Honor’s flip phone has the world’s largest and brightest cover screen

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Honor has stepped into the world of flip phones, launching its first clamshell-style phone on Thursday. The Magic V Flip, which first launched in its native China, is expected to be released globally later this year. Its starting price in China is 4,999 yuan, which is equivalent to $689.

The most striking feature of the Magic V Flip is its exceptionally large and bright cover screen: at 4 inches it is the world’s largest cover screen on a commercially sold flip phone. (The competing Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a 3.4-inch external display, while Motorola’s Razr Plus has a 3.6-inch external panel.) It has a maximum brightness of 3,000 nits, making it the world’s brightest cover screen on a flip phone.

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Size isn’t everything, though, and we’ll have to test how the company’s software takes advantage of the Magic V Flip’s large screen once the international version of the Magic V Flip becomes available. Honor says its cover screen, which has an aspect ratio of around 16:9, supports over 40 apps. It has a split-screen mode on the outer screen that has a long video area, space for apps, and a designated reminder zone, which Honor says displays the time and notifications. When you flip the phone over, the Magic V Flip relies on a 6.8-inch internal display that also has a brightness of 3000 nits.

Talking about the camera, there is a 50-megapixel selfie camera on the bottom left corner of the cover screen. On the back, there is a 50-megapixel main camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera setup.

Honor V Flip phone in open and closed position

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The battery type is another first for Honor. The Magic V Flip runs on a 4,800-mAh silicon carbon battery, making it the first commercially sold foldable phone to carry this new type of battery. Honor says it can be charged up to 45% in 15 minutes with its 65-watt wired charger.

The use of silicon-carbon batteries in mobile phones is an emerging trend, gaining attention due to their potential advantages over lithium-ion batteries. These advantages include a lower environmental impact and a lower risk of overheating. But the long-term reliability of silicon carbon batteries is still being researched, and its adoption in the smartphone industry is still in its early stages.

Honor has achieved a number of notable firsts, but the Magic V Flip also comes with some tradeoffs, although they won’t necessarily be noticeable in daily use. Compared to some of its rivals, the Honor V Flip is lagging behind in terms of its processor and durability, at least on paper. The Magic V Flip runs on an older chipset, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. This is slightly behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on last year’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 that powers 2023’s Razr Plus, but we’re talking about a phone launching in 2024.

The Honor V Flip does not have an IP rating for water and dust protection. The Galaxy Z Flip 5 has an IPX8 rating, while the Razr Plus has an IP52 rating. These are important features as durability is one of the major concerns of people considering adopting these expensive foldables.

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