Magic V: Honor teases its first foldable smartphone

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New Delhi: Honor, the former sub-brand of Huawei, has released the teaser of its soon-to-be-launched and first foldable smartphone, the Honor Magic V.

An image shared on its Twitter account on Wednesday teased the design of the device, showing a telltale hinge between the two halves of the device. The post read, “Explore all the possibilities. This is HONOR’s first foldable flagship phone, the #HONORMagicV,” though no exact launch date has been announced and Honor declined to comment.

According to The Verge, Honor has been open about its desire to release a foldable for some time. In early 2019, the company’s CEO George Zhao said that he was interested in producing a foldable under the Honor brand, but expressed concerns that the device would be too expensive for Honor’s smaller target market.

In June this year, reports surfaced that such a device was under development at the company and its folding display panels were being provided by BOE and Visionox.

There aren’t much details on the exact look of the Magic V, but reports suggest that it could feature an 8.03-inch folding inner display paired with a 6.45-inch outer screen. This suggests a device that resembles Samsung’s Z Fold device (which appears to be a tablet from a phone form factor), rather than the Z Flip (a phone that folds up to become more compact).

This is also the form factor used by Honor’s former parent company Huawei with its Mate X2, although now that Honor has been free for a year, it is unclear how similar its upcoming device could be.

Honor joins an extensive list of companies that have either released or are planning to launch their own foldables. Samsung and Huawei were two early entrants, but recently we’ve seen foldables from Xiaomi, Motorola and Oppo, which officially announced their Find N phones earlier this month. It is also rumored that Google is planning to announce two foldables of its own in the near future. (ANI)

First published:December 23, 2021, 4:35 pm

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