Right now, Samsung makes the best foldable phones in the world – but it's about to get some serious competition from Honor. That's because Honor has announced that, unusually, its new folding flagship will be available outside China – including in Europe.
As Honor CEO George Zhao puts it: "The Honor Magic VS will be our very first foldable flagship to debut in overseas markets and we are confident that it will deliver huge advancements, transforming how people all around the world use their smartphones."
Pricing for the Honor foldable hasn't been announced yet but, as The Verge reports (opens in new tab), the Chinese model starts at roughly $1,048 (£878) before tax, so it could conceivably undercut the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 by some way.
Honor Magic VS folding phone: what to expect
According to famous leakster Ice Universe (opens in new tab), who's been on something of a winning streak lately, the Honor device will boast "the lightest internal folding screen, only 261g." The battery will be 5,000mAh to power the Snapdragon 8+ chip, it'll support pen input and "in terms of price wars, Chinese brand mobile phones can beat Samsung to the point where his mother doesn't even know him." It's a pretty horrible analogy but you get the point.
The Verge adds more: the folding mechanism is more sturdy than in the previous Magic V, and it should have a lifespan of up to ten years before the mechanism develops any issues. The interior screen is 7.9 inches with 90Hz and 2,272 x 1,984, and the external display is 6.45 inches with 120Hz and 2,560 x 1,080. There are three rear cameras: 4MP, 50MP ultrawide/macro and 8MP telephoto with optical zoom.
Honor has built its reputation on making flagship devices without flagship prices. If it does the same here this could be one of the best phones around, foldable or otherwise. And, putting it bluntly, it will make the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Flip seem less appealing if so, as the Honor device sounds like it will be cheaper and lighter. I can't wait to see it.