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Honor V40 details point to it being a re-branded Huawei Nova 8 Pro with a MediaTek 1000 Plus SoC

The Honor V40 will arrive on January 18. (Image source: Honor)
The Honor V40 will arrive on January 18. (Image source: Honor)
Honor may be free of Huawei, but it appears to be still using the designs of its former parent company. The Honor V40 will arrive in China on January 18, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Huawei Nova 8 Pro. Honor's first smartphone without Huawei may reprise Google Mobile Services, though.

Honor has confirmed that it will launch the V40 on January 18. The V40 will be Honor's first smartphone since Huawei sold the company last year. Apparently, Honor plans to release three editions of the V40 series, with the regular model complemented by the V40 Pro and V40 Pro Plus. If that sounds similar to Huawei's naming scheme, then that may be because the V40 series is a rebrand of the Nova 8 series that Huawei announced last month.

Not only does the Honor V40 look like the Nova 8 Pro, but @RODENT950 claims that the devices share many specifications. The Honor V40 will use the same 6.72-inch OLED screen, which has a curved finish and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The display will also support 300 Hz touch sampling. Honor's official teaser confirms that the V40 will have a pill-shaped punch hole for two front-facing cameras, like the Nova 8 Pro. Hence, we would not be surprised if Honor equips the V40 with 16 MP and 32 MP front-facing cameras.

There will be five apertures on the rear of the Honor V40 too. Similarly, these are arranged identically to those of the Nova 8 Pro, which has four rear-facing cameras and an LED flash. A leaker on Weibo by the name of WHYLAB claims that the Honor V40 will have the same ultra-wide and macro cameras as the Nova 8 Pro, but with a technically inferior 50 MP primary camera.

Additionally, WHYLAB expects the Honor V40 to arrive with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 Plus SoC, LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 flash storage. Apparently, wireless charging will be one of the differentiators between the V40 and its more premium siblings. According to WHYLAB, the V40 Pro and V40 Pro Plus will feature 50 W wireless charging, which the entry-level model will lack. However, The regular model is reputed to support up to 66 W wired charging, which should recharge its 4,000 mAh battery quickly.

WHYLAB claims to have published hands-on photos of the Honor V40, too. The lighting of the camera housing looks off though, which leads us to suspect that this has been photoshopped. In fact, the back pannel resembles last year's Honor 30s. We have included them below, at any rate.

(Image source: @RODENT950)
(Image source: @RODENT950)
(Image source: Sparrows News)
(Image source: Sparrows News)
(Image source: Sparrows News)


Honor (Weibo) & WHYLAB via @RODENT950 (1) (2) (3), Sparrows News & GSMArena

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-11 (Update: 2021-01-11)