The sale of Honor to new owners is going to bring big changes to the brand’s business. Up until before the sale, Huawei and Honor have shared technologies just the way Xiaomi and Redmi does. Now that they have cut the ties between them, a necessary move to ensure the survival of Honor, there are expected changes to the way Honor’s business operates.
The joint statement announcing the sale says that Huawei will not own any share in the new company, and it has been reported that operations and after-sales services will not be impacted. However, Honor will have to make new changes to show that it is no longer a Huawei-owned business.
We know these changes will come as Honor released a statement assuring users that it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales service for its existing products. These products are those that it launched during its existence as a Huawei-owned company, some of which launched with Huawei Mobile Services. Below are some of the changes we expect to see:
A return to Google Mobile Services
Huawei phones released in the past year have launched with Huawei Mobile Services. While Huawei’s answer to Google Mobile Services (GMS) is gaining new features rapidly, lots of folks are not keen to pick up a phone that doesn’t have support for Google services right out of the box.
Now that Honor is now an independent company not related to Huawei, we expect new Honor-branded phones made for the international market will come with GMS.
A redesigned Magic UI or a New UX Skin entirely
Honor phones come with an Android skin called Magic UI. Now in its fourth iteration, Magic UI is closely related to Huawei’s own EMUI but with a few additions. If Honor intends to continue with the Magic UI skin, its next version will have to be very different from EMUI and not just a rebadge. We speculate that Honor may eventually ditch Magic UI and launch a new skin entirely just as Vivo did recently by dropping Funtouch OS and announcing OriginOS.
Snapdragon-powered Honor Phones
It has been a while since we saw a Honor smartphone powered by a Snapdragon processor. The ones that come to mind are the Honor 8C which has a Snapdragon 632 processor and the Honor 8X Max which is powered by the Snapdragon 660. Both phones were launched in 2018.
Most Honor phones released since 2019 have come with Huawei’s Kirin processors, and this year, we have seen Honor also launch phones with MediaTek 5G processors.
Now that it is no longer a Huawei-owned company, it should have access to Qualcomm processors and not limited to 4G chipsets like its former owner. This means we should see Honor phones powered by new Snapdragon 4G and 5G processors such as the Snapdragon 720G and the Snapdragon 765G.
We expect this to be good news for markets where Honor has continued to release phones with the already old Kirin 710 processor.
These are the changes we expect to see in the near future from Honor. However, these changes may take a while to arrive and not be immediate. Nevertheless, we look forward to seeing what the future holds for Honor as it forges a new path.