The foldable smartphone market is slowly (and steadily) heating up, and the HONOR’s Magic Vs is the latest to join the party. After launching the Magic V earlier this year, HONOR has unveiled its latest addition to its foldable lineup — the HONOR Magic Vs foldable — in China. Featuring a new design and improvements in display, performance, and user experience, the new Magic Vs offers massive upgrades over the previous generation Magic V and provides strong competition to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and OPPO Find N.
In this comparison guide, let’s take a look at what the HONOR Magic Vs has to offer and see how it compares to the other foldable smartphones on the market. To begin, let’s see how the specs of the HONOR Magic Vs compare to those of the other two foldable phones.
|Category||HONOR Magic Vs||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4||OPPO Find N|
|Operating System||MagicOS 7.0 (Android 12)||One UI 5 (Android 13)||Android 12|
|Cover Display||6.45-inch, 2560 x 1080, 120Hz, OLED||6.2-inch, 2316 x 904, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz||5.49-inches, 1972 x 988, AMOLED, 60Hz|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|RAM||8GB, 12GB||12GB||8GB, 12GB|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB||256GB, 512GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB|
|Front Camera||16 MP, ƒ/2.45||10MP, ƒ/2.2, 1.22μ||32MP, ƒ/2.4, Sony IMX615|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, Dual-band Wi-Fi. Bluetooth 5.2, NFC||5G, LTE, Wi-Fi 6E, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2||5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, NFC|
|Battery||5,000 mAh||4,400 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Charging||66W Fast Wired Charging||
|Colors||Cyan, Black, Orange, Gold, Black||Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, Burgundy (Samsung Online Store exclusive)||Purple, White, Black|
Starting off our comparison with design, you’ll notice that all three smartphones feature a similar-looking design that folds outwards to reveal a tablet-sized screen. In terms of materials, all three foldables are made from glass and metal, which provides a premium feel in hand.
The Magic Vs, however, leaves the Galaxy Fold 4 and OPPO Find N behind in terms of dimensions and weight. HONOR Magic Vs weighs just 261 grams and has a thickness of 12.9mm, making it the thinnest foldable. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and OPPO Find N are both over 14mm thick.
Taking a look at the inner display, the Magic Vs offers a 7.9-inch OLED display that is quite similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s 7.6-inch AMOLED display and OPPO Find N’s 7.1-inch AMOLED screen. The HONOR foldable, however, supports only a 90Hz screen refresh rate, while both the Fold 4 and Find N feature 120Hz displays.
Moving onto the cover displays of the three phones, the HONOR foldable features the largest 6.45-inch OLED outer display, while the Galaxy Z Fold 4 takes the second spot with its 6.2-inch AMOLED screen. The Find N only features a small 5.5-inch cover display. Additionally, the Find N lacks stylus support. Both the Magic Vs and Galaxy Z Fold 4 support stylus input for note-taking and drawing, while the Find N does not.
Coming to the cameras, the HONOR Magic Vs features a 54MP primary camera (f/1.8 aperture), a 50MP ultra-wide shooter, and an 8MP 3x optical zoom lens. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 and OPPO Find N also feature similar camera setups with a 50MP primary sensor, an ultra-wide lens, and an optical zoom telephoto lens. One drawback of the Magic Vs is that it lacks a camera lens in the inner display, whereas both the Fold 4 and Find N do.
From the performance standpoint, the HONOR Magic Vs and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 offer a similar experience as they are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset. Even though the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 isn’t the latest Qualcomm chipset out there, it offers better performance and efficiency compared to the Snapdragon 888 chipset found on the OPPO Find N.
Taking a look at the storage options, the Magic Vs is available in 256GB and 512GB storage configurations, while Samsung offers an additional 1TB variant of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 in addition to the 256GB and 512GB storage variants. The RAM capacity on all three foldables is either 8GB or 12GB, and it can vary depending on the storage configuration you choose.
While we’re yet to go hands-on with the Magic Vs, the HONOR foldable should offer the best battery life (theoretically) thanks to a combination of a 5,000 mAh battery cell and 66W charging. The OPPO Find N takes the second spot with its 4,500 mAh battery and 33W wired charging. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 offers only a 4,400 mAh battery and 25W wired charging. The Find N and Galaxy Z Fold 4, however, offer wireless charging support, which is absent on the Magic Vs.
On the whole, the HONOR Magic Vs seems like a worthy competitor to the Galaxy Z Fold 4. The only deal-breaker (for now) is the fact that the smartphone is available only in China. HONOR says it will launch the Magic Vs in the global markets in Q1 2023. In the meantime, tell us about your thoughts on HONOR’s new foldable smartphone. Would you buy it over the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and OPPO Find N? Let us know in the comments section below!
The latest Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 comes with the most powerful Qualcomm SoC, a wider display, a better hinge mechanism, and many significant upgrades over its predecessor.
The HONOR Magic V is the company’s first foldable flagship. It features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and it has plenty of memory and a large display to multitask and game on-the-go. If you’re looking for a solid option, this should be considered.