- Honor has announced the V40.
- It is the first smartphone from the company as an independent company.
- The launch is currently limited to China, but Honor does not rule out the possibility of global availability.
Honor is no longer under Huawei’s wing, and although it comes with its freedom from US-related pressure, there is also a frightening potential of not having the support of a major smartphone maker. Nevertheless, the first device from its new era is now here.
Honor V40 was largely developed when Honor was part of the former parent company, and its aesthetic suggests this as well. In advance, the phone carries the oval cutout with two cameras like the P40 Pro, while the upper left-aligned camera body on the back is also reminiscent of the Huawei flagship. That said, it’s enough to set it apart from the Honor V30.
It has a 6.72-inch OLED screen that tapers at the edges, but has a 120Hz refresh rate and a 300Hz sampling rate – both showing a buff over today’s Huawei products. The 10-bit panel also supports HDR10, while two speakers should enhance binge-watching and gaming experience.
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Honor V40 ditches Kirin silicon for the MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset paired with 8 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of internal storage. This cocktail is powered by a 4000 mAh battery that can be recharged using 66 W wired charging or 50 W wireless charging.
When it comes to camera smart, the Honor V40’s rear array is dominated by a 1 / 1.56 inch 50MP RYYB primary camera that tops the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. While the design is exciting, the rest of the matrix is not. It comes with an 8MP ultra-wide and a 2MP macro snapper. A 16MP selfie camera sits next to a secondary sensor in the oval selfie camera.
Honor V40: Price and availability
For the time being, the Honor V40 will be limited to China. The phone will debut at 3,599 yuan (~ $ 556) for the 128 GB version and 3,999 yuan (~ $ 618) for the 256 GB option. Colorways include Magic Night Black, Titanium Silver and Rose Gold, which are slightly warmer than Apple’s tastes.
When asked about details of an international debut, Honor said Android authority in an email that “many things are going on” but did not reject or confirm potential availability beyond China. It is also unclear whether the phone will come with Google Mobile Services if it sees a wider launch.