The V Purse is a brand new idea telephone from Honor that asks “what if foldables had been extra like trend equipment?” The corporate confirmed off the gadget throughout a presentation at IFA 2023 alongside the Honor Magic V2, its newest foldable telephone introduced in China earlier this 12 months.
The V Purse is an illustration of what’s doable for folding units, and Honor hasn’t stated if it’ll ever be launched it as a product. Conversely, the corporate says it plans to launch the Magic V2 globally no later than Q1 subsequent 12 months, CNBC studies, however has but to formally announce pricing exterior China.
There are two key components to the V Purse’s design. First is a sequence of interchangeable straps and chains that clip on to the foldable and permit it to be carried like a handbag or purse. The second is the best way it makes use of its outward-facing show to point out a sequence of wallpapers designed to imitate totally different purse kinds. It’s mainly the alternative method to what Louis Vuitton did in 2019.
I’ll say that I feel the attachable straps aren’t a horrible concept. Accent producers like Bandolier have confirmed that loads of persons are inquisitive about attaching them to their present telephones as a handy option to carry them round — while not having to purchase a wholly new telephone.
Having the V Purse’s foldable show on the unprotected exterior reasonably than the within of the gadget is a daring alternative. Clearly the truth that you’ll be able to see the display always is the entire level of the gadget; Honor desires to make use of it to point out off its always-on show designs. The corporate says it’s labored with a sequence of trend designers and artists to contribute totally different themes for the gadget, and has stated it desires to open up an API sooner or later to permit anybody to make their very own. These designs can react to your contact in addition to the motion of the telephone.
The V Purse has a small button to unclip and unfold the show, and Honor says the gadget is lower than 9mm thick when folded.
However an outward-facing show comes with apparent sturdiness trade-offs. Folding telephone screens are smooth and fragile, which is why they’re usually hidden safely contained in the units. Honor’s former dad or mum firm Huawei put its foldable screens on the surface for its early foldable telephones, however fairly quickly it began placing them on the within like everybody else. The chance of scratching or scuffing the fragile show is excessive, even when Honor says the V Purse’s hinge is rated to outlive the identical 400,000 folds because the Magic V2.
That stated, these considerations are educational till Honor says it’s truly going to promote the V Purse publicly. Given our expertise with earlier idea units like this, we could be ready a really very long time.