Huawei recently announced that it will sell all of its Honor business assets to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co., Ltd., a government-backed consortium. It is a company founded by a technology company owned by the government of the southern city of Shenzhen. This move exempted Honor from all US sanctions imposed on Huawei. Now Honor has signed partnerships with major chip manufacturers like Intel, Qualcomm, MediaTek and others.
The latest development comes from Reuters, which reports that Honor has entered into partnerships with major chip suppliers like Intel and Qualcomm after splitting up with Huawei. Today Honor launched its Honor V40 smartphone in China. It is the brand’s first device as an independent company. At launch, Honor said in a statement that it now has its own contracts with some technology companies. These include AMD, MediaTek, Micron Technology, Microsoft, Samsung, SK Hynix and Sony.
Chief Executive George Zhao launched the Honor V40. “The last five months have been an extremely difficult but meaningful time for Honor,” said Zhao. “We feel the weight of the expectations of industrial partners and consumers.” While Honor has focused on the budget devices under Huawei, it will now aim to enter the middle and higher market and expand overseas, Zhao said. The company announced that it would pursue the Internet of Things market and called its strategy “8 + 1 + N”, the same term as Huawei.
It was recently reported that Google Mobile Services (GMS) could soon make a comeback on Honor devices as the company is no longer a Huawei subsidiary. The Honor V40 could be launched worldwide as the Honor View 40 and include GMS instead of Huawei’s AppGallery. It was previously reported that GMS could celebrate a comeback on Honor smartphones in the spring. Honor reportedly worked on two new phone lineups with support for GMS.
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