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Magic V Flip: Honor challenges Galaxy Z Flip6 and Razr 50 Ultra with 3,000 nit display and outdated Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset

The Magic V will soon be two processor generations behind some of its rivals. (Image source: Honor)
The Magic V will soon be two processor generations behind some of its rivals. (Image source: Honor)
Honor has brought forth its latest foldable smartphone, following the success of the Magic V2. This time, the company has turned its hand to clamshell foldables with the Magic V Flip. While the device has a few standout features like a 3,000 nit AMOLED foldable display, it relies on Qualcomm's older Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset despite its relatively high price tag.

Honor has unveiled its first clamshell foldable smartphone, following yesterday's global launches of the Honor 200, Honor 200 Pro and MagicBook Pro 16. Incidentally, the Magic V Flip is Honor's first foldable smartphone release since the Magic V2, which arrived almost a year ago sporting a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Logically, one would expect Honor to equip the Magic V Flip with the same chipset or newer, like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3.

Surprisingly, the company has opted for the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 instead, which powers the almost two-year-old Galaxy Z Flip4 (curr. $278 refurbished on Amazon). Nonetheless, the Magic V Flip is still rather expensive at CNY 4,999 (~$689) with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Alternatively, Honor offers the device with 512 GB or 1 TB of storage for CNY 5,499 (~$758) and CNY 5,999 (~$827) respectively, both with 12 GB of RAM.

Moreover, all Magic V Flip variants feature a 4-inch LTPO OLED cover display that supports 0.1-120 Hz variable refresh rates, as well as a 6.8-inch foldable AMOLED display that also peaks at 120 Hz with an LTPO backplane. For reference, the larger display outputs natively at 2,520 x 1,080 pixels and delivers up to 3,000 nits of peak brightness. On top of that, Honor equips the handset with a 4,800 mAh battery that supports 66 W wired charging and a 50 MP primary camera that is joined by 50 MP selfie and 12 MP ultra-wide-angle cameras. Although Honor has not mentioned a global release yet, there is every chance that the Magic V Flip will be available outside China at some stage.

(Image source: Honor)
(Image source: Honor)
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Alex Alderson, 2024-06-13 (Update: 2024-06-13)