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HONOR Magic V2 Review: Redefining Flagship Foldable Smartphones

HONOR Magic V2

HONOR announced its flagship foldable phone, the HONOR Magic V2, last year. Now officially available in the Philippines, the HONOR Magic V2 stands out as the thinnest and lightest foldable phone to date, redefining industry benchmarks with improvements across form factor, battery life, display, and user experience.

HONOR Magic V2

Foldable smartphones have been steadily making waves in the market, with several prominent brands, including Google, Samsung, Xiaomi, OPPO, Motorola, Huawei, and Tecno, embracing this innovative device category. Its distinctive combination of versatility and cutting-edge technology is what makes it so appealing.


We had the opportunity to explore and test the recently released HONOR Magic V2. In this hands-on experience, we delve into the features of this new foldable phone, which aims to push boundaries and deliver a user experience that effortlessly fits in with modern user's expectations.

HONOR Magic V2 Specs:

Operating System: MagicOS 7.2 (Based on Android 13)
Main Display: 7.92-inch LTPO OLED, 2344 x 2156 pixels, 402ppi, HDR10+, IMAX Enhanced, 1600-nits peak brightness
Secondary Display: 6.43-inch LTPO OLED, 2376 x 1060 pixels, 402ppi, HDR10+, 120Hz refresh rate
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 octa-core processor clocked at 3.36GHz
Adreno 740 GPU
16GB RAM
Internal Storage: 512GB
Rear Cameras: 50MP Wide Camera (f/1.9, OIS) + 50MP Ultra Wide Camera (f/2.0) + 20MP telephoto Camera (f/2.4, OIS), LED flash
Front Cameras: 16MP Wide Camera (f/2.2)
Biometric Security: Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
Audio: Stereo speakers
No headphone jack
Dual SIM, dual standby
4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6e (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/be)
Dual-band GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
BT5.3,Support BLE,SBC,AAC, LDAC,APTX,APTX HD
NFC
IR blaster
USB Type-C
Battery: 5,000mAh Silicon-Carbon battery, 66W SuperCharge Wired Charging
Unfolded: 156.7 x 145.4 x 4.7mm
Folded: 156.7 x 74.1 x 9.9mm
Colors: Gold, Silk Purple, Silk Black, and Black
Weight: 231g

Unboxing
The HONOR Magic V2 is packaged in a well-designed box, and within the main box, the accessories are neatly packaged in individual compartments. The contents include the Honor Magic V2, with essentials such as a 66W fast charger, a USB cable, a protective case for the rear panel, a SIM eject tool, and paper materials for reference.

HONOR Magic V2

Notably, the included Aramid protective case not only offers basic protection but also looks durable. It features a sturdy build and even has a useful kickstand feature for added functionality.

Design and Built Quality
The Magic V2 stands out with its slim and premium design. Its slim profile and lightweight construction make it easy to hold, allowing for comfortable one-handed use. Measuring 9.9mm when folded and a mere 4.7mm when unfolded and weighing just 231g, it's remarkably slim and lightweight for a foldable phone, resembling the feel of a traditional bar phone.

HONOR Magic V2

Sporting a glossy finish, the device can be slippery to hold when folded. But thanks to the bundled sleek case, which not only protects the back from scratches but also enhances grip, ensuring a more secure hold.

HONOR Magic V2

Engineered with a HONOR Super-light Titanium hinge mechanism, the Magic V2 effortlessly folds and unfolds. Its SGS certification for reliability ensures solid performance for longer use. This design element ensures the device's durability over time.

HONOR Magic V2

The rear of the Magic V2 boasts a substantial camera bump housing its versatile camera system. This powerful setup includes a triple rear camera featuring a 50MP wide lens (f/1.9, OIS), a 50MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.0), and a 20MP telephoto lens (f/2.4, OIS). With this impressive array of lenses, this device is ready to capture stunning photos and videos in any lighting condition.

The buttons are strategically positioned for ease of use. The power button doubles as a fingerprint reader, offering both convenience and security. This ensures fast and efficient unlocking of the phone, adding to the seamless user experience.

HONOR Magic V2

The Magic V2's bottom section neatly houses the Type-C port, stereo speakers, microphones, and SIM slot, ensuring easy accessibility. However, it may take a bit of adjustment to get used to the charging port's location, given the foldable nature of the phone. Charging it while folded seems like a more convenient practice, aligning with the natural handling of the device.

The design and build quality of the Magic V2 offer a premium user experience with its slim design, premium build, and elegance. The device feels comfortable to hold and use, thanks to its lightweight construction. 

HONOR Magic V2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold5

One notable feature is the sturdy hinge mechanism, which allows for seamless folding and unfolding, ensuring durability and reliability over time. However, the glossy finish may make the phone somewhat slippery to hold when folded. However, the included protective case not only shields the device from scratches but also enhances grip, addressing this concern effectively.

Overall, the Magic V2 impresses with its attention to detail, premium construction, and user-centric design, making it a standout choice for those looking for a premium foldable smartphone experience.

Foldable Display
When unfolded, this phone features a 7.92-inch OLED foldable screen with a resolution of 2344 x 2156 pixels. This generous screen size not only provides users with an expansive view for multimedia, gaming, and web browsing, but it also ensures that every visual element is rendered with remarkable vibrant colors, deep blacks, and sharp details. 

HONOR Magic V2

Whether you're watching high-definition content, playing games, or exploring intricate details in your photos, the Magic V2's foldable display delivers an immersive and captivating experience that exceeds expectations.

HONOR Magic V2

In addition to its primary foldable display, the Magic V2 features a secondary 6.43-inch OLED external display with a resolution of 2376 x 1060 pixels. This external display serves as a convenient way for quick tasks and notifications, eliminating the need to fully unfold the phone for basic functionalities. 

Checking messages, managing your calendar, or checking social media for updates, the external display offers a seamless and intuitive user experience, enhancing convenience and efficiency in your daily interactions.

Moreover, the Magic V2's flexible display technology allows users to seamlessly transition between different modes, adapting to their specific needs and preferences with ease. 

Whether you prefer the compact form factor of a traditional smartphone or the expansive layout of a tablet-like experience, the device effortlessly accommodates your requirements, making multitasking a breeze and enhancing overall productivity.

HONOR Magic V2

The Magic V2's display is designed with 3840Hz PWM Dimming and Dynamic Dimming Screen technology. The display intelligently adjusts its brightness, which gives relief to the eyes during extended usage. 

Even more impressive is the Circadian Night Display feature, which gradually softens the screen's light as bedtime nears, ensuring a more comfortable and natural viewing experience. This feature enhances the experience of using the Magic V2, especially when it comes to caring for eye health.

Overall, the stunning display, flexible functionality, and seamless transitions between modes, redefine the smartphone experience, offering users an immersive and versatile platform for productivity, entertainment, and creativity.

Flagship Performance
The Magic V2 packs a punch under the hood, it's powered by a high-performance Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, clocked at 3.36GHz, paired with an Adreno 740 GPU for graphics, 16GB of RAM, and capacious 512GB of internal storage.

This powerhouse combination ensures seamless and responsive performance. Whether tackling resource-intensive apps or effortlessly juggling multiple apps, the device excels, thanks to its robust hardware and well-optimized software.

HONOR Magic V2

In daily use, the Magic V2 offers an awesome experience. Its snappy responsiveness makes navigating through apps and menus a breeze. The ample RAM ensures swift app launches and smooth transitions between tasks. Whether you're browsing the web, streaming videos, playing a lot of games, or checking emails, the device excels at keeping up with your daily demands.

Gaming on the Magic V2 is an enjoyable experience. Whether you're diving into high-end graphics games or indulging in casual gaming sessions, this foldable phone effortlessly handles them all. 

Thanks to the HONOR Ultra-Thin Bionic Cooling System, which boasts an expansive heat dissipation area of 29000mm and an impressively thin VC thickness of only 0.22mm, the phone remains cool even during extended gaming sessions and resource-demanding tasks.

The Magic V2 is well-equipped to handle all gaming scenarios with ease. The cooling system ensures that the device maintains optimal performance without overheating, allowing you to fully enjoy your favorite games for as long as you like. Whether you're engaging in intense battles or exploring vast virtual worlds, the Magic V2 ensures a smooth and enjoyable gaming experience every time.

Overall, the Magic V2 impresses with its combination of powerful performance and a seamless user experience, making it a reliable companion for both work and play.

MagicOS
The Magic V2 runs on MagicOS 7.2, which is based on Android 13, offering users a seamless and intuitive mobile experience right out of the box. As soon as the device is connected to the internet, it receives regular updates that include security patches and enhancements aimed at improving the overall performance and reliability of the phone.

HONOR Magic V2

Some of the standout features of MagicOS 7.2 are:
Free Hovering Experience:
The Magic V2 leverages its foldable screen technology to offer users a unique and immersive experience that goes beyond the capabilities of traditional bar phones. The ability to interact with content in a free-floating manner adds a new dimension to user interaction and enhances the overall user experience.

Security Guard, Always Trustworthy: With MagicOS 7.2, users can be assured that sensitive data and personal information are kept secure. The operating system implements robust security measures to ensure personal data remains separate and protected, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.

Folded Phone Exclusive: Dual-Screen Handwriting: The Magic V2 introduces a feature that allows users to take advantage of the dual-screen setup for handwriting and note-taking. Whether in an office setting or simply jotting down ideas on the go, the ability to write on both screens enhances productivity and creativity, allowing users to capture inspiration anytime and anywhere.

Hotspot Anytime, Stable, and Reliable: With just a single click, users can effortlessly share their mobile network with other HONOR devices for seamless connection at all times. This feature enhances flexibility and convenience, especially in situations where a stable internet connection is a must.

AI Privacy 2.0: It's an advanced AI-powered privacy feature that adapts to the user's preferences. For instance, the call volume intelligently adjusts to ambient noise levels, minimizing sound noise and ensuring crystal-clear audio quality during calls. This privacy solution enhances user privacy and communication experiences, ensuring that conversations remain confidential and clear.

Cameras
Having used the camera on the Magic V2, I must say it's quite impressive, offering a versatile range of features that can elevate the photography experience. Whether you're shooting in bright daylight or low-light conditions, this phone makes capturing stunning photos and videos easy.

HONOR Magic V2

The triple rear camera setup is impressive, comprising a 50-megapixel wide lens (f/1.9, OIS), a 50-megapixel ultra-wide lens (f/2.0), and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens (f/2.4, OIS). Whether I'm shooting landscapes or portraits, this camera system delivers impressive results, capturing intricate details and vibrant colors.

One feature that stood out to me is the 8x8 dToF Laser Focusing system, which ensures lightning-fast and precise focus. This makes it easy to capture sharp and clear shots, even in fast-paced or unpredictable shooting scenarios. Additionally, the Flicker Sensor and Color Temperature sensor effectively mitigate photo flicker and accurately capture complex lighting conditions, preserving the true colors in photos.

The zoom capability of the telephoto lens is another highlight, offering up to 40x zoom without compromising image quality. Whether you're zooming in on distant subjects or exploring close-up details, the camera can ensure the clarity of your photos.

HONOR Magic V2
More sample Photos posted on our Facebook Page: Adobotech

On the front, the dual-front camera with a 16-megapixel wide lens (f/2.2 aperture) is great for taking selfies, whether the phone is folded or unfolded. The AI Motion Sensing Capture feature adds a layer of convenience, allowing for hands-free photo capture, perfect for capturing spontaneous moments on the go.

While the camera system on the Magic V2 excels in many aspects, I did notice some minor drawbacks. In particularly challenging lighting conditions, such as extremely low light, the performance of the camera may vary slightly, resulting in some loss of detail or increased noise in the images.

Overall, the HONOR Magic V2's camera system offers an exceptional photography experience, combining advanced features with impressive performance.

Battery Performance
The Magic V2 packs a 5000 mAh Silicon-Carbon battery, a technology that uses a silicon-carbon material to store energy, diverging from the conventional lithium, cobalt, and nickel compositions found in typical lithium-ion batteries. This battery design not only enhances energy density but also improves thermal stability and overall lifespan.

The battery offers long battery life, providing up to 22 hours of standby time or up to 20 hours of active use on a single charge. However, despite its impressive battery performance, it's sad that this foldable phone does not support wireless charging, which may disappoint some users, especially considering its flagship device.

HONOR Magic V2

Nevertheless, it compensates for this limitation with its HONOR 66W SuperCharge technology. This fast charging feature allows it to charge the battery from 5% to 100% in just 55 minutes, which is a commendable performance among folding flagship smartphones.

While the absence of wireless charging may be a drawback for some users, the Magic V2's fast charging capabilities more than makeup for it, ensuring that users can quickly charge the battery whenever needed. 

Overall, this makes the Magic V2 a reliable and efficient companion for users who demand exceptional battery performance and charging speeds from their flagship devices.

Pros:
Innovative Foldable Phone Design
Slim Profile
Sturdy Hinge Mechanism
Sharp OLED Display
Powerful Performance
Versatile Camera System
Long Battery Life

Cons:
Lack of Wireless Charging
No IP Rating, Not Water Resistant
Ships with older Android 13 Systems

Overall, the HONOR Magic V2 stands out as one of the best flagship foldable phones available today, offering a winning combination of innovative design, stunning display, powerful performance, versatile camera capabilities, and long-lasting battery life. While the absence of wireless charging may be a drawback for some users, the Magic V2 more than compensates for it with its impressive array of features and functionalities, making it a worthy contender in the competitive flagship smartphone market.
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