Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Former Huawei sub-brand Honor has teased the launch of its first foldable smartphone, the Honor V. Shared an image on its Weibo and Twitter accounts teases the design of the device, showing a telltale hinge between the two halves of the device. The Weibo post says that the “foldable flagship is about to be released”, although an exact launch date has not been announced and Honor has declined to comment.

Honor has been open about the desire to release a foldable for some time. Back in 2019, the company’s CEO, George Zhao, said: CNET that he was interested in producing a foldable device under the Honor brand, but expressed concern that the device would be too expensive for Honor’s younger target market. In June of this year, reports emerged that development of such a device was underway at the company and that the foldable display panels were supplied by BOE and Visionox.

There aren’t many details about the exact shape the Magic V could take, but a report from the Elec suggests it could have an 8.03-inch foldable inner display paired with a 6.45-inch outer screen. That suggests a device that resembles Samsung’s Z Fold devices (which unfold from a phone shape into a tablet) rather than its Z Flip (a phone that folds to become more compact). That’s also the form factor that Honor’s former parent company Huawei is using with its Mate X2, but now that Honor has been independent for a year, it’s unclear how similar its upcoming device could be.

Honor joins a growing list of companies that have released or are planning to launch their own foldables. Samsung and Huawei were two early entrants, but more recently we’ve seen foldables from Xiaomi, Motorola and Oppo officially announcing their Find N phone earlier this month. In addition to Honor, it is rumored that Google plans to announce as many as two foldables of its own in the near future.

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