Honor took its sweet time to bring the Magic V2 out of China – six months, to be precise. Given the amazing hardware, it’s been a long wait.
I’ve had a test unit since July 2023, which didn’t have the software and cameras ready until earlier this month. After using it as my primary device for a few weeks, I can confidently say that the Honor Magic V2 is the most comfortable foldable phone I’ve used to date.
For a long time, my major issue with using foldable phones has been how they feel in the hand. It started with the Galaxy Z Fold (and still remains the same with the Galaxy Z Fold 5), which feels like holding two regular candy phones together. We got closer to a slab phone-like form factor on a foldable with the OnePlus Open, but it’s still thick. The Honor Magic V2 solves this problem with a thinner, lighter, and better form factor than ever.
Starting with thickness, at 10.1mm, the Magic V2 brings the foldable phone form factor closer to a slab phone experience than ever. The Ultimate variant with a vegan leather back is even thinner at 9.9mm.
For reference, mainstream foldable like the Samsung
Secondly, the Magic V2 weighs 237 grams, which is eight grams lighter than the current best foldable phone, the
Honor made this possible by working on the material, hinge, and battery. First, it uses proprietary steel that is said to be 25% thinner and 20% stronger than the Honor Magic Vs. Second, the hinge is made out of titanium, which is 42% lighter than before. Third, the company made a slimmer silicon-carbon battery and doesn’t use a lithium-ion cell like other folding phones.
Another aspect that gives it a slab phone-like form factor is a 21:9 aspect ratio cover display. On flagship phones like the Galaxy S24 Ultra or iPhone 15 Pro Max, you get an aspect ratio that is closer to 20:9. But on foldables, this is all over the place — from the tall
All of these factors combine to offer an amazing day-to-day experience. Using the new Honor foldable in daily life doesn’t feel like I’m using two phones slapped into one. As a result, holding it to browse, doomscroll on social media, and read is a better experience than other foldables. Moreover, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable when carried in my pocket because it fits in my pants like a regular phone. The shaving off of millimeters and grams from the build does wonders.
Unlike other foldables, the Honor Magic V2 isn’t a big screen that folds to give you a slab phone-like experience. Instead, it feels like a regular phone that unfolds to give you a big screen. And that is an amazing feat to achieve.
The Honor Magic V2 features a 6.43-inch cover display and a 7.92-inch foldable screen inside. Both of these are OLED panels that offer a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate and support for the Honor Magic Pen stylus. Both the screens are sharp and bright, with clear visibility in direct sunlight.
I enjoyed watching movies and videos on this phone, especially when I could fold it halfway in cramped flights. However, there’s no
The hinge is solid and remains in the position you want it to. The crease situation is much better than the
You can run two apps side by side, and I’ve been using it to research stories on one side and take notes on the other. It works like a breeze – without any lag or stutter. There are plenty of gestures to make things easy and intuitive with swipes. I got used to them within a couple of days. That being said, OnePlus’s Open Canvas remains the multitasking benchmark in foldable software. Honor’s multitasking capabilities are on par with Galaxy Z Fold 5’s multitasking.
The Honor Magic V2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which might seem old on paper but is still capable. It is paired with 16GB of
Talking about the processor, it was the flagship chip when the phone was released in China last year, but by the time the Magic V2 made its way to Europe, there had been plenty of phone launches with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. However, its main competitors, the
As for the cameras, the Honor Magic V2 sports three rear cameras that include a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 50MP ultrawide-angle lens, and a 20MP telephoto camera with 2.5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. On the front, you get 16MP cameras – one on the cover display and the other on the big inner screen.
- 1. 1x shot
- 2. Portrait in 2.5x
- 3. 1x
- 4. 2.5x zoom
- 5. 10x zoom
- 6. 40x zoom
The Honor Magic V2 captures a lot of detail on all three cameras. I like the color tuning and portrait photos. Photos taken at 10x are social media sharing-worthy, too. You can go up to 40x, but those aren’t good quality. The nighttime photos come out pretty well, too.
When compared to the
The Honor Magic V2 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging. In my time using it as my primary phone, it lasted me throughout the working days. For reference, my regular usage includes jumping around X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, WhatsApp, Slack, and Teams throughout the day with hours of browsing, clicking some photos, and about 20 minutes of navigation.
The Honor Magic V2 is now available in Purple and Black color options for 1,700 British pounds/1,999 euros in Europe (without offers). It’s an expensive price tag when considering the
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