A couple of months ago, Honor launched its feature-packed foldable phone – Magic V2 – in China. During IFA 2023 last week, the Chinese smartphone company announced that the Magic V2 will be launched “globally”. However, by launching globally, Honor means that the foldable phone will be launched in some countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America. But even then, it will be too late to compete with the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
The global launch of Honor Magic V2 will take place in the first quarter of 2024, six months after the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 5
It is said that the Honor Magic V2 will be available in select European markets sometime in the first quarter of 2024. That is, approximately six months after the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. Reports indicate that the price of the Honor Magic V2 will be similar to the price of the Honor Magic V2. Honor Magic Vs, which means it could be priced around 1,600 euros. That’s €300 cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 5. However, by the time the Magic V2 launches, Samsung will likely have a lot of discounts on the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
The Honor Magic V2 won’t be much cheaper than the Galaxy Z Fold 5 due to Samsung’s usual discounts. And if that’s the case, people may still prefer the Galaxy Z Fold 5 due to Samsung’s longer software update promise. For your information, Honor has promised three Android OS updates for Magic V2, while Galaxy Z Fold 5 will get four major Android OS updates. Samsung also has much better design and software quality than Honor. The South Korean company also has a better after-sales service network and brand recognition in most countries of Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Honor Magic V2 specifications
The Honor Magic V2 features a slimmer (10.1mm) and lighter (231g) design, almost foldable inner display, and displays on the outside and inside. The Cover Screen is also much brighter at 2,500 nits. Both screens are stylus compatible. The foldable phone features the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. However, the phone lacks an IPX8 water resistance rating.
The Magic V2 has a 50MP primary camera with OIS, a 50MP ultra-wide camera with autofocus, and a 20MP telephoto camera with 2.5x optical zoom. It has a 16MP front camera, but it can’t record 4K videos at 60fps like the Galaxy Z Fold 5. It can’t even record 8K videos with the primary camera. Its connectivity features are similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 5, except for UWB.
The Honor foldable phone has a much larger 5,000mAh battery that can charge at 66W. Despite all these advantages, if Honor falls behind in the launch timeframe, Samsung might be the one with the last laugh due to its better brand recognition, water resistance, and better software update support.