The Honor Magic V Series establishes itself as the competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold by taking up the idea of the foldable smartphone in book format. What is this new Chinese flagship worth? Here is our analysis.
Design and construction
The Honor Magic V Series exudes quality from the moment you hold it. With beautiful metal finishes all around, a borderless external screen and a compact and slim design when folded, this foldable smartphone is very satisfying to use. The external display is particularly impressive, providing a smooth and pleasant user experience. Additionally, the fingerprint reader embedded in the power button is very responsive, adding an extra layer of convenience to the user experience.
The strong point of this smartphone is undoubtedly its screens. The Honor Magic V Series is equipped with a 120 Hz OLED screen with a definition of around QHD and HDR certification. This results in a very pleasant viewing experience, whether you're watching Netflix, YouTube, or Twitch. However, it is worth noting that the brightness could be a bit higher and the color gamut is a bit limited compared to what Samsung offers with its OLED displays.
Performance and autonomy
In terms of performance, the Honor Magic V Series is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Plus GN1 processor, which although not the newest on the market, provides a smooth and responsive user experience. However, it should be noted that this smartphone is a little behind its competitors in terms of graphics performance.
As for battery life, the Honor Magic V Series is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery, which allows it to last a whole day quite comfortably. Additionally, it is equipped with 66 watts fast charging, which allows you to recover 50% of the battery in just 15 minutes.
The Honor Magic V Series is equipped with a main photo module, an ultra wide-angle and a 3x telephoto lens. In good lighting conditions, this smartphone takes good quality photos with good sharpness and competent HDR. However, in low-light conditions, the camera's performance is a bit limited, especially for ultra-wide-angle and telephoto.
The Honor Magic V Series works with MagicOS, a version of Android adapted for foldable smartphones. However, there appear to be some fit issues, with some apps not displaying properly on the foldable screen. This can be frustrating, especially when using apps like Discord, Slack, or Twitter. However, it is worth noting that these issues could be caused by both Honor and Android app developers.
The Honor Magic V Series is a good quality foldable smartphone that could compete well with Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold. It offers an attractive design, solid performance, and good battery life. However, it falls a bit behind its competitors in terms of graphics performance and camera quality in low-light conditions. Additionally, there are some fit issues with some Android apps on the foldable screen.
Despite these few flaws, the Honor Magic V Series is an interesting foldable smartphone that deserves your attention, especially if you're allergic to Samsung or One UI. And if you're looking to protect your new Honor Magic V Series, don't forget to check out our collection of Huawei phone cases on our e-commerce site. We offer a variety of high-quality cases that will protect your device while adding a touch of style.