Honor Magic Vs: The Thinner, Bigger, Lesser Foldable

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “great hardware, undone by under-done software.”

If that sounds like a line straight out of a Huawei phone review from 2016, well, that tracks. Because Honor began its corporate life as a youth-focused sub-brand of that now-beleaguered behemoth, and even though Honor is now an independent phone maker shipping its first global foldable (Google apps and all) … well, a lot of its software still feels stuck in Shenzhen.

Still, it’s early software, and it’s a folding phone – from a brand that historically has competed on price. So the Honor Magic Vs might be an important step toward broader foldable adoption … if that price is right. From Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I’m Michael Fisher – and this is MrMobile’s initial review!

(NOTE: MrMobile was informed late in the review process that the Honor Magic Vs software would receive an update before release. That update will address, among other things, the missing app drawer – though more details were not immediately available. If the Magic Vs user experience changes significantly in the time leading up to release, follow-up coverage may be warranted. Stay tuned!)




This video was produced following twelve days with an Honor Magic Vs review sample provided by Honor and tested on Tello Mobile and Google Fi, in the United States and Spain. The device received one software update during the review process, to MagicOS Build

Honor provided travel, lodging and a daily meal stipend to members of the media to attend Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona – MrMobile included. However, MrMobile does not accept compensation from the manufacturers of the products he reviews in exchange for producing content. No payment was provided and no manufacturer or carrier was afforded a preview, editorial input or copy approval rights concerning this review.


“Scrappy” by Famous Cats [Soundstripe]:

“Boom Boom” by Adrian Walther [Soundstripe]:

“Our Lives” by Strength To Last [Soundstripe]:


00:00 Stop me if you’ve heard this before
01:22 A piece of work
05:35 The ups and downs of MagicOS
08:50 Camera slug-fest (featuring the Galaxy Fold 4)
11:06 Is the price right?





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