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Honor launched its first foldable, Magic V. teased

Honor launched its first foldable, Magic V. teased

Honor, the former sub-brand of Huawei, has teased the launch of its first foldable smartphone, the Honor V. An image shared on its Weibo and Twitter accounts teased the design of the device, showing a telltale hinge between the two halves of the device. The Weibo post states that a "folding flagship is about to be released," although no exact launch date has been announced and Honor declined to comment.

Honor has been open about its desire to release a foldable for some time. In early 2019, the company's CEO George Zhao told CNET that he was interested in producing a foldable under the Honor brand, but expressed concerns that the device would be too expensive for Honor's smaller target market. In June this year, reports surfaced that such a device was under development at the company, and its folding display panels were being provided by BOE and Visionox.

There aren't much details on the exact look of the Magic V, but a report by The Alec suggests that it could feature an 8.03-inch folding inner display paired with a 6.45-inch outer screen. This suggests a device that looks more like its Z Flip (a phone that folds up to become more compact) rather than Samsung's Z Fold device (which appears in a tablet from a phone form factor). This is also the form factor used by Honor's former parent company Huawei with its Mate X2, although now that Honor has been free for a year, it is unclear how similar its upcoming device could be.

Honor joins an extensive list of companies that have either released, or are planning to launch their own foldables. Samsung and Huawei were two early entrants, but recently we've seen foldables from Xiaomi, Motorola and Oppo, which officially announced their Find N phones earlier this month. Alongside Honor, Google is also planning to announce two foldables of its own in the near future.

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