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Honor Magic V2 review - The super slim foldable with tons of power

Revolutionary? After taking a long time to find its way to the global marketplace, it's now finally here - and hasn't lost any of its charm. Even when completely folded, the Honor Magic V2 is hardly thicker than a conventional smartphone and that's why it has so much potential. The ultimate smartphone? We put it to the test.
(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)

The Honor Magic V2 is the direct successor to the Magic Vs. The V2 has shed quite a few grams and become noticeably slimmer. As part of its launch in China in July 2023, we were able to have our first hands-on with the foldable. At that time, the slim design was responsible for a real wow effect and, around six months later, we get the same feeling holding the smartphone once again.

In its global version, the Magic V2 will be approximately $400 more expensive than its predecessor, costing around $2000. A confident pricing policy, since the competition from Samsung and Google is cheaper. In our review, we clarify whether the Honor foldable is still the first choice. 

Honor Magic V2 (Magic V Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 8 x 2 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-X3 / A715 / A710 / A510 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 740, Core: 719 MHz
Memory
16 GB 
, LPDDR5x
Display
7.92 inch 1.08:1, 2344 x 2156 pixel 402 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, OLED, LTPO 1 - 120 Hz; exterior screen: 6.43", 2376 x 1060 px, LTPO 1 - 120 Hz, Nanocrystal Glass 2.0; both: 3840 Hz PWM dimming, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash, 512 GB 
, 485.88 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gravity, Infrared, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 7 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19) LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 66), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 75, 77, 78, 79), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 4.7 x 156.7 x 145.4 ( = 0.19 x 6.17 x 5.72 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Silicon carbon battery
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (f/1.9, OIS) + 50 MPix (Ultra wide, f/2.0) + 20 MPix (2.5x opt. Telezoom, f/2.4, OIS); UHD video @ 60 FPS; Camera2 API level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.2, UHD video)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, 66W charger, case, USB cable, SIM tool, Magic OS 7.2, 24 Months Warranty, GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), BeiDou (B1, B2a, B1C), Galileo (E1, E5a); HDR: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision; DRM Widevine L1, fanless
Weight
231 g ( = 8.15 oz / 0.51 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
89 %
02/2024
Honor Magic V2
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
231 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash7.92"2344x2156
89.1 %
08/2023
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
253 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash7.60"2176x1812
84.7 %
08/2023
Google Pixel Fold
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
283 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.60"2208x1840
87.5 %
11/2023
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
259 g512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash8.03"2160x1916
87.2 %
03/2023
Honor Magic Vs
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
261 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.90"2272x1984

Case - Slim despite the big battery

Safety instructions for the Honor Magic V2
Safety instructions for the Honor Magic V2

When unfolded, the Honor Magic V2 is only 4.7 millimeters thick and, even when folded, it manages to measure under one centimeter (9.9 mm) – but this only applies to the fake leather version. Our review device is the glass version and it's minimally thicker (4.8/10.1 mm). However, with the callipers, we can reach heights of 5.0 and 10.55 millimeters, respectively. Honor has probably taken the rounded frames into account, proportionally. The camera bump sticks out at up to 3.65 millimeters. Nevertheless, the V2 feels very slim, especially when compared to the competition.

The build quality is at a very high level. The gap dimensions are tight and smooth and even the SIM slot closes flush with the aluminum frame. The hinge consists of stainless steel and titanium elements and is said to be capable of withstanding at least 400,000 folding processes. According to Honor, this roughly represents up to ten years of usage  (with around 100 folding processes per day). After a few days of use, the fold is visible but not noticeable in real-world use. Twisting attempts result in audible creaking noises, however, the Magic V2 makes a very solid impression.

The Honor foldable doesn't possess designated IP certification but the SIM slit is sealed and Honor promises that spray water ought not to present any problems and that the V2 can also be washed under running water. Despite this, complete submersion should be avoided. Additionally, during the setup process, the usual use instructions for foldable phones are displayed. 

The Honor Magic V2 is available in Germany in the black PU version as well as in purple with a matte glass rear. 

(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Comparison (from left): Samsung Galaxy S23, Magic V2, iPhone 14 Pro (Phooto: Daniel Schmidt)
Comparison (from left): Samsung Galaxy S23, Magic V2, iPhone 14 Pro (Phooto: Daniel Schmidt)
Comparison (from left): Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, Magic V2 (Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(Photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Size comparison - opened

161.2 mm / 6.35 inch 143.3 mm / 5.64 inch 5.3 mm / 0.2087 inch 259 g0.571 lbs160.3 mm / 6.31 inch 141.5 mm / 5.57 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 261 g0.575 lbs158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 139.7 mm / 5.5 inch 6.05 mm / 0.2382 inch 283 g0.624 lbs156.7 mm / 6.17 inch 145.4 mm / 5.72 inch 4.7 mm / 0.185 inch 231 g0.509 lbs154.9 mm / 6.1 inch 129.9 mm / 5.11 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 253 g0.558 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Size comparison - folded

161.2 mm / 6.35 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 10.96 mm / 0.4315 inch 259 g0.571 lbs154.9 mm / 6.1 inch 67.1 mm / 2.64 inch 13.4 mm / 0.528 inch 253 g0.558 lbs156.7 mm / 6.17 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 10.1 mm / 0.3976 inch 231 g0.509 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Features - USB 3.2 and an IR blaster included

The Honor Magic V2 possesses a USB-C port that follows the 3.2 standards. In our copy test, it achieved high transfer speeds of 293 MB/s and connected storage devices with the NTFS and exFAT file systems are also supported. Wired image output is supported, however, the display is simply only mirrored.

Apart from that, the feature set is quite unspectacular: Bluetooth 5.3, NFC and an IR blaster. The latter turns the V2 into a remote control for TVs, air conditioning and the like.

Top: speaker, infrared, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Top: speaker, infrared, microphone (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Left: volume (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Left: volume
Right: power (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Right: power
Bottom (chin): microphone, USB, SIM, speaker (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Bottom (chin): microphone, USB, SIM, speaker (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

Software - Android 13 and 5-year updates

The Honor Magic V2 ships with Google Android 13. On top of this, Honor has its own user interface, MagicOS 7.2 which we already know from, among other devices, the Magic5 Pro or Magic6 Lite. At the time of our review, the security patches are from January 1st, 2024, making them bang up to date. Honor promises a total of four major updates and five years of security updates. Furthermore, the Magic V2 possesses a dedicated security chip, the Honor S1.

At its China launch, we weren't completely impressed with the Honor foldable's multitasking capabilities. In the meantime, however, most apps are supported and that means two apps can be displayed next to one another on the large display. Alternatively, they can also be displayed as scalable and moveable windows and, for quick access, they can be stacked at a reduced size at the edge of the screen.

On the home screen, a pinch-to-zoom gesture activates Parallel Space, in which photos, videos and apps can be stored separately from the phone itself. Additionally, this can be further protected by using biometric identification.

Communication and GNSS - Magic V2 with Wi-Fi 7 but without 6 GHz

The Honor Magic V2 offers broad frequency coverage for mobile communications and supports all of the current standards, including 5G Sub6. The reception antennas are located around the display and completely enclose it, meaning there is always optimum reception, regardless of how the smartphone is held. Additionally, Honor has installed an RF amplifier chipset (Honor C1), further improving the connectivity. In everyday use, there are no grounds for complaints.

In terms of Wi-Fi, unfortunately, that looks different. Nominally, the Magic V2 supports Wi-Fi 7 but not the fast and the less frequented 6 GHz band. Paired with our reference router, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, transfer speeds are stable but could be faster when it comes to receiving data.

Networking
Honor Magic V2
iperf3 receive AXE11000
772 (min: 722) MBit/s ∼59%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
932 (min: 460) MBit/s ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
iperf3 receive AXE11000
886 (min: 764) MBit/s ∼67%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
924 (min: 456) MBit/s ∼63%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1631 (min: 1075) MBit/s ∼87%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1601 (min: 1511) MBit/s ∼95%
Google Pixel Fold
iperf3 receive AXE11000
920 (min: 888) MBit/s ∼70%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
950 (min: 481) MBit/s ∼65%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1714 (min: 856) MBit/s ∼92%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1684 (min: 1447) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
iperf3 receive AXE11000
911 (min: 867) MBit/s ∼69%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
994 (min: 919) MBit/s ∼68%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1867 (min: 1829) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1645 (min: 811) MBit/s ∼98%
Honor Magic Vs
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1315 (min: 1162) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1467 (min: 1101) MBit/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
647 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼49%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
684 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1536 (min: 229) MBit/s ∼82%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1364 (min: 598) MBit/s ∼81%
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1631 (1075-1812)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1598 (1511-1667)
Honor Magic V2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø771 (722-829)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø884 (764-954)
Honor Magic V2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø917 (460-972)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø909 (456-950)
GPS test: Indoors
Indoors
GPS test: Outdoors
Outdoors

Positioning with the Honor Magic V2 is done quickly and reliably. Indoors, it usually takes a little bit longer but even then the foldable is still accurate. 

In order to better classify the location accuracy in everyday use, we took the Magic V2 on a bike tour on which we compared it to the Garmin Venu 2. It's certainly possible to spot deviations on the travelled route but the Honor handset is well equipped for navigation-based tasks.

GNSS test trip: Lake circumnavigation
GNSS test trip: Lake circumnavigation
GNSS test trip: Turning point
GNSS test trip: Turning point
GNSS test trip: Summary
GNSS test trip: Summary

Telephone functions and voice quality

The Honor Magic V2 offers space for up to two nano-SIM cards and, additionally or alternatively, you can also use an eSIM. Functions such as VoLTE and Wi-Fi calls are also supported.

With the handset held to your ear, the voice quality is very good and the smartphone does a good job of suppressing ambient noises. Likewise, the speaker works reliably but the V2 user sounds a little muffled.

Cameras - The Magic V2 has good lenses

A selfie with the Magic V2's main camera
A selfie: main camera
A selfie with the Magic V2's main camera
A selfie: main camera

The Honor Magic V2 possesses a technically identical front-facing camera on both the cover and foldable displays. They both take very natural shots and can shoot videos at a maximum resolution of Ultra HD and 30fps. However, it is also possible to use the main setup for selfies. This happens via a small switch area in the photo app, meaning the cover panel can then be used as a viewfinder. These photos are significantly more vibrant and detailed and also offer more options. 

The triple-camera system doesn't only offer three lenses but also a dToF for fast focussing, a flicker sensor to restrict unwanted flickering as well as a color temperature sensor to capture shots better. This lens takes really good photos with only the rabbit motif revealing that the shirt's white background was captured too brightly. In addition, under low light conditions, the motif is not particularly sharp which is mostly to do with the Honor not being capable of capturing enough light in such a short time. In night mode, this is much more appealing. However, all in all, this is a very good trio. A pro mode is also on board and offers RAW support.

On the rear side, videos are also shot at a maximum of Ultra HD but, in this case, up to 60fps. In Full HD you have the additional option of using a 21:9 format. In the pro mode, you can also create 10-bit LOG videos.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra wide-angle5x zoomLow-light
ColorChecker
8 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
1.6 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Magic V2: 6.5 ∆E min: 1.6 - max: 11.31 ∆E
ColorChecker
21 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
26.5 ∆E
33.4 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
33.3 ∆E
25.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
24 ∆E
32.2 ∆E
16.8 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
27.8 ∆E
31.3 ∆E
43.4 ∆E
38.7 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
28.9 ∆E
20.5 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Honor Magic V2: 30.18 ∆E min: 12.23 - max: 43.37 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - The Magic V2 comes without a charger

Unlike in China, the Honor Magic V2 comes without the modular 66-watt charger. Among the box contents are a single USB cable (type A to type C), a SIM tool as well as a protective case. In addition, both displays come fitted with a protective film. The user is not permitted to remove either of those from the displays. Anyone in need of a charger can order one very cheaply ($1), as long as the order is placed directly with Honor.

In Germany, Honor covers the Magic V2 with a 24-month warranty. On top of this, additional display protection is provided for the first twelve months.

Input devices & operation - No pen for the rest of the world

Both capacitive touchscreens nominally support input with the active Honor Magic Pen. Unfortunately, it is neither included with the foldable nor is it available as an optional extra. Instead, it is reserved for the Magic V2 RSR, outside China. That's actually a pity since it made a good impression during our tests. The pen is not only good at painting and drawing but can also be used as a remote control for presentations. Pinches and swipes on the touchscreen work well, however, displays without the film offer less swipe resistance.

The linear motor that takes care of vibrations is responsible for crisp and tangible feedback. Biometric security is ensured by a fingerprint sensor which is housed in the power button. It possesses good but not faultless recognition rates but still manages to unlock the Magic V2 at a pleasing speed. Under good lighting conditions, face recognition via the front cameras is even quicker but not as secure. 

Displays - Two bright LTPO panels

The external display's subpixel structure
The external display's subpixel structure
The foldable display's subpixel structure
The foldable display's subpixel structure

Both of the Honor Magic V2's displays are LTPOs which have adaptive refresh rates varying between 1 and 120 Hz. They support all of the common HDR standards, including HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.

With a completely white image and an active ambient light sensor, the brightness is slightly higher on the external display. Honor states the peak brightness as being 2,500 cd/m² (external display) and 1,600 cd/m² (internal display) and these are figures we only achieved to some extent during testing. With an even distribution of light and dark areas (APL18), the foldable panel only hit 926 cd/m², and when it came to HDR playback, we measured 1,589 cd/m². The cover display achieved 1,053 and 1,399 cd/m², respectively. Anyone wishing to set the brightness manually has 576 cd/m² (front: 600 cd/m²) at their disposal. 

To protect the user's eyes, Honor has provided both displays with 3,840 Hz PWM dimming. We are only able to measure this when the panel brightness is slightly higher and, at minimum brightness, we still recorded a good value of 2,272 Hz meaning the displays can technically be described as flicker-free.  

964
cd/m²
953
cd/m²
964
cd/m²
954
cd/m²
961
cd/m²
957
cd/m²
933
cd/m²
932
cd/m²
934
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 964 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 950.2 cd/m² Minimum: 2.33 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 961 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.8 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.23
Honor Magic V2
OLED, 2344x2156, 7.92
Honor Magic V2
OLED, 2376x1060, 6.43
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Dynamic AMOLED, 2176x1812, 7.60
Google Pixel Fold
OLED, 2208x1840, 7.60
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
AMOLED, 2160x1916, 8.03
Honor Magic Vs
OLED, 2272x1984, 7.90
Screen
-58%
-98%
-43%
2%
-123%
Brightness middle
961
1093
14%
1104
15%
993
3%
1307
36%
803
-16%
Brightness
950
1087
14%
1107
17%
997
5%
1308
38%
809
-15%
Brightness Distribution
97
96
-1%
97
0%
94
-3%
96
-1%
97
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.8
1.4
-75%
3.1
-288%
1.4
-75%
1
-25%
2.27
-184%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
1.5
4.1
-173%
4.2
-180%
3.2
-113%
1.7
-13%
5.99
-299%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.2
2.7
-125%
3
-150%
2.1
-75%
1.5
-25%
3.9
-225%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.21 100%
2.01 109%
2.24 98%
2.24 98%
2.25 98%
CCT
6396 102%
6412 101%
6594 99%
6796 96%
6313 103%
6234 104%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2272 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 2272 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 2272 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17951 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

A list of measurements with fixed zoom and various brightness settings

The most natural color reproduction is achieved using the Normal color mode since the DeltaE deviations are only minimal. The foldable display shines, In particular, with wonderful image quality.

External display: gray scales (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: gray scales (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: colors (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: colors (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: color space (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: color space (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: saturation (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
External display: saturation (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: gray scales (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: gray scales (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: colors (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: colors (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: color space (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: color space (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: saturation (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Main display: saturation (color mode: normal, temperature color: standard, target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
2.09 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.106 ms rise
↘ 0.9795 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.12 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.51 ms rise
↘ 0.6075 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.8 ms).

For outdoor use, the Honor Magic V2 offers sufficient brightness reserves to remain legible in sunlight. However, the main display is a bit of a fingerprint magnet which could prove to be a problem in bright environments. 

The viewing angle stability is good even when the display is viewed from a wide angle and there is only a slightly visible drop in brightness as well as a cooler screen temperature. 

The Honor Magic V2's viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and Asphalt 9 at 120 Hz

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, the Honor Magic V2 can fall back on a very powerful platform. This is supported by 16 GB of RAM and offers 512 GB of internal UFS 4.0 storage. At the time of the China release, this was very up-to-date and, even today, it guarantees blistering speed.

The benchmark scores are on an expected level and, in everyday use, the Honor smartphone's speed is impressive. No stutters are present with the V2, regardless of whether undertaking simple tasks or multitasking.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1526 Points +46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (1048 - 1574, n=18)
1452 Points +39%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1048 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=220, last 2 years)
904 Points -14%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
897 Points -14%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
5005 Points +13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (4192 - 5243, n=18)
4945 Points +11%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
4439 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3782 Points -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=220, last 2 years)
2964 Points -33%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
2084 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1999 Points +2%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1960 Points
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1839 Points -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (1534 - 2104, n=11)
1940 Points -1%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1480 Points -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=100, last 2 years)
1411 Points -28%
Multi-Core
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
5525 Points +7%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
5384 Points +4%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
5179 Points
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
4454 Points -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (4255 - 5648, n=11)
5170 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=100, last 2 years)
3886 Points -25%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
3533 Points -32%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1308059 Points +18%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (1111522 - 1322448, n=15)
1263746 Points +14%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1135554 Points +2%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1111522 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
782013 Points -30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=154, last 2 years)
734171 Points -34%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
619727 Points -44%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
17095 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
16311 Points -5%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
15761 Points -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (11562 - 19783, n=19)
15689 Points -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=214, last 2 years)
11647 Points -32%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
11617 Points -32%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
11296 Points -34%
CrossMark - Overall
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1259 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1253 Points 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (778 - 1356, n=17)
1154 Points -8%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
911 Points -28%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
895 Points -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=164, last 2 years)
828 Points -34%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
Points -100%
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
9730 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
9337 Points +4%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
8990 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (7354 - 9730, n=17)
8759 Points -3%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
5704 Points -37%
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=165, last 2 years)
5678 Points -37%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
5642 Points -37%
System
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
14032 Points +4%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
13749 Points +2%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
13439 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (10786 - 15148, n=17)
13206 Points -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=165, last 2 years)
9570 Points -29%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
8750 Points -35%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
8318 Points -38%
Memory
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
10351 Points
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
10136 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (6601 - 10821, n=17)
9382 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
8467 Points -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12306, n=165, last 2 years)
6197 Points -40%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
4556 Points -56%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3871 Points -63%
Graphics
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
32002 Points +14%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
31928 Points +14%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
27953 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (22837 - 32334, n=17)
27673 Points -1%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
23174 Points -17%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
16243 Points -42%
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=165, last 2 years)
13867 Points -50%
Web
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
2032 Points +21%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
2009 Points +20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (1077 - 2044, n=17)
1749 Points +4%
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
1720 Points +2%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1680 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=165, last 2 years)
1485 Points -12%
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1291 Points -23%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
37656 Points +196%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=151, last 2 years)
21602 Points +70%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
15942 Points +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (11338 - 16880, n=16)
15326 Points +20%
Honor Magic V2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
12742 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
8502 Points -33%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 12288
1267 Points -90%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 245629, n=104, last 2 years)
18000 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (941 - 157948, n=14)
12468 Points
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 16384
1199 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1001 Points
Google Pixel Fold
Google Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7, 12288
496 Points

The Adreno 740 is responsible for fast graphics acceleration and also possesses hardware-based raytracing.

One special feature enjoyed by the Magic V2 series is a cooperation with Gameloft. This means, for the first time, the racing game Asphalt 9: Legends has been specially adapted for a foldable, including 120 Hz support. This should be the case this week and we will submit a benchmark in due course. 

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3892 Points +8%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3800 Points +5%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3614 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2735 Points -24%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1711 Points -53%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3928 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3901 Points +4%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
3737 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2799 Points -25%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1760 Points -53%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14671 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14599 Points +4%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14043 Points
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10893 Points -22%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6849 Points -51%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
7433 Points
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
6278 Points
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Points
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
6120 Points +35%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
5983 Points +32%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4973 Points +10%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
4528 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
26316 Points +46%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
24283 Points +35%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
18010 Points
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
10577 Points -41%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
15182 Points +40%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
14482 Points +34%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
10839 Points
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
8459 Points -22%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
502 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
419 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
329 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
303 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
120 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
92 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
82 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
288 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
238 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
164 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
90 fps
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
113 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
71 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
55 fps
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
213 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
146 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
111 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
79 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
55 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
53 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
136 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
94 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
80 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
49 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
65 fps
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
63 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
45 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
28 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
66 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
59 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
41 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
29 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
80 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
77 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
35 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
153 fps
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
125 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
120 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
64 fps
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
31 fps
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
19 fps
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
14 fps
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
188.652 Points +43%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 (Chrome 118.0.05993.111)
157.504 Points +19%
Honor Magic V2 (Chrome 120)
132.027 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (62.7 - 179.2, n=18)
128.9 Points -2%
Honor Magic Vs (Chrome 111)
111.449 Points -16%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
106.562 Points -19%
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=175, last 2 years)
104.4 Points -21%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
185 Points +70%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 (Chrome 118.0.05993.111)
183 Points +68%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (28 - 183, n=17)
125.5 Points +15%
Honor Magic V2 (Chrome 121)
109 Points
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
101 Points -7%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=158, last 2 years)
99.7 Points -9%
Honor Magic Vs (Chrome 111)
81 Points -26%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 (Chrome 118.0.05993.111)
65418 Points +38%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
60317 Points +27%
Honor Magic V2 (Chrome 120)
47385 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (19870 - 65418, n=20)
44774 Points -6%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
43817 Points -8%
Honor Magic Vs (Chrome 111)
36606 Points -23%
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=211, last 2 years)
33414 Points -29%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=173, last 2 years)
1645 ms * -87%
Google Pixel Fold (Chrome 115)
1074.5 ms * -22%
Honor Magic Vs (Chrome 111)
1055.4 ms * -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (654 - 1837, n=17)
1049 ms * -19%
Honor Magic V2 (Chrome 120)
877.9 ms *
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (Chrome 115)
693.3 ms * +21%
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3 (Chrome 118.0.05993.111)
653.8 ms * +26%

* ... smaller is better

Honor Magic V2Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5Google Pixel FoldXiaomi Mix Fold 3Honor Magic VsAverage 512 GB UFS 4.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-15%
-56%
-5%
-48%
-1%
-54%
Sequential Read 256KB
3401.13
4384.43
29%
1606.37
-53%
3572.73
5%
1695.2
-50%
Sequential Write 256KB
3136.56
2449.23
-22%
1169.32
-63%
2897.27
-8%
1296.5
-59%
Random Read 4KB
444.78
459.94
3%
219.11
-51%
389.81
-12%
270.2
-39%
Random Write 4KB
533.65
161.39
-70%
238.72
-55%
506.41
-5%
300.1
-44%

Emissions - The Honor Magic V2 throttles heavily under load

Temperature

Even under load, the Honor Magic V2's surface temperatures give no cause for concern and only occasionally exceed the 40-degree mark.

However, the slim design took its toll in the 3DMark stress tests with no other foldable experiencing such a dip in performance. Despite this, there is still plenty of power for any kind of task.

Max. Load
 26.8 °C
80 F
43.8 °C
111 F
42.9 °C
109 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
37.8 °C
100 F
43.5 °C
110 F
 
 26.7 °C
80 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 43.8 °C = 111 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
33.2 °C
92 F
42.6 °C
109 F
27.6 °C
82 F
40.1 °C
104 F
41.3 °C
106 F
28.4 °C
83 F
32.4 °C
90 F
32.3 °C
90 F
27.8 °C
82 F
Maximum: 42.6 °C = 109 F
Average: 34 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.8 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.8 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.6 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life stress test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
72.9 % +64%
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
70.3 % +58%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
59.9 % +35%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50.4 % +14%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
44.4 %
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
80.2 % +82%
Honor Magic Vs
Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
69.6 % +58%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67.2 % +53%
Google Pixel Fold
Mali-G710 MP7, Tensor G2, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.2 % +35%
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
44 %
Solar Bay Stress Test Stability
Honor Magic V2
Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash
67.7 %
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Honor Magic V2 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø13.7 (9.9-22.5)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø17.2 (15.6-23.3)
Honor Magic V2 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø46.8 (35.4-79.8)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø57.3 (50.1-83.6)
Honor Magic V2 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Unlimited Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø12.5 (11.9-17.5)
Honor Magic V2 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 512 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Solar Bay Stress Test Stability; 1.0.6.5: Ø12.1 (11.8-17.5)

Speakers

For this class of device, the Honor Magic V2's speakers are responsible for a rather average sound stage with the low frequency areas getting a raw deal. This is one of the reasons why the sound appears a bit weak. 

Alternatively, you can connect an external speaker or headphones (both wired) via the USB-C port. Wireless options can be found in the form of Bluetooth which supports the SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC codecs.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.634.22525.933.13123.432.84027.3295036.234.26325.4278016.62810016.930.512514.73716013.151.620015.150.725014.35131511.652.34001055.45009.162.763011.163.18009.167.4100011.868.212501568.5160011.373.420001271.2250012.376315012.778400012.682.1500013.180.4630013.476.7800013.572.61000013.571.31250013.665.71600013.652.6SPL24.788.1N0.666.8median 13.1median 67.4Delta1.31130.937.222.325.323.225.625.42731.137.82026.317.82217.531.217.340.41555.215.154.816.358.113.556.713.956.113.463.813.365.311.769.61471.91475.413.377.21379.613.577.414.378.513.479.414.778.413.674.914.171.91467.314.26413.85725.888.40.771.1median 14median 69.60.710.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor Magic V2Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Honor Magic V2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.4% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 24% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.2% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 79% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery runtime - The Magic V2 has a silicon carbon dual battery

Power consumption

In terms of the power consumption measurements, the Honor Magic V2 doesn't hold back. This is an area Honor should urgently improve.

The quickest way to charge the foldable is via Honor's SuperCharge (66 watts). With this, the energy storage is fully recharged in less than one hour.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.12 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.31 / 1.99 / 2.15 Watt
Load midlight 8.92 / 11.05 Watt
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Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Honor Magic V2
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
4400 mAh
Google Pixel Fold
4821 mAh
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
4800 mAh
Honor Magic Vs
5000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
32%
13%
-0%
11%
22%
29%
Idle Minimum *
1.31
0.55
58%
0.86
34%
0.86
34%
1.3
1%
1.052 ?(0.7 - 2.37, n=18)
20%
Idle Average *
1.99
0.9
55%
1.7
15%
1.05
47%
1.7
15%
Idle Maximum *
2.15
1
53%
1.8
16%
1.07
50%
2
7%
1.632 ?(1.07 - 2.2, n=18)
24%
Load Average *
8.92
9.58
-7%
9.1
-2%
15.27
-71%
7
22%
Load Maximum *
11.05
10.74
3%
11.06
-0%
17.78
-61%
10.1
9%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

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Honor Magic V2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø4.47 (1.093-8.9)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø6.08 (1.023-13.7)
Honor Magic V2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.477 (1.291-1.75)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.767 (0.706-1.165)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

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Honor Magic V2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø6.49 (6.32-6.75)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø9.81 (6.01-13.1)
Honor Magic V2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.477 (1.291-1.75)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø0.767 (0.706-1.165)

Battery life

Honor puts the nominal battery capacity at 5,000 mAh. In actual fact, we are dealing with two lithium batteries which possess silicon carbon components that allow for more energy to be stored in a smaller area. They are comprised of a 2,100 mAh cell (8.21 Wh, 3.91 V) and a 2,900 mAh one (11.33 Wh, 3,91 V).

The very high consumption values are reflected in the battery runtimes but, despite this, the Magic V2 managed to last over twelve hours using the main display - a very good result.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 120)
12h 07min
Battery Runtime - WiFi v1.3
Honor Magic V2
5000 mAh
727 min
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
4400 mAh
763 min
Google Pixel Fold
4821 mAh
651 min
Xiaomi Mix Fold 3
4800 mAh
923 min
Honor Magic Vs
5000 mAh
756 min

Pros

+ super slim design
+ good cameras
+ fantastic battery life
+ pen support for both displays ...

Cons

- ... but the pen only comes with the RSR version
- no 6 GHz Wi-Fi
- no IP certification
- no wireless charging

Verdict - A powerful foldable with technological gaps

Review: Honor Magic V2. The review device was provided by Honor.
Review: Honor Magic V2. The review device was provided by Honor.

With the Magic V2, Honor has created a very good foldable that is particularly impressive due to its thin and lightweight design. In direct comparison, it feels like a normal smartphone and appears to be less chunky than, for example, an iPhone 15 Pro Max.

In addition, Honor has packed its Magic V2, Honor with a wide range of powerful technology. This starts with the batteries which are both thin and long-lasting. This extends to the good camera setup and continues to the eye-friendly displays.

With the Magic V2, Honor has demonstrated impressively that a foldable doesn't have to be a bulky slab and can still house tons of technology.

However, the Magic V2 isn't perfect since there are a few gaps in its feature set, despite its high price. Among other things, we miss the inclusion of the 6 GHz Wi-Fi band and wireless charging is also absent. What is difficult to understand is why Honor at least doesn't offer the Magic Pen as an optional extra.

The V2's strongest competitor remains the Galaxy Z Fold5 which cuts a slightly better figure due to being waterproof and also having better multitasking capabilities. The Pixel Fold is a little bit cheaper as long as you go for the smaller storage variant. Likewise, it is waterproof but much heavier and doesn't feel as premium.

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Price and availability

In the UK, the Magic V2 can currently be ordered directly from Honor.

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Chassis
89%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 94%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
69 / 70 → 99%
Weight
88%
Battery
89%
Display
94%
Games Performance
61 / 64 → 95%
Application Performance
96 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 90 → 86%
Camera
78%
Average
84%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was given to the author by the manufacturer free of charge for the purposes of review. There was no third-party influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > Reviews > Honor Magic V2 review - The super slim foldable with tons of power
Daniel Schmidt, 2024-02-22 (Update: 2024-02-22)