on, as we understand that it falls under the hardware category. Plus, comparisons are explicitly encouraged in the press materials we got.
We won’t be looking at camera samples, sadly, but that’s one of the areas where the Vs brings some changes over the V. There’s now a telephoto camera, albeit a modest 8MP 3x one, in place of the ‘ultra-spectrum’ 50MP module on the Magic V that we never quite got to experience. The ultrawide remains the same, but the primary camera is new for this generation foldable – by the looks of it, the 54MP unit is shared with the Honor 70. A couple of 16MP selfie cameras, one punch hole per display, bring the tally up to 5 cameras.
The Magic Vs also gets a chipset to upgrade from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 to the plus version – perhaps it’s too early for the Honor foldable to be getting the Gen 2. A welcome battery capacity bump sees the number go from 4,750mAh to 5,000, while the 66W charging should help keep the time you spend tied to the wall reasonable.