The foldable phone game is still dynamic as ever. We can’t say there is now a standard as only Samsung is doing well in sales with the Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. Other OEMs are trying to catch up like Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola, OPPO, and even Microsoft. Huawei already has the Mate X and the Huawei P50 Pocket foldable clamshell. Xiaomi has the Mi Mix Fold which is getting a follow-up soon. And just like its former parent company, Honor is entering the business with the Honor Magic V.
The idea of an Honor Magic Fold with a book-like design was first heard back in August. Honor already had a foldable phone in mind then. We learned of the Honor Magic X but the final version could be the Honor Magic V.
The Honor Magic V was teased and described as ready to jump into the foldable phone game. A promo video even surfaced online last week.
Now we’re learning a few things. The smartphone may use Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and it could be one of the fastest foldable devices to arrive yet. Core specs of the first foldable phone from Honor have been leaked, revealing a 120Hz foldable screen and a 50MP primary camera.
There is no official launch date provided but we’re crossing our fingers it will be soon. A Q1 2022 launch may be ideal for Honor since Samsung doesn’t have any new foldable planned this quarter.
Like most book-type foldable phones we’ve tried, the Honor Magic V will have two displays–one larger display on the inside and one external. The inner display may have a selfie camera placed on the top-left corner. The refresh rate will be 90Hz for the external screen and 120Hz for the main display.
The Honor Magic V will use the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. It could be the latest foldable phone to date. That is expected since the Galaxy Z Fold 3 came out with the Snapdragon 888 5G. But like most mobile devices, the speed and performance will depend on a number of things. Just because one runs the most recent and fastest processor in the world, it doesn’t always mean performance will be the best.
Honor’s upcoming foldable phone, the Magic V, could be the fastest — if not, one of the fastest foldables in the market when it arrives. There is no confirmation on the use of the premium Snapdragon chipset but it is likely to happen.