Jan 22, 2021

HONOR V40 Could Be The First Phone to Ship With Google Play Services Since HUAWEI Ban

The HONOR V40 is tipped to feature a 6.72-inch 120Hz OLED display with MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ chipset at the core.

Speculations are rife that the HONOR V40 is now set to become the first smartphone to arrive with Google Play services since the infamous HUAWEI ban.

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According to insiders, the HONOR V40, which was supposed to launch on January 18, was pushed back for a later release on January 22 due to speculation indicating that HONOR could be shipping the smartphone with the much-needed Google Play services out of the box.

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In 2019, HUAWEI made headlines when it ultimately sold off the HONOR brand, alongside some unique assets. Subsequent to that, HONOR was formed as a new company, devoid of any tutelage from HUAWEI. As it stands, HONOR, since that time, would no longer be held under the sanctions against HUAWEI.

That finally led to this hotly-speculated development. If this pans out, it appears that HONOR may have finally managed to secure a license that allows the firm to shop the V40 smartphone with Google Play services.

If the HONOR V40 gets launched in the Chinese market, the phone could also make its way into the Western market, with a different moniker, that is the HONOR V40 View.

HONOR V40 Rumored Specifications

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As per the latest round of speculations, the HONOR V40 could feature a 6.72-inch AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1,236 x 2,676 pixels and a high 120Hz refresh rate. Also, the phone's display could arrive with support for HDR10 and 800 nits of peak brightness.

On its rear, the HONOR V40 could flaunt a triple-camera setup, housed in a rectangular module. The system is tipped to be headlined by a 50MP wide unit with omnidirectional PDAF. Its auxiliary sensors might comprise an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP macro camera.

The HONOR V40's pill-shaped display cutout is also believed to house dual cameras, with a 32MP selfie snapper and 16MP ultrawide snapper.

In the hardware department, the HONOR V40 is rumored to be powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 1000+ SoC, with 8GB/12GB of RAM tiers and 128GB/256GB of UFS 2.1 storage options. The phone could also be working with a 4,000mAh battery capacity, with support for 66W fast wired and 55W fast wireless charging options. A 5W reverse charging support could also debut with the device.

The HONOR V40 could also be home to Bluetooth 5.1, 5G support, NFC, an infrared port, USB Type-C, and an in-display fingerprint reader.