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HONOR’s new foldable that’s just announced in China is the HONOR Magic V Flip, a new stunning flip phone with powerful features to boot. HONOR Philippines let us experience it for a few minutes and here are our first impressions.

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The HONOR Magic V Flip flips the script on foldable phones with a design that’s both refined and functional. Unfolding it reveals an expansive 6.8-inch LTPO OLED main display. The bezels are minimal, letting the gorgeous visuals take center stage.

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With a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, scrolling and animations are buttery-smooth, while the display’s peak brightness of 3000 nits ensures excellent visibility even on the sunniest days.

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Despite packing this impressive screen, the phone feels surprisingly light in hand at around 193g, and the slim 7.15mm profile makes it comfortable to pocket when unfolded. Ours is the Camelia white variant that, the HONOR Magic V Flip exudes a sense of quality and attention to detail.

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But the magic unfolds (pun intended) when you flip the phone closed. Unlike some competitors’ afterthought-sized cover screens, the HONOR Magic V Flip boasts a surprisingly large 4-inch cover display, also featuring LTPO OLED technology and a 120Hz refresh rate. This generous screen size makes it a game-changer for usability.

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Checking notifications, replying to messages, or even taking quick selfies can all be done without unfolding the phone, keeping the flow going, and minimizing wear and tear on the main hinge.

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Here’s a deeper dive into some of the other key features that make the HONOR Magic V Flip a compelling option:

  • Powerhouse Performance: Under the hood, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor promises top-of-the-line performance, ensuring smooth operation for even the most demanding apps and games. Backing this up is 12GB of RAM, letting you multitask between apps without a hitch.
  • Versatile Camera System: Whether you’re capturing stunning landscapes, detailed close-ups, or spontaneous selfies, the HONOR Magic V Flip’s camera system is up to the task. The dual rear camera system features a powerful 50MP main sensor that captures sharp images with excellent clarity. The 12MP ultrawide/macro lens offers flexibility, letting you capture expansive vistas or intriguing close-up shots. And for selfie lovers, the 50MP front-facing camera housed in a hole-punch notch ensures you’ll always look your best in video calls or social media posts.
  • Speedy Charging and Lasting Battery: The 4800mAh battery should provide ample power for a full day’s use, letting you stay connected without worrying about running out of juice. And when you do need a top-up, the 66W fast charging ensures you won’t be waiting for long.
  • Up-to-Date Software: Running MagicOS 8.0 built on Android 14, the HONOR Magic V Flip offers the latest features and security updates, keeping your phone protected and ensuring a smooth user experience.
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This is just a taste of what the HONOR Magic V Flip has to offer. HONOR Philippines has not yet confirmed if the device will or will not make it to our shores, but would you want one if it arrives? Prices in China start at around PHP 41,000 for the most affordable variant.

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