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Honor Magic V2 Display test

This device has been retested in the latest version of our protocol. This summary has been fully updated. For detailed information, check the What’s New article

We put the Honor Magic V2 through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance across four criteria. In this test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 7.92 inches OLED
  • Resolution: 2156 x 2344 pixels, (~402 ppi density)
  • Aspect ratio: 9.78:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Honor Magic V2 Honor Magic V2
151
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164

Pros

  • Anti-reflective film that improves screen readability
  • Smooth display reaction in every use case

Cons

  • Lack of readability under sunlight
  • Color rendering appears unnatural in outdoor conditions.
  • Lack of uniformity in brightness and color

The Honor Magic V2 achieved a very high score in its display tests thanks to big improvements over its predecessor the Magic Vs in all attributes, especially color and video.

The unfolded screen’s readability benefited from the anti-reflective film, which was effective on most wavelengths, especially when used outdoors.  The Magic V2’s peak brightness in outdoor-like conditions, however, was measured at 950 nits in High Brightness Mode, which is on the level of most foldable devices, but much lower than the 2500 nits advertised. The gamma was also better on the Magic V2 because the rendering under sunlight was a bit more natural. The Honor Magic V2’s 120 Hz refresh rate (versus the 90 Hz on the Magic Vs) did not result in any flicker on the screen.

After readability, color was the device’s next strongest point. Color accuracy of still content was overall good when tested in the faithful “normal” color mode, except in outdoor conditions when the content tended to appear slightly desaturated.

The device provided a very satisfying video-watching experience thanks to the screen’s brightness for HDR10 video as well as the display’s color fidelity in a dark environment. In indoor conditions, however, the video rendering was correct despite a slight lack of brightness.

In addition, the display’s touch interactions were generally accurate and smooth.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis, a device undergoes a series of objective and perceptual tests in controlled lab and real-life conditions. The DXOMARK Display score takes into account the overall user experience the screen provides, considering the hardware capacity and the software tuning. In testing, only factory-installed video and photo apps are used.  More in-depth details about how DXOMARK tests displays are available in the article “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”

The following section focuses on the key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Full reports with detailed performance evaluations are available upon request. To order a copy, please contact us.

Readability

160

Honor Magic V2

164

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
How Display Readability score is composed

Readability evaluates the user’s ease and comfort of viewing still content, such as photos or a web page, on the display under different lighting conditions. Our measurements run in the labs are completed by perceptual testing and analysis.

Luminance under various lighting conditions
This graph shows the screen luminance in environments that range from total darkness to outdoor conditions. In our labs, the indoor environment (250 lux to 830 lux) simulates the artificial and natural lighting conditions commonly seen in homes (with medium diffusion); the outdoor environment (from 20,000 lux) replicates a situation with highly diffused light.
Contrast under various lighting conditions
This graph shows the screen’s contrast levels in lighting environments that range from total darkness to outdoor conditions. In our labs, the indoor environment (250 lux to 830 lux) simulates the artificial and natural lighting conditions commonly seen in homes (with medium diffusion); the outdoor environment (from 20,000 lux) replicates a situation with highly diffused light.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Luminance vs Viewing Angle
This graph presents how the luminance drops as viewing angles increase.
Skin-tone rendering in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left to right: Honor Magic V2, Honor Magic Vs, OnePlus Open, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
(Photos for illustration only)


Skin-tone rendering in an outdoor (20 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Honor Magic V2, Honor Magic Vs, OnePlus Open, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
(Photos for illustration only)
Average Reflectance (SCI) Honor Magic V2
1.3 %
Low
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High
Honor Magic V2
Honor Magic Vs
OnePlus OnePlus Open
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
SCI stands for Specular Component Included, which measures both the diffuse reflection and the specular reflection. Reflection from a simple glass sheet is around 4%, while it reaches about 6% for a plastic sheet. Although smartphones’ first surface is made of glass, their total reflection (without coating) is usually around 5% due to multiple reflections created by the complex optical stack.
Average reflectance is computed based on the spectral reflectance in the visible spectrum range (see graph below) and human spectral sensitivity.
Reflectance (SCI)
Wavelength (horizontal axis) defines light color, but also our capacity to see it; for example, UV is a very low wavelength that the human eye cannot see; Infrared is a high wavelength that the human eye also cannot see). White light is composed of all wavelengths between 400 nm and 700 nm, i.e. the range the human eye can see. Measurements above show the reflection of the devices within the visible spectrum range (400 nm to 700 nm).

Uniformity
This graph shows the distribution of luminance throughout the entire display panel. Uniformity is measured with a 20% gray pattern, with bright green indicating ideal luminance. An evenly spread-out bright green color on the screen indicates that the display’s brightness is uniform. Other colors indicate a loss of uniformity.
PWM Frequency Honor Magic V2
3850 Hz
Bad
Good
Bad
Great
Honor Magic V2
Honor Magic Vs
OnePlus OnePlus Open
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5
Displays flicker for 2 main reasons: refresh rate and Pulse Width Modulation. Pulse width modulation is a modulation technique that generates variable-width pulses to represent the amplitude of an analog input signal. This measurement is important for comfort because flickering at low frequencies can be perceived by some individuals, and in the most extreme cases, can induce seizures. Some experiments show that discomfort can appear at a higher frequency. A high PWM frequency (>1500 Hz) tends to be less disturbing for users.
Temporal Light Modulation
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the most important modulation. The combination of a low frequency and a high peak is susceptible to inducing eye fatigue.

Color

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Honor Magic V2

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Google Pixel 8
How Display Color score is composed

Color evaluations are performed in different lighting conditions to see how well the device manages color with the surrounding environment. Devices are tested with sRGB and Display-P3 image patterns. Both faithful mode and default mode are used for our evaluation. Our measurements run in the labs are completed by perceptual testing & analysis.

White point color under D65 illuminant at 830 lux