Honor Magic Vs vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: More companies are joining the foldable market as foldable phones keep getting better. Honor just launched the Honor Magic Vs foldable phone in China and one of the foldable phones it’ll compete with is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. So, is the Magic Vs foldable phone better than the Galaxy Z Fold 4?
In this Honor Magic Vs vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs comparison, I’ll be highlighting the differences and similarities. And also to explain which is better between these two foldable phones.
Magic Vs vs Galaxy Z Fold 4: Display, Design, and Durability
Both smartphones have inner and outer displays. The inner displays of foldable phones are usually bigger while the outer display can be used as a normal phone. In this case, both the inner and outer displays of the Magic Vs are larger than those of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. However, the inner display of the Z Fold 4 supports a 120Hz refresh rate which is better than the 90Hz of the Magic Vs.
Choosing between the design of both phones is subjective to user preference. However, the Magic Vs has a punch hole on top of the inner display while the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has an under-display camera tech. This means there is no punch hole distraction on the Z Fold 4 which gives a better user experience especially when consuming media.
The hinges on both phones are sturdy and really good but the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is rated IPX8 water resistant while the Honor Magic Vs is not. In addition to Glass back and front, the Z Fold 4 features an Armor aluminum frame with tougher drop and scratch resistance. All these extra features are why the Z Fold 4 is also heavier than the Magic Vs even though it’s smaller than the Magic Vs.
The Magic Vs has a 54MP main camera which is good but not as good as the 50MP main camera of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. One reason why the main camera of the Z Fold 4 is better is that it has OIS stabilization which is not available in the main camera of the Magic Vs.
Both phones also have telephoto lenses. The Magic Vs has an 8MP telephoto lens that can do 3x optical zoom and has OIS stabilization while the Z Fold 4 has a 10MP telephoto lens that can do 2x optical zoom and also has OIS stabilization.
Honor Magic Vs has two 16MP cameras placed on the inner and outside display. This setup is better than the 4MP and 10MP front cameras of the Galaxy Z Fold 4. Using the Magic Vs 16MP front camera of the inner display gives better quality than the 4MP buried under the inner screen of the Z Fold 4.
But overall, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a better camera phone than the Honor Magic Vs. The main camera of the Z Fold 4 can record steady videos in 8K resolution whereas that of the Magic Vs can only record in 4K resolution. The 10MP front camera of the Z Fold 4 can record videos in 4K resolution whereas the two 16MP front cameras of the Magic Vs can only record 1080p videos. So, going by the quality and camera features, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a better camera phone here.
Magic Vs vs Galaxy Z Fold 4: Chipset, RAM & Storage
The performance of both phones is different because both phones are similar because both phones have the same chipset. The chipset in both phones is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 5G chipset. Both phones have the same CPU cores, the same GPU, the same ISP, the same AI engine, the same 5G MODEM, etc.
The Honor Magic Vs has 8GB or 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 has 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. None of these phones have space for a microSD card slot. The base model of the Magic Vs has 8GB + 256GB of storage while that of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 has 12GB + 256GB of storage.
Honor Magic Vs vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Software
The Honor Magic Vs boots Magic UI 7 based on Android 12 out of the box and will get up to three years of software updates while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 boots OneUI 4 based on Android 12L out of the box and will get up to five years of software updates. The user interface, app icons, and navigation settings of both smartphones are different.
However, the user experience, multitasking, and software tweaks on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 are way better than those on the Magic Vs. Samsung has spent years developing its software and bringing smooth user interfaces to its foldable phones.
Honor Magic Vs vs Galaxy Z Fold 4: Battery & Other Features
The Honor Magic Vs is powered by a 5,000mAh which is bigger than the 4,400mAh battery that powers the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Although the magic Vs has a faster 66W wired charging support, it, however, does not support wireless charging like the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Other features available in both smartphones include Fingerprint (side-mounted), NFC, GPS, USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go, Virtual proximity sensing, Ultra Wideband (UWB) support, color spectrum, 32-bit/192kHz audio, Tuned by AKG, eSIM, Stylus support (SPEN), etc.
Honor Magic Vs vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Price
The starting price of the Honor Magic Vs (8 + 256GB) is $1199 which is cheaper than the 12GB + 256GB model of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 which sells for $1799. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 has more RAM and is more expensive than the Magic Vs but you can get the Z Fold 4 for $430 less during Black Friday Week.
Honor Magic Vs vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: Conclusion
Since the release of its first foldable phone, Honor has really improved. The newly released Honor Magic Vs is no doubt a very good phone that has good performance, a big battery, a nice display and how supports Stylus (S PEN). However, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is better than the Honor Magic Vs in key areas.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is more durable, has better cameras, convenient wireless charging, better software and UI, better speakers, and a better display. The Z Fold 4 is also the more expensive device and if you consider the $400 to $500 price difference, you might be tempted to buy the Honor Magic Vs instead.
If you buy the Magic Vs, you’ll save money, get the same performance, and have a phone with a bigger battery. However, I’ll recommend you buy the Galaxy Z Fold 4 if you have the money and maybe consider the vivo X fold+ and Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 before you think about buying the Honor Magic Vs.