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Honor teases the Magic V's "flagship foldable" design

Honor teases the Magic V. (Source: Honor)
Honor teases the Magic V. (Source: Honor)
The mobile device OEM Honor has announced that it will launch its first-gen foldable, the Magic V, soon. This cutting-edge smartphone's latest teaser suggests a design most like that of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, thereby possibly hinting at a premium status for the inaugural flexible-display device.

The smartphone OEM Honor's long-anticipated first-gen foldable phone is now official - even if its launch date and price is not. Nevertheless, the brand has seen fit to reveal that it will be called the Magic V thus far. Now, it has also dropped strong hints as to how this inaugural flagship might look.

A number of leaks from various sources had led to speculation that the V would either have the same design as the Mate X2 from this company's former owner Huawei, or would be a clamshell foldable. However, its latest teaser indicates that neither is the case.

This new preview consists of a short video clip that, while remaining cagey about the Magic V's nature and folding mechanism in full, seems to depict a phablet with a "cover" display as well as a main folding screen.

The former gives the impression of having more or less the same dimensions as a typical smartphone with a centered punch-hole selfie camera, if a slightly narrow one. It might form the front-most panel of the device, opening to reveal a larger display that seems uninterrupted by punch-holes or sensor-bars of any kind.

All in all, the upcoming foldable could now be said to be closest to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 in terms of looks. On the other hand, it seems to have a very different rear panel finish, and also now seems more capable of closing without a noticeable air-gap at the hinge. Whether the Honor Magic V will rival the flagship in other ways (such as in terms of its price) or not remains to be seen.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-12-28 (Update: 2021-12-30)