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Honor confirms its first foldable is on the way, under an unexpected new name

Honor's first-gen foldable. (Source: Honor via Weibo)
Honor's first-gen foldable. (Source: Honor via Weibo)
Honor has just announced that its long-awaited first-gen foldable smartphone will be here soon. This "flagship" has been rumored to be called either the Magic Fold or Magic X - however, the company has now confirmed that its name is...neither of these.

Honor has been tipped to step into the foldable smartphone arena for quite some time now. The OEM has finally validated all these leaks and rumors, albeit not in hugely specific terms.

The Chinese smartphone company has confirmed that its "first folding flagship" will indeed arrive on the market, although it declined to say when exactly. Then again, it has also finally revealed the product name for the inaugural device.

It has been said for some time that Honor would debut its first-ever foldable as either the Magic Fold or the Magic X, based on various trademarking discoveries made in the recent past. However, it seems Honor has decided to go with a different moniker instead: Magic V.

The OEM had in fact also trademarked this name, in a leak that may have invited speculation that it would use this name for its first-gen clamshell. On that note, according to a silhouette released alongside the V's first-ever teaser, this may indeed be the case.

A previous leak had hinted that Honor might re-use a chassis left to it after its split from its original parent company Huawei for its first-gen foldable, Pinnacle Design and all. However, it looks like the Magic V has a different form-factor, which seems to lack the uneven slope seen in the Mate X2.

Therefore, it is possible that the V has an all-new design as Honor moves forward from its sub-brand roots. The same phone is also slated to launch with the latest top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, although additional details on its display or other specs are even less certain at this point.

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The Honor Magic V's inaugural teaser. (Source: Honor via Weibo)
The Honor Magic V's inaugural teaser. (Source: Honor via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-12-22 (Update: 2021-12-30)