On Twitter and Weibo, Honor teased the release of its first foldable smartphone, the Magic V. The former Huawei sub-brand dubbed it “Honor’s first foldable flagship” and stated that it will be available “soon,” though no specific date was provided.
Stories about a possible Honor folding device have been going viral, especially since the company applied for the terms “Magic Fold” and “Magic Wing” with China’s trademarking authority. In 2019, the company’s CEO, George Zhao, told CNET that it was willing to develop a folding phone, and its former parent company, Huawei, recently released its third-generation folding device, the Mate X2.
Other details are limited, but an upcoming Honor folding phone rumor from The Elec stated that it would use ultra-thin glass with an 8.03-inch folding display and a 6.45-inch exterior screen. If this is correct, it would be similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 3 rather than the Galaxy Flip 3. Given that it is a flagship, it should have a high-end processor and other components.
The honor was sold by Huawei in November 2020 in order to “ensure its survival,” so the company has been independent for just over a year. Google apps, unlike Huawei devices, are available on Honor smartphones.
Along with Samsung, Huawei, and now Honor, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Motorola have all recently released folding smartphones. Google is also rumored to be working on at least one folding Pixel device, and it recently announced an Android version optimized for tablets and foldable.