Honor Magic V vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: The go-to foldable device is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. And with the arrival of the latest Honor Magic V foldable device, comes another comparison. Honor Magic V is the first foldable to be powered by the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G chipset.
In this comparison we’ll be comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to know which is better. So, between the Magic V from Honor and Galaxy Z Fold 3 from Samsung, which is better?
Honor Magic V vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
|Specifications||Magic V||Z Fold 3|
|Storage||256 / 512GB||256 / 512GB|
|Back Camera||50 + 50 + 50MP||12 + 12 + 12MP|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Snapdragon 888 5G|
|Software||Android 12||Android 11|
|Battery||4,750mAh (66W)||4,400mAh (25W)|
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 when unfolded has a 7.6-inches OLED main display with 120Hz refresh rate support. While the cover screen is narrower with 6.2-inches tall but lacks proper wideness, although it has 120Hz refresh rate support.
In addition, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more durable because it is IPX8 water resistant certified. But perhaps the most fascinating thing about this device could be the support for S-Pen. On the other hand, Honor Magic V is slightly bigger and has a more user friendly cover screen because of its aspect ratio.
When unfolded the main display is 7.9-inch OLED with 90Hz refresh rate support, while the outer display with 6.4-inch OLED has a 120Hz refresh rate. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more durable (water resistant) and productive because of the S-Pen support.
Honor Magic V has a 50 MP main snapper, supported by a 50MP color spectrum shooter and 50MP ultrawide lens. There are two 42MP selfie cameras housed in punch hole cutouts on the cover screen and on the main screen. Both the back and front cameras can record video in 4k resolution.
While the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a 12 MP OIS main shooter, supported by a 12MP periscope 2x telephoto lens and 12MP ultrawide lens. The front facing camera is 10MP and inside the big display is a 4 MP UDC camera with poor resolution. Galaxy Z Fold 3 rear camera can as well record video in 4k resolution.
Overall, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 back camera system is better because it is more versatile for usage and has OIS. But the selfie camera is poor which is why I’ll prefer that of the Honor Magic V.
Performance | Storage | RAM | 5G
These two foldable devices are 5G enabled and have similar configurations. Both have 12GB RAM and 256/512 GB storage options. However, the chipsets powering them are different.
The Honor Magic V is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 5G SoC which is 25% better in performance than the Snapdragon 888 chip in the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Honor Magic V boots Android 12 software out of the box, while Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 runs Android 11 (upgradeable to Android 12) out of the box. But even at that, the skin software of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is well customized and it offers better user experience than that of the Honor Magic V.
Galaxy Z Fold 3 packs 4,400 mAh battery capacity with 25W fast charge support. While Honor Magic V has bigger battery size of 4,750 mAh alongside 66W fast charge technology.
Honor Magic V vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Price
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is more expensive. At launch, it has a starting price of $1,799 for the 12/256 GB model. Although the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has dropped since then. While the Honor Magic V has a starting price of $1,599 for the 12/256 GB variant.
I think the Honor Magic V major problem would be that for now it is only available in China, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is available for all in different regions.
Honor Magic V vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Verdict
Competition is good in the tech industry because it brings out innovation and provide options for tech enthusiasts. However, sentiment aside, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 still remains the best foldable to get out there.
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is water resistant, offers unique software customization and gives you a S-Pen support to enhance your productivity.
So if I’m to score both foldable devices by percentage. I’ll score the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 (53%) while the Honor Magic V gets (47%).