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Is the international variant of the Honor 5G phone that will go official in China January 22 finally coming with Google Mobile Services?
(Update, January 23: The Honor V40 is now official!)
Sources of Russian publication Mobiltelefon have claimed that the Honor V40 will be the first Honor phone that can have Google Play Store and apps such as Gmail and YouTube since the brand’s former mother company, Huawei, got banned from working with U.S.-based firms in 2019. But as we all know, Honor was already sold to a state-owned consortium led by phone distributor Digital China and the Shenzhen government. So this rumor could probably — just probably — be true.
The sources also said that securing a Google license is the real reason the launch of the Honor V40 has been moved from December to January 19, and finally, to January 22. The company earlier claimed it’s because of venue scheduling and equipment problems.
Word has it that the Honor V40 will be called the Honor View 40 outside China and will get a global availability in spring, which should be around March to June. We wonder if it will be released in the Philippines. We’re not keeping our hopes up, but it’s a smartphone we want to get our hands on.
Purported Honor V40
The device is said to feature a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ 5G chip; a rear quad camera headlined by a 50-megapixel main sensor; a 16-megapixel dual selfie camera; a 6.72-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate; and a GPU Turbo X acceleration engine for gaming. It’s supposedly equipped with a 4,000mAh battery with support for 66-watt wired and 55-watt wireless charging; dual speakers; and dual linear motors. Price allegedly starts at ¥3,999 (roughly P29,721 or $619).
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