Honor’s split from mother company Huawei comes with many drawbacks (they can no longer rely on them for support, for example) but it also comes with its own set of positives, namely the possibility of having phones released to the international market with Google Mobile Services.
While that wasn’t explicitly mentioned by the brand when the V40 launched earlier today in China, it’s still a tantalizing possibility for fans of the brand outside of its home country. There’s fair cause to be excited, as the Honor V40 looks like a great, affordable flagship in its own right.
The phone sports a 6.72-inch OLED display with curved sides as well as a 120Hz refresh rate and 300Hz sampling rate. The brand has a TUV Rheinland certification for its AI adaptive brightness, while the display itself has a resolution of 2675 x 1236.
The overall design still has plenty of Huawei influences, since the phone was developed while the brand was still under the tech giant’s wing. There’s plenty of gorgeous, dazzling colors to choose from, and the aluminum and glass design looks to be as solid and pretty as most flagships we’ve seen these days.
The cameras are made up of a 50-megapixel RYYB sensor that measures in at 1/1.56-inches, joined by an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera as well as a 2-megapixel macro camera. There’s a 16-megapixel front camera as well on the front, inside a pill-shaped cutout.
With their split from Huawei official, Honor has replaced the previously mandatory Kirin chipset with MediaTek’s new Dimensity 1000 Plus, pairing it with 8GB of RAM and a choice of either 128GB or 256GB of storage. Powering the phone is a 4000mAh battery, along with 66W fast charging and 50W of wireless fast charging.
The phone retails first in China, and there’s no word if or when the phone will find itself outside of Honor’s home country. The phone comes with a RMB 3,599 (Php 26.7K) sticker price for the 128GB variant and RMB 3999 (Php 29.7K) for the 256GB variant. If the phone does come to international markets, it’ll be able to load GMS – one of the biggest limiting factor that’s been plaguing the brand’s offerings outside China for a while.