Honor Magic Vs review: Samsung Z Fold 4 gets some competition

Two big screens, loads of storage, and a lower price – can Honor's Magic Vs best Samsung's big-screened foldable champ?

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

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Honor Magic Vs undercuts the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Google Pixel Fold, and it has the most usable front screen of the three. Like all big-screened foldables, it couples a high price with early-gen compromises – mainly the folding mechanism in this case. Its main camera is also what we'd expect from a $450 / £450 experience - not from something costing nearly three times as much. Despite those limitations, though, the Honor Magic Vs is still the best-value big-screened foldable around, and considering it costs less than a 512GB iPhone 14 Pro Max, marks a breakthrough in foldable pricing.


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    Premium-feeling design

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    Restrained photo processing

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    Massive 512GB storage

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    Best value big-screen foldable


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    Hinge isn't as robust as the competition

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    Unoptimized for foldable photography

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    Photo detail isn't class-leading

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    NO IP dust or water resistance rating

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While there are a few flip phones on the scene, if you live in the UK or Europe, the Honor Magic Vs is the only big-screened foldable phone on sale to give Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Huawei's Mate X3 a run for their money. It’s a different story in China – there’s the Oppo Find N2, Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 and Vivo X Fold to name a few. And in the US, there really is no competition, with Samsung still being the only player, four years after the original Galaxy Fold was announced.

The Honor Magic Vs, therefore, has one clear mission: to be better than the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Off the bat, in some ways, it is, costing less and packing more storage and larger screens than Samsung's offering.

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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.