GUANGZHOU, China — Honor, the smartphone brand Huawei spun off last year, has launched its first smartphone overseas since becoming an independent company, complete with access to Google software and Qualcomm chips.
The 529 euro ($614) Honor 50 will launch in 40 markets across the world and marks a big step for the former Huawei brand as it looks to claw back market share around the world.
Honor was Huawei's budget smartphone brand. It was sold off in December to a consortium of buyers, including funds backed by its home city government of Shenzhen.
Huawei was hit with U.S. sanctions in 2019 and 2020 which cut off its access to key technology including Google's Android operating system and related apps as well as critical chips. That crippled Huawei's smartphone business.