Foldable Phone Face-Off: Honor Magic V2 vs. Galaxy Z Fold 5 vs. Pixel Fold

Honor recently broadened the global release of its latest foldable. The Magic V2, which reigns supreme as the lightest and thinnest book-style phone, went on sale in the UK and parts of the EU last week following its release in its native China. It starts at £1,700 (converts to roughly $2,160 or AU$3,280) or 1,999 euros. This is a lower starting price in the UK than the £1,749 Galaxy Z Fold 5 ($1,800, AU$2,559), but the Z Fold 5 costs 1,899 euros. 

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The Magic V2 arrives internationally in the wake of a string of book-style foldable phone releases, including the OnePlus Open, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Google’s Pixel Fold. Foldable phones still make up a small fraction of the overall smartphone market, but that share of the pie is growing. 

Key differences 

The Magic V2 in its open position becomes a mini tablet.

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Other key differences to consider are these phones’ software upgrade policies, official IP rating and wireless charging support. The Magic V2, Galaxy Z Fold 5 and OnePlus Open lead with four years of software upgrades pledged along with five years of security updates. The Pixel Fold is receiving three years of software upgrades and five years of security updates. 

The Magic V2 is the only one without an official IP rating for water and dust resistance. The Z Fold 5, by comparison, is rated IPX8 for water-resistance and can be immersed under 1.5 meters of freshwater for up to 30 minutes. Nearly all foldables lack dust-resistance apart from the IP52-rated Motorola Razr Plus, which offers some resistance against dust and water splashes. 

Honor says there are currently no plans for a release in the US. And that’s another differentiator worth considering. All of its major rivals received a rollout stateside. 

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For a more granular comparison between the Magic V2 and its rivals, take a look at CNET’s specs chart below.

Honor Magic V2 specs vs. OnePlus Open, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, Google Pixel Fold

Honor Magic V2OnePlus OpenSamsung Galaxy Z Fold 5Google Pixel FoldCover display size, tech, resolution, refresh rate Cover screen: 6.4-inch, (2,376×1,060 pixels), up to 120Hz variable refresh rateCover screen: 6.31-inch OLED (2,484×1,116 pixels), 10-120Hz variable refresh rateCover screen: 6.2-inch AMOLED (2,316 x 904 pixels), 1-120Hz variable refresh rateCover screen: 5.8 inches, (2,092×1,080 pixels), 60-120 Hz variable refresh rateInternal display size, tech, resolution, refresh rate Internal screen: 7.92-inch OLED, (2,344×2,156 pixels), up to 120 Hz variable refresh rateInternal screen: 7.82-inch OLED (2,440×2,268 pixels), 1-120Hz variable refresh rateInternal screen: 7.6-inch AMOLED (2,176×1,812 pixels), 1-120Hz variable refresh rateInternal screen: 7.6-inch OLED, (2,208×1,840 pixels), 60-120 Hz variable refresh ratePixel density Cover: 402 ppi, internal: 402 ppiCover: 431 ppi, internal: 426 ppiCover: 402 ppi, internal: 374 ppiCover: 408 ppi, internal: 380 ppiDimensions (inches) Open: 6.2 x 5.72 x 0.39 in; closed: 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.39 in Open: 6.04 x 5.63 x 0.23 in; Closed: 6.04 x 2.89 x 0.47 inOpen: 6.1 x 5.11 x 0.24 in; Closed: 6.1 x 2.64 x 0.53 inOpen: 5.5 x 6.2 x 0.2 in; Closed: 5.5 x 3.1 x 0.5 in Dimensions (millimeters) Open: 156.7 x 145.4 x 9.9 mm; Closed: 156.7 x 74 x 9.9 mmOpen: 153.4 x 143.1 x 5.9 mm ; Closed 153.4 x 73.3 x 11.9 mmOpen: 154.94 x 129.79 x 6.1 mm; closed: 154.94 x 67.06 x 13.46 mmOpen: 139.7 x 158.7 x 5.8 mm; Closed: 139.7 x 79.5 x 12.1 mmWeight (grams, ounces) 231 g (8.15 oz)Voyager black: 239 g (8.43 oz ); emerald green: 245 g (8.64 oz)253 g (8.92 oz)283 g (9.98 oz)Mobile software Android 13Android 13Android 13Android 13Camera 50-megapixel (main), 50-megapixel (ultrawide), 20-megapixel (telephoto)48-megapixel (main), 48-megapixel (ultrawide), 64-megapixel (telephoto)50-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 10-megapixel (telephoto)48-megapixel (main), 10.8-megapixel (ultrawide), 10.8-megapixel (telephoto)Front-facing camera 16-megapixel (under inner screen); 16-megapixel (cover screen) 20-megapixel (inner screen); 32-megapixel (cover screen)4-megapixel (under inner screen); 10-megapixel (cover screen)8-megapixel (inner screen); 9.5-megapixel (cover screen) Video capture 8K4K 8K4KProcessor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Tensor G2RAM/storage 16GB + 256GB, 512GB, 1TB16GB + 512GB12GB + 256GB, 512GB, 1TB12GB + 256GB, 512GB (US, UK, Germany)Expandable storage NoneNoneNoneNoneBattery 5,500 mAh4,805 mAh4,400 mAh (dual 2,200-mAh battery)4,821 mAhFingerprint sensor SideSideSideSideConnector USB-CUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CHeadphone jack NoneNoneNoneNoneSpecial features 2,500-nit peak brightness (cover screen); 1,600-nit peak brightness (inner screen); support for Honor Magic Pen (both cover and internal screens); 66W wired charging; 5W reverse wired; 16-megapixel under-display camera (inner screen)5G (sub-6 only), alert slider, IPX4 rating, IR blaster, 67W fast wired charging with charger included in the box5G-enabled, IPX8 water resistance, S Pen support, 25W wired charging, wireless charging, wireless power share, triple SIM5G (mmw/Sub6), IPX8 rating, 5x optical zoom, dual SIM, estimated 24-33 hours battery life, 7.5 wireless charging supportUS price starts at Converts to $2,160 (256GB)$1,700 (512GB)$1800 (256GB)$1,799 (256GB)UK price starts at £1,700 (256GB)£1,599 (512GB)£1,749 (256)£1,749 (256GB)Australia price starts at Converts to AU$3,280 (256GB)Converts to AU$2,689 (512GB)AU$2,559 (256GB)Converts to AU$3,340 (256GB)

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