Honor Magic V2: One of the most attractive foldable devices I've ever used


Honors Magic V2 This is one of the most attractive flip phones I've ever used. There's a lot I like about it, from its lightweight design and bright, expansive display to its impressive camera and reliable battery life. Ahead of its European release, Honor sent me the international version of her Magic V2. The moment I took it out of the box, I was blown away by how beautiful it was.

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For one thing, this phone is very portable. It also doesn't necessarily feel like you're holding a foldable smartphone unless you slide your thumb up to where the screen touches. Even though it was first released last year, the V2 is the lightest and slimmest book flip phone available today. When folded, it is only 9.9 mm thick, which is slightly thicker than a bar phone, making it convenient to carry. For reference, the V2's direct competitor, Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 5, is 13.46 mm thick when closed.

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Magic V2 weighs 231 grams. That's 2 grams lighter than Samsung's new Galaxy S24 Ultra and over 50 grams lighter than the Google Pixel Fold. The V2's thin and lightweight design makes it feel more like a regular phone than an experiment. (Note that my colleague Eli Blumenthal reviewed his OnePlus Open last year, which roughly matches the V2's slim, lightweight construction.) Despite the phone's compact size, Honor has managed to pack in the flagship specs from last year, including stills. The energetic guy is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, a triple camera module with a telephoto lens and a large battery that supports 66W fast charging.

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But while Magic V2 is appealing, it still has some drawbacks. There is no official IP rating for water and dust resistance. The Z Fold 5, on the other hand, has an IPX8 rating of water resistance and can be immersed in fresh water at a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. With the exception of the Motorola Razr Plus, which has an IP52 rating and some resistance to dust and water splashes, almost all foldable devices are not dust-resistant. Unlike the Z Fold 5 and OnePlus Open, there's also no stylus support.

Not all apps are optimized for the V2 screen. This is a similar issue a colleague had while reviewing other foldable devices. For example, the CNN app is not yet optimized for internal screens when you download it. however,[設定]Changing the resolution in the panel basically solved the problem.

The Magic V2 is available from today in parts of Europe and the UK for £1,700 (approximately $2,160 or AU$3,280) or €1,999. This is a cheaper starting price than the Galaxy Z Fold 5's £1,749 ($1,800, AU$2,559) in the UK, while the Z Fold 5 costs his €1,899. According to Honor, there are currently no plans for a release in the United States.

I previously wrote about my experience with the display and hardware design of the Magic V2, which was launched in China last year. This article will focus on software, camera, performance, and battery.

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What the Magic V2 looks like when folded.

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Using Magic V2

Thanks to its generous screen real estate, Magic V2 has a large internal display, which gives it better multitasking capabilities compared to regular bar phones. I was able to stream a movie in one window, browse Instagram in another, and type my email in a third floating window. I was also able to take notes during Zoom calls because I could overlay Zoom videos onto Word documents.

The Magic V2 runs on MagicOS 7.2 based on Android 13, and Honor says it adds a number of smart features to help with multitasking. A unique addition to the mix is ​​a feature called Privacy Call. Using AI-powered “directional sound technology'', it is designed to prevent sound leakage and your voice from being heard by those around you, even if you are not speaking loudly. Honor said the screen and receiver work together to adjust the volume of the incoming audio to suit different environments. I tested it and it worked exactly as it was commercially available.

Honor has also introduced a feature called Magic Text. This is reminiscent of the iPhone's Live Text feature from iOS 15 in 2022. According to Honor, it recognizes text content on images and converts them into editable text.

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Magic V2's 5 cameras

Magic V2 has five cameras. It has a 50-megapixel main camera, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 20-megapixel camera with a telephoto lens on the back. Thanks to the Magic V2's foldable design, you can also use this trio to take selfies and use the cover screen as a viewfinder. There is a 16-megapixel camera on the cover screen and a second 16-megapixel camera below the display on the inner screen. Here is the camera in action.

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Even under bright lighting conditions, the phone was able to capture clear and color accurate images.

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An example of an ultra-wide-angle camera.

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Retrieved with default settings.

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Example of 2.5x zoom.

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Example of 10x zoom.

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Zoomed in up to 40x. Notice how the image begins to look like a watercolor painting.

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Photographed indoors. The camera manages to capture not only the shadow on the wall, but also the speck of dust on the table.

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My dog ​​Rocky's fur coat is a warmer golden brown in real life.

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In general, the photos from the V2 are respectable, but not the best you'll get from a phone. The photos taken in bright light were good. However, we found that there were shadows in the images indoors and in low-light environments. If you're not an avid photographer, the V2's camera should be enough to take some snaps.

To be fair, the V2 isn't the only flip phone to have this problem. Cameras on foldable smartphones tend to be a weak point compared to similarly priced non-foldable smartphones. You're paying for the phone's large, flexible display, which primarily allows for multitasking, rather than a top-of-the-line camera like the one found on the Galaxy S24 Ultra, Pixel 8 Pro, or iPhone 15 Pro Max. It will be.

Magic V2 battery and performance

Honor packed a 5,000 mAh silicon carbon battery into the Magic V2's slim, supple frame. In my experience, the battery lasted all day with moderate usage, such as making quick phone calls, scrolling through social media, reading emails, watching YouTube videos, and listening to music. . As a complete review, we provide various battery durability tests.

Since the Magic V2 was released in 2023, it runs on Qualcomm's top-of-the-line processor of that year, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. In my experience, I was able to do almost everything, including graphics. You can even play an intensive game like Genshin or do a Zoom video call while taking notes. Here's a comparison with some rivals:

performance test

phone Geekbench 6 single core Geekbench 6 multicore
Honor Magic V2 1,824 4,254
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 2,014 5,419
Google Pixel Fold 1,458 3,540
one plus open 1,571 4,556
samsung galaxy z fold 4 1,842 4,508

conclusion

Overall, I'm impressed with the Magic V2 foldable phone. Honor's Magic V2 has slick hardware that makes it the most portable book-style flip phone I've ever used. It's backed by high-end specs like a fast processor, versatile camera module with telephoto lens, crease-resistant inner screen, and fast charging. I still have some testing to do, so stay tuned for a full review next week.

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable is lighter than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

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