One thing that stands out is the fact that Honor seems to be aggressive with its product release ever since its departure from Huawei. The company has moved slowly away from the mid-range devices and entered into a full-blown premium-tier market with the release of devices like the Magic 3 series.
The company will reportedly add a foldable smartphone to its portfolio later on this year. Honor has quickly risen to the third position in its local Chinese smartphone market and the company’s CEO George Zhao is well convinced it will continue to gain momentum in the largest smartphone market.
Speaking of an Honor Foldable smartphone, a Chinese tipster made it known that the company could debut its own competing device against Huawei’s Mate X series later on in Q4 and the device is codenamed, Magic X.
The majority of Honor’s design languages and even naming still come from its former parent company and many are convinced Honor is still Huawei just a separate entity now without a direct connection.
It will be a brilliant move considering the fact that Huawei was banned from using any US-based technology hence its GMS-powered Android license was withdrawn back in 2019 and the company had to make a hard decision to switch to its own operating system – Harmony OS.
But back to Honor Magic X, the device will in fact look similar in design to the existing Huawei Mate X2 even though the tipster didn’t give further information about the device such as the specifications and likely price point.
Previous reports about Honor’s foldable device were made by Display analyst Ros Young who claimed the Chinese tech giant’s first foldable smartphone will come equipped with foldable panels which will be supplied by BOE and Visionox.
Further reports also claim that the device will also feature an inward-folding display that will measure about 8-inches and a cover display that measures about 6.5-inches all of which are similar display specifications as the current Huawei Mate X2.
The former Honor parent company, Huawei will also reportedly release its own foldable device called the Mate V which could go official in Q4 and could come with a US$1,500 (CN¥10,000) price tag – making it way cheaper than the current Mate X2 that is being sold at about US$3,000 depending on the vendor.
The device will reportedly be targeted at female consumers according to the same report and that could have an influence on the design of the device – who knows.
Another report about a new smartphone release from Honor includes the release of its X20 Max which is expected to continue with the monstrosity Huawei Mate 20X left off back in 2019.
The Honor X20 Max will reportedly feature a big 7.2-inch display similar to the aforementioned Mate 20X and will be powered by the Dimensity 1100 chipset, a 6,000mAh battery as well as a 66W fast charging. The camera system is expected to be a triple set with a 64MP primary sensor.
It’s good to see Huawei…..I mean Honor creeping back to the mainstream after nearly losing its relevance under its parent’s shadow back in the days. Personally, I’m a big Huawei fan and I can’t wait to get my hands on these Honor-branded (probably Huawei at the background) smartphones to review.