Honor’s Latest OS Is Here, With a New Flagship Foldable Not Far Behind

Even non-foldables are getting in on the action

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Honor has revealed its newest flagship foldable, an update to its non-foldable series line, and a new version of MagicOS.

Honor's smartphones are known for their screens, cameras, and battery life. This pattern continues with the company's latest Magic Vs and 80 Series devices and is bolstered by the release of the MagicOS 7.0 operating system.

Honor Magic Vs


The Magic Vs may not be Honor's first foldable flagship device—that distinction goes to the Magic V— but Honor CEO George Zhao says it will be its "first foldable flagship to debut in overseas markets." It also boasts a slim (about half an inch thick when folded) and light (about 9.2 ounces) design with a 5,000mAh battery. And the screens provide either a 6.45-inch display when folded or a 7.9-inch surface when open.

Honor also touched on the next step in its N-Series of non-foldable phones: The Honor 80 and 80 Pro. The upcoming 80 Series pushes the company's camera technology with a 160MP primary camera, with the 80 Pro backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. There's also a feature honor calls the "AI Vlog Master," which will identify and recommend photo modes based on the situation.

Then new MagicOS 7.0 touts a MagicRing feature that will allow you to automatically connect multiple Honor devices with the same user account, in addition to individual services, so you can receive calls and notifications across devices, run applications across all your devices, etc. Magic Text adds the option to scan text in an image. MagicGuard offers what Honor says is "three layers of security protection." And overall performance should be optimized across the board.

You can preorder the Magic Vs and either device from the 80 Series to import from China starting today, starting around $1050 and $380, respectively. According to Honor's website, it looks like the Magic Vs should begin shipping sometime before December 30, while MagicOS 7.0 starts rolling out today for compatible Honor devices.

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