Honor Magic V vs Oppo Find N vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 Compared – Honor announces a foldable that could be better than the Galaxy Z Fold3

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It has been almost 3 years since the original Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X were launched. They were both amazing devices that promised a new exciting era for smartphones. However, in the subsequent years, the foldable market hasn't really boomed as much as I would have liked. Samsung seems to be the only company that has made a success of them.

It looks like 2022 could be the year that we see the foldable market gain some traction.

Yesterday, Honor announced the Honor Magic V with an amazingly high specification that, on paper, should be a better foldable than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.

Of course, a good specification doesn't necessarily mean a good phone. Foldables are proving to be tricky to master, and it is safe to say that Samsung is at the forefront of this niche of smartphones.

The big question is will this phone see an international launch?

At the moment, that remains unknown, the company has not decided if they will launch the phone globally yet, which doesn't sound too promising. This will almost certainly mean a delay of months before UK/EU buyers get a chance to purchase it.

OPPO also recently threw their hat into the foldable ring with the Oppo Find N, a slightly smaller foldable with a more square-shaped form factor and a lower price point. While the Honor Magic V appears to be going directly after the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, the Find N seems to offer an alternative approach appealing to people who want something different from the Fold2.

For me, the most important thing is that were are seeing new brands bring foldable to the market. They are still years away from being mainstream devices, but hopefully, now that Samsung has some competition, the overall quality and price of these devices will improve.

Honor Magic V vs Oppo Find N vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 Specifications

SpecificationsHonor Magic VSamsung Z Fold3OPPO Find N
Display7.9-inch, 90hz AMOLED
(unfolded)
7.6-inch, 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X
(unfolded)
7.1-inch, 120hz  LPTO AMOLED
(unfolded)
Display6.4-inch, 120Hz
(folded)
6.2-inch, 120Hz
(folded)
5.49-inch, 60Hz
(folded)
RAM12GB12GB8 / 12GB
Storage256 / 512GB256 / 512GB256 / 512GB
Back Camera50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), PDAF, Laser AF
50 MP, f/2.0, 20mm (wide), PDAF
50 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, 122˚, (ultrawide)
12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.76″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm
50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS
13 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF
16 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1/3.09″, 1.0µm
Front Camera42 MP, f/2.4, (wide)10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm
Cover camera:
10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3″, 1.22µm
32 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm
Cover camera:
32 MP, f/2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm
ChipsetSnapdragon 8 Gen 1Snapdragon 888 5GSnapdragon 888 5G
SoftwareAndroid 12Android 11Android 11
Battery4,750mAh (66W)4,400mAh (25W)4,500mAh (33W)
Price £1500+?£1,200£1,600

Display & Dimensions

Honor Magic V
  • Honor Magic V
    • 7.9-inch, 90hz AMOLED 2272 x 1984
    • 6.4-inch, 120Hz 2560 x1080
  • Samsung Z Fold 3
    • 7.6-inch, 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X
    • 6.2-inch, 120Hz
  • OPPO Find N
    • 7.1-inch, 120hz  LPTO AMOLED
    • 5.49-inch, 60Hz

The Honor has the biggest displays all around, and the external display is about the size of many of the smaller flagship phones that are available. Each of the displays is also a higher resolution than either Samsung or OPPO. Again that smaller display has about the same resolution you find on most normal phones

Both Samsung and OPPO use superior quality AMOLED displays for the larger screen, running at 120Hz with a dynamic refresh rate.

Of course, all these different display sizes make a difference in the dimensions. The OPPO Find N stands out from the crowd by being significantly shorter than the other two, but it is then wider than the Samsung when unfolder. This gives you almost a square shape, and this form factor will be the main selling point of the Find N.

The Samsung and Honor are similar in height, but the Honor folds out to be 1.3cm wider than the Samsung.

OPPO Find N

Display Crease / Durability

There is no getting away from the fact that the folded display on these phones has a crease, and all of these phones will be more fragile than regular shaped phones.

It is obviously too early to tell how durable the Honor or OPPO will be, but it seems logical to assume that Samsung has the advantage here. It is also the only phone that is IPX8 water-resistant

Chipset

The Samsung launched last year, so it is no surprise it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

OPPO made the odd decision of also using the Snapdragon 888. The reason for this is unclear, it could be to keep the costs low, or it could be that it took them so long to develop they had to use older tech. The SD888 is insanely powerful so it is not a huge issue.

The Honor Magic V uses the latest and greatest Snapdragon 8 Gen1, which gives them a clear advantage.

Camera

I think the differences in the cameras are important.

Samsung went for their generic 12MP triple-lens setup. It is good, but it is not flagship which is disappointing considering the price.

Honor has gone for a more flagship approach with a triple 50MP camera layout. However, they haven't revealed too much about the spec of these, especially the 50Mp f/2.0 20mm “Spectrum Enhanced” sensor. So the jury is out on how good this set-up is.

OPPO also haven't gone for anything ultra high end. The 50MP/13MP telephoto/16MP ultra-wide is identical to the upper mid-range Oppo Find X3 Neo.

Battery

All three phones have a similar battery size. The Honor is the largest at 4750mAh, but it also needs to drive them bigger screens.

The OPPO Find N has 4500 mAh, and its smaller displays should give it the advantage with battery longevity.

The Samsung has just 4400 mAh.

You can charge the Honor quickly with a 66W charge, but no wireless. The OPPO is next with 33W and a 15W wireless. Finally, Samsung, with their standard charging speeds of a slow 25W/11W

Price and Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is £1599, which is insanely expensive, but they have cornered the market, and these are very niche phones.

The OPPO Find N doesn't have an official UK price yet, but you can buy it from Giztop for $1,629.00, which is £1200

The Honor starts at CNY 9,999 ($1,570,£1154) and goes up to CNY 10,999 ($1,725,£1270) for the 512GB storage trim. Grey import and official UK prices will be considerably higher. If this gets launched in the UK, I'd expect it is close to the Samsung price.

Overall

The new Honor Magic V is certainly an impressive phone that is incredibly powerful. A lot of its specification is more appealing than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G.

The two main things to consider are its overall size. This is quite a bit larger than the Samsung, and will likely be one of the main reasons to or not to buy it. If you are a power user that loves a big display, then this is very appealing.

The overall durability and quality of the foldable display remain in question, but I would assume this display is of similar quality to the Huawei Mate X2 (with both phones being quite similar overall).

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