Tech News: Honor launches its first phone after being sold by Huawei.
Honor has announced the new flagship V40 5G phone, the first since Huawei sold the company to a consortium of Chinese partners based in Shenzhen. The phone is exclusive to China for now, but Honor’s V series usually makes its way to the rest of the world under the “View” branding.
The V40 has a 6.72-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ processor. The main camera has a 1 / 1.56-inch 50 megapixel sensor. The 4,000mAh battery can be wirelessly charged at 50W or 66W with a cable.
Huawei announced in November that it was divesting Honor due to “enormous pressure” and a problem of securing an adequate supply chain. Although Honor operated independently of Huawei, it depended on its parent company for much of its technology, such as HiSense’s Kirin processors. This means that it has been hit just as hard by US sanctions banning American companies from do business with Huawei.
The V40 phones have, of course, been in development since before November, but now that Huawei has got rid of Honor, the international “View 40” version of the V40 may be able to ship with Google services on board. This would allow Honor to sell phones in Western markets and beyond without the huge downside of having to rely on Huawei’s AppGallery, which still can’t compete with Google’s Play Store outside of China, where Google is not present.
At the same time, Honor no longer has the advantage of being dependent on Huawei’s supply chain, so it will still have a lot of work to do to establish itself as a strong brand in its own right once the phones launch elsewhere. For now, the device is available in China, with prices starting at 3,599 yuan (~ $ 550) for a model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. 3,999 yuan (~ $ 620) doubles the storage to 256GB.