Foldable phones have come a long way, evolving from heavy and bulky devices to today’s increasingly slim and lightweight models. But while foldable has narrowed the gap with traditional slab smartphones in thinness and portability, tradeoffs remain due to their folding form factor. Manufacturers continue pushing the boundaries to create ever-thinner foldable phones without sacrificing screen size or battery life.
On July 14th, the release of the Honor Magic V2 ushered foldables into a new millimeter-scale era. At just 9.9mm thick when closed and weighing only 213g, the Magic V2 achieves unprecedented compactness for a foldable. Unfolded, it slimmed to an incredible 4.7mm while delivering a spacious 7.92” display. Such dimensions approach traditional flagship phone territory, blurring the lines between foldable and slate.
Realizing a sub-10mm folding phone with a large display and 2-day battery life involved intensive R&D by Honor over 30 months. Components like the battery, hinge, motherboard and ports were re-engineered for extreme thinness without compromising durability or functionality. For example, on average, the Magic V2’s 5000mAh battery measures just 2.72mm thin. Its redesigned hinge also minimizes thickness, applying aviation-grade 3D-printed titanium alloy for strength.
By leveraging patented technologies across the phone’s design, the Magic V2 makes remarkable progress in pushing foldable toward parity with conventional smartphones. More brands are expected to follow Honor’s pursuit of ever-thinner devices as foldable displays become mainstream. The “arms race” to perfect the foldable form factor benefits consumers with rapid innovation.
The Magic V2 demonstrates that after years of technological progress, foldable phones have proven their versatility and stepped out of their niche. With Honor driving competition in slimness while retaining competitively large screens, high performance and battery life, 2023 may mark the dawn of the foldable phone era.