Honor was originally scheduled to release its new Honor V40 5G flagship on January 18, but the date was postponed to January 22. According to the company, the postponement is necessary because of site scheduling and equipment issues. This is the first smartphone from Honor after its complete independence from Huawei. According to Russian media, Lenta RU, the Honor V40 will come with Google Mobile Services. This means that this device will have access to Google Play Store and other features. However, there is no confirmation to this report so it’s best to take it with a grain of salt.
Since the Huawei US ban in May 2019, Huawei mobile phones have not been allowed to run Google Play services. This also applies to Honor smartphones because, at the time, Honor was a sub-brand of Huawei. This is also the major cause of Huawei’s smartphone sales drop outside China. However, at the end of last year, Huawei sold its Honor brand and assets. Thus, ordinarily, we expect that the new entity will not be subject to Huawei’s sanction.
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At the time of the sale of Honor, Honor V40 was already in development. Of course, without Google Play Services. Nevertheless, it appears that Honor has obtained permission to provide Google Play services to this latest 5G smartphone.
The Honor V40 5G will arrive in China on January 22nd. However, there are reports that it will arrive in Europe as Honor V40 View. As of now, there is no date for its launch in the European market. According to Honor, the V40 will commence sales on its launch date in China.
From what we know so far, this smartphone comes with a 6.72-inch OLED screen that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, it will have a Dimensity 1000+ chipset but there may be other versions. In the camera department, this device will use a quad-rear camera setup. The main sensor is a 50MP shooter and there is no information on the other sensors.
On the battery end, we do not have information on the battery capacity. However, there are reports that this device will support 66W wired fast charging. In addition, this smartphone will also support 55W wireless charging.
There have been numerous reports claiming that the Honor V40 will use Google Mobile Services. However, none of these reports are from an official channel.