Honor Magic Vs hands-on: 54MP foldable with a 7.9-inch screen

Big battery, big screen, big specs – light weight; Honor's Magic Vs takes the fight to Samsung in 2023

A photo of the Honor Magic Vs
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Early Verdict

2023 is set to be the year of the folding phone, and the Honor Magic Vs looks like it will be a major player. It combines the IMX800-powered camera that debuted on the Honor 70, with a large, 7.9-inch foldable screen, a high-capacity battery, and plenty of power. While it's too early to say whether it'll be a smash hit, if it launches at the right price in the West, it could be the perfect choice for foldable-curious folks after a big screen experience.


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    Larger screens that Galaxy Z Fold 4

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    Premium-feeling materials

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    Powerful internals

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    Large battery for a foldable


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    No OIS on main camera

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    90Hz inner screen falls behind 120Hz competition

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    No IP dust or water resistance rating

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    Misses out on wireless charging

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Honor will be launching the Magic Vs in 2023 globally, and we've had an early hands-on with the phone, around the same time we tried out the Oppo Find N2 and the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 – to say our appetite's have been whet for a foldable future is an understatement. 

The Honor Magic Vs brings back much of what we loved about the Honor 70 when it comes to its cameras. Sony's IMX800 54MP sensor returns and it's once again matched with a 50MP ultra-wide camera, complete with autofocus – a good start.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.