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Honor is considering a clamshell foldable, but won't launch until it has something that stands out

Yesterday, Honor launched its next-generation foldable, the Magic V2. It is a horizontal foldable product and the first product of its kind to be less than 07 mm thick when folded. Honor believes this marks a turning point, and soon candy bars will start to decline in popularity, replaced by foldables like the V2, at least at the premium end. However, while there are now three foldable phones, Honor still doesn’t have a flip phone.

The company is aggressively thinking about the form factor, but it doesn’t want to launch a not-ran-it wants a clamshell foldable that stands out in the market, similar to the Magic V2.

A close-up of the Honor Magic V2 hinge Close-up details of the HONOR Magic V2 hinge

That’s all the information we have so far, although we can imagine that the hinge design in the V2 could also be applied to flip phones. Honor engineers have created a gearless integrated hinge mechanism, with a 3D printed titanium alloy cover, making the hinge stronger and lighter.

Regarding the service life of the hinge, Honor has conducted internal tests but believes that letting the media and consumers experience the durability of the hinge in person will be more effective than advertising.

There is a related form factor that rolls the phone. Honor made an interesting point when we asked about it – we’ve seen some manufacturers demo prototypes, but they probably have no intention of making a retail device.

The reason is that companies keep what they plan to launch a secret, so they won’t be as keen to show it off until it’s ready.




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