In addition to the impressive-looking Honor Magic V2 getting its world launch announcement, Honor additionally unveiled a brand new idea telephone at IFA 2023 – the Honor V Purse. In case you suppose the identify is just a little unusual, let me clarify. It is a foldable telephone that’s designed to be worn or carried like a handbag, or bag, full with customisable straps. So really, the identify is not that unusual in any respect.
The V Purse presents a really completely different design to the Magic V2, in a lot as its display wraps across the outdoors, relatively than the within. This show is at all times on, and offers you the chance to point out off any variety of completely different designs and patterns on its outer-facing screens. Honor suggests this may will let you match your telephone’s show to outfits or events, with on-screen equipment and digital materials that can even react to the touch and motion.
This extends to matching bodily interchangeable straps to your private fashion, hooking onto the hinge and permitting you to carry the V Purse in your hand or put on it over your shoulder. Designs vary from gold chains to pearls to vegan leather-based, finishing what Honor is dubbing a “phy-gital” vogue assertion.
Bringing the enjoyable again
It is undoubtedly refreshing to see a smartphone model having a little bit of enjoyable with expertise once more, in a market that has kind of stopped doing that. Keep in mind telephones just like the LG Crystal with its see-through quantity pad or the Nokia N-Gage that attempted to mix the options of a telephone with a handheld recreation system. Have been they everybody’s cup of tea? In all probability not. However they did get folks speaking, and exploring new methods of and interacting with tech is at all times welcome.
Nonetheless, it is truthful to notice that the Honor V Purse is not precisely all new. Eager telephone followers may spot a reasonably shut resemblance right here to the Huawei Mate X, in addition to the Mate XS and the Mate XS 2 that adopted it – a model that was Honor’s mother or father firm, earlier than they parted methods in 2020 within the fallout from Huawei’s US ban.
For these not acquainted, it is a foldable format that works a bit in another way to one thing just like the V2, in that the display folds outwards, and is simply on one aspect – with a vegan leather-based end on the opposite. You press a button to launch the display, and within the V Purse that button cleverly feels extra like a clasp – additional leaning into the bag-based idea.
After all, the fashion-focused execution right here provides a special angle to the format, however Honor has pushed to take this design one step additional too. One of many few specs we do know in regards to the V Purse is that it’s an extremely slim 9mm when closed, in comparison with 11.1mm on the Mate XS 2 – bringing the foldable telephone one other step nearer to being simply as handy in dimension as a standard telephone.
In the mean time, there aren’t any different specs for the V Purse – not unusual in an idea after all – however having managed to truly get my fingers on it away from the present ground, what do I believe?
Making telephones wearable
As an idea, the attraction is totally there. My telephone isn’t in my bag and sometimes in my hand, so having one thing that has just a little bit extra aptitude to it than your common handset is fascinating. I purchase telephone covers that I discover aesthetically pleasing, so with the ability to try this with the entire telephone – to vary the fashion with the press of a button, and mainly flip it right into a wearable – actually has attraction.
The sustainability angle that Honor raised within the V Purse announcement does not land in fairly the identical means for me. Whereas I can fortunately go away the home with simply my telephone for fast errands – due to digital funds utilizing the likes of Apple Pay and Google Wallet – the V Purse will not substitute the necessity for an actual bag the vast majority of the time. The thought of it tackling the impression of quick vogue by decreasing the necessity for a wardrobe full of luggage looks like a little bit of a stretch.
The V Purse is unashamedly enjoyable – and it is okay that that is form of the start and finish of it. Operating your finger alongside the display to work together with the varied bag designs stopped folks of their tracks once I was utilizing it, a lot in order that I think about it might be fairly the dialog starter when out and about. It is also fairly limitless, with the chance for everybody from the smallest artists to the most important vogue manufacturers to supply distinctive designs to grace the V Purse’s screens.
The one query mark that continues to be is sturdiness. With a display on the surface, on a telephone that is made to be worn and never stored away in a bag or pocket, you have to surprise how lengthy that display will probably be wanting as good because it does proper now.
Honor says the hinge is nice for 400,000 folds, however I must be certain it is going to survive a couple of bumps, a few drops and a margharita spillage or two earlier than I sling it over my shoulder on an evening out. Up till now, Honor hasn’t been eager to fork out for official IP scores on its different merchandise, however that looks like it might be fairly essential right here.
Contemplating the thrill the Honor V Purse precipitated on the present, wearable telephones is clearly a subject that has acquired folks speaking. If it could possibly show the V Purse’s sturdiness is as stable because the idea, then possibly, simply possibly, Honor is on to one thing.