Finally, the Honor Magic V2 is now available for pre-order in the UK and Europe. Rival foldable phone makers should also take note.
The Honor Magic V2, which debuted in China last year, is still the world's thinnest foldable smartphone at the time of writing, measuring just 9.9mm thick when folded and 4.7mm thick when unfolded. For reference, the Google Pixel Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, and OnePlus Open are 5.8 mm, 6.1 mm, and 5.8 mm thick at their thinnest points, respectively, so it's pretty impressive that Honor is more than a millimeter below the competition. It's impressive.
The Honor Magic V2 is also thinner than its famous competitors when folded, and its 9.9 mm figure is almost a millimeter smaller than the next thinnest phone, the OnePlus Open (11.7 mm when closed). For an early opinion on the V2's design, read our hands-on review of the Honor Magic V2. This review will be updated with a more comprehensive judgment in due course.
Beyond its impressive thickness (or thinness), the Honor Magic V2 boasts a 7.92-inch foldable OLED display (2156 x 2344 pixels), which itself boasts a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, and 1,600Hz refresh rate. nits of peak brightness. His second screen on this phone is a 6.43-inch, 120Hz OLED cover display (1060 x 2376 pixels), which Honor says is protected by “drop-resistant nanocrystalline glass.”
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Under the hood of Honor's latest foldable phone is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. This is the same chipset that powers the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and OnePlus 11. It also ships in a single memory configuration: 512GB (16GB RAM). The phone is powered by a 5,000mAh dual silicon carbon battery that supports 66W fast charging via the SuperCharge cable that comes with Honor.
In terms of photography, the Magic V2 features three rear lenses. A 50MP (f/1.9) main lens, a 50MP (f/2.0) ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 20MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens, the latter offering 2.5x optical zoom. There's also optical image stabilization (OIS) on the main and telephoto cameras, and there's also a 16MP punch-hole front camera on each screen.
Other specs and features include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 5G support, stereo speakers, and Android 13 software overlaid with the company's MagicOS UI.
Overall, the Magic V2 has the makings of a best-in-class foldable phone, but like other Honor products, it's not available in the US. UK shoppers can currently pre-order the phone for £1,699.99, a figure that's less shocking considering the Galaxy Z Fold 5 costs even more at $1,799.99 / £1,749 / AU$2,599 (V2 does not, however, costs 1,999 euros in Europe).
Honor is also throwing quite a few freebies into the mix. If you pre-order the phone directly via Honor, you'll receive a pair of Bang and Olufsen headphones (worth £459) with your purchase, as well as six months of screen protection and his 66W Honor SuperCharge power adapter. If you activate before March 1st, you'll also get an early bird discount coupon of £200 off the price of your phone (use code AV2PR200 at checkout). Similar giveaway-based promotions are available at his Amazon, Very, Argos and Currys, and Magic V2 will also be available from his Three on February 2nd.
In addition to the regular Magic V2, Honor teased a Porsche Design version of the Magic V2, the Porsche Design Honor Magic V2 RSR, at its Leipzig-based launch event. This special edition model boasts a Porsche 911-style rear design, scratch-resistant glass and a sophisticated palm grip, but Honor is keeping pricing and release details under wraps for now.