Review of Honor Magic V2: Setting a New Standard for Foldable Portability

The Magic V2 immediately caught my attention upon unboxing it. I appreciate the lightweight design and expansive, bright displays, as well as the capable cameras and reliable battery life.

However, what really stands out to me about the Magic V2 is its portability. Honor has shown that a foldable phone can be a powerful productivity tool without being cumbersome in size and weight. Because of its exceptional portability, using the Magic V2 doesn’t feel like I’m using a foldable phone, except when I encounter the screen crease.

Additionally, the Magic V2 has impressive hardware to back up my real-world experience. It is the lightest and thinnest book-style foldable phone available, even though it was released last year. When folded, it’s just 9.9 millimeters thick, making it slightly thicker than a bar phone and convenient to carry around. For comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, a direct competitor, is 13.46 mm thick when closed.

The Magic V2 weighs 231 grams, lighter than both the Galaxy S24 Ultra and the Google Pixel Fold. Its slim and light design makes it feel more like a regular phone and less like an experiment. Although the OnePlus Open, reviewed by my colleague Eli Blumenthal last year, comes close to matching the V2’s slender and lightweight build.

In terms of performance, the Magic V2 is equipped with flagship specs, including last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, a triple-camera module with a telephoto lens, and a large battery that supports 66-watt fast charging. It also offers four years of Android software upgrades and five years of security updates, which is on par with the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and OnePlus Open. However, the Magic V2 also has its drawbacks. It lacks certain finishing touches, such as an official IP rating for water and dust resistance, wireless charging support, and not all apps are optimized for its screens.

The Magic V2 is currently available in parts of Europe and the UK, with a starting price of £1,700 or 1,999 euros. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a release in the United States.

Overall, the Magic V2 is a compelling option for those looking for a portable, high-performance foldable phone with a sleek design and capable hardware. However, it does have its limitations, particularly in terms of certain features and app optimization.

For more detailed reviews and performance tests of phones, CNET’s reviews team uses the devices in real-world scenarios. They test the phones under various conditions, examining features, designs, displays, performance, and cameras. They also evaluate battery life through daily use and battery drain tests.

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