HONOR was scheduled to launch its new V40 5G flagship on January 18 but it was delayed to January 22 due to venue scheduling and equipment issues. According to insiders that told Lenta RU, HONOR postponed the event so it could ship with Google Play Services out of the box.
The US – Huawei ban announced in May 2019 affected not only Huawei but also HONOR as they were not allowed to release devices with Google Play Services which affected sales in the Western markets. Last year, Huawei announced that it officially sold the HONOR brand and its assets which freed itself from the sanctions of the US.
The HONOR V40 was already in the works during the sale of the company so it may have given them the time to secure a license to ship the flagship with Google Play Service if reports are to be believed.
The phone is expected to pack a 6.72-inch OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ chipset at the helm. Other features that are expected include a 50MP main camera led quad rear camera module, support for 66W wired fast charging, and 55W wireless charging.
Luckily the wait won’t be long before we see the V40 5G and whether or not it will feature Google Play Services.