Honor has announced the new V40 5G flagship phone, marking the first time Huawei has sold the company to the Shenzhen-based consortium of Chinese partners. The phone is exclusive to China for now, but Honor’s V-series usually makes its way to the rest of the world under “View” branding.
The V40 features a 6.72-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by a MediaTek Dimension 1000+ processor. The primary camera has a 1 / 1.56-inch 50-megapixel sensor. The 4,000mAh battery can be wirelessly charged with a cable at 50W or 66W.
Huawei announced that it was selling to Honor in November due to “tremendous pressure” and difficulty in securing an adequate supply chain. While Honor operated independently of Huawei, it relied on the parent company for most of its technology, such as Hygin’s Kirin processor. This meant that it was fed up with US sanctions, preventing American companies from doing business with Huawei.
The V40 phone has undoubtedly been in development earlier than in November, but now that Huawei has split the 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 the phone in Western markets without the huge loss of relying on Huawei’s appgalerie, which still can’t compete with Google’s Play Store outside of China, where Google has no presence.
At the same time, Honor no longer has the benefit of relying on Huawei’s supply chain, so after launching the phone elsewhere it is about to establish itself as a strong brand. For now, it is available in China for models with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, with prices starting at 3,599 yuan (~ $ 550). 3,999 yuan (~ $ 620) increases storage to 256GB.