With the constant release of foldable phones, it’s safe to say they’re here to stay. In keeping up with their disruptor reputation, Honor has released the Honor Magic V2, which claims to be the world’s thinnest and lightest foldable phone.

It’s packed with top-end features, from its stunning dual display to its powerful chipset and camera system. The added chassis size also means a massive battery that supports Honor’s fast charging tech.

What is the price of Honor Magic V2 in UAE?

The Honor Magic V2 was first released in China in July 2023. During IFA 2023 in Berlin, the company announced availability in select markets worldwide. The Magic V2 should make its way to the UAE as early as the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024.

As for pricing, the only ones published as of writing this are the ones from China, but you can expect the base 16GB RAM + 256GB variant at around AED 5300 and the top 16GB RAM + 1TB variant going for AED 7100.

Honor Magic V2 Specs

Honor Magic V2Honor Magic V
Display (Inner Panel)7.92-inch Foldable LTPO OLED
1B colors
HDR10+
IMAX Enhanced
1600 nits (peak)
7.9-inch Foldable OLED
1B colors
HDR10+ 
Resolution2156 x 2344 pixels1984 x 2272 pixels
Refresh Rate120Hz90Hz
Display (Cover Panel)6.43-inch LTPO OLED
1B colors
HDR10+
2500 nits brightness
6.45-inch OLED
1B colors
HDR10+
Resolution1060 x 2376 pixels1080 x 2560 pixels
Refresh Rate120Hz120Hz
Operating SystemAndroid 13, MagicOS 7.2Android 12, Magic UI 6
ChipsetQualcomm SM8550-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Memory16GB RAM12GB RAM
Storage256GB / 512GB / 1TB256GB / 512GB
Rear CamerasTriple Camera System
50 MP (wide)
20 MP (telephoto)
50 MP (ultrawide)
Triple Camera System
50 MP (wide)
50 MP (ultrawide)
50 MP (telephoto)
Front Camera16 MP (wide)42 MP (wide)
BatteryLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removableLi-Po 4750 mAh, non-removable
ChargingHONOR 66W SuperChargeHONOR 66W SuperCharge
DimensionsUnfolded: 156.7 x 145.4 x 4.7 mm
Folded: 156.7 x 74.1 x 9.9 mm
Unfolded: 160.4 x 141.1 x 6.7 mm
Folded: 160.4 x 72.7 x 14.3 mm
Weight231 g288 g
ConnectivityWiFi 6E
Bluetooth 6.2
WiFi 6E
Bluetooth 6.2

Design

The Honor Magic V2 is designed in the style of the book-type foldable, much like the Samsung Galaxy Fold series. It’s sleek and elegant with a magnesium alloy frame.

If you’re familiar with foldable devices, they’re not usually sleek and slender to accommodate the dual-screen design. The most impressive thing about the Honor Magic V2 is how thin and light it is.

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The phone’s overall thickness is 9.9mm; when you open it up, it’s only 4.7mm. If you want a direct comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 5 measures 13.4mm when folded and 6.1mm unfolded.

It’s also significantly lighter at 231g compared to Samsung’s 253g. This makes the phone incredibly comfortable in both folded and unfolded modes.

Display

Like other foldable devices, the Honor Magic V2 has two displays: A wide foldable inner display and another one for the cover.

The inner panel is an LTPO OLED with a 2156 x 2344 pixels resolution and measures 7.92 inches. It’s surrounded by thin bezels, and there’s a notch for the selfie camera. 

An interesting feature of the inner display is its support for IMAX Enhanced, allowing it to play IMAX-certified movies with improved contrast, colour, and clarity.

As for the cover display, it’s also an LTPO OLED with a resolution of 1060 x 2376 pixels. It has a more traditional look similar to other panels on traditional smartphones. 

Whether you’re looking at the inner or cover display, they’re both equally stunning with vivid colours, sharp details, and smooth animations, thanks to their 120Hz refresh rate.

Camera

The Honor Magic V2’s triple camera system does not disappoint, with high-quality photos and videos in almost every scenario possible. 

The 50MP main camera can capture detailed and balanced shots in daylight and low-light conditions. The 20MP telephoto camera allows you to zoom in on distant subjects without losing quality or detail. As for the 50MP ultrawide camera, you can fit more in the frame without compromising on sharpness and detail.

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Since you can use the Magic V2 in two ways, it comes with two identical front cameras that are good for selfies and portraits.

As for the video capabilities, Honor did not skimp out on the Magic V2, as it can record videos up to 4K resolution at 60fps. Higher framerate options are also available at 1080p at 240fps.

Performance

When it comes to performance, the Honor Magic V2 is powered by the latest, greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. It’s the fastest processor in Android space, allowing it to handle any task easily.

It’s also one of the first phones to embrace AI with its suite of AI-powered apps like AI Vision, AI Voice Assistant, AI Translation, and AI Photo Editor.

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With the hardware it’s got, the phone’s performance is one of its strong points. You can expect a fast and smooth experience matching other flagship devices.

Battery and Charging

The most impressive tech that Chinese smartphone brands have compared to their counterparts is their battery and charging technology. You half expect it with every new phone they put out, and the Magic V2 does not disappoint with its 66W wired charging capability.

You’ll be able to get its 5000mAh battery from 0% to 100% in just 45 minutes. Unfortunately, the phone does not support wireless and reverse charging, which is a knock on its impressive list of features.

Honor Magic V2 Alternatives: Other foldable phones to consider

The Honor Magic V2 is not the only foldable device you can get if you are looking for versatility. Here are some other options that are similar:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
$9.98 $8.38

Weight: 253g | Thickness: Unfolded 6.1mm, Folded 13.4mm | OS: Android 14 (OneUI 6) | Screen: 7.6”, AMOLED, 120Hz, Cover 6.2" AMOLED 120Hz | Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: up to 1TB | Cellular: 5G, Dual SIM, eSIM | Rear camera: 50MP Triple Camera | Front camera: 10MP + 4MP under display | Battery: 4400mAh, 25W Wired charging, 15W Wireless Charging

Pros:
  • Better hinge with flat folding
  • Latest processor
  • Tweaked interface
Cons:
  • Not a big upgrade from Galaxy Z Fold 4
  • External screen seems dated
  • No battery improvements
02/26/2024 06:37 pm GMT

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has a similar design to the Honor Magic V2. However, it does come with a few extras like water resistance rating and wireless charging. The cameras are marginally better on the Samsung. It’s also significantly more expensive, so you do get better value with the Honor foldable.

The Huawei Mate X3 takes foldable devices to an entirely different level with its outward-folding design. Since it’s a Chinese brand, it does come with fast charging. A big difference is reverse wireless charging, as the Honor does not support it. 

Overall, though, none of these alternatives can beat the Honor’s thinness, lightness, display quality, and performance.

Should You Buy the Honor Magic V2?

The Honor Magic V2 is a remarkable foldable phone that’s thin, light, and powerful. If you’re not yet convinced of foldable devices, this will make you think otherwise.

Making a phone that’s feature-packed and reasonably priced, like the Honor Magic V2, means you will make some compromises. Some notable ones are water and dust resistance, wireless charging, and a modest camera system.

Jian Bacallan
Jian Bacallan

Technology Content Crafter. Helping you unbox the latest in tech trends, especially with laptops and mobile devices. A PC gaming enthusiast who loves to cook and is currently obsessed with sim games and pizza dough.

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