Along with its mid-budget flagship Honor 80 Pro, Honor introduced a new foldable smartphone Honor Magic Vs. Judging by the parameters, the company tried to make the most balanced device in its niche: relatively inexpensive, with good autonomy, performance and camera. And in general, everything turned out that way, and autonomy should be the best in the segment.
Almost with autonomy, the announcement began. The Honor Magic Vs has a battery of two cells, one in each half of the case. The total capacity was 5000 mAh, the maximum charging power was 66 watts.
According to Honor, in the same modes, the Honor Magic Vs lasts 2.2 times longer than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, and even 1.7 times longer than the regular (based on the form factor criterion) iPhone 14 Pro.
For its category, Honor Magic Vs turned out to be both thin and light. The thickness when unfolded is only 6.1 mm, when folded – 12.9 mm. Weight (depending on the version) – 261-267 grams.
You don’t have to worry about the performance of Honor Magic Vs: the smartphone is based on the SoC Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
The outdoor OLED screen is characterized by a diagonal of 6.45 inches, a resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels, a frame rate of 120 Hz and a maximum brightness of 1200 cd/m2. This screen, like the internal one, provides coverage of 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.
The internal screen is also with an OLED panel, but the frame rate is lower – 90 Hz. The resolution is 2272 x 1984 pixels, the PWM frequency is 1920 MHz. The Honor Magic Vs uses once again modified hinges, the display is designed for 400,000 folding and unfolding cycles.
Honor Magic Vs has two front cameras (in the outer and inner displays), both of which have 16-megapixel sensors. The main camera is completely borrowed from the Honor 70 Pro. The primary sensor is a 54MP Sony IMX800, the ultra-wide lens module uses a 50MP sensor, and the 8MP module is responsible for 3x optical zoom (there is also OIS).
Honor Magic Vs, like other today’s new products from the company, runs MagicOS 7.0 based on Android 13. Prices are: 8/256 GB – $ 1050, 12/256 GB – $ 1115, 12/512 GB – $ 1255. The top version of Honor Magic Vs Ultimate Edition with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of flash memory is priced at $ 1,520.
The world’s first smartphone in Pantone Color of the Year 2023. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta unveiled
Motorola decided to be in trend and introduced the Edge 30 Fusion smartphone in Viva Magenta color.
Viva Magenta has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023. The company’s specialists explained their choice by the fact that it is “an unusual red for an unusual time.”
It is worth noting that the Viva Magenta color has never been seen in smartphones before. Motorola’s novelty in this color, unfortunately, will be exclusive to the US market, but the company may well release its new flagship in the same color. It is also worth noting that the specified version of the smartphone will come with Moto Buds 600 ANC TWS headphones. True, the headphones will be of a different color, but even here Motorola decided to approach the issue from an unusual angle. The fact is that the headphones will be painted in Winetasting color, which was chosen by Pantone as an addition to Viva Magenta.
The Edge 30 Fusion Viva Magenta will be released in the US for $800. Technically, the smartphone does not differ from the original version, that is, it offers a Snapdragon 888 Plus, a 50-megapixel main camera, 68-watt charging and a 144-Hz screen.
Lost in Alaska: iPhone 14’s ‘satellite SOS’ feature helped save a man
Recently, the Alaska State Police received a message about a man stuck in the snow between the cities of Nurvik and Kotzebue. This is a remote area above the Arctic Circle where there is no cell service, so the man had to activate the emergency satellite service on his iPhone 14 to call for help. The Apple Emergency Response Center, along with local search and rescue teams and the US Arctic Northwest Rescue Coordinator, sent volunteer searchers to GPS coordinates transmitted by a smartphone. Rescuers arrived at the scene and successfully helped the stranded man, fortunately he was not injured.
It is worth noting that Apple honestly warns users about possible failures in the operation of satellite communications in some places above the 62nd parallel of the north latitude. Nurvik and Kotzebue are already closer to the 69th parallel of the northern latitude, but nevertheless, the “satellite SOS” worked perfectly: the rescuers were impressed by the accuracy and completeness of the information provided. Recall that an emergency message via satellite on the iPhone 14 includes not only coordinates, but also a small questionnaire, by filling out which the victim can briefly report what happened and what help he needs. This makes it easier for the rescue services. In mid-November, the function started working in the US and Canada, it will be available for free for two years, Apple has not yet announced anything about its cost in the future. The service should be launched in some European countries soon.
Future Samsung smartphones will be 2.5 billion times safer than current smartphones thanks to a new fingerprint scanner
Samsung is working to ensure that in the near future its smartphones will be equipped with under-screen fingerprint scanners that can scan three fingerprints at once.
This is useful for enhancing protection. According to Samsung itself, this solution is 2.5 billion times safer than using a single fingerprint. In addition, Samsung’s new screens will be able to scan fingerprints across their entire area, which will make the use of such scanners simply more convenient.
ISORG has announced that its own OPD (Organic Photo Diode) multi-fingerprint scanning technology is ready. The company believes that Samsung is likely to use similar materials and processes for its OLED 2.0 all-in-one fingerprint scanner.
The head of ISORG believes that Samsung can release relevant products as early as 2025. That is, perhaps such scanners will receive the flagship smartphones of the Galaxy S25 line.
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