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A new leak puts the prospect of a Kirin 9000-powered Honor V40 flagship in doubt

Alleged Honor V40 and Huawei Nova 8 rear camera schematics. (Source: Twitter)
Alleged Honor V40 and Huawei Nova 8 rear camera schematics. (Source: Twitter)
Despite the recent shake-up in ownership at Honor, tipsters still expect the launch of V40 smartphones from the company sometime soon. However, this line's most premium variant may now not run on the Huawei Mate 40's Kirin 9000 as first thought. The series might turn out full Dimensity instead.

The former Huawei subsidiary Honor is projected to launch successors to the premium V30 series in the near future. Up until now, it has been assumed that at least 1 of these devices would be based on the flagship Kirin 9000 silicon from its erstwhile owner, so as to follow on with the trend from previous years. However, according to the reliable leaker Digital Chat Station, this is no longer the case.

This is a plausible enough statement, especially considering Honor is now officially disaffiliated with the source of these chipsets; in addition, Huawei just might be short of these processors in any case. Accordingly, the V40 series is now projected to fall back on MediaTek alternatives instead.

The base model of this putative line was rumored to have the Dimensity 1000+ chipset: now, the rest of its siblings may get the same. Meanwhile, another respected tipster, RODENT950, has posted material that may show how these phones' rear cameras may look.

This image also indicates that the Huawei Nova 8 is destined for a similar design, although the "V40" camera hump is squared off while the other is not. Either way, it contains a reasonably novel layout that might put some in mind of a newer smartwatch's health-sensor layout, topped by a large circle that could represent a 50MP main shooter. The V40s are currently believed to launch in December 2020.

An English-language translation of Digital Chat Station's latest remarks. (Source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)
An English-language translation of Digital Chat Station's latest remarks. (Source: Weibo via MyFixGuide)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-11-23 (Update: 2020-11-23)
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