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The Honor Magic V2 is the world's thinnest foldable phone and it's finally coming to Singapore

By Cheryl Tan - on 27 Jan 2024, 10:50am

The Honor Magic V2 is the world's thinnest foldable phone and it's finally coming to Singapore

Note: This article was first published on 16 January 2024.

Honor Magic V2 in Purple. Source: Honor.

We've been waiting for this phone to launch globally for a while now (debuted only in China in July 2023), and now that the Honor Magic V2 is finally here, it was a bit of a surprise how competitively priced this phone is compared with rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Oppo Find N3

Officially announced today (16 January 2024) in its global launch that it's coming to Singapore, the Honor Magic V2 is the world's thinnest foldable phone at 9.9mm thick when folded, and just 4.7mm when unfolded. It's also lightweight at 231 grams for the Black PU model while the glass back model weighs 237 grams. Let's put those figures into some context:-

2023 Foldable Phones Compared
Honor Magic V2 Oppo Find N3 Samsung
Galaxy Z Fold5
Thickness (unfolded) 4.7mm 5.8mm 6.1mm
Thickness (folded) 9.9mm 11.7mm 13.4mm
Weight 231g 239g 253g

The figures might not seem like much, but they do add-up quickly to paint a very different reality when you hold Honor's foldable phone compared to Samsung's best. Considering Honor launched this in China over six months ago, we're not sure what Honor was honestly waiting for when they had such a big upperhand. The Find N3 already felt good in our hands, so the Magic V2 can only be better.

Left to right: Purple, Black PU, Black. Source: Honor.

The phone will be available in three colourways (technically just two), Purple, Black and Black PU with a vegan leather back, with just one configuration(16GB RAM + 512GB storage) for the Singapore market. The internal LTPO OLED screen is nice and big at 7.92-inches, with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 1,600 nits max brightness.

The external 6.43-inch LTPO OLED screen (the largest yet for a foldable phone) also has a 120Hz refresh rate, but with a higher peak brightness of 2,500 nits and it's being protected by Honor's Nanocrystal Glass 2.0 which is supposedly 10-times more drop resistant than its predecessor. You'll also be happy to note that it features a 20:9 aspect ratio, which is more in-line to a regular phone screen size (just like on the Oppo N3), as opposed to the narrower 23:9 aspect ratio used on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5. 

Honor Magic v2 hinge. Source: Honor.

The Magic V2 uses titanium alloy in the hinge cover alongside Honor's proprietary steel for the hinge main body, resulting in a thin hinge that Honor claims reduces the depth of the internal crease by 47%. SGS, a company focused on testing and certification, has also certified the hinge for 400,000 folds, which means the phone will be able to last for up to 10 years with an average of 100 folds a day.

With dual Silicon-carbon batteries that measure in at an average thickness of 2.72mm while having a large 5,000mAh capacity and support for 66W Honor SuperCharge fast charging, Honor claims the Magic V2 will be able to last 14 hours while streaming videos. We'll certainly be looking to test this out in our full review to see whether Honor has compromised on anything to keep the Magic V2 so slim.

On the rear, Honor has packed in a triple rear camera array with a 50MP main wide camera, a 50MP ultra-wide camera and a 20MP telephoto lens. Here are more details of each:-

  • Main camera: 50MP sensor, f/1.9 aperture with OIS
  • Ultrawide camera: 50MP sensor, f/2.0 aperture
  • Telephoto camera: 20MP sensor,  f/2.4 aperture with OIS stabilisation

For selfies or wefies, there are 16MP wide cameras on both the interior and exterior screens, and they appear to be the same lenses with an f/2.2 aperture.

The phone is running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which isn't the newest (see: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3) but is still a snappy processor with plenty of power, with Honor's own MagicOS 7.2 which is based on Android 13. This is to be expected since the phone first debuted exlusively in China, six months back.
 

How much is the world's slimmest foldable phone?

The price is the most surprising part, however, with the Honor Magic V2 retailing at just S$1,999 in Singapore. While that's still pricey, it's significantly cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 (S$2,579 for 512GB of storage) and the Oppo Find N3 (S$2,399 for 512GB of storage) in similar configurations. 

Honor Watch GS3. Source: Honor.

Additionally, Honor is offering pre-order goodies worth S$1,038 from 17 to 24 January 2024:-

  • Free Honor Watch GS3
  • Free Laifen Swift hair dryer
  • 1-year screen replacement warranty which allows for a free one-time replacement of the front screen and inner screen within the first year.

The warranty is definitely the highlight as most issues with foldable phones tend to originate from wear and tear of the folding screen first. This gives users more confidence to adopt the folding lifestyle without too much anxiety if something should crop up later.

Pre-orders can be made at StarHub, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Shopee and authorised Honor retailers. Official sales start from 25 January 2024, with every purchase entitled to a complimentary Honor Watch GS3 (worth S$299). 

Honor Magic V2 in Black PU. Source: Honor.

Stay tuned for our full review, but if you're intrigued and want to look-look see-see for yourself, Honor is running an experiential roadshow at Bugis Junction's Basement 1 Atrium to let the public try out the Honor Magic V2 from 17 to 21 January 2024. Meanwhile, for more details of the phone, head over here.

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