That was quick — Smartphone brand Honor, following its sale to a Chinese consortium, has announced the Honor V40 5G, its first Huawei-less smartphone. As you might expect, it’s no slouch in the hardware department.
In addition, the handset follows the company’s trend of being more affordable than most, especially considering the hardware you’re getting.
Where’s the Honor V40?
Which, expectedly, included a few interesting choices. MediaTek’s Dimensity 1000+ processor is handling the workload, with 8GB of RAM and a couple of storage options in the background. The display is almost certain to impress — Honor’s gone for a 6.72in 120Hz (2,676 x 1,236) OLED panel — we’re not really sure how they’re throwing this thing is given the final price, but okay.
Around back, the Honor V40’s rear camera includes three sensors: the main 50MP RYYB sensor is a big one, with an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro alongside laser AF (that’s autofocus, not… laser AF) and an LED flash. There’s a 4,000mAh battery featuring supports for 66W fast-charging, giving you a full charge in 35 minutes, and there’s also 50W wireless charging. Plus, obviously, 5G. All of this is basically Huawei tech, only it doesn’t really belong to Huawei any more, does it?
The handset goes on sale today, but only in mainland China. Two variants are available, both with 8GB of RAM. Around R8,300 will net buyers the 128GB storage model, while about R9,500 ups that capacity to 256GB. There’s no word on when we’ll be able to get one, nor do we know if the Huawei offloading Honor means the brand gets access to Google Mobile Services again. The Chinese version of the V40 5G doesn’t have it — here’s hoping an international version of the device will.