Honor Magic V vs. Galaxy Z Fold 3: Side By Side Comparison

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Samsung leads the foldable smartphone market, but new models from rival brands have stepped up the competition:

And with the Honor Magic V, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have yet a strong competitor to contend with.

The Honor Magic V is the first foldable launch of 2022. It may be a newcomer in the market, but it’s the most powerful yet. 

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To find out how powerful it is, and which is better, check out the comparison below:

Honor Magic V vs. Galaxy Z Fold 3: Hand’s-On Comparison


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 boasts a 7.6-inches OLED main display (unfolded) with a native 120Hz refresh rate. More so, its cover screen measures 6.2-inches tall with the same native 120Hz refresh rate:

One thing of notice is that the outer screen lacks proper width, which slightly interrupts the viewing experience. It has an IPX8 water-resistant rating. And, it supports the S-Pen.

When it comes to Honor Magic V, it has a slightly better, wider, and more colorful outer screen with a user-friendly design due to its wide aspect ratio:

It has a 7.9-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and an 87% screen-to-body ratio. The outer display measures 6.4-inch and sports a 120Hz native refresh rate.

Winner: In terms of display, the Samsung Z Fold 3 wins due to its water-resistant and better refresh rate. Plus it supports more productivity options, like the S-Pen.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 features a 12 MP OIS primary camera sensor, backed up with a 12 MP 2x telephoto lens and 12 MP ultrawide lens:

Its selfie camera is 10 MP. You will also find a 4 MP UDC lens when unfolded – though it has a poor resolution. Whereas the phone’s rear camera can record videos in 4K.

In contrast, the Honor Magic V comes with a 50 MP primary camera, backed with a 50 MP color spectrum shooter and a 50 MP ultrawide sensor. It has two 42 MP front-facing cameras:

Both are designed as in-display cameras. One is pinched in the outer screen, while the other can be found on the main screen when unfolded.

Winner: In general, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 back camera system is more versatile and has optical image stabilization (OIS). However, due to its poor selfie camera, our winner is Honor Magic V.

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Both foldable phones are 5G compatible and have similar 5G configurations. In fact, both devices boast 12GB RAM and an option of 256GB or 512GB storage. But, what makes them different is the chipset (CPU):

The Honor Magic V sports the latest Snapdragon Gen 1 5G SoC. It is an upgrade over the Snapdragon 888, which is in the Galaxy Z Fold 3. The newer CPU has 25% better performance and speed in multi-tasking.

Winner: The Honor Magic V.

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Bigger Battery and Charging:

Compared to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 4,400 mAh pack, the Magic V has a 4,750 mAh battery. Additionally, the Honor Magic V features a 66W SuperCharging technology:

This means, the Magic V charges faster and can potentially hold its charge longer. Depending on what you’re doing with the phone.

Winner: The Honor Magic V.

Price Comparison:

The Honor Magic V will cost roughly $1,500 (256GB). Whereas Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a starting price of $1,799 for the 128GB variant, making it $300 more expensive.

Winner: The Honor Magic V.

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Optimized Software:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 runs Android 11 (which can be upgraded to Android 12) out of the box, while Honor Magic V boots with Android 12.

Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 delivers a better user experience than the Honor Magic V, thanks to its well-customized skin software.

Winner: The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

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We compared six different categories, and the Honor Magic V won in four. Including battery, pricepoint, camera, and performance:

However, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a better screen and optimized software. And these two factors are a priority in our opinion. It is what you see and how it interacts that makes a smartphone great:

So, in our opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 wins, but the difference in the foldable smartphone market is definitely getting narrower.

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