Honor declares its first post-Huawei cellphone

Honor has introduced the brand new V40 5G flagship cellphone, its first since Huawei offered the corporate off to a Shenzhen-based consortium of Chinese language companions. The cellphone is unique to China for now, however Honor’s V-series normally makes its approach to the remainder of the world below “View” branding.

The V40 has a 6.72-inch OLED display screen with a 120Hz refresh charge and is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor. The first digital camera has a 1/1.56-inch 50-megapixel sensor. The 4,000mAh battery might be charged wirelessly at 50W or at 66W with a cable.

Huawei introduced that it was promoting off Honor in November as a result of “large stress” and a problem in securing an enough provide chain. Whereas Honor was operated independently from Huawei, it relied on the mum or dad firm for a lot of its know-how, akin to HiSense’s Kirin processors. That meant it was hit simply as arduous by US sanctions banning US corporations from doing enterprise with Huawei.

The V40 telephones will after all have been in improvement since sooner than November, however now that Huawei has divested itself of Honor, the worldwide “View 40” model of the V40 might be able to ship with Google companies on board. That might permit Honor to promote telephones in Western markets and past with out the massive drawback of getting to depend on Huawei’s AppGallery, which nonetheless can’t compete with Google’s Play Retailer exterior of China, the place Google has no presence.

On the similar time, Honor not has the benefit of counting on Huawei’s provide chain, so it’s going to have work to do in an effort to set up itself as a robust model in its personal proper as soon as the telephones launch elsewhere. For now, it’s obtainable in China with costs beginning at 3,599 yuan (~$550) for a mannequin with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 3,999 yuan (~$620) doubles the storage to 256GB.

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