Most foldable phones still feel like a phone and a half in your pocket. But Honor’s pitch for the Magic V2 is that it’s slim and light enough to feel like a regular smartphone until the moment you decide to unfold it.
The Magic V2 mostly delivers on this promise. There were times when I genuinely thought I was carrying my regular smartphone in my pocket. But while the hardware represents an eye-catching competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Google Pixel Fold, and OnePlus Open, its software doesn’t quite feel as polished.
The Magic V2 has been available in China for over half a year, but today, Honor is launching the device in Europe, where it’ll cost £1,699.99 (€1,999, or around $2,170, although the device isn’t going on sale in North America). There’s also a more premium Porsche Design variant on the way soon with more storage, a tweaked design, and an included stylus, though Honor declined to share pricing for that model ahead of today’s launch.
My single favorite aspect of the Honor Magic V2 is its physical dimensions. The glass-backed version I’ve been using is 10.1mm thin at its thinnest point when folded and weighs 237 grams. It’s thinner and lighter than the Galaxy Z Fold 5 (13.4mm, 253g), the Pixel Fold (12.1mm, 283g), and the OnePlus Open (11.7-11.9mm, 239-245g). The vegan leather-backed version of the Magic V2 is even more compact at just 9.9mm thick and 231 grams in weight. It’s still thicker and heavier when folded than a typical large smartphone (the iPhone 15 Pro Max, for example, is 8.25mm thick and 221 grams in weight), but it’s approaching the same ballpark.
Those are a lot of numbers, so let me offer a real-world example. I was able to fit the Honor Magic V2 in a zipped pocket of my running shorts and head out for the better part of an hour without feeling like I was lugging a small tablet around. In fact, it was only when I got back that I remembered I wasn’t carrying my personal iPhone 14 Pro.
On the front of the phone, you’ll find a 6.43-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1060 x 2376, a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, and a peak brightness of 2,500 nits. Inside, there’s a not-quite-square 7.92-inch display with a resolution of 2156 x 2344 and a similar 120Hz refresh rate but a lower claimed peak brightness of 1,600 nits.